Saturday, May 30, 2015

Behance and Skillshare

This pattern from this sketch:
A couple of months ago I bit the bullet and joined Skillshare. Skillshare is an online community of teachers and classes in the creative field. It is quite inexpensive if you join for an entire year rather than monthly. I really like their classes. Not all their teachers are fabulous though. In fact some are unwatchable. But then they have artists like Bonnie Christine! She alone is worth the membership price! Plus you can go back and view your classes as much as you like. I really like that about it.

I recently signed up for a rather quick class on using Behance for uploading your portfolio online. I had heard of it before but I had no idea what it was exactly. Now I know and I decided to give it a try. If you want to see some of my pattern and illustration work all in one place, here is where it lives on Behance. I decided to just number my patterns as I don't seem to do collections. Not sure why. Maybe some day I will have the patience for that.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Some New Work

 Lately a new shape keeps popping up in my sketchbook. This:
So, from that shape I made this new pattern in a few colorways.

That's it for now. I am busy cleaning out cupboards and closets, as well as donating goods we no longer need or use. A good friend of mine is going to house sit for us this winter and take care of our cat. I am so relieved that I don't have to take the cat to Tucson. She is much too old to be flying on planes and moving. It will be good to have someone living in our place while we are gone as well. Even in an apartment bad things can happen. Especially leaks from other units!

Have a lovely week!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Moleskin!

I have been drawing so much lately and it just feels right to me. I still remember many years ago I had an artist friend who attended Pratt in NYC back in the 1970's. She said that during the first two years of study students were not allowed to paint. Only draw, draw, draw. She said she drew sometimes upwards of eight hours a day. WOW! That is quite a bit of drawing. But it gets you where you need to be. I can't draw that long but I am finding myself having to focus really hard on staying with some of these drawings.

I bought myself a lovely Moleskin sketch book. This was my first time using one of these and I can honestly say, the paper feels quite luxurious. Very smooth and buttery although I would like it a little better if the paper were whiter. I like a bright white but this has a very different creamy look.

This one below is still in progress. I am fighting to stay with it but I am determined to finish it since I always want to move on to the next page!

In between drawing I have been trying to do one thing a day towards my big move to Tucson coming up in October. Trying to figure out what to keep, what to sell, what to give away. Too much stuff really! I still don't know how I managed to accumulate so much stuff. Being an artist doesn't help at all since you have ALL the paints, ALL the paintings, ALL the other supplies, the printer, the scanner etc. I plan on shipping most things out there via UPS. A moving truck makes no sense since no furniture is coming. Just shipping the car. And I still have no idea how I am going to get the cat out there. She is very old and cranky and will howl her brains out the entire way. Not looking forward to that on the plane I can tell you!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Drawing, Drawing and More Drawing

These are some more of the line drawings I have been doing since taking Lisa Congdon's very inspiring Line Drawing class on Creative Bug.

I am really enjoying the quiet and Zen-like motions. It really does put you in a different space from regular drawing where you are constantly stressing out over perspective, and perfection. There is no perfection here. Just the focus and movement. Just keep drawing.

This one above is not finished yet. I had to stop but I will come back to it. The joy of the inspiration is just a pen stroke away.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Some Hand Drawing

Since I have been back I have been trying to get back into my routines. Not that easy but it needs to happen for sanity purposes.

I have been doing a lot of hand drawing in my sketchbook. When I was in Tucson all I had was my sketchbook and pens. Drawing while sitting on the lovely, bright porch was an important part of my day. I don't have the porch here, nor the birds singing, nor the light (sad face) but I still need to make the art. My studio is a dark disaster so I have been drawing on my bed. The bedroom is the lightest room in my very dark apartment. My apartment is so dark I need to keep the lights on all the time. I miss the light in Tucson the most.

When I first started painting all those eons ago, my sketchbook was used in a different way. Just a place to jot down quick sketches of plants, buildings etc. Usually in pencil. Sometimes in rapidograph (yes I am that old).  I never thought of it as being a place for completed work. That is until I discovered the sketchbooks of Lisa Congdon.

Lisa is a wonderful illustrator who's work I have been very attracted to lately. This weekend I took a quick online class with her called Sketchbook Explorations on the Creative Bug website. She is a wonderful teacher and she really shows/explains the Zen of drawing. That is what she does really. There is no other way to describe the repeating patterns in her sketchbooks. Over and over and over. The same marks made repeatedly. It takes some getting used to in order to work that way. I usually get impatient and I am ready to move on to the next page! So this is a very good process for me to work on right now. P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E.
Both of these sketchbook pages were done using Derwent Inktense pencils with a waterbrush and Micron pen over it. I had been searching for a pen that will work over color without clogging and the Microns fit the bill!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Back in Boston

Yes, I am back in Boston now. To the freezy cold.....It just won't warm up this year. It was a shock to come back to having the heat on all the time, no birds singing, no morning walks in the shadow of the mountains. It was hard coming back.

I designed this pattern on the plane after my tearful goodbye to my new home. The hardest thing for me was driving to the airport. I just wanted to turn around and go home. That is how I feel now about my new home in the desert foothills. Many friends I know have two homes and seem to adjust perfectly well between coming and going. I am not really the type of person who likes doing that so much. I prefer to just be living in one place. But I had to come back east. My husband is still here.

I do still have much to do here anyway. I am still selling off my book collection on Amazon. This week I sold a $300 book. I could not believe that someone actually paid $300 for a book but they did and I was pleased. I still have a ton of books left though.

And I need to clean out closets and get rid of things I rarely use. I hope to be out in Arizona by October with my husband coming later in the year. I am still not sure how it is all going to play out. I just know I really don't want to have to wait too long to enjoy my new home.

If you are interested in purchasing any of my books here is the link to my Amazon store: