Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Doodles and Drawings

Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5"
Doodling Flowers - Alisa Burke style
Ball-Point Pen

And because I can't resist those cacti:


Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Strathmore Watercolor Art Journal
Watercolor Pencils
Ball-Point Pen
Missing my gelatos; felt like finger painting.  Discovered that on 140 lb. watercolor paper you can do the same thing with watercolor pencils.  It's all about the paper, evidently.  Why did it take me so long to figure this out?
Christians celebrate the arrival of Christmas for four weeks, called Advent.  Each week brings into focus one of four different characteristics personified by Jesus:  hope, joy, love and peace.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Inside My Art Journal

Watercolor and Ball Point Pen
(Missing my pointed nib)

Watercolor, Ball Point Pen, and Sharpie

Quick and fun - just the way I like it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Why We Have an Obesity Problem in North America

This, folks, is a juice glass.  It holds 4 oz., or about 100 ml.  When I saw this cute retro glass in our Palm Springs condo, I was reminded of my childhood breakfasts.  This is the size of glass that my mother used to serve juice to us in the morning before school.
A small orange juice at McDonalds is 12 oz.  Even if math isn't your strong suit, I think you can figure out why we have an obesity problem in North America.  Enough said.
"Wot?  No art?" my friend Janice will ask.  Well, I've done a few sketches that aren't worth posting and a blatant copy of something I saw on Diana Trout's blog.  I love Art Nouveau, and I'm ashamed to say that I haven't heard of Charles Rennie MacIntosh.  More study will definitely result.  Do you know where Picasso got the idea of the thick black lines that I copied here?  Art Nouveau.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Doodled Flowers

Strathmore Watercolor Pad, 6" x 9"
Watercolor, Sharpie Pens
Hot on the heels of Alisa Burke's $5.00 journal, I thought I'd try some of her doodled flowers.  Poinsettias for the Christmas season.  Fun, fun, fun!  (And with that 140 lb. watercolor paper, those Sharpies don't bleed through the page, either :))

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sometimes You Just Want to Slop Paint Around

For those sloppy times, a sketchbook just doesn't cut it.  I had one of those moments last week and I'm away from my collection of journals.  What's a girl to do?  Make a $5.00 art journal,  that's what Alisa Burke recommends!  I couldn't get the exact pad recommended by Alisa, so I think mine cost $7.  Easy come, easy go.  LOL 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tomato Plant

Sketchbook, 5.5" x 8.5"
Watercolour Pencil, Peerless Watercolour
My friend Janice borrowed a library book for me called "Picasso at 90:  The Late Work".  I love how Picasso captures only the essence of things.  I didn't do it so well, of course - his red tomato stands out vividly, mine muddied.  He painted this in oil in 1944.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mission Inn

We hopped over to Riverside to have lunch at the Mission Inn, a hotel dating back to 1876.  It is known for it's 4 million (!) Christmas lights, making it the centrepiece of the Riverside annual Festival of Lights.
Of course the lights weren't lit at lunch time, and the Christmas decorations detract a little from the interesting architectural mix.  The original owner travelled to Europe many times, each time bringing back not only treasures to decorate the Inn, but also bringing back a few architectural ideas that he built into each expansion.


Friday, December 4, 2015

Calder Exhibit

My sweet friend, Janice, took me to a Picasso exhibit yesterday.  We were delighted with the Calder lithographs, gouache paintings, and a mobile also.  Such imagination!