Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer unfinished business

Yes, yes, I am crazy busy with the new school year, but to fill the gap I wanted to post some things from the summer that I haven't put up yet. These were items that I didn't complete, but I like them already and didn't want to overdo. However, they need a tiny little something, and I still want to ponder them more.

This pelican stamp was in the dollar bin - insane! It is adorable! I would eat him up if I wouldn't be choking on plastic stamp. I used the bamboo from an Asian style stamp set to make a dock look. However, something is still missing. Ideas?

The sailing adventurer that I wish I could be (thanks to reading the ENTIRE Aubrey/Maturin series) makes me love this. I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the compass rose. Isn't it lovely that it is called a "compass rose"? How romantic and utilitarian - just my style. But once again, not happy yet, but I don't want to ruin it...

Monday, August 16, 2010

The "Blech" pages revealed!

I have two pages left in my sketch book - hurrah! Granted, the book wasn't the biggest in the world. I've already purchased the next one, and it has heavier paper to resist warping. Anyway, the nearly last pages of this journal are filled with sad, sad drawings where proportion has no communication devices such as the iPhone. Some pages I want to rip out and through away, but if I can learn from them, then they may be worth keeping. There was one page that did not survive that high notion and my primitive impulses destroyed it. I just have to keep drawing though. Just keep swimming!

BTW, I have not posted my favorite page yet in case the last two pages reveal nothing but a horrid (but educational) stench. I want to end on a good note.

Worst Coke can ever. I feel I shamed the brand that I am so loyal too! Yes, when I ask for soda at a restaurant I say, "Coca-Cola." When the waiter says, "Pepsi okay?" I say, "Water." I am one of those. I will conquer the look of a full-size can. My loyalty is on the line.

You know those glasses that eskimos wear so they don't sunburn their eyes? Apparently Adam does. And he wears them while playing Rock Band. Actually, glasses have always been terrifying for me to draw (as well as hats), so I have avoided them all my life. No more! Just avert your eyes until I get more practice!

Not consistent with the round perspective yet, but the dinner (red chile steak and beans by Rick Bayless) was DELISH. Ate the leftovers tonight. Totally love that Le Creuset pan too.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What a hoot!

A hilarious person I know just had a lovely baby boy. The combination of my excitement for her and me being in full-throttle craft mode resulted in little owlies. I looked at all of her baby room pictures and pulled out all of my fabric to see what would match the best. She posted about it in her highly entertaining blog. Here is where I got the tutorial on how to make them.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Welcome Back!

Yesterday was New Student Orientation at school, and I think it was a smash hit! We also had a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of a new school. I really enjoyed seeing all of the families I knew and meeting brand new families. I am genuinely excited for teaching on Monday.

These were both done with the gouache paints, but I don't like them nearly as much as the watercolors. However, they are of really, really poor quality, and that may be my problem!

Also, on the side of the blog I added a bunch of my favorite sites to visit for inspiration and entertainment. Check'em out!

Friday, August 6, 2010


I am learning how black is really a cacophony of colors, but they are really hard to master. I made the choice not to include black in my travel palette because I have read that straight black will deaden a watercolor. Lively blacks are made from mixes. As an example of the color range for black, look at Wil Freeborn's raven.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Out of Africa, and more sketches

Cute critters from Out of Africa in Camp Verde, AZ. I wish I had time to sit and draw the big cats. I guess that is a good excuse to go back. Also, I got to give a giraffe a KISS! It took a treat that I was holding in my teeth. Did you know that their tongues are dark so they don't get sunburned?

It was also super muddy from the monsoons, but actually cool in temperature. I got to officially put the sketch kit in full force, I was standing for the majority of these sketches.

And other random sketches...Trying to work on perspective. I checked out this awesome book from the lovely Red Mountain Library. Awesome and hard - now I look at buildings and they are like logic puzzles!
Some bones from Adam's sweet anatomy book. Amazing pictures.
Playing with line thickness and shapes.