Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Another journal finished!

Hooray!  I finished my Moleskine!  Here were some weird little missed entries.  Also, click here to see the full journal on Flickr.  This one I finished pretty quickly, about a year and a half.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Bisbee Fun!

Bisbee is amazing.  It's got mining history, a beautiful natural setting, art, and the bizarre.  The store next to our hotel was called Sweet Midnight, and Renee was a fabulously interesting person.  When it came out that I love dissecting things, she shared with me her wonderful museum.  If you have ever seen the show Oddities, then you can picture the items in it.  From prosthetics to skeletons to shrunken heads, I was in heaven!  After leaving the shop, I knew I would regret not drawing something in it, so I asked her if I could sketch some of the items.  I ended up sketching out this two-headed squirrel.

This was the last page in my journal!  I started my next journal with the prosthetic legs, which I will scan once the journal is "prepared."  I also realized that there are three pages I did not scan from this journal - I will do so soon!  Then the Flickr set will be complete.

Friday, October 4, 2013

An Ideal Husband

Our lovely seniors put on a wonderful production (coincidentally on my birthday!).  It was fabulous.  No surprise!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Ptero Fun!

Our Natural History Museum is way cooler than I thought it would be.  I spent nearly two hours with these guys and did not even get to see all of the other cool stuff!  I must go back!  I apologize for not using proper binomial nomenclature with capitalizing the species.  That's embarrassing.  The big skull reaching across the back was the length of TWO of me. Just the skull.  My favorite was Mr. Baleen though.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Some old, some new, some musical!

Wow, I completely skipped over some sketches here I think!  Below are some older sketches, but the volleyball and music ones are relatively new.  Since visiting Monterey I have been on a art hiatus, so I feel the dustiness in my fingers and reflexes.  The musicians were at Beach Day and Review where Mrs. Beach held a backyard concert open to friends and the neighborhood.  What a wonderful lady! All the musicians were lovely, and it was nice to sit in hay and listen to some bluegrass, poetry, and barbershop singing. The cellist is also my cello teacher and friend, and this drawing completes my "set" of The Real Deal (that are now called Cisco and the Race Cars).  The proportions on the cello are totally off - which drives me nuts, but that's the curse of drawing in pen!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Vacation

My travels this summer took me home to Reno for the Fourth of July, to San Francisco with one of the coolest kids on the block (and her cat Taco), and to Monterey for some ocean meditation.  I got quite a few sketches in!  The scanning quality is quite poor - especially with color.  The last one had a very clear blue double border all around, which is nearly gone.  Urg.  What's the point of working on my Balclutha skin tones if they bleach out?  

Fireworks at the Nugget after watching Despicable Me 2

The funky-cute overnight outside of San Francisco.

The awesome singing of everyone on the Balclutha.  People took turns and everyone learned the chorus quickly and joined in.  Nothing like hanging out on a tall ship at night with cider.  Signatures were of some of the people that lead a song.

Watched the SF Symphony in the park for free (with suggested donations).  The guy I gave to donation to said, "Donations make you 50% more sexy!"  I responded with a donation and, "I'll take that 50%!"  To which he said, "Girl, you don't need it!"  And then he gave me a giant SF hug.

And, of course, my Disneyland is the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The Weedy Seadragon is one of my new favorite animals.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Moon Stamp

Since I was little I talked to the moon.  The moon helps anyplace seem like home.  I feel comfort of the moon watching over me even when I can't see it.

Last week there was a "super moon"  where the moon is very close in its elliptical orbit.  I knew I wanted to do a stamp with the moon, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity.  On Saturday, I thought about painting the moon, but Adam pointed out that one more day would be the official super moon.  However, if I did it Sunday night, I knew that the next eight hour day of physics classes would be a challenge.  But what is art without suffering, eh?  The only hinderance to tomorrow may be if there was cloud cover, at this both Adam and I laughed.

Sunday afternoon, I set out my easel, canvas, and scope.  I thought about what style I wanted to paint in.  I've been working fairly realistically, which is safe for me.  Drawing with a unique approach bares one's soul and therefore is much more nerve-wracking.   However, I knew late at night only moonlight would restrict my attention to detail, so I needed to develop a different approach.  I also knew my color sense would be gone, so I premixed four greens and blues and added a dollop of white off to the side.  I was ready.

At 10 pm I headed out to start painting, and to my dismay - clouds.  I set my alarm for midnight.

Bzzz!  Bzzz!  Clouds yet again.  I set my alarm for 2 am.

Bzzz!  Bzzz!  Moonbeams dappled the carpet and I slinked out the back door.

First the face of the canvas and the face of the moon were direct to me, but I could not see the canvas at all as it was shadowed.  I turned the canvas, so the moonlight washed over it.  I could see quite clearly and set to painting while listening to Pete Droge.  The four colors I had mixed earlier were all the exact same value range, and I had no clue which was which.  All I could see was gray and white.

I tried looking through the scope at the moon to get more details, but it was so bright, it took nearly a minute for my eyes to adjust to see the canvas again.  I grabbed some binoculars instead.  The moon was also bright through them, but there was better turn around time.

I layered circles upon circles.  Some still wet, some dry, and continuously referenced the moon.  About 3:30 am I crawled back in bed.

The next day, I was a zombie.  But a contented zombie.

I like that when I'm far away (or squint) it looks just like the moon, but up close the brushwork is apparent.  I credit my Ma for recognizing that this should be a forever stamp!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Other ancient dudes and an ancient dog!

Here are the last three!

Augustus Caesar says, "Try the bacon cheeseburger!"

Ovid says, "I'm trying to eat healthier.  You'd think these robes would hide fat, but they don't."

She-Wolf says,"Awoooo?" (Translation: Can I eat it?)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ms. Sherman's Ancient Dudes

Tracey asked me to draw sketches of these guys forever ago!  I know I work at a school that is classical, but I was having some serious Bill and Ted flashbacks (So-crates anyone?).  Hence all the "dudes."  I have three more to do, but here are the first three...
Cicero says, "What was in my dinner?!"

Gnacchi Brothers say, "Duuuuuuude..." and "Dude!"

Julius Caesar says, "Why hello..."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Nevada Stamp

Thirteen more to go on the wall!

I have never been to another state with as amazing clouds as Nevada.  All sorts.  It was one of the best parts of being an outdoor lifeguard at Oppio pool.  This particular cumulonimbus incus arose above Reno while I was in my sister's backyard (the Tappan house).  I wanted to keep in style with vintage posters initially, but I enjoyed the painting process and let that take over after the starting sketch.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Adventures of summer time!

I wanted to do a henna tattoo that was science inspired.  After taking many suggestions, I was inspired by the chemistry ones the most.  So what for the molecule?  I am reading a book on digestion, so my mind wandered to nutrients.  Which nutrient?  Well it's summer, so I can't imagine a better one than the vitamin we can make with the sun!  I snuck it into the design twice.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Real Deal Sketches pt. 2

Here's another sketch of the Real Deal, this time the stand up bassist Joelle.  Now I have sketched 60% of this lovely bluegrass group.  Two more to go to have the complete set!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Semester 2 Test Version Themes

Instead of version A and B for my tests, I make versions from recently discovered species.  This semester's finals will be: The Walking Cactus and the Dive-bombing Wasp.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Love's Labour's Lost

The Juniors put on their Spring Shakespeare production.  I was so tired that I nearly went home beforehand, but man I am so glad I went!  It was wonderful!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Storytelling of Science

Yes.  I saw all of these folks.  Awesome!  Neil DeGrasse Tyson talked about how Art and Science inspire each other, hence the background.  His example was Van Gogh.
This was the event:

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Senior Defense

Some sketches of our seniors defending their theses as a culminating finish of their Mesa Prep experience.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Moon Landing

A watercolor for my wonderful brother-in-law Pete on his 50th birthday!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Invisible mail call!

I sent my Ma a mysterious postcard with a simple balloon on it. On the back it gave a location of the house to investigate. I hid a little black light at my parent's house back in December, and she needed it to see the rest of the image. Here is the before and after!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Real Deal

My friend is in a bluegrass band, which is fabulous on so many levels.  One of them being, I can get out of the house and see some live music!  They performed at the Gilbert Water Tower - what a beautiful way to spend the afternoon.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

A Midsummer's Night Dream

The seniors at Mesa Prep performed Midsummer with great success!  They injected a lot of new little twists to make this play (that I have seen a lot) fresh.  Their costume ideas were simple and innovative, and I sketched them out in the back of the audience (dark!).  I wrote down a lot of the colors because I was not sure if I was painting with the right ones.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Madison Stamp

Newest stamp!  These chairs are iconic at the University of Wisconsin - Madison out on the Memorial Union Terrace.  Adam graduated from there in 1999.  Hence, this newest stamp is an Adam location: Wisconsin!  Many years there.  I don't know how he survived.  The mosquitoes are HUGE there.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mail Art Bundle

Since I have not had time to do any art (sigh), I'll post some older mail art creations!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Drawn from gouache, water soluble pencils, etc. during a football game in a bar (Badgers lost).  I used a reference picture from the Audubon magazine.  It was made on watercolor postcard paper and sent out to a friend.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sandhill Cranes

Near Willcox, AZ, thousands of Sandhill Cranes roost and feed in January.  I got to see them fly en masse to roost.  So many birds.  BIG birds.  Awesome.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Bull Skull

BullSkull by melbergink
BullSkull, a photo by melbergink on Flickr.

Water polo was extra intense the other day. I don't have a full on black eye, but the ridge of my left eye socket has interesting purple hues. Fortunately, it's right where I apply eye shadow! Hurrah! I'm also finding some goose eggs on my skull today. Geesh. I purposefully played against our toughest team members to build up some skills, but I'm feeling the consequences today. Still worth it!

So, here is a skull, since it is topical. The horns were originally white with some black texture lines. I needed some value contrast, so I went to town with a thick Sharpie in the horns. I did it sloppily with the plan of filling in the white with fine tipped pen, but then liked the sloppy effect for texture. Happy unintended technique!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

New Stamp!

Huzzah! Finally someone to join Antisana. This time the inspiration source was Copán in Honduras. Adam was in Honduras for years for research and the Peace Corps. He was out there starting in 2000 (hence the stamp price). This is 18-Rabbit (or Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil). He was one of the Mayan leaders in that region. I remember seeing him in the ruins - he was a big patron of the arts in a way. I took the basic image from Altar Q, which was this really neat altar that had the great Mayan leaders lined up next to each other. I had a really fun time researching and designing the color scheme for this one. My paint palette is very fun and messy after this one! It has more of a stampy vibe, though much smaller, and will add realism to my postage wall.

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