Oodles of Doodles

Pen & Ink, Sketches

Been doodlin’ lately.

Here’s a self-portrait that doesn’t look much like me. But in my defense, I was drawing it from my reflection in the laptop screen while I watched the Daily Show. Image (69)

This is a made up person who has an awesome pair of glasses.Image (67)

This here is a drawing for my Father in Law’s co-worker, who just needs a sign to point to. Don’t we all? What would yours say? I’m going to think on it and make one for myself. For some real raunchy ideas and excellent execution, see FingerPricks’ blog. I stumbled on it a while ago and am delightedly disgusted by it every time I look. She’s a beautiful stitchress.

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A Tale of Two Toilets

Pen & Ink, Sketches

In less than 2 weeks, we are moving. I’m very excited. The new house will be so many more square feet than our current house. The yard will be larger and the weather will be WARM (ok, super hot) in the summer, like it’s supposed to be. But more importantly, most importantly, there will be two toilets in the new house! Some would prefer two bathrooms, which the new house will have. But let me be clear: all we really need is two toilets. The extra shower and sink are just added bonuses.

I took a break in packing (you can see that I hardly filled up one box before taking a break) to paint this picture whilst the F’r slept. For the record I’m not being inappropriate. I call him the F’r because his name starts with F, not because he is disagreeable. He’s an angel. Except when he’s being a little F’r. See the difference?

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No Mojo.

Pen & Ink, Sketches, Urban Sketches

I didn’t lose interest in art. I swear. I just lost my motivation during a brief two-month period of feeling the morning sickness misérables. I’m not saying my motivation is back. But it WILL be. I’m thinking about arting. And that’s a start. But you know how they say that it takes a month of doing something regularly before it becomes habit? I need to commit.

Here’s the first drawing I did for several weeks. I spent a couple hours one very nice day in January and sat up at the Tilden Park Botanical Garden and sketched some pretty bleak looking winter foliage. Then didn’t sketch again for some time.

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Watercolor on Yupo

Pen & Ink, Sketches, Watercolor

I got a pad of translucent Yupo a while back and gave it try again today. Yupo is a smooth polypropylene “paper” made for watercolor. It looks like vellum, but at 140lb, it’s thicker than the vellum I’ve used before. It accepts paint completely different than any paper I’ve tried because there is no absorption. I’ve noticed that you have to be even more mindful of the order in which you apply paint than normal because additional layers of paint sort of push previous layers out of the way. Like a dry erase marker.

Watercolor on Yupo.

I practiced with India Ink on Yupo as well.

India Ink on Yupo


Tilden Carousel with the Urban Sketchers

Pen & Ink, Urban Sketches, Watercolor

Last night I met up with the Urban Sketchers of the Bay Area for the first time. We met at the Tilden Park Carousel Christmas Extravaganza. After a very dark and spooky drive through the woods I came up to the old carousel building decked out with thousands of lights, Christmas village decorations and nice little hut where the kids can talk with Santa and the Elves.

We were there for just 2 hours and I didn’t get a whole lot done. I sat outside and sketched one of the 6-foot tall nutcrackers. The fella working there was kind enough to leave it out for me to finish even though it was closing time.

I also sketched a view of the carousel from a picnic table just outside. It’s tough sketching things that come in and out of view at such speed!