Monday, September 07, 2020

Portrait Party with SF Sketchers Meet Up Group

 The focus was on wigs and hair. I was surprised by how many people possessed wigs. It was a fun session with some great poses. The poses were 1 minute, 3 minutes, 6 minutes, and 10 minutes.

I drew with a Platinum Preppy with brown ink and a mechanical pencil. I painted with watercolor.

Sunday, September 06, 2020

My latest mini zine is now available on Etsy.

This zine is made from one sheet of paper and contains 6 pages.
It is made from copies of my original artwork which consisted of collage, pen and ink drawings, hand-carved stamps, and watercolor.
The zine will answer the question, What Good are Vultures, and How Do Vultures Digest Bones?

The mini-zine is approximately
4.25 inches x 2.75 inches


$2.00 for one zine

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Sketchbook Flip May 10 2020 August 14 2020

This is a handmade Coptic stitch book with various papers. The cover was made with a Gelli Print I made with fern leaves. The latch was constructed with leather and a little piece of wood. The book contains direct watercolor practice, urban sketches, plein air sketches in watercolor, quotes, and notes from Eric Rhoades' morning talks on Facebook. During this period I also attended many Zoom sessions of portrait parties and life drawing.
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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Vulture Mini Book

This is the 3rd mini book I created using the binding I learned in the Seth Apter Class, "Mini Book Madness. I focused on Vultures this time. The book contains orginal drawings, watercolor, mixed media and collage.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Lake Dixon With Inland Painters


My watercolor of the vending area at Lake Dixon

Since I photographed everyone I thought I would take a "self-portrait".

Kathy Aldrich water-based oils.


Pat Titus Oils


Marlene Tague Watercolors


Sue Ann Daffara Oils

Sue Ann

Cheryl Watercolor

Friday, August 07, 2020

Mini Book Madness Part 2


This is the 2nd book I made from the class I took from Seth Apter. The structure was made using  a binding bar, creating mixed media pages and gluing them in to form the book. 

Sunday, August 02, 2020

San Francisco Sketchers Meetup at Zoom

The San Francisco Meetup Group Zoom meeting today had the subject of teeth. All of the models were to show their teeth. We started with 1 and 3-minute poses.

We went on to 6 and 10 minute poses.
I was able to add a bit of watercolor due to the extra time during the 10-minute poses.

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Urban Sketchers - Draw Your Kitchen Zoom Meeting

I drew a little corner of my kitchen.

Felicita Park, Escondido

These are from a paint out at Felicita Park in Escondido. We all wore masks and stayed 6 feet apart. There were a few families passing by us on the trail because we painted close to the bridge by the little stream. It's a nice place to walk with plenty of shade.

My watercolor of the path ahead.

Kathy Aldrich

Pat Titus

and then there is this...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Handmade Book and Pamphlet

This book and pamphlet were made from cardboard that I used to protect my table. I liked the patterns and colors so I stamped a few crows on it and created 2 little books.

The crow was printed with a stamp I carved.

The spine of the pamphlet was made by pressing the pages in a book press and brushing on PVA. The book on the right was bound with a Coptic Stitch. 

The back of the books.

The inside of the pamphlet was made index card scraps.
The Coptic Stitch book was made with lined copy paper.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Navel Orange Tree - Pen and Ink with Watercolor

It's been in the high 80s in San Diego lately. Yesterday when I felt a breeze and comfortable outside I decided it was time to sketch in the yard again.

I chose our navel orange tree. We have had it for years and it always produces oranges but I only remember one year that they were sweet and tasty. I did this sketch in pen and ink with watercolor.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Plein Air at Kit Carson Park

I was able to paint with the Inland Painters at Kit Carso Park. We stayed apart from each other and we all had our masks with us. We took them off when we painted. Only 2 different people stopped to talk to me but they put on their masks when they stopped and they stayed 6 feet away. There is always someone that stops to talk to me and look at what I am painting so I have been hesitant to paint in public. 

I painted in my sketchbook using watercolor because I didn't want to pack a lot of gear.

Before sketching I took a walk on the Kit Carson Trail Loop. It took me about 40 minutes. I had never been on the trail before so I didn't know what to expect. It was a nice clean trail with some shade.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Monday, July 06, 2020

Masks - SF Sketchers Zoom Group

The topic was "masks". We drew each other while, one by one, we talked about our Halloween experiences. If there "posed" and spoke for about 4 minutes. Some of us also talked about our Covid mask.

Lowell, Dede, Faye, Corinne, Carmela
Pencil with watercolor

Doug, Hazel, Kaije, Victoria
Pencil with watercolor

Lauren in her bug mask, Jane, and Liz
Mechanical pencil

When we got back from our short break we drew our self-portrait with our mask on.
Mechanical pencil.