Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hotei and Benten

Hotei, 2 Bentens and a lawn bowls lady.
Paper mache

Monday, September 29, 2008

Arte y Pico

Last week I received the Arte y Pico award from Barbara Weeks .

Thank you Barbara!

There are a set of instructions/rules that go along with the gift.

They are:
1. Pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico so everyone will know the origin of this award.

HERE are my five current favs:
Lyn Feudner
Jennifer Lawson

Friday, September 26, 2008

Just a sketchbook journal page

Pen and ink with watercolor in a watercolor moleskine.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hotei and benten ready to paint

Paper mache applied to further shape the figures.
White gesso painted over the paper mache. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Progress on Benten and Hotei

This is the progress I have made on my paper mache gods of happiness. I added plaster cloth to define the goddess on the left to show a kimono. The lady on the right is a lawn bowls lady. I also added a bag for Hotei to hold. I think it is filled with good fortune.

The 2 on the left are made using an empty spice bottle for the form. The 2 on the right were empty food containers. (frosting bucket and ricotta cheese bucket) I covered the bottoms with plaster cloth.


you should know the skull if you intend to paint portraits

 I don't want to be a "portait painter"
 just a painter

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Portrait class

Warm ups

watercolor model

the model I didn't paint


Monday, September 22, 2008

sketch book page

This page was painted green before I started drawing with pen and ink and a white prisma colored pencil.

Friday, September 19, 2008


tv and family

Trying some faces from tv and photos. Pen and ink with watercolor.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Benten and Hotei

Paper Mache
I started 3 more gods of Happiness (or gods of good fortune)
I would like to do a set of all 7 one of these days.

From left to right, Benten, the goddess of beauty and art, holding a paint brush, holding a musical instrument and a paint brush (middle) and right, Hotei the chubby one...open minded optimist always happy, distinguished by his huge belly which indicates a largeness of soul and an inward wealth of resources, characteristic of a man who attained the wisdom of Buddhism.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Our electricity was out so I drew my husband playing computer chess. We ended up going out. He probably got tired of me staring at him. . . 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Yeah, I eat a lot of fast food.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Reporting on Ike

Geraldo Rivera (with an imaginary person) reporting on Ike. 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Boone procedure

My dog has had a lot of issues lately. Ear infection, a cough and a very dry nose. This is the procedure we go through twice a day!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

First Day of Portrait Class


I used watercolor in my sketchbook while most of the others worked in oils on canvas. There was a fantastic watercolor artist and a pastel artist too.

Painting the model.

The critique

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008


My dog at the doctor. Poor guy, he's obese.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Misdirected Anger

sketchbook journal entry