Playing with color in my sketches. I have mixed feelings about using color. I like basic pen sketches a lot, but you get so much more subtlety with color, or by using a pencil. The sheen of the metallic blue tumbler in the upper left is so much more subtle than in the drawing of the Ganesha statuette two panels below it, which I didn’t think I was going to use color on.
These are really tiny drawings in a 5×7 sketchpad. I like the constrictions of these small places. While these are mostly objects in my home, these little drawings are fun to do while out and about.
Full page drawing of a little wine stopper I bought at a yard sale a few years ago. The original is more charming. Should have relied on the colored pencils more!
I walked around the Pomona College campus a couple of weeks ago before a Harmonistas concert. Then sat in a little park next to this house and thought I’d try something different. I would love to see the inside of this house. All those windows, the dormer and the big front porch make me think I would love to live here.
Amazing bead work on this bust of Pope Joan by Laura Larson.
Laura Larson’s take on Pocahontas includes all the names she went by in her 21 years.
Amy Semple McPherson by Laura Larson.
Fearsome to behold!
Roses constructed from handkerchiefs. Detail from Laura Larson’s Amy Semple Mcpherson bus.
Fascinating cut, burned and painted paper by Leigh Salgado. These pieces were thrilling to engage. So much detail and motifs that emerged and faded.
Exploring the interactive room! Costumes to try thanks to Autstin Young’s TBD The Musical.
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Kitty and I visited MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA yesterday. What a gem of a museum this is.
The current exhibition, Vanity, is up through January 24. All the artists’ work was amazing, but we were most taken by Laura Larson’s Grace and Glory busts of “historical (mythical) women who hav shown grace under pressure and who have been bestowed or sought glory for their actions.” It is amazing to walk around these pieces and discover all the detail.
We also especially liked Leigh Salgado‘s hand cut paper works. They just keep revealing more and more as you spend time with them. The play of color and shadow… Sigh.
The shots of yours truly in an orange sponge wig are courtesy of Austin Young‘s TBD The Musical and the costumes, etc. he put into the interactive room on the second floor. We saw lots of other people in there trying on wigs and costume pieces, mostly in their twenties. Nice to see the museum getting so much use on a random Saturday afternoon.
After the museum, we wandered up and down Lancaster Boulevard, which has lots of interesting little one-off shops. Stopped in at the new coffee bar in the lobby of BLVD Cinemas (think reclining leather seats at Antelope Valley prices!) Had a nice chat with Chris the barrista and sat in the reading room with our espresso and coffee.
Pretty great day, and just 20 minutes from our house. Wow!
This stunning piece of pottery was created by Linda Szitkar, a potter we met through Songmakers. I have long admired her work, and at last there was a studio sale! It is mine!
I am drawn to little containers. Also to tiny bowls, pitchers, and tea/coffee things.
This was the first thing I grabbed when we walked up to Linda’s display table. I’ve wanted a new pump for the kitchen but hadn’t seen one I liked. This is it!
Pottery meets technology. Linda’s husband, Doug Kerr, created the bright blue faux cork that makes the pump apparatus fit snugly into Linda’s creation. How great is that? This couple is sooo fab!
Another thing. I like candles. I love the design Linda cut into the clay. Sat down to draw it and realized just how interesting the design is.
We also picked up a tiny pottery bird house by Michael Flower to add to the collection on the front porch. http://flowerpottery.com/welcome It may end up on the terrace when we get more plantings up there.
I decided that I get to invest the money I make from The Harmonistas gigs in music and art, classes, supplies…feeding creativity. It made our little shopping spree at Linda Szitkar’s studio sale yesterday even more fun!
Linda uses a variety of colors, but I guess I was in a green mood! I’ve been admiring her work online for months, and it was thrilling to get my hands on some!
There are captions on the photos if you care to click on them!
So, I’ve been very inspired by Danny Gregory’s book, Art Before Breakfast. One of the things he suggests is dividing a sketch book page into smaller units and drawing in those.
I love doing these tiny drawings. They are quick and if I mess up, well, whatever! This is my first set of small drawings. The sketchbook is 5 X 7.
I’m about to finish a second page of small drawings, in which I sometimes took my sketchbook with me out into the world. It’s a lot easier to capture a little bitty scene than to try to fill a full page.
I needed to spend some time with my brother, Brian, this morning. He gave me a few key pieces of insight that I still draw upon from time to time. Since I can’t call him anymore, I drew this.
It’s from a photo he posted on Facebook a while back. A day in the early 70s (I’m guessing) when he felt good enough about himself to step into a photo booth. That’s what it took to get a selfie back then.
So glad he did.
It’s times like these when I wish I were better at drawing, but I think I did get close to his Mona Lisa smile. And the point really was to be with him for a while.
Having fun with Danny Gregory’s book Art Before Breakfast, in which he gives daily 15-minute sketching assignments.
This was a two-day project. The first day I sketched just the outlines in my medicine cabinet. The second day I filled in details. You can probably see that I got a little better as I worked from the top to the bottom. Decided not to confuse things by shading in the background on the bottom shelves…and was running out of time.
Hmm. Timed writing and timed drawing. Giving myself a time limit seems to help me get out of my own way. I’d forgotten that!
Really fun book. It makes sketching a scene a lot more accessible already.