Posts Tagged ‘pen and ink’

nest egg #4

January 16, 2013

For the last couple of years, I have had, in one corner of my studio, a jumbled mess (actually the whole studio is a jumbled mess, hence this blog’s name).  But I am tired of looking at this particular mess.  I have been saving twigs and raffia to make another nest egg, this one for me since the first 3 were given away.  I made it tonight.


That corner is now clean.  I have retired from nest building.

Last night was spent sketching on scrap paper.


I am trying to get in the habit of creating daily.  Bunny and eggs, I think I am also ready for spring.



September 7, 2012

I have had architecture work this week and it has kept me from doing artwork.   Looking for some pen and ink renderings this evening, I came across this sketch for a cottage.  Been doing this so long, I can’t remember this house but I think this is kinda cute.  Wish I could build it on a lake somewhere…



SideAs I think on it, I believe I did this for a contest at the beginning of this “economic downturn.”  Did not win.  I guess the final drawings are at the office…

Going to Florida next week!!!  Lots of time for art!

anticipating the weekend…

October 21, 2011

Google amazes me.  I am so impressed with their “special day” icons, and that the days honor people who aren’t routinely known names, yet their work is.  The lucky person who gets to research and create these icons.  I so want that job!

The job(s) I have now are keeping me busy.  There has been more architectural work coming my way (thankfully, because that pays the bills) and I have become the children’s director at my church which is, for the most part, quite enjoyable.  But the other two jobs I have are suffering from neglect.  The first is keeping house.  You don’t even want to go there (I should say “come here” because it is a mess!).  My concern is that I don’t care.  Not enough to bend down and pick up that stupid piece of paper which has been lying there for 5 days!  The other is art.  I made a promise to myself that I would create daily and I have broken that promise.  And I do care about that!

The weekend is here and here is my challenge to myself.  Take this line drawing and make something of it.   And maybe,  do some laundry.

See you Monday with the results!

Flickers, Houses, and Cad, oh my!

September 3, 2011

I am learning CAD.  That is Computer Aided Drafting for you people older than I am (aka CADD which includes the word “design” but since I still design on the board…).  The college I attended started teaching CAD the quarter after I graduated and although I did learn some on an antiquated computer way back in the ’80’s I really never learned a modern day program (do you suppose that computer really cost $70,000 or was my then-employer stretching the truth?) .  I know the basics of Google Sketch-up (which is a great and free download giving hours of fun to those of you who like to play on a computer) and now I am learning Datacad.  I am dreaming datacad.  I am waking up thinking of datacad.  I came home on a Saturday and booted up datacad.  I never realized I was such a geek before…

And this is the reason I haven’t posted for a long time!

Here is a watercolour and ink drawing of a flicker I did last night (and some today) to re-acquaint myself with my right brain.

I had the opportunity to forage into the past earlier this week.  The town of Eatonton, Georgia owns several (maybe 15 circa 1900-1920 +/-)  mill houses and they are trying to sell them en mass to be restored in place (with some grant money) or to be moved to another location.  The houses are as they were when the last inhabitants moved out maybe 20 years ago.  Most people think they should be razed, I think they are worthy of saving.  I don’t know if they will be used for the reason the trip was made, but if they don’t, and you should want one, please let me know.  I will put you in touch with the right person.

Here are some pictures to entice you…

I know, I know, entice may not be the right word considering their present condition… but these houses have great proportions, heartpine flooring and beadboard ceilings.

Do you hear that?  I think it is datacad calling…

ewe’s not fat, ewe’s fluffy

August 23, 2011

What did I ever do with my time before the internet?  Do you feel the same way?   I knowingly spend way too much time on it but some things just fascinate me and I know that save for the internet, I would never be exposed to them.  Case in point…

The Campaign for Wool was found linked through Selvedge Magazine and has a gallery of pictures from which the above was taken.  Have you ever in your life seen such cute creatures?

It was enough for me to pull out a photo of a sheep and do a watercolor/pen and ink drawing! But the sheep is more deserving of a wool tapestry.  Some day.

Forgive me for the title of this post.  Sometimes you just cannot resist.

Watercolored Water Bird

August 17, 2011

I have had other responsibilities of late and haven’t had as much time to devote to artwork, but I do have another watercolor with ink lines and a little pastel thrown in to share.  I like doing these.  It’s so much fun to scribble!

Another Cicada

August 5, 2011

paper size – 18.5″x11″

Now to translate this into thread…

Blue Ribbon Nest II

May 18, 2011

My watercolor needed punch so I added pastel and ink.  I am not the purist I use to be.  Compare this to my thread painting here.  I think I like the tread painting more.  The thread painting  sold, which I am very happy about, but it may also be the first time I really miss something I created.

playing with colored pencils

March 30, 2011

A while back I bought a book by Carla Sonheim called Drawing Lab.  I then watched a video of her doing a couple of exercises on an Etsy workshop.  It inspired me to draw just for fun because she sure looked like she  was having fun.  Here are the results…

a Picasso dog following her draw, turn 90 degrees, draw, turn 90 degrees….  then color.

Blind contour, then embellishing the linework and colored, of my nephew, Daniel.  He, his mother and I had a great evening playing with these techniques.

Blind contour of Daniel’s dog.  I love the line that is created in this.  It may be my favorite.

a contour drawing (this time I looked) of a woman from an old photograph.  This time, I did not pick up the pen but tried to make the drawing one continuous line.  That is actually the case for all these but I admit, I sometimes picked up my pen and then when I was finished, I was  guilty of going back into the drawing and adding and adjusting.  But, hey, it is for fun!  I can break rules all I like!

Miss Marple, done from putting the dvd on pause….  I loved this Miss Marple, sorry she isn’t making them anymore.

Berry College…

This is the way most of the contour drawings looked before I went back into them with line variations and color.  It is a little difficult to worry about proportion and perspective when you don’t pick up your pen from the paper.  I like the whimsy of these drawings.  Especially since I am usually so tight and precise with architecture considering my background….

An owl and a

Bird and nest!  No pussycats as yet.  These last two were developed into free motion machine embroidery.    I spent a little more time on them watching where my pen was (but still trying not to pick it up)  in relationship to the image I was drawing.  These really do develop your drawing skills.  But enough scans for the day!  I will show you the embroidery later.


July 11, 2010

It’s been a doodling kind of weekend.  More Zentangle patterns (both copied and inspired)  done in my sketchbook, around a bird that turned out too dark.

Doodling can be all consuming… I might just have to go fill those other pages with birds on them!