I look outside and still see tons of snow. I'm so done. I'm thinking of warm weather and flowers.
This guy was sitting in front of me at a performance the other night. He had a perfect shaped head.
I finished 2 months of my sketchbook project today! It's been mainly a great experience so far, I wanted to get up and do this everyday. The downside is that even though it's only 30 minutes a day, it feels like much more. I spend some time thinking about what I am going to paint each day which can be overwhelming . But I've learned that I can always get something down, no matter how I feel. I've had days when I wish I was doing all this work on nice paper and not the sketchbook so I would be building up a nice group of finished work. But that would defeat the purpose of making these less precious. 10 more months to go.
I was shopping at Trader Joe's and this woman caught my eye and the next day I painted one of my groceries. I'm surprising myself as to what I can accomplish in 30 minutes these days. Even though it's just 1/2 hour a day, this project feels big and seems to take up alot more time than it does. Could be that I am thinking about it alot.
My husband and I were out for dinner with friends. I hadn't done my drawing yet so I just drew them all sitting around the table.
I did these with pen on a painted ground. Black, white and gold gel pens. I started at the bottom and just worked my way up. I keep the timer on and at 30 minutes I stop wherever I am. I have a good sense of what I can get done though so I usually finish.
This winter has been ridiculous, cold and snowy every day. It seems that its the only topic of conversation. I really am looking forward to spring.
For some reason I dreamed about my childhood parakeet and canary. They were named Susie (yellow) and Clancy (green) They lived for a long time about 8 years.
The day I painted the blue paint tube was a big snowstorm.. I was feeling so much blue and white that day. Just had to go for those colors. And then it was valentines day. Sending Love!
Some friends my my bookclub the other night and some random dried flowers from my garden last summer.
Here I am. I found the close up portrait caused me a bit of stress, that's why it looks so serious! I'll need to revisit this and have more fun with it.
1.7&8 I got the new bag from Bookhou I can't wait to start using it. And a Mies chair that we got in out living room.
I had a bad run with a migraine but I made it up to paint this. I'm tracking the life of this plant. This about day 4 of having it home. 2.4&5
Sometimes I just want to paint an imaginative floral. And I just love that shot at the opening of Downton Abbey, the colors get me every time. 2.3&4
This is my Dad. He died last year on February 1st. I'm remembering him sadly (and happily today). I just brought this plant home. A pretty Hyacinth. 2.1&2
I finished my first month of Daily Sketchbook paintings. Some days felt great and others I was definitely "off". But I am determined to do it every day regardless of how I feel. Sometimes just choosing what I want to paint seems like a huge task, others I just sit down and go. For example this happened just yesterday and today. Yesterday I was getting a migraine, I just couldn't focus, so I put down the stripes and then just decided to draw with a pen over it.. It looks dark and sad to me... Today is better and I just painted. I guess I could just put a big dot down on a bad day..
Succulents and Terrarium flowers. Now I want to start one for real.
The left is a portrait of my Grandfather. He wasn't grouchy but his mouth was that shape...I only knew him when he was old though. The page of faces are from my imagination.
I went from the really cold to the very lovely this week. I had 3 days in Miami and 3 days in Naples, Florida visiting my Mom. Now I'm back to the cold. It was a nice getaway and I am happy I was able to stick to the discipline of the painting sketchbook. I had watercolors with me and just 2 tubes of gouache so the quality of the paintings are a little different. The hardest part is deciding what to paint each day. It feels very important but I'm working on not being too precious about it..
1.15 and 16. I had a terrible Migraine on the 15th. I've always been thinking about how to paint that.. I get pain on one side..I know I'll have other opportunities to figure this out. I felt much better on the 16th, That's how good it feels to not have a headache!
1-12&13. I am posting these daily on instagram. http://instagram.com/augustwren