Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Quick Sketch





Cleaning my work space and stopped long enough to have a bit if fun with my "writing letters" fountain pen and watercolors. Used a wet brush to make the ink bleed.

Cheers-
Darlene

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sketching at a Cafe


Today I went to my favorite college campus (Kenyon College in Gambier OH) to sketch. While I was there I had a toasted gluten free bagel with tomato, bacon and cheddar cheese. And a big fat chocolate muffin. Thought it was cool of the cats to show up and provide the gag line.

Cheers-
Darlene

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cats Never Lick the Butter

 Layering of YARKA Professional Pan Watercolors and Prisma Colored Pencils.



Layering Prisma Colored Pencils.

What do you think? They don't look Vegan to me!

Cheers-
Darlene

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Is Christmas Over Already...

...because I haven't sent all of my cards out yet.



This really did happen to me this Christmas. No pine smell. We selected our tree at a tree farm, cut it on the spot, and yet there wasn't that burst of pine tree scent in the room that reminds us it is the Christmas season. I did experience a little of that magic Christmas scent on the day I took the ornaments and lights off the tree. The scent of pine finally filled the air so I left it standing naked in my living room for two days just to enjoy it. Now it stands happily on my front porch for the birds. I hang homemade treats on it all winter.

Winter cheer-
Darlene

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp



I took the first three fabulous courses when Sketchbook Skool(SBS) www.sketchbook skool.com launched in April 2014. Since I completed those three courses, the founders of SBS, Danny Gregory dannygregory.blogspot.com and Koosje Koene koosjekoene.blogspot.com have given us a bonus course titled, "BootKamp." To me the word BootKamp doesn't sound like a bonus, it sounds like exercise but hey, it's FREE! Experiencing art through Sketchbook Skool is an exercise. One that I needed to get started again, to really see the world around me in order to get it onto paper. Drawing this crumpled bill was one of the BootKamp assignments. We are reviewing the original courses but going deeper into the experience. Yep, "going deeper" sounds like BootKamp.

(Micron Pen, YARKA Professional Watercolors, Prisma Colored Pencils)

Cheers-
Darlene

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Inspirational Quotes Illustrated


5x8" Moleskine Watercolor Paper, Yarka Professional Watercolors

I received my copy of Cloth Paper Scissors today and I always flip through magazines from the back to the front. The first page I opened to was page 91, which is a review for Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate." (I just love that title.)

I was happy and surprised to see one of my two pieces highlighted. That's my art top left, "Nothing Standard Here" with the quote, It always seems impossible until it's done. -Nelson Mandela

Did I tell you this book has perforated pages so you could tear out a favorite and hang it in your studio for inspiration or even frame it?

This is a lovely book. One to sit quietly with in an overstuffed chair with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea (spiked if you prefer.)

Cheers-
Darlene

Friday, November 28, 2014

My Art is Published in Lesley Riley's Book

24x36 Acrylic on canvas
(Self portrait)


I've had to wait months and months to be able to show this painting to you because it was chosen to be published in Lesley Riley's book, "Inspirational Quotes Illustrated: Art and Words to Motivate."  The first release of this book "Quotes Illustrated" can be purchased on Amazon Amazon.com as a collector book. The second release has 30 more pieces of art/quotes and has been picked up by Northlight Publishing. www.artistsnetwork.com

The quote I chose to accompany this painting is:
So you see the imagination needs moodling, long inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. -Brenda Ueland

I am proud and grateful to have two pieces of art published in these books. (Thank you Lesley.)

See the ad for this book in the right sidebar. Click on the photo of the book, or the links above, to purchase. This book is full of beautiful, inspiring artwork and quotes. A lovely and meaningful gift.

Cheers-
Darlene