Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seth Apter's Studio Table Tour

Some stuff. EEK! I don't like those things on the floor. (Not sure what that says about me...)

My messiest spot. It's driving me nuts. There is a large wall to the left and I am looking for a wall unit or cubbie shelves from IKEA maybe. I need a place to store canvases too. Right now they are leaned up against the back of my art table and I don't like things sitting on the floor.

This is where I write or waste time on the computer. The chalkboard holds my priority list...hopefully I look at it.

I pull open a drawer, add a sketch board for my paper or sketchbook to sit on and I paint with watercolors like this. (Built in easel) I have to have my space neat and clean to work....UNLESS I'm working on a mixed media piece or an acrylic painting then I can tend to pile things up. But I always clean and set up the area for a new project...otherwise I get distracted or don't even tend to sit down and work cause it's too messy. I also write in this room and I MUST have things simple, quiet and orderly to write. (Hmmm, I need to write at a convent.)

I love the drawers in the front of my art table. (They keep me sane) Inks, pan pastels, ink pads, extra pans of watercolors etc. There are three more containers stacked under the pan pastels. When I need something I just pull a drawer open and pull out the container.
This drawer for acrylics.

Another of the twelve drawers in my art table. This one is for oil paints.

I sit here to watch art videos, read, write, sketch and nap.

A bit of my porch off my studio. It's lovely to extend my creative efforts outside if I choose.

This is a part of the large wrap around porch off my studio where I can read, write or paint too.

The other side of my art table. Big, old and heavy. I love it. There are the drawers for some of my supplies.
These plastic containers keep my supplies organized and they stack in the drawers of my art table. I can get them at Pat Catan's in three sizes.  Thank you for visiting my studio. Seth Apter has invited artists to take a photo of their studio table as it is today. Make sure you visit his blog to take the tour. I love peeking inside artist's studios. Wow, did I find some amazing studios and blogs to explore. Go here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Painting Kitchen Stuff

A page from my sketchbook. Painting stuff in my kitchen. I probably have at least 20 of these goblets, pink, gold, blue and green ones.

This was my maternal Grandma's tin recipe box which still holds original recipes. I have Grandma's cookie jar that matches the box. And she would fill it with cut out sugar cookies..I also have the cookie and icing recipe and I bake them for most holidays.

That is my mom's strawberry shortcake recipe she made for family reunions. I also use this recipe.

I think it is important to pass down recipes from generation to generation. They help to keep our stories alive. Do you use your family recipes?


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sketchbook Skool Influence of Tommy Kane

One of the instructors I'm studying with at Sketchbook Skool is Tommy Kane.   He talks of slowing down when we draw. Not moving the pen slower but taking time to draw all of the details...maybe spending 4-6 hours on a drawing.

I'm drawing stuff in my kitchen and I wanted to drink these before I finished drawing. It made me a bit anxious working so long, but once I put in over two hours I became quite enthralled with finding details. "Oh look I didn't even see that an hour ago," I'd say out loud. It got to the point where I didn't want the fun to end. Now to do it again tomorrow! Go to Tommy's blog to see his fascination (well obsession) with details in his drawings. His work is brilliant!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Zebra Visits His Mother!


Two of my favorites are "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" and "Mommie Dearest!"


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Everything's a Cartoon!

Everything's a cartoon! I was drawing these birds from nature for Cathy Johnson's class in Sketchbook Skool and suddenly that quirky yellow one pops in and asks for crumbs. There goes the nature drawing.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Monday Blog Tours with Artists and Writers

A very dear artist friend of mine, Jackie Paninski Neal, invited me to join her and other artists/writers by blogging a bit about myself and my creative process. 
On Mondays, artists and writers from all over the world are sharing their stories and images through blogging. This is yet another opportunity to meet and be inspired by other like-minded people. Jackie then invited me to participate, hence this post, and then I will invite another and so on and so get the idea!

I have invited Jutta Muller,  to post about her creative efforts next Monday, August 25th. We met through on-line classes. She keeps popping up where I am and I adore her work. Currently we are taking two classes together...Sketchbook Skool and Year of the Fairytale 2014. Jutta is a student at the private art school "arte fact" in Bonn for painting and drawing. What an honor this is. You can find out more about Jutta on her Facebook page or her very organized and creative blog; but be sure to visit her blog on Monday August 25th to view her special post about her creative self.

On to the 4 Interview Questions!
1. What am I working on now?

I juggle way too many projects and classes so I will mention just a few...

I'm working on this oil painting of Anne Marie. She keeps staring at me and asking when she'll be done. I study on-line with Daniel Edmondson and Will Kemp...otherwise I am self taught.

I'm working on the illustrations of a picture story I wrote titled, "The Tree my Heart." 

I'm working on Cartoons almost every day. If you follow my work you know Zebra is my signature character for my cartoons!

I am working on writing and illustrating a humorous nonfiction novel based on my observations as a clerk at a convenience store and living a creative life beyond all of that nonsense. The title of the book is "No Bra, No Teeth, No Service."

I am working on Illustrated Recipes to be published on "They Draw and Cook" blog. I think I have had 5 published.

I am writing articles and/or submitting art for magazines. I have been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Art Journaling and Somerset Studios magazines about five times. I am published in Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus DeMeng's book, "The Art Abandonment Project." I was published in Lesley Riley's book, "Quotes Illustrated" and this book has been picked up by Northlight publications so 30 more artist's work was chosen and I was one of the 30. Now I will have two art pieces in the second book due out in November 2014. I have been published at "They Draw and Cook." I had  fairytale illustrations published in Carla Sonhein's Fairytale zine.

I am working with artists through Sketchbook Skool (Danny Gregory), an exciting online course approximately every 6 weeks , with six instructors per session. Just finished session two.

2. How Does My Art Differ From Others?

If you see my work you are seeing me. It reflects my feelings, observations and humor. Lots of color, emotion and imagination. I work from the inside out. And I don't follow the rules.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Because I have to or I'd be a very sad person.

For the simple joy of making people laugh.

And because I have to or all of this would rattle inside my head, and since I don't want to take drugs or drink all day, or walk around in the streets mumbling, I write and make art.

4. How does my creative process work?

Basically I get out of my own way. 

When I create I go so deep into it that I feel like I'm chasing after myself. I don't think. I just get on with the creating.

 I carry a Moleskine 
with me everywhere to write ideas and notes. If  I have an idea for a cartoon I draw it matter where I am.

I take artist dates for myself by myself.

I take classes with and get to know artists/writers I name a few... Michael deMeng, Tommy Kane, Seth Apter, Prashant Miranda, Carla Sonheim, Traci Bautista, Danny Gregory, Will Kemp, Andrea Joseph, Quentin Blake, David Sedaris, David Ezra Stein, Wade I either have or plan to meet them in person. It's good to walk alongside like-minded people... Artists and writers love to share what they know, plus Michael deMeng has shared some great martini recipes, in addition to his famous paint color combinations.

I sit quietly and "visualize" a painting or the next chapter of a story in my head then I jump up and put it to paper. Do it now, not later. This keeps the ideas coming.

I listen to others conversations, I'm rude and I stare at people. I see the world in vivid colors with joy,  humor, excitement and sometimes dismay.  

It all works.

Everything is material...Cheers- Darlene

Friday, August 15, 2014

Zebra and His Stuff!

                                                 ...but we are allowed to hoard art supplies.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Cartoon and a Martini Recipe

The Corpse Reviver (I got this recipe from Michael DeMeng)

1 ounce gin (Bombay Saffire or Hendrick
1 ounce Lillet (French Vermouth)
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon
1 ounce orange liquer (Cointreau)
3-6 drops absinthe
Cherry for garnish

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Dog Kisses

My daughter, Suzanne and Poe. Watercolor based on a photo her husband took today. Poe got a long walk at the park before Mama went to work at the gallery.