Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sketching People in Public

I wanted to go out and practice sketching crowds of people and/or people in motion, so I went to one of my favorite locations for watching people...the Kenyon College campus. This is the large college bookstore. I saw plenty of students only they swished by, zip, zip! Finally these three stood in line at the register long enough for me to sketch them.


YARKA Professional Watercolors, Micron Pen, (5.5 x 8.5) Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Hardbound Sketchbook

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Stillman & Birn Zeta Sketchbook...Divine Paper

This was an assignment from Sketchbook Skool Bootkamp. Draw an apple in stages of being eaten.

I purchased a Stillman & Birn Zeta Series Sketchbook months ago and just used it today for the first time. I LOVE the bright white-smooth paper. Takes watercolor and colored pencil well. The paper is heavy too, so it will accept mixed-media. Another favorite of mine by Stillman & Birn. I also adore their Alpha series.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Zebra Learns Another Life Lesson!

I think we should incorporate some of Zebra's ideas into the real world. I'll ask if he cares.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The World Will Spin Without You If...

Years ago, I created this little art book to capture regret. I don't like to play the game of regret too much (something about how that emotion can tie us to the past and keep us from being in the present.) Although making this book helped me to quiet those emotions and lock them into art expression on these pages. Let it be done. Keep it simple.

It just takes basic materials to make a little book.

"The world will spin without you if you don't choose."

I could've, should've, would've worn the gold crown for many things...if I would've chosen to. Sometimes we just don't know how to move forward. Young people need creative mentors and real life experiences to bring their purpose alive more than a college degree.

Cover of the book.

 "Once upon a time a college professor told her she had exceptional talent and her short story should become a novel, but she didn't know what to make of it, so she did nothing."

"Once upon a time she was invited to go to Paris to study drama, she didn't know what to make of it, so she did nothing."
I used a dremel to scratch in words. My maiden name is Rettig. On the opposite page I scratched in the words "Regret." It was quite enjoyable to use a dremel to write that word over and over.

"Once upon a time she got kicked out of college for a semester, she didn't know what to make of it, so she did nothing."
She let "They" win and never went back.

"The world will spin without you if you don't choose."

Note: I'm happy to report I didn't stay in that "not choosing" phase forever. Today I don't care about the college degree, (some of my favorite talented people got kicked out of college (Kurt Vonnegut for one), I'm painting, I'm writing and illustrating books, I haven't been to least not yet!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Zebra Forgets...

Did you see the cartoon where Zebra carpools with the Pope? If not, here it is again.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Year of the Spark...Reverse Painting

2015: Year of the Spark! with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple.

This year long class is about sparking your creativity and exploring business opportunities.

This is a reverse painting technique with oil on 5x7 glass. Lynn Whipple taught this assignment. You can use plexi glass or glass, oils or acrylics. The painting is done on the back side of the glass which is a challenge but entertaining and often the results are a surprise.

So good to have my studio smelling like oil paints again.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Two Cats and Some Cool Stuff

This is what I'm currently working on. I was remembering childhood coloring books and how much I loved them. All of that remembering prompted me to draw this. Instead of crayons I'm using watercolors and Stabilo pens. My most cherished coloring books were the holiday ones or the fairy tale ones, such as Cinderella and Snow White.

I've also used coloring books as an adult when I just want to zen-zone out and color with crayons with no real intention involved. I call it "meditation coloring."

Did you use coloring books as a child? Any favorite ones you remember?


(February 6th)    And the completed illustration! These two cats said they're not going home yet, so watch for more to come.