Monday, June 30, 2008

Cactus Monday

When Margaret Storer-Roche Posted her Queen of the Night Blooming Cereus. I knew why I had not seen the bloom on the cactus I drew last week! The prevoius week I drew the cati from memory. When I drove by it must have been early AM or late in the evening. So here is the bud I'm happy I got to see the Bloom on Margaret's post!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pendents for Transcendance

In April one of our figure drawing models invited us to a rehersal of the dance group shes involved with. We took pictures and did some drawings, made a donation to the group, Transcendance. They are a energetic group and it was a great chance to see, photograph and draw a large number of dancers at a time. I thought it would be a nice gesture to create pendants for each of the dancers. Time flys when your having fun! The Shows last proformance was the 29th so I barely got them finished. I try to photograph my glass before it goes to gallerys or customers this time I didn't get a chance so all I have is my picture on the shelf. I hope they enjoy them!

These are some of the etched irridized glass pendant's top layer before firing.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

EDM # 61 Draw a grouping of 2 or more

3 koi Watercolor on Arches 140

2 or more of one of my favorite things watercolor on Arches 140

Monday, June 23, 2008

EDM # 176 Express Summer

We have had some very hot weather 102' to 105' and windy! Roses and snapdragons wilt. If I take an evening bikeride no one is out. I have spent alot of time watering. This is a 5 x 5 inch fused dichroic glass piece that looks like a very hot place! I'd like to make a large one like this.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

EMD # Draw an Eye

This is Dazzel's eye, watercolor on Arches 140. I took a photo at sunset, when you take a great photo its hard to be happy with a painting of it. I don't feel its complete, but the colors in the eye are close to correct. He is a 27 year old Arabian stallion doing well for his age.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Cactus Monday

Painted these cati from memory last week. Went back to get some pictures, there was one flower that had not bloomed. I was checking it daily so I could get a good look at the bloom. It must have bloomed when the 105' temp and wind wilted it. ?Such a graceful looking bud I bet the flower is spectactular, I'll have to wait till next year!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

EDM # Draw a Fish

I saw some interesting fish in a Geographic and let my imagination take over. I didn't have a reference when I painted and I've forgotten some fins.... he looks unhappy about it! Watercolor in Raffine sketchbook

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

EDM # 76 Draw Some Flowers

The 5 Poppies are the 3rd atempt, the single one I got the varity of color I was hoping for. Have not got the transparency and overlapping petals I'd like to. Watercolor in Raffine sketchbook.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Cactus Monday and Question about Lost Comments

Cactus Monday came around fast! I had seen huge white blooms while driving and did not make it back to photograph. This was done very quickly from memory. Ballpoint pen and watercolor. I know cactus blooms don't last long so I took a drive back to see if any blooms were remains unopened, I'll check today to see if it has bloomed!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Slide Show of James Hubbells!

The slideshow is pictures taken when the Art Glass Association of Southern California visited his complex June 7th. 8 amazing structures on the property. I wish I had taken more pictures of the buildings from a distance.
Here is the link if you'd like to find out more about this amazing artist

Thursday, June 12, 2008

EDM #10 Draw your hand or 100 hands

I thought it would be good practice to draw one hundred hands! Another thought was to buy a large book at a thrift store, gesso the pages to use as a sketchbook for acrylics or oil sketches. The pages were too thin to have the gessoed pages work. So I decided to go ahead and sketch the hands in the book! It has been good practice, I made my left hand draw my right a few time as well (its showing improvement) I'm not comfortable defacing the book-copyright issues with the author etc. Interesting where the images in the book take you. It has been fun!
This is the book that the 100 hands started in, when I realized that they were all left hands I tried a few with my left hand drawing my right. Amazing how fast lefty wore out!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

EDM #2 Draw a Lamp

This lamp adorns one of the incredible buildings in the home and studio complex designed by James Hubbell The Art Glass Association of Southern California toured his complex last Saturday. I had previously seen his work on a PBS special and some of his stained glass and art work in galleries. The buildings, sculpture and glass work are just amazing, there is so much attention to detail, every doorknob and hinge are unique. I have asked permission to share my photos of his amazing place and I plan to make a slideshow or have them on my Flicker page. I am so inspired by the visit! I would highly recomend taking the once a year tour offered next weekend. Details on his website.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Cactus Monday and EDM # 141 Draw Something with Bristles

Turns out I painted the little ones that don't really have bristles or maybe when they grow up they will? Staples gel pens and watercolor in Raffine sketchbook.

Anyone know what type of cactus this is? Are the small ones at the bottom a different type? Its about 8 feet tall! I try to stay away from them.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

EDM # 164 Draw a camera

Tried to improve by straightening the left side.... I see more problems. Oh Well

Shades of grey pitt pens, they have a nice flexible point, too much like felt tip pens. They don't blend well and dot if you stop. Awkward 'lil sketch.

Friday, June 06, 2008

EDM # 127 Draw a Skyscape

Watercolor in Raffine sketchbook 5.5" x 8.5 with blot away clouds

EDM # 136 Draw your sink

My sink becomes a nursery for plants rooting in water waiting for transplanting. Watercolor and gel pens in my 140 arches folding sketchbook.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

EDM #174 Draw a bridge

Tried to get this posted the 3rd... oh well. 2 bridges both from Minnesota photo references. Gel pens and watercolor.

Monday, June 02, 2008

EDM #136 Something Alive

This is Sneakers pen and ink and watercolor 4 x 5 inches

Sunday, June 01, 2008

figure drawing!

Transendance group practice

These drawings are from Helen's weekly figure drawing class, April and May. 2008 Also a few from the Transcendance dance group The performance
Dates are June 26-30
10th Aveenue Theater
930 10th Avenue
San Diego, Ca. 92101
619 255 3812
Great group of kids