Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Notes from the Sketchbook, oil pastel, sharpie & copic markers

Venus in Transit: Moleskin travel book, hot pink sharpie ground, black ball-point pen, oil pastel over top.  This one was a lot of fun. I really loved the effect of layering the cooler blues over the hot pink marker.  It will be interesting to try this over a better (more toothsome) paper someday.  This is another example of me throwing creative 'blanks' desparately writing random words, and then prest--I'm getting excited about the planets (accidentally edited Uranus out of the picture, just as well, as I couldn't resist adding a cat-butt)

And on that note, Simba and Batman (who have gorgeous cat-butts, in their not-so-humble opinions).  Their previous owner recently asked for an up-date! Yay!  I love that they care, and that we can relate some really good news.  
This one is three copic markers, bright yellow, red, and duck blue (somewhat teal), going over the same page in multiple layers.  The colours blend in remarkable ways and yellow over blue & red turns a remarkable glowing bronze.

Jungle Fish.  On Sunday I started some randome scribbles in 3 colours of marker (red, blue, yellow), and the result was pretty frenetic.  I added ball-point pen, but it was still eye-searingly busy.  What fun to tone it down and make it flow with a top layer of oil pastel.

And below, more Sonic.  Now he's decided Canada Geese at any distance doing anything at all is super exciting--egads, why did I agree to take in a border collie??? 
He only looks like a whipped puppy here because he does not like being mugged for a photo.  His expression seconds before was lively, press the shutter button, and it instantly changes, weird (and I do have the sound turned off).

Friday, March 11, 2016

Two 8x8 Oil Pastel Abstracts

Here's the morning's abstract.  Yesterday, I treated myself and Sonic to a trip to the local art store's which translates to an outing of several hours.  I decided to try some pre-cut hot-press (that means super smooth) water colour paper.  It turns out to be perfect for my oil pastel work, being toothsome enough to hold the pigment, but smooth enough for good solid colour coverage.

And, speaking of Sonic, just wanted to mention, he's keeping me very busy. It's a little (no, a lot) hard to ignore a young active dog when I'm home during the day, so I'm only slowly settling back into my (dog-adjusted) routine. I'm not good with change.
So want to thank all of you for still being with me reading, looking  and especially commenting. It makes it all worth while, and I apologize for a few extra lame blog posts (the last two should have been in 'draft', oops). Thanks for not noticing, but I will sometimes have to let the art speak for itself anyway, so I guess that's okay, maybe.
I have lots of sketches, secreted away, as I have continued with my sketches while leaving social media aside (minus ingesting hours of dog-training videos).  I'm not sure if Sonic is part border collie but he sure reminds an awful lot of Dynamo (my previous purebred german shepherd) so it's Dynamo-Redux, another whirlwind adventure--that took me into rally-o and agility--who knows where Sonic will lead.
Till next time, thanks for reading and looking--I am, as usual, ecstatic about comments.

Update: Yep, I never posted that 2nd abstract (technical difficulties, straightened out literally).



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Notes from the Sketchbook-Blue Eyed Dog

Yep, my blue eyed doggy is still inspiring me.
Wait, that's his brown eye...
Sonic
And just some art.  Sketchbook images on stone paper, ball point pen and oil pastel.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Life Drawing Tuesday

Life Drawing Tuesday: oil pastel on Daler Rowney pastel paper, has a bit of annoying grid-texture, but otherwise nice and toothsome.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Notes from the Sketchbook, and Words with Sonic

Sonic keeps reappearing in my sketches. There he is, however, I'm pretty sure I'm the one who ate all the candy.
Oh, and here he is again. Actually, the entire menagerie is in this picture. I won't be adding pastel to this one, really think it's done in spare ball point pen on white paper. Text reads "the 60's were a time of great hope and change".
And here he is, his first moment of defiance. I've been playing 'red light, green light' to his leash habits, ie, he pulls, I stop, he gives me eye-contact, I continue on my way. Worked great, he's all of 30 lbs, easy peasy, until today; he's figured it out and deemed it NOT FUN, leashes smeetches.


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