Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day

Sketchbook, graphite, ballpoint pen, oil pastel.

And, yah, I'm a mean dog mom, and I DID make Sonic wear a fru fru belly dance coin scarf so that I could get me a Cute Dog Christmas Pic, (man up, Sonic)<--he an="" br="" christmas="" crap="" does="" expression.="" have="" making="" me="" s="" she="" sweater="" that="" ugly="" wear="">

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Silent Night

From my sketchbook, these start as quick pencil sketches to get things going,
followed by ball-point pen (surprisingly, this has turned out to be my favourite art tool for the past several months)
And layered over with lots of thick oil pastel colours.
For the traditional, Merry Christmas, or happy Yule, or Fruitfull Soltice, or whatever.
My take on this time of year, is to say and do THANK YOU's to folks around me, and take the time to look up, and around, and appreciate this fantastic planet we inhabit along with all of it's other critters, like and unlike us. 
The sun will come around again, summer follows winter, light follows darkness.  Hold those thoughts in your heart.

And, oh man, I do love snow....hoping for lots of the fluffy white stuff.

Friday, December 9, 2016

My Dog Did Not Eat Me--but he is a time thief

Ball-point pen, sketch book & my Christmas bookmarks

More bookmarks.  These were drawn in ballpoint, scanned, inkjet printed, hand-coloured in sharpie and tape laminated.  The dimensions of a bookmark are quite the challenge.

And my time-thief, because he has a way of making sure there is nothing else on my mind.  This is he, life sketches, outside with a bone.  Trying to get him to stay out a bit so he can grow himself a winter coat, as he shed right back down to his tropical naked belly through the summer.  Text reads--Sonic & Bone/& squirrel watching/baby it's cold outside--let me in.

At least he's very much a fun dog.  High drive dogs are mixed blessings indeed.
15 seconds of fun

I'm doing dog agility instead of Life Drawing this year.  The cost is about the same.

Have fun dear readers and thanks for looking, and for sticking around while I play with my dog.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Make Fast Art--the sketchbooks

Yes, I said 'sketchbooks'/plural.  Sketchbooks are keeping me going, while otherwise distracted (aka-the Dog), but getting them finished/full, is a 'thing', and I have an old one, barely begun, that needs filling.  It's no-name paper, and not my favourite working size (this one is too big at 5x7), but it is started, and therefor needs finishing, so I've made it my Fast Art, Oil Pastel, Warm-ups sketchbook.
Which isn't all that fast, if fast is determined in under 15 minutes. It's more like Hour art, one or two, but at least that means Bum In Chair, which is sometimes the most ambitious achievable goal available.  I have a short attention span.
So here's some from this week. Words are a pretty good 'go to' when I can't think of what to draw, and often, they have satisfying results.  Words are evocative, and combined with colours, random or inspired, the combination intrigues, sometimes inspires. 

Sometimes the words get completely buried beneath a flurry of pigments, never to resurface.
My ball of scraped oil pastel.  I love this little ball, fun to draw with, creates the most intriguing multi-hued grays and the ultimate in recycling.
And a work in progress, maybe, or maybe it's done, abandoned, never to be seen again.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rain Day, notes from the sketchbook.

Sonic rarely looks grumpy, but squirrels can really get him going. And yes, this he. The squirrel was checking out my bird feeders and striking some fabulous lightning quick poses. Sonic's idiosyncratic hairdo & posture is pretty much memorized.  
I remember not so many years ago wishing desperately that I could draw from imagination, without reference materials--somewhere along the road, it happened, yay.

Abstract oil pastels.
Primary colours, plus orange.

It's a rainy day, so a little more art time, less dog time, although I spent 20 minutes brushing him out. Considering he has a very practical coat, that was hardly necessary--points to the time thief.

Ordinary art supplies online, yikes, another time suck, but done.  Oodles of oil pastels plus a new mini sketchbook on the way.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gone to the Dogs

...and cats.

Here I sit, at the keyboard, cats mewing and purring and rubbing, saying, in their catly way, MY TURN.  That danged dog gets all of your time and attention. MAKE IT STOP.

And that's the truth. I call him my Time Thief of lately, as he steals time. In all honesty, I allow that to happen, he's my excuse, my distraction, my enabler.

So I gave him his own blog.  Sonic's Dog Blog (waitingfornino).

Which is not a promise that I will never mention Sonic here again, but sooner or later, I need to get back into the habit of not just making art (which I've actually been pretty good about continuing), but sharing those visual thoughts.

Ball point pen, the reverse of a marker painting.

From my sketchbook, oil pastel and marker.
& oh heck,
The dog,

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sonic says Yay! Abstract Oil Pastel Video Tutorial (2 minute version)

Making art with Sonic is, erm, distracting to say the least.  If I'm lucky,, he hides in the basement (in his kennel) to sleep, but otherwise, he just hangs out with me, looking restless, or watching squirrels, or pacing, or whining (at which point, I take him to the kennel to cool it for a bit).
Today, he was real quiet, but he still managed to get himself in the picture. Video's 2 minutes. Yes, Sonic is there.
Here are two of the men in my life; they look oddly matched here.  I think Dynamo was my match, and Sonic is his.  Dynamo was a B*** * (female dog)'; Sonic is a sweetheart, there you go.
Ugh, must finish this post now. Sonic is sitting beside me, heavy breathing and making impatient blowing noises. Sigh....

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

More sketchbook in bite sized (less than 2 minutes) chunks on youtube.

More sketchbook in bite sized (less than 2 minutes) chunks on youtube.
My little sketchbook, part II
Some black and whites, just plain old ball point pen, and abstracts in oil pastel where the colours really start to flow.
And cute pets, Sonic and Riker waiting for supper.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Notes from the Sketchbook--a little vid and a dog

Video/1 minute

Hi, I'm still here.
Still trying to juggle active young crazy little dog and art.  He really does not take up that much of my time, but is a distraction.  Sneaks into my sketchbook on a regular basis.
While going into hermit mode on account of minding my dog, I'm still making art--lots, but not finding time to share and present.
So I tried something new for my sketchbook and used a 'slideshow' tool from youtube to give you a reasonable facsimile of flipping through my sketchbook.  You will see Sonic makes several appearances within.
And on that note:
Here's my awesome dog.  There's plenty more where he came from (but none quite like him) from Dogs and Cats of the Dominican Republic-- they do fabulous outreach work keeping the pups well kept in their original homes, but when things fall apart, they look further afield.
And for those of you curious as to how a dog can steal away your time (and heart).
Well here you go (keep in mind, I have no fenced yard so leashed walks are necessary and often).
Loose leash walking
Short leash walking
Greeting dogs on a long line
Paying attention in the presence of dogs while on a long line
Visiting friendly dogs at the dog park
Paying attention while visiting friendly dogs at the dog park
Exercise walks on a leash
Exercise walks in the woods on a long line
Thou shalt not chase squirrels
Thou shalt not dart across the street in front of a moving car
Thou shalt not attack Canada Goose lest the Canada Goose delivers a lesson you will never forget.
Muscrats are off-limits too.
Mourning doves--ditto
Coyotes--oh gosh, please, never ever go after a coyote, you will be lunch to a coyote.
Please do chase the frisbee
Please do bite the tuggee rope
Yes, do the pogo! Again! Pogo! (he leaps straight up, all four feet in the air, at the beginning of walks. Yes, I encourage it, named it, reward it, fun!)
Walking backwards in front of me is fun too.
Hopping sideways, yep,
Spinning at the end of leash, yep, all good.

I'm also doing basic foundation training to get him ready for agility class in the fall (maybe).

Busy days.

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...
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.


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