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,


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