Thursday, April 17, 2014

When My Computer Thinks ...

... I daydream about going outside to enjoy the warm afternoon sunshine. Sometimes those daydreams turn into drawings like this one.

(opaque watercolor, black & white ink on kraft paper)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Between The Rabbits ...

... and the snow, I can't see any flowers outside today. The good news is I bought myself a pot of tulips over the weekend that don't care about the weather – or the critters – outside.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Color Me Annoyed.

Creeping Phlox is deer resistant.

the same cannot be said, however, for rascally rabbits.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

More About Skool.

If you've read Danny Gregory's books or followed his blog for any length of time, you'll see familiar material in his videos. He discusses his belief that keeping a sketchbook, or illustrated journal as he calls it, is less about the product and more about the process. Slowing down and really studying your subject – whether it be a landscape, a building, a shoe or even the contents of your medicine cabinet – allows you to see the inherent beauty in everything.

To him, drawing is meditation and it's often like that for me in my sketchbook. I find myself looking for simple shapes and shadows, not really worrying about the whole that I'm drawing, but focusing on just a very small portion of it. Instead of worrying over all the daily minutiae that occupies my mind most of the time, I just zone out and relax.
The hard part for me lately has been thinking of something to write. The combination of drawing, writing and adding images or ephemera has been what keeps me coming back. The kiddos used to provide a lot of material for me, but they're growing up and less than amused when anecdotes about them make their way onto my pages. I've written about my cancer journey, but after 15 months I'm done with that being the center of my universe.
I'm ready to let my sketchbooks remind me there's more to life than what's apparent in a quick glance. It's officially Spring here in Ohio. The baseball season has started, the grass is getting greener and most days the temperatures are warmer. There are buds on the trees, flowers blooming in the sun, and dogs lazing in the yard (something I often wish I had time to do).
It's time for new beginnings.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Heading Back To Skool.

Sketchbook Skool, that is. It's an online series taught by several of my favorite artists. When I went looking for inspiration eight years ago, the sketchbooks of Danny GregoryJane LaFazio and Tommy Kane helped convince me to open a sketchbook and give drawing another try.

I'm very excited to learn more about how they – and Koosje Koene, Prashant Miranda and Roz Stendahl, the three other instructors this semester – work in their sketchbooks. What kind of mediums do they use? Where do they like to draw? What do they like to draw? How do they stay motivated?

I've watched the first few videos for Danny Gregory's lesson and I can't wait to get to work.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Day I Wait All Winter For.

Today is the Cleveland Indians' Home Opener for 2014!

The good news is snow is not in the forecast this year.

The bad news is rain is on the schedule for most of the day.

I guess we'll see how well the draining system works on the field.

Sunday, March 30, 2014