Another Morning Ritual…

Another of my routines in the morning is my morning pages. I have spoken of this before in previous posts. I have a sketchbook that I use for a daily routine of writing, sketching, writing what I am grateful for and setting an intention.

I start off the day with two sketches. One in my morning pages and one on my doodle page. This way, it is my routine to draw every day. I don’t always get to do it first thing, sometimes we get up and hit the ground running and I end up doing it in an airport or the car. Once in a blue moon I miss a day but that’s rare. I never make excuses, I just do it.

For the last 100 days of 2019, my morning pages have been Chihuahuas. Since I was doing cats on the postcards, I needed a break. Plus in order to get better at drawing something, I need to practice at it so I used Chloe & Mack as models, but I also used Sktchy for reference photos, too.

For the uninitiated: Chihuahuas come in several versions. Long coat (Mack), smooth coat (Chloe), deer head, apple head (Chloe & Mack), short and compact, taller and streamlined, curly tail (Chloe & Mack) and straight tails All versions are “correct” except the compact version seems to show up in dog shows more.

Chloe and Mack’s tails get curled really tight when they are waiting for food and treats or when they are happy.

Here are some of the Chihuahuas from that 100 + day practice….

End of 2019 Doodle Pages

Here are the last two pages of 2019. Doing the creative borders takes more time but I like how they look. I usually spend my Sundays on preparing the page for the week. In the 3rd photo, you can see how the beginning of the week looks before I pop the doodle into it.

Happy New Year!

2019 has ended. John and I have been scurrying around through the holidays. We unpacked the house only to have to repack things to put Christmas decorations out. Now we are in the flip flop stage of putting Christmas away and pulling the everyday stuff back out.

I am still using the garage as my temporary studio. We are still debating on using the garage vs a “she” shed. The garage is contained within the house and easier to climate control but there are no windows so it’s like a tomb when the door is closed. Plus it needs lighting, a screen door to keep the bugs and lizards out and it can only be opened when the weather is nice. When the sun hits the front of the house I have to close the door a bit because the sun is not kind to art materials. It’s open right now but it is chilly today so I am a little cold. I have long sleeves and jeans on, so whoever thinks it is always hot in Florida, that is incorrect thinking. It gets down in the 40’s some nights. Good thing I still have my parka.

I have plenty of “doodle” pages to share which, instead of posting them all at once, I’ll stagger them over a few posts.

In the meantime, Happy New Year and I wish you joy, happiness and lots of luck in the New Year.

Inktober Week 1

It’s Inktober…….again. Like an endless loop on Groundhog Day.

I am a week behind with my postings but that’s ok because I figured it’s easier on your in boxes, lol.

I am working on three simultaneous daily tasks. These are done every day just to keep the creative juices flowing.

One is my daily postcard to mom. I am combining the Inktober prompts with my postcards and I am adding color with Arteza brush pens.

I am including the back of the postcards so that you can read what I sent my mom.

Day Prompt – Ring

Day 2 Mindless

Day 3 Bait

Day 4 Frozen

Day 5 Build

Day 6 Husky

Day 7 Enchanted

Paint the Great South Bay

It’s that time of year again where I am the chairperson for an annual plein air event. I get to participate but I am obviously not eligible for prizes but that’s ok. When my paintings sell, that’s prize enough for me.

As typical with plein air, there are adventures to tell. Several storms this week, one really was a humdinger.

The first painting was not making me happy so I totally reworked it to the one you see below.

The next painting was completed from the rooftop of the Village Walk Assisted Living facility. They are great people and they really participate in community activities.

We had a model on Wednesday, but we had about an hour and 20 min to work and then another storm rolled in and we had to pack it in. I went back yesterday to do the background and I used the photo reference that I took to finish. This isn’t eligible to hang in the gallery but I am glad I finished this one.

I also took pictures of the artists painting the model.

Last but not least, today’s Quick Draw painting where we get three hours to work on a painting. This actually took me less than 2.

I am exhausted.

The Cats out of the Bag

For several months now, my cat postcard project has grown into a full show of 14 paintings. The largest are 30×40. They are at least 8 that I have not posted on Social Media.

The show runs until July 28th. One of the paintings is on display at a separate location, the Roast Coffee and Tea Company, a few doors down from the theater.

The image on the exhibit postcard was scaled up from one that I did last summer. The original is 4×6, the one below is 18×24. Two of the paintings that were completed are portraits of my mom’s cats, also created from postcards.

Creating large work from tiny sketches presented many challenges. I had to play around with the aspect ration to ensure my proportions were correct. Plus, scaling up meant I had to do more detail. Many of the original postcards were created with random bits of collage and it was impossible to scale up a tiny piece of collage so I had to improvise, a lot. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to my next project.

If you are in the area, stop by and see the show. Check in on Facebook at the Patchogue Theater and tag me!

Where’s the Cats?

X Marks the Spot
This is from my daily doodle sketchbook, where I draw one 10 minute doodle a day from a random word prompt.

More importantly, where’s Gina?

For the past few months, I have been working on a series of paintings for a solo show here on Long Island.  There are 14 paintings that will be curated by John Cino, Curator for the Patchogue Arts Council.  The paintings he chooses will be hanging in the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts on Main Street and the exhibit will run from June 15th to July 28, 2019. One painting will also be on display at the Roast Coffee and Tea House, a few doors down from the Theater.

I just finished the last painting today.  The paintings range in size from 11×14 to a whopping 30×40, which for me, is insanely large.

They are a variety of collage and mixed media.  All are very different from all the other paintings I have ever done.  Working large was fun, challenging, and quite a workout.  Mark you calendars!

I will post more detailed information in a few days.