This week’s sketches

Happy Mother’s Day to the mom’s out there…It’s another week during Corona Virus World. I have been spending my time creating art, which is business as usual for me.

We’ve been watching Ozark in the evenings and finished the first season and are in the second season. That series shows how lies just make people dig bigger and bigger holes for themselves.

Here is last week’s dailies….

I took Carla Sonheim’s 10th Year Anniversary class and one of the lessons was “Cheater Blind Contour” drawings which I love and I have been doing some every day.

Here are some:

And here are some combined with my brush pen 5 min timed drawings….. Enjoy!

Sketches from this week

Occasionally I like to go out sketching with a group. Since I moved to Florida this past autumn, I haven’t had the chance to get out out to sketch with any local groups. Then the corona virus hit so I guess it will be a while before I do that again. However, all is not lost. My friends at the NYC Urban Sketchers have found a way to sketch virtually so I joined them today on Facebook.

The theme was to pick your dream vacation spot so I chose the French Riviera. Here is my two page spread.

Next, I have two of my morning routine sketches and also, my daily doodles for this week.

Enjoy!

Some more Tiny Book pages

Here are some more pages from my tiny sketchbook…..

Photo reference from Veronica Micallef on Sktchy
Mack. He’s currently getting an allergy shot lol
Paris in Pink and yellow
Reference photo from Marian Glaser on Sktchy

Enjoy!

Tiny Book is Finished!

And it is in the mail with time to spare. I really enjoyed this project and I hope the people who visit it in person at the Brooklyn Art Library will like it, too.

Here is the cover and over the next few posts I’ll share the many spreads that it took to complete this sketchbook.

I decided to go with Chihuahuas since we have two and I needed a change from cats. Many of the tiny portraits are of Chloe and Mack, our fur babies, but many were also inspiration from the Sktchy App.

Tiny Dogs, Giant Hearts cover
Inside Front
First Spread – Chloe

Inktober Week 3 one page spread

Here is my daily one-box-per-day spread for Inktober Week 3.

This is a daily ritual I do anyway but this month I decided to take more time embellishing the borders. I usually spend Sunday evenings drawing the borders and I find it quite relaxing. This way the page is ready for the first entry on Sunday morning.

The finished kitty book

I have been busy working on a few projects that have deadlines, so I haven’t been on social media very much.

I finally tweaked this sketchbook so I could do the video of the completed book. This sketchbook is handmade. I usually use the Strathmore 9×12 watercolor paper for these 6×9 books. They don’t take much time to make and I love doing them!

The interior was done with pan pastels but I had to do the exterior with acrylic because pastels can rub off. That’s why there are dividers between the pages.

Enjoy the video!

Kringle Kitty Sketchbook

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the first few days of the new year. I closed the studio down for a few days so that we could just enjoy the holiday and hang out with family. (Don’t worry, mom was still getting cards!).

John and I went to Florida to see our daughter and other family members. It was nice and warm. We played card games like Cover Your Assets and Skull King. We were having a great time. We were thinking of extending our stay but we got a call on New Year’s morning from my father-in-law that the roof was leaking on our house.

Happy New Year, eh?

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He said the roof leaked all the way into the living room and basement….again😱😱😱😱😱

Our wonderful neighbors threw a tarp on the roof. We weren’t in Florida but for a few days and drove back up to NY that weekend (ugh). Today the solar people came to remove a panel to assess the issue. Apparently a RACCOON was trying to eat his/her way into our house. It somehow squeezed under the panel. My husband repaired the roof. Solar panel was replaced. Now we are on critter watch.

In the meantime, as promised, I added embellishments to my Kringle Kitty sketchbook. I created a video to show a flip through of the book and if you look closely your see that each page has something more 3D-ish added to it. I haven’t done many videos so forgive the abrupt ending.