Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pages and pages

I had some creative time this past Friday and got to paint/draw, etc on old book pages. I'm using an old Peter Rabbit storybook which is in pretty bad shape.. Its great fun to try and I'm not throwing it away, I look at it as recycling.

I have been painting more in my own abstract style and getting so much pleasure from doing that. Its really freeing and incredibly fun. I am all for realism but those days are gone for me. It is so much less fun to paint that way, for me. I used to really enjoy it but became so incredibly critical of myself and wanted to find out where I can go with my art. Who knows where I end up!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I am in love with white Pentel gel pens and colored Sharpie markers these days!

They are fast and fun and about as much as I can deal with at this time. Work is crazy hectic but I can doodle during little breaks in my day..can't I? :D

The smell can knock me out though, I have to say. That Sharpie pen, particularly the thin one, it so strong I have to just stop for a bit to catch my breath!
Hope everyone is having a good week! Sketch away!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

stamp binge

I found a terrific blog called Elvie Studio and the artwork is wonderful! There is a little video on the side bar about cutting a lino. I like it so much so that it inspired me to dig out some Speedball lino/pink rubber out and start working! Its been a while and I forgot how much I love linocutting. A great reminder:)

Monday, September 5, 2011

September is here...Cherry Blossoms?

Wow, the summer flew by. Tomorrow my little guy starts middle school. I can't believe it. He had a good summer and I am glad for that.

We moved recently and I'm still rearranging things and yesterday I came across an old art toolbox filled with items I long forgot. Surprisingly, a Pentel pen set I used to use had one good pen left. It's a brush pen in blue. I did a few sketches and I really like how they came out. I have to find out if they are still being sold and check online. I have book I bought at a Japanese bookstore in Rockefeller Center many years ago. There are not words, just illustrations of cherry blossoms by a single artist. I love this little book and look at it often. I decided to copy some of the styles from the artist and use the new found pen. I had so much fun.