Tuesday, April 11, 2017

#Sktchy30 Challenge

I've entered another challenge. This one is presented by the Sktchy community a great website that provides drawing inspiration through a gallery of reference photos which are uploaded daily and can be used as inspiration to draw, post and share with other artists.

The challenge is:  30 days, 30 sketches.

Each day a challenge is presented via email. Using the challenge and photos from the Sktchy site, the artist will draw, paint or whatever is their favorite medium and post their picture for the day.

These are from my first 3 days.

#Day1 - Ritual
Day 1 - Ritual

#Day2 - Leisure

Day 2 - Leisure

#Day3 - Color
Day 3 - Color

Friday, March 17, 2017

One Week 100 People 2017 (Sketching Challenge) Day 6

By Day 6 I sketched a total of 70 people of the #oneweek100people2017 challenge. After that, I ran out of steam. This was a great experience and I could see my sketches improve each day. I got a lot out of this challenge. First of all, I would never have tried to do this much sketching in a week and I did sketches in different medias which is another thing I would be reluctant to try and do.

Day Six

Friday, March 10, 2017

One Week 100 People 2017 (Sketching Challenge)

I decided to join the #oneweek100people2017 challenge which starts March 5, 2017 and was created by Marc Holmes and Liz Steel. The challenge is to go out and sketch 100 live people (preferable) or if that's not possible use videos and photos. My schedule doesn't allow for people watching this week so I'm  using photos and YouTube videos with an occasional sketch of my hubby on his recliner. So far I up to Day 4 and falling behind on the 100 people count. I keep getting caught up in the details of the sketches and will need to simplify by drawing faster and looser.

Day One

Day Two
Day Three
Day Four

Monday, February 13, 2017

February winter storm

This is the closest I can get to plein air painting in the winter. I sat on the floor and sketched the backyard scene through my patio window.

8.5"X11" pen & ink, watercolor

Friday, May 08, 2015

Sketching cars

I completed another Sketchbook Skool session this one with France Belleville-Van Stone. She does great sketches of cars. This was our homework - sketch something with wheels, then draw it at a different angle but this time loosen up and use a different media. I'm not a "car person" but I did have fond memories of my first car, a used rusty "64" VW bug.  I used the Sketch Pro app to draw the digital one on my iPad.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sketchbook Skool

I signed up for an online class on Sketchbook Skoolhouse. I'm taking the Stretching class which is a six week course with a new instructor each week. I completed the first week taught by Jonathan Twingley. Each day we created sketches following Jonathan's inspiring videos; the last day we cut out the sketches and created a collage. So much fun.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Acorns on a post-it

When hiking, I like to pick up fallen debris such as acorns and seed pods. I picked these up years ago and I'm guessing they're from a white oak. I checked the internet and had no idea there where so many species of oak trees.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sugar Jar

There were many recommendations on the internet for the Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks. I bought the 5 ½” x 8 ½” Alpha Series. The paper has a nice tooth and can be erased many times without a problem. It does buckle a bit with heavy use of watercolors.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Red Onion

My Sunday morning ink and watercolor sketch. I enjoy waking up early on the weekend to spend some quiet time sketching. I'll make a cup of tea or coffee, put on meditation music and set up a simple still life to paint. It's a good way to start the day.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ink and watercolor sketch

I'm trying to do ink and watercolor sketches which I find are more spontaneous then detailed drawings. This is a sketch done on a Canson Sketch pad which is okay for pencil and ink but terrible with watercolor.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Red Stump Teapot

As an oil painter I find working with watercolors a challenge in patience. I must have painted 15 layers of various reds to get this intense color. By the way, this is a great little teapot. It keeps the tea hot, doesn't dribble and the lid is attached.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Morning espresso

I took me 3 hours to draw and paint this "quick sketch". I find I'm drawn to subjects with lots of complicated geometric shapes, reflections and lettering which are not good for quick morning sketches.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


I got up early this morning to enjoy my flower garden, the variety of birds at my bird feeder and the peace it brings to me. As is typical of New Jersey suburban living, my neighbor had the same idea except he needed to mow his lawn. Oh well.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

My sketching tools

I like the paints in this little box. It's portable and the colors are super concentrated and stay moist.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Avocado sketch

Pen and watercolor sketch. I attempted to write with a Pigma Graphic 1 brush pen (too broad and hard to control). Should have practiced first.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tomato in a glass

A quick ink and watercolor sketch.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Inky Doodles

A couple of doodles. The second one is a series of triangles which took me a while to figure out. My lines are super shaky but it's great practice and, depending whether I go clockwise or counter-clockwise, totally unpredictable.
3" x 3" Pen and Ink

3" x 2" Pen and Ink

Sunday, April 07, 2013


Pen and Ink and Color Pencils
I love Steampunk. It's a combination of science fiction, Victorian over the top feminine flourishes and the masculine Industrial Age of machines. There are as many different interpretations of Steampunk as the are artists.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

My Sketchbook

Moleskine Sketchbook
This is a picture of my 3.5" x 5.5 " sketchbook. I'm having fun with the colored pencils but I did get carried away with the colors on the left drawing.