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“If you can’t say something nice …

If you can't say something nice ...

WIP, 8×8″—Watercolors, Micron pen on Strathmore 500 series, 140 lb. watercolor paper.

… come sit next to me.” Said by Olympia Dukakis’ character in the film, Steel Magnolias. Somewhat weary of scrutinizing and drawing the faces I see on tv/internet regarding current events, I turn to spinning the backstory of completely fictitious characters. This guy’s supposed to be an iguana. He likes Ceylon black tea but he’s very sensitive to caffeine so he must limit his consumption. Unfortunately, moderation is not in his rather hefty toolbox, so he’s wired at the moment.

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Feelings

Oh, Jared.

Jared, as seen on tv in 2017. 7.5 x 10.75ish” Watercolors, Inktense pencils and ugly-crying bitter tears on Canson Mix Media spiral notebook.

The first sketch of Jared I attempted to do resembled Rose McGowan. It was on a sticky note and it makes me smirk a little when I see it even now, and then I start to feel horrible about myself for smirking. I don’t know if it might affect anybody else this way, so I present that sticky note here for my own (I won’t say, benefit…) purposes:

Jared or Rose

Sticky note pencil and Signo Uniball white ink sketch of Jared, as seen in the news in 2017, and which makes me smirk and also looks a tad like Rose McGowan?

Guys who wear glasses…

Guys who wear glasses

Scoured his images for a good one. A not-too-mean example of Rudy because I felt he did all of us good during the 9/11 crisis. Reference pic is from a May 4, 2018 Rolling Stone article I saw online. Tried to keep this 11×5.5″ sketch from resembling Robert DeNiro portraying Rudy in the upcoming movie of the current crisis. Watercolors, Derwent Inktense, Micron Pigma and white Signo Uniball pens and coffee on Canson Mix Media paper.

Mind the Gap

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Five years since my last post. That’s quite a gap. But just because I haven’t posted for such a long time doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching (or obsessing over art supplies.) My present plan is to pick up where I left off without attempting to fill in the spaces — in those gap years, I’ve posted five International Fake Journal Month collections along with tons of sketches on my Flickr site to which there is a link in the sidebar. Over the winter I had my first book gig and my illustrations for a children’s book are in the can, as they say. When that is published I will be able to write about it and another book project I’m working on.

Meantime, I’ll be conjuring, sketching, gardening and sipping tea with aplomb.

Dunked and Drawn

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Noodler’s Bulletproof Black in a Lamy Vista EF, DS and WN watercolors in a 11×14″ Canson XL Mix Media pad. Yes, the paper buckles; it’s not the greatest for wet work. But I don’t mind if I slosh beer on it while I splash paint around…

On the last day of Spring, I dunked Stella, the amazing expanding sponge toy into a glass bowl and placed her on the front porch table where Stego was ensconced. She had been egging me on for weeks and because Stego was nearly back to his old tiny self, I obliged. Stella began to grow slowly, but when she made progress, she meant business.

Recently, I found some toys on the walking path near the house and scooped ’em up because they were winking at me. They immediately began to hang around Stella’s bowl and they clearly desired to be drawn. I’ve been keeping track of Stella for a week now and so have the boys. They’d better watch out, though. Stella’s going to get way too big for that bowl.

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Money Well-Spent

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Freshly-filled pans, clockwise from upper left: DSAureolin, DS Quin. Red, DS Anthraquinoid Red, Holbein Bt. Sienna, DS Indanthrone, DS French Ultramarine, DS Manganese, DS Cobalt Turq., DS Cobalt Violet, WN Opera Rose, DS Moonglow, DS Buff Titanium, Schmincke Payne’s Gray, DS Quin. Sienna, Quin. Gold, DS Italian Deep Ochre, DS Indian Yellow. #10 Grumbacher synthetic round.

Recently, I came across my childhood watercolor tin. I’d been puzzling over the variety of fancy, name-brand empty tins online with the idea of customizing one for my travel sketch kit. The prices were quite daunting, however; I’d much rather spend the money on paint and paper. And food. 😛

This vintage Playtime tin will allow me to bring larger pans and a bigger variety of color with me. Just think: all these many (many) years later, I am getting such pleasure from this item — and the original investment was a mere 29₵! I’d say that was money well-spent. Thanks, Mom!

 

Lemon Trillium

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Noodler’s Lexy Gray & Bulletproof Black, DS and WN watercolor in an 11×14″ Canson Mixed Media pad. 15 June, 2013. Windham, Maine

Daunted by painting flowers, I thought I’d dive back into the pool with a sketch of a foliage plant, the Lemon Trillium in my garden. I wanted to convey the liver-spotting that this plant has but will have to work on that another time. I’m still grinning from my hour of splashing paint around on the front porch. Hell, I’m just happy that I didn’t need to wear my fleece vest today—it’s been so cold in Maine the last month. The notebook is too big for my scanner so I snapped it with my iPhone 4S. The color and exposure could be better, but you get the sketch!