Monday after school

This evening, to beat the back-to-school blues I prioritized painting. This is NOT to say I am not enjoying the chaos and excitement of being back in my library with all the new students and returning students… just that I need this part of my day to keep me sane and to recharge.

Dragon was enjoying her favorite window ledge snoozing spot and I enjoyed listening to the rain coming down as I painted. My best friend from high school entrusted me with her precious yellow tea cup years ago and it is my watercolor painting vessel.

Dragon yawns
Dragon yawns
Palette and watercolor tea cup
Palette and watercolor tea cup
How far I got today
How far I got today, second session with this piece
Close up working
Close up working
Fancy angle close up
Fancy angle close up
Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog
Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog

Weekend Work…

My new job has been keeping me very busy but this Labor Day holiday gave me some time in the studio.

I’m going to make an effort to draw this week, whether it’s on my lunch break or just after school. This statement here will hopefully hold me to it despite the fatigue I will undoubtedly feel. Don’t get me wrong, I’m LOVING the job… it’s just that hanging out with ten year olds all day tuckers me out, as I’m sure you can imagine. hee hee. I’m hoping I’ll get more used to this energy demand as time goes on. I’m feeling very inspired from this new change in my life and I know it will show through in my artwork this autumn.

studio set-up today... lots of beverages
on the desk… lots of beverages

 

cat cartoons
cat cartoons

Computer’s-eye view

Today you get the view from my computer’s camera of what I’m working on. Can you spot the cicada? I’ll give you a hint: it’s front and center.

Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper
Insect Illustrations in progress, graphite and ink on paper

Illustration in the studio

I’m working on illustrations for a biology textbook today, while the kitten is  hard at work grooming.

Can you see the beetle on the computer screen? I totally took a picture of that beast yesterday… it was very dead and preserved nicely in the ENMU biology lair of course… but it was still fantastically cool.

It’s the good life.

Yes, that is a drafting table to the right… I just haven’t quite made the transition to drawing on it full-time yet… it takes some getting used to after more than 25 years drawing on flat surfaces. That, and who could kick that adorable kitten off the drafting chair? Not me, no.

Illustration in the studio
Illustration in the studio

More insects!

I thought I’d offer up some insect illustrations for your Monday viewing. It’s so interesting how making artwork, no matter the style or purpose, usually fills my head and heart with inspiration and a million other works I want to make.

As the spring arrives and I’m spending more and more time in my backyard garden, walking around town and making summer travel plans, the ideas are filling my sketchbooks and I sincerely hope I can make the time to bring them to life in the near future.

I hope everyone is enjoying a few signs of spring if it isn’t fully warm where you live yet. Perhaps I can post some more photos of my recent adventures in New Mexico for those of you who are still getting snow…

Blue Butterfly, watercolor and ink on paper, 4 x 4"
Blue Butterfly, watercolor and ink on paper, 4 x 4″

 

Click Beetle, ink on paper, 3 x 3"
Click Beetle, ink on paper, 3 x 3″

A Log Cabin Quilt and a Butterfly

Hello everyone,

I just have a simple post for you today. I’m spending most of this week working on illustrations for the biology text book but realized I had a few more paintings to show you as well.

Here is  a simple but bold painting of a log cabin quilt one of my dearest friends made for me (and hubby) as a wedding gift. Now I can enjoy its aesthetic in different forms around my house!

Log Cabin Quilt, oil/canvas, 20 x 20"
Log Cabin Quilt, oil/canvas, 20 x 20″

Next up we have a butterfly! Everyone likes butterflies.

Blue Butterfly
Blue Butterfly

Tiger Prawn

I’ve been working on some illustrations for a biology text book… while I don’t want to give away too much, I think I will still update you from time to time with some of the images I come up with. Today you get a Tiger Prawn: Penaeus monodon

 

Tiger Prawn, ink on paper
Tiger Prawn, ink on paper

Drawing Challenge Day 14

For day 14 of the Drawing Challenge I was supposed to draw my favorite fairy tale. I personally really enjoy fairy tales involving bears. One is The Bear collected by Andrew Lang in The Grey Fairy BookA princess is sort of turned into a bear. Another tale describes a girl who runs off with a bear. They’re both great. Disney’s Pixar “Brave” involves bears in a similar fashion. All good!

Here’s my drawn fairy tale:

pen and ink drawing of the bear, a fairy tale
The Bear, a fairy tale