Fabric Landscape Study 7 and SUGAR SCULLS!

Here is yesterday’s painting… would you believe that after more than two hours of playing tennis yesterday I was so wiped I didn’t feel like blogging? Well, that is what happened.

Blanket Landscape Study 7, oil/canvas, 8 x 10"
Fabric Landscape Study 7, oil/canvas, 8 x 10″

What have I been up to today? Crafting!!

It’s a lot of fun running an online craft shop and one of my favorite things to make are stitch markers. They are used to mark the placement of certain stitches or patterns within a knitting project. Knitting as a pastime has really picked up in recent years and there are knitters of every age and interest. Soooo, you can get quite creative with what you make into a “marker”…

For example, with Halloween coming up I’ve done a recent shop update with many scull-themed markers. Many of the beads used in my store are purchased from small shops around New Mexico from hispanic New Mexicans. It has made me very curious about all of the scull/skeleton imagery associated with their culture:

SUGAR SCULLS (and scull masks and skeleton imagery etc.) are symbols of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrated these days on All Hallow’s Eve (Oct 31) and All Soul’s Eve (Nov 1). These traditions go back thousands of years and included dancing in honor of deceased relatives. Sugar Sculls with the name of the deceased on the forehead are eaten by a friend or relative of the deceased. These celebrations are exactly that; celebrations of death, not as a tragedy, but a re-birth. Living is but a dream and when we die we wake up… or something to that effect. (Information from: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070911144931AAzPwvu)

Making Stitch Markers.
Making Stitch Markers.

So anyway, I spent some time making stitch markers today and taking pictures of the process to give you and idea of why I’m attracted to such a simple activity. All of the colors and the huge variety of different combinations you can make keep me interested while giving my mind and body a break from painting.

To buy stitch-markers, project bags, knitted items or knitting patterns visit multicraftual.etsy.com

¡Tenga un buen fin de semana!

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″

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

A kitten in the sheets

Here are some progress pictures of a recent painting, Kitten in the Sheets!

It is usually my intention to take more “in progress” pictures while I paint but most of the time I’m drawn right into the act and when I look up it’s hours later and I’ve missed meals and phone calls and bathroom breaks!

the first sketch
the first sketch
painting in the kitten
painting in the kitten
adding in the sheets
adding in the sheets
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20"
Kitten in the Sheets, oil on cavnas, 16 x 20″

Day 10 and 11 of the Drawing Challenge

Hello all,

I ignored Day 9 (favorite tv show) for the time being and instead drew Day 10 (favorite candy) and Day 11 (turning point in your life).

In regards to favorite candy… I had to draw the wrapper because I ate all the chocolate itself… These “buttons” are the British version of Cadbury chocolates as we North Americans know it and altogether much tastier than US chocolate. Sorry USA.

ink drawing of cadbury buttons chocolate wrapper
Cadbury Buttons

Next I drew the faint outline of my wedding day, the “turning point” in my life where my husband’s and my individual trajectories collided and formed a new life path. With a few lines I outlined the people present and suggested the big pine tree we were under for our short, casual ceremony atop a mountain in New Mexico. Sometime a line is enough to describe what you remember or feel.

ink and graphite sketch of people wedding
You may now kiss the bride

Stay tuned for more drawing challenges and surprises 🙂

Day 7 and 8 of the Drawing Challenge

Day 7: Favorite word (I don’t really have one but whimsy was what I felt like doodling). The little hexagons in the top third of the drawing are giant sparkles… like sequins.

drawing stamping of whimsy, wine, daisies, books, yarn
Whimsy in mixed media on paper

Day 8: Favorite Animated Character. Dori.

In terms of favorite characters in animated films, I adore all of the puppets used in the animation the Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson but in terms of animated drawings, Dori is lovely. My sketch doesn’t do her justice but to draw her was a little pinch of fun in my day…

drawing of dori from finding nemo pen ink marker
Dori from Finding Nemo

Desert Walk

Today I walked in the desert as if I don’t live in it… as if I live in the interior of British Columbia and experience sunlight for four hours a day before it falls behind a mountain.

Every image below is out of focus and intentionally so. Think of them as paintings made with a camera:

desert photo
photo in the desert
desert photo
desert grass

Sketchbook Sunday

Here is a smudgy, fun, mess of a sketch from my sketchbook. It was drawn with a quill pen so you can see spots where I was scratching away to shade an area, or where the ink pooled suddenly. There are lots of surprises when working  with a dip pen and ink so I have a lot to learn and play with!

ink drawing of prickly pear cactus
Prickly Pear, ink in sketchbook