Friday, February 27, 2009

Homework: Still life

Our homework assignment was to draw a still life with objects that represented us and our family. I found this to be very interesting. If I had done this like I wanted I would have had an ashtray and cigarette to represent my mother but I don't want cigarettes in my house. Even though I quit smoking eighteen years ago there is no reason to tempt myself. Also I would have used a different ruler to represent my of the long,triangular ones that engineers use. I am the pencil and my sister is the egg. I wasn't sure how to represent her as she is a good person and a good egg. I feel I could have thought this out more had I had longer than a week. I thought this was a very interesting assignment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tribute to the animals of the Sunday comics

I love the comics. It is one of the main reasons I get the newspaper. I heard on the news (on the radio, I still don't have TV) that The Philadelphia Newspapers have declared bankruptcy and that all newspapers are in trouble. I often wonder how I would find the comics if I didn't get the paper and where will the artists be able to sell and show their work if not in the paper. I don't want to spend even more time online trying to track down the comics. Then to top that off I opened the paper this morning and the Oregonian is dropping ten of the comics from their pages to save paper and money but the ones they are keeping will be published in color so every day will be the Sunday comics. This just doesn't make sense to me. I like the black and white comics and I love the specialness of the Sunday comics. I know that this might seem a petty complaint. We, at least I, need the comics as a fun diversion in these trying and uncertain times.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Lucky Sunday

I went to a lecture at the Wilsonville Library this Sunday. This was part of the Northwest Author series developed by Christina Katz. There are still more lectures this year so be sure to check them out if you live in the Portland, Oregon area. Sunday's lecture was given by a young adult author Christine Fletcher. It was a great lecture on what one needs to write a good story. Then I won a door prize for a years subscription to Writer's Digest. How cool is that! And I even drew more in my out and about moleskine. Too bad people won't sit still for you..... Next time I decided I need to sit somewhere so I can draw something besides the backs of people's heads.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Smiling Kitty

There are smiling cats from England and smiling cats from France. I think if you give a cat a chance, most of them will give you a smile, if you look from the right angle.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Homework and Everyday matter challenge #18

This was our homework assignment. This was harder than I thought it would be. Hope to improve these skills.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This was done as an entry in a blog I was participating in. I originally was making this mermaid for Kim Antieau. I decided that she needed to be with her intended owner so she was mailed off to Washington and is home where she belongs. Check out Kim's blog and Church of the Old Mermaids book.

Proud Mama

Okay, this is one of my favorites. I think I keep saying that but I really like this one. I like that there was an extra surprise from the photo. When I took the picture I was focusing quickly on the cat and the proud cat mama and when I downloaded the picture the boy looking at the cat was a bonus. His picture is below. He looks like someone from the Addam's Family? No?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Trapped Kitty

This time the scan didn't work at all. Poor kitty. The more I work with my photos from this show the more I realize how unhappy the kitties were.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cat Show continued

Again a photo (above) and scan below. Wish I could just hand you the sketchbook!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Homework: self portrait

Well, I just couldn't bring myself to upload the whole picture. Bad drawing, my hair, yadda, yadda. Maybe another time. The point is drawing going on 6 1/2 months.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cat Show Continued

Above is the scan
Below is the photo

Not sure that I captured this amazing cat's face, so here is the photo. What a great cat. Again, feel the photo/scan is not doing justice for the drawing.....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Cat show #2

Above is a photo and below is the scan

Trying to get a decent scan and photo. I like the way this drawing turned out but not sure if you can tell from photo or scan.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Cat show series

This is the first in a series of drawings that I will be doing from photos that I took at a small cat show in Portland, Oregon the weekend of January 25th. I am less than pleased with this drawing. I was trying something new and don't care for how it turned out. The first series of drawings are of kids who are learning to show their cats so they show them and answer questions.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Homework for class...same assignment as last week.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Indian Dancer

Another dancer from the Pow Wow. I forgot to put that I am doing the next series of drawings from photos in a moleskine. This is pencil and I am not thrilled with the scan. For some reason my scanner doesn't pick up pencil drawings well.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Pow Wow at Community College

So I am trying something new. I went to two events the weekend of the 24th and 25th in January. I wanted to draw there but it was impossible to do so. I took my camera and will be drawing from the photos I took. I am still determined this year to draw at events but these American Indian pow wow.... and a cat show, just weren't conducive for on the spot drawing....hmmm.... especially the cats. I was very happy with the photos from the cat show and will be doing and posting these drawings later in the week. I have two more from the pow wow to do and post.