Monday, March 16, 2015

Bathroom shelf

I have not been in a very artsy mood lately ... for various reasons. One evening, I decided to tackle the bathroom shelf. Pencil and then brush pen. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Kitchen confidential

Lack of time ... lack of inspiration ... what's one to do ?! Sketch the kitchen!

Pen and watercolor pencils.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Freud and Nietzsche

I bought two cereal bars only for the boxes they came in. At 5$ a pop they are definitely out of my price range. But I could not resist the temptation ...Here is my rendition of the boxes:

I will scan the other sides of the boxes for use in collages or other funny sketches - there are games, a mustache, a labyrinth....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


After I ate the clementine, I thought why not draw the peel. It was harder than it sounds I must confess.
The first attempt was on a book page - I wanted to see how well it would take washes. It works but the water soaks in the page right away, so wet-in-wet does not work.
 I picked a terrible color to draw the shadows in this one - a blue-greenish super strong color. I did not know how to tone it down, so I glued tea bags on top and added more watercolor and pen.
 By the time I drew this one, the peel was all dried up.I like the colors in this one and the abstract quality of the shapes.

Sunday, March 8, 2015


With the cold we've been enduring this year, I had to resort to the fridge to find things to draw. This time, it was a clementine.

 Collaged background with acrylic. I found some chocolate that came in an interesting wrapper - in f act I bought the chocolate mostly for the wrapper as it was way expensive.

I then tried three more variations of the same subject using different media - pen and markers in the first one, watercolor pencils in the second and pen and negative spaces in the last one.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Nossa Senhora de Candelaria

One of the sketches in my lost sketchbook was of this magnificent church in Rio. During the week, this place is so busy it is hard to even cross the street and enter the church, but I was there early on a Saturday morning. I did a number of versions of this sketch, trying to find a version I liked.

I did not stop to plan the page and the building took over.

I did not like it, so I tried another another version including some background ... better, but still ...

Here I added some foreground, maybe a bit too much foreground - better.

Lessons learned - take time, plan the page and include surroundings ...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Santa Teresa

Everything seems to conspire against on location sketching - it's been freezing cold since January. So I did some sketches from pictures taken in Rio. These were from Santa Teresa.