Monday, April 13, 2015

Station W

 My favorite hangout place when I want to have a good coffee. Now that I only drink coffee occasionally, I am making it an event. My places of choice are indie coffee shops - no chains and certainly not Starbucks.
Station W also makes a great gluten free brownie that completes my coffee. I had about 10 min to do a quick sketch and I sat at a table that cut the view in half. I wanted to fill the bottom part of the page with sketches of people waiting for their coffee but I had to run back to work ...

Saturday, April 11, 2015


Waiting for the train at the Central Station. I had a green smoothie. On the table next to me there were an empty can of pop and a bottle of Perrier - both green. They made a very Irish arrangement, but by the time I got to the bottle, I was tired of the weird shades of green I was able to concoct with the Quattro water soluble pencil.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mid point

I wanted to practice using the midpoint to make sure the sketch fits on the page (Bert Dodson chapter 3). I did not have anything inspiring around, so I looked for inspiration in the fridge and found two salad dressing bottles. Such a simple concept and oh how helpful ...can't wait to try it at a life drawing session.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Well deserved rest

The other day, I caught The Cat during his afternoon nap. I grabbed a pen and sketched him quickly, it was as if he knew he was watched because he starting fussing around.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Once upon a cold winter day...

... three apples relaxed on a tabletop, enjoying their new found vocation: art models. The artist painted furiously one version after another, none of which rendered justice to the models. The artist grew more and more frustrated with her inability to describe such a simple subject. The frustration became sadness ...wanting to give up ... almost gave up ..ate one of the models more try, then moving on ...

This is the last of about 5 versions I did of these apples, each one with different major flaws. I tried to come up with a color close the the local color of the apples - a sort of burgundy - but I ended up with too much brown or too much blue or too much something else in the mix; shadows too dark etc. I thought this was a 5 min job ... not so it seems, not for me.

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.