Monday, March 26, 2018

A New Member of the Flock-The Winter Sheep

One of my Christmas presents was a membership for the Woodland Park Zoo. And one of my favorite places there is the Family Farm. During the summer they have a petting area. Right now it is rather quiet.

I last made sheep pastels in 2007 but as often happens my interest in subjects cycles around.

I usually draw and take photos because the animals don't always stay put.

This lovely girl makes a great reference. Look how unbalanced she appears, as though she is about to trip.

Drawing from the photo and with invented background.

Oil pastels on Yupo. Yupo is a plastic so the pastels smooth around and can be scrapped off. I scrapped much of the background and reapplied pastel on some areas

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Creation Destruction Creation

Sometimes I will complete a painting and am not happy with it. Maybe I like part of a painting but all together it doesn't work. I've been pondering what to do with some large paintings in the CafĂ© series.  I never liked the colors. I was painting an actual place, The Romper Room, and those were the actual colors.

What to do with art you're not happy with? Give it away, throw it away or paint over it.

After their last outing, I decided I would paint over some of them.

First on the destruction block, "Romper Room". So much dark red.

New room colors. Add a window.

Will this work out or will I regret the loss of the original? I'll have to keep painting to find out.

Friday, January 26, 2018

When Your Babies Leave Home

Long ago when I first started making art and I ended up with a piece I liked, I couldn't imagine letting it go. It all seemed so personal and precious. As the years have passed and I've made more art I don't have the same attachment. Also, storing work can be a problem. Now, I am excited and pleased when someone buys my work.

Two pieces sold this fall. The first was Wolf in Sheep's Clothing which is part of a sheep series from 2008. I've shown the series quite a bit. You can see the rest of the sheep series here

The other was one of the Inktober 2017 drawings and sold to a dear friend I have known forever, well, since high school.

I offer to hang paintings to buyers in my area. The gentleman who bought Wolf asked me to hang it in the front door alcove.


Okay, I'll admit to a small pang of sadness when I look at the wolf in his new home. I am quite fond of him.

Stovetop Still Life in its new home in California. It looks handsome in its new frame.

Stovetop Still Life

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Inktober 2017 The End Days 24-31

"Ghost Stories"  10/24/2017

The Excited Prairie Dog and Manny share cocoa and stories around the campfire. Wait! What was that noise? Did you see something moving in the shadows?

"Stovetop Still Life'  10/25/2017
This drawing was quite popular with viewers and quickly sold.

"Poodle"  10/26/2017
This is my cat. We named her Blanche but no one calls her that. We call her PoodleCat, Noodle, Screamer and The Cat.

"Edible Ink"  10/27/2017
Drawing is drawing whether your medium is ink, pencil, or frosting.

"Halloween Cookies"  10/28/2017

"Cynthia" 10/29/2017

"Peggy"  10/30/2017

"Trick or Treat"  10/31/2017
And another  Inktober completed. I love this external discipline and inspiration.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Inktober 2017 Days 16-23

"Feather" 10/16/2017
Gulls feathers littered the beach.

"Excited Prairie Dog Meets Paranoid Screaming Elk"  10/17/2017
 Paranoid Screaming Elk is a choice on the NPS Midwest Halloween costume list.

"Chicken Pot Pie" 10/18/2017
And it was delicious.

"Open Wide"  10/19/2017
 Find drawing inspiration in your daily activities, even the unpleasant ones.

"Excited Prairie Dog and Sloth on Sloth Day"  10/20/2017
 What do sloths do on Sloth Day? Probably not much.

"Peggy"  10/21/2017


"Beware the Candy Corn"  10/23/2017

Friday, January 5, 2018

Inktober 2017 Days 8-15

October 8 "Crooked"

October 9 "Screech"

This is my cat. She is beautiful. She is old. She is deaf. She used to have a soft, cute meow. Now she screeches every morning. She just screeched for dinner.

October 10 "Seadragon"

More from the Georgia Aquarium. These creatures look like a fantasy.

October 11 "Gigantic"

Whale shark, the very epitome of gigantic.

October 12 "Run"

October 13 "Excited Prairie Dog"

I took a detour from the topic suggestions when the @MidwestNPS posted a list of suggestions for Halloween costumes based on your name. I am Excited Prairie Dog which fits me perfectly. If you're curious what your costume would be, you can see the list here. I highly recommend it.

October 14 "Beach Rocks"

Summer extended well into October here in the Pacific Northwest and was warmer than usual. Everyday the sun shone I went to the beach, either on Puget Sound, as in these drawings or Lake Washington to swim.

October 15 "Kitesurfer"

Friday, December 29, 2017

Inktober 2017 Days 1-7

2017 is the second time I've participated in Inktober

Last year I carefully photographed each day with my camera and posted here before linking to Facebook. This year I used the phone camera and posted directly to social media. I'm just now getting around to adding them to the blog. The benefit of posting to social media is getting a lot of response.

The benefit of posting here is seeing them all together.

Jake Parker publishes a prompt list for the theme of each day. Some days I followed it, some not.


 "Divided" 10/2/2017

Evoking memories of small children and summer, this one received many comments.

"Poison" 10/3/2017

The amanita popped up sparsely this year and late, but perfect for poison.

"Underwater" 10/4/2017

Underwater couldn't mean anything but Manny. He featured in several drawings for last year's Inktober.

"Long"  10/5/2017

"Sword"  10/6/2017

I attended a work conference in Atlanta at the beginning of October. Here my friend Rebecca is reporting on her advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. She had to have a sword. 

"Shy" 10/7/2017

The Georgia Aquarium is amazing. The alligator lay with it's head hidden by a rocky outcropping which has turned into a pillow.