Saturday, March 13, 2010


Who doesn't like a peek at another artist's sketchbook? Too seldom do I get to see how my comrades and colleagues keep sketches and notes. Here are a few pages from my current book. I keep about one a year, using Strathmore 12"x9" 100 sheet 60#....usually. These pages are all from this month. Above: ideas for stitched together paintings from other, cut-up older paintings, and some practice calligraphy Klingon in there, too.

Ink drawing ideas for oilbar painting/drawings. There's no way I can get the oilbar very intricate without introducing turps/oils and brushes, but hey...a girl can dream, right? One of these ideas came to fruition, although it took a hard right about halfway to completion and you wouldn't recognise it next to the sketch.

Ink drawing is fabulous for listening to stories or lectures and letting the mind wander while the hand works.

More ideas for cut and assembled paintings. One of these was a fabulous idea---and pretty much fell flat upon bringing it into the real world! Damn! I still want to make the bark pods. How cool are they?

Someone told me I should loosen up in my sketchbook and this is what happened. Step one was to lay down some errant watercolor. Step two was to put on "Naked" by David Sedaris on CD. Step three was to draw away with an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie while stopping to laugh now and then. (I LOVE it when Sedaris reads his own stuff. He's brilliant! ) Beads and braids showed up, but I don't know what some of those other things are. Interesting to see how when I just let go, the overall look is a little....cartoony? What do you think?

So---let me throw down the gauntlet here: If you have a sketchbook, post some pages and leave a comment with a link back to your blog. I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Madness?

All I am doing these days is Art and running at the gym. No,'s ALL I'm doing. Here are a few glimpses of my current work---spanning just about every material I have in the studio, I think! Above: recycled painting sewn together, acrylic ink, embroidery thread and beads.

Recycled painting on paper, ink and seed beads. I love this one. Fromage was the first to point out that it has an uncanny resemblance to a bat wing.... It's got a good marriage of Creepy+Funny which is something I always love!

Slice of an oilbar drawing I titled, "Solstice." Lots of deep blues. The 'speaking circle' from a previous series of drawings/paintings made it's way into this one... Very sneaky...

I've also been painting several greenfired plates for the Bunnell Street Art Center's annual Plate Project. It's a fundraiser; I get nothing out of it but satisfaction in a job well done...and the thrill of glaze painting! I love making these things...

Machine parts have made their way into my drawings. I could do endless variations on the convoluted shapes of stuff, lemme tell 'ya. There are a few women's body parts floating in there, too. What does it all mean? I couldn't tell you.

Suffice to say, it's been a good couple of months in the studio, winter notwithstanding. Having a running schedule at the gym has more than helped keep my brain full of oxygen---the hard exercise is making it so much easier to concentrate on projects in the studio. Do you have a similar method for staying sane?