Friday, July 31, 2009

Hibiscus Flower Sketch With Color


Here's watercolor pigment added to my Hibiscus Flower Drawing from Wednesday. Remember these are all done on regular sketchbook paper.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hummingbird Drawing - 2 Minute Gesture Sketch


I just finished a bleach soak on all twelve of my hummingbird feeders and I've got dinner in the oven. I just didn't have the energy to get out my watercolors and finish up yesterday's sketch, so here tonight is a two minute gesture drawing of a Lenox hummingbird figurine I own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hibiscus Flower Drawing


Jerry got me a beautiful little tangerine and rose colored Hibiscus plant this spring that has been doing quite well on my studio porch. I noticed yesterday that it was not doing great in the heat, so I brought it inside and offered it plenty of water. It looks all perky now and is happily dominating my workspace. I have another giant pink one that I've had for years. I take it inside my studio in the winter. Looks like it'll have a new buddy this year. These flowers were drawn from life. I will finish it up with color tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Butterfly Bush Sketch - Color Finish


Here's today's sketch of the Butterfly Bush flowers that I posted yesterday. I decided to break out my watercolors and really try to bring these babies to life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Butterfly Bush Sketch

Here is my flower drawing (steps 1 & 2) for today's post. I'll finish it up tomorrow.

This weekend I trimmed the bottom blooms off of our Butterfly Bushes. This will help prevent the resident cats from harming my hummingbirds. Sometimes the birds can be quite oblivious to danger as they furiously dart in and out of the maze of fragrant branches. Here's a bunch that I drew today. The drawing got a little out of control on the page. Next time I'll try to remember to start out smaller and leave more white space around what I'm depicting. I'll admit, sketching everyday is sometimes hard to fit in and occasionally it feels like a chore. Once I get on with it however, I am glad I did. The discipline teaches me so much.

"It is essential... that discipline should not be practiced like a rule imposed on oneself from the outside, but that it becomes an expression of one's own will; that it is felt as pleasant, and that one slowly accustoms oneself to a kind of behavior which one would eventually miss, if one stopped practicing it." ~ Erich Fromm

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dog Drawing / New Sketching Challenge #9 (a & b)

My final sketch of a dog from the Burlington County Shelter is a composite put together in Photoshop from two finished drawings I did for our current sketching challenge.


This week, I'm posting two different challenge photos to try to get some new peps involved!

The first photo is of my hubby, Jerry, during a snowstorm on his beloved old tractor. It looks complicated, but it is not. Remember K I S S - squint, and break the subject down into shapes (positive and negative). I find it easier to draw something when I think of it as a shape, instead of a thing. Right Brain vs. Left Brain


The second photo is one of the poor kitties I took photos of that were in jail at the shelter. I'm going to draw this guy without the bars, however. I'll probably lightly sketch in the bars though, as they do break the subject up into smaller and simpler shapes which will be an aid in the drawing process. Drawing a precise grid on your photo and the same dimensions on your paper is a classic and useful drawing technique.

Check out Art For The Animals here.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Elkhound Sketching Challenge


I got a wonderful drawing in last night from Kay. She writes;" I have recently found your blog, and love this idea. I am sorry to be late with my drawing, but here it is. I enjoy very much trying to draw dogs!"

Well Kay, actually, you are early! I usually don't post the current challenge drawing until Sunday or Monday. Feel free to send in any of the challenge drawings at any time. I always appreciate artist's efforts. Nice to meet you and thank you so much for your lovely colored pencil drawing, Kay!



Also, here's my sketch (steps 1 & 2) today. I'll post the finish tomorrow. I plan on trying to combine this pose (via Photoshop) with the first one I did earlier this week.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Deer Sketch


Today's quick sketch is of a deer mount I have in my studio. (FYI - I don't approve of trophy hunting and we did not kill this poor dear.) I think it is a beautiful specimen however.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elkhound / Shepherd Mix Challenge


Today I'm posting the next challenge photos of a pretty pup I met at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. When I went there I took many reference photos of the animals for our Art For The Animals project. Right now I've got a call in to Lisa, the shelter manager. I haven't talked with her in over a month. It's time to touch base and see what our next move with the program will be.

I did one sketch of this little cutie this morning. I hope some of you will use these photos to come up with your own composition. Use your artistic license with one, two or all of the shots in combination. See more posts about the project on my web log here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two Minute Gesture Drawings


Today I was looking around the house for something to sketch when my old Sandstone Stallion caught my eye. Here's a photo of him on top of a large coffee container I use to bring him up to eye level. Today's post is four 2 minute gesture sketches I did of him. I turned him a quarter of a turn after each 2 minutes were up.


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Monday, July 20, 2009

Raven Challenge

I got this wonderful challenge drawing in with a nice note from Judy Scott last night. "Attached is my sketch of the Raven. It scanned a little more colorful than it actually is sketched. I am enjoying your weekly challenges, I have not posted some of my attempts because I tend to forget KISS. I know I am about to overwork the sketch but there I go with one more brush stroke! Thanks again for all the wonderful sharing you do. Your websites and blogs are such a wealth of knowledge that I refer to all the time." ~ Judy Scott


Thanks Judy for your much appreciated words of encouragement and your beautifully creative rendition!

Raven has long been associated with magic and ancestor spirits. On my trip out to Colorado this month, crows and ravens seemed to follow me everywhere. According to indigenous traditions, all species of crow, including raven, help us to realign our consciousness so we may better connect to the Great Mystery. I have tried to portray this aspect in today's drawing.


Check out my sister's great photos of our trip to CO here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Everything's Sketchable - Blow Pops Sketch



Today's quick sketch is of a couple of Blow Pops that just happened to be on my drawing table.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Another Blind Contour Exercise



This Blind Contour was done from another old (crude by today's standards) garden ornament that I inherited from my Aunt Milly. See the definition of Blind Contour in yesterday's post.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Blind Contour Exercise


This is a "Blind Contour Drawing" of a sunflower that the birds planted by one of our bird feeders. "Blind contour" is an excellent exercise which improves hand - eye coordination and really helps you to SEE. The idea is to refrain from looking down at your paper while you slowly draw your subject, caressing the object with your eyes. If you loose your way, you can look down and reposition your pencil if need be, but while drawing, you must not look at your paper, concentrating only on following the contours of the shape. The results will not be completely accurate, but often makes for some interesting studies.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Another Quick Vignette


Here today is another floral sketch, utilizing the "Rule Of Thirds". Where the lines intersect are the best spots for a focal point.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Quick Flower Vignette


Today's sketch is a flower vignette. A vignette is a drawing or painting that involves a group of overlapping shapes placed somewhere on the paper, that is also surrounded by blank space. The image area should be a good shape. You must also take into consideration the sizes and shapes of the blank spaces, which should be varied.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tube Of Paint Exercise Sketch


Today, I'm posting a quick sketch I just did of a tube of watercolor paint. Remember, everything is sketchable / paintable. See Alla Prima Brushstroke Exercise by Larry Seiler of a tube of paint here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Smoky Mountains Sketch and New Challenge


Keeping it simple, here's my interpretation of our last challenge photo from the Smoky Mountains. Today I'm also posting one of my photos from last week's trip to Colorado. Raven was with me everywhere I went on this trip. You can see here that this handsome fellow eagerly posed for me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Home Again

I'm posting yesterday's sketch (steps 1 + 2) tonight as well as today's finish on my Gothic Mountain drawing.



It's good to be home, but I'm missing the mountains again already. Look for the new challenge drawing tomorrow with my sketch of last week's photo.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

No Camera, No Post

I'm traveling today and posting from the Denver Airport. I did a sketch, but my camera is packed away, so I'll post it tomorrow. See photos from my trip on my web log.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bleeding Hearts in Colorado


Here's another sketch done from photos of the flowers in Crested Butte. Also Laura DiFrancesco just sent in this lovely challenge sketch of the Smokey Mountains. Thanks Laura, great job!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rufous Hummingbird


It's a beautiful morning here in Gunnison Colorado. The birds are very active. I've seen several Rufous hummers here. Jerry says our birds at home are doing well and he's busy filling our seven feeders 3 times a day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Colorado Moose


Here's today's sketch from Gunnison, Colorado. I drew it from a photo I took in Rocky Mountain National Park on Sunday.


Also here's a photo of my little traveling sketch box and sketch book with everything I need except water to do my 6 Step Sketching Technique.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Colorado Wildflower Sketch - Columbine


I'm sitting here in town at the Notchtop cafe with my dad. They've got free internet access and everything from coffee and danish to beer and sandwiches. We had an eventful day yesterday. See more about our car trouble and photos from our day on my web log.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Colorado Rockies


Here's today's sketch from Colorado and our new challenge photo taken a while back in the Smoky Mountains. I hope some of you will try this sketching challenge. I think it's an easy one! :-D

4th OF JULY Drawing

Here's yesterday's drawing which I did on the plane from Philadelphia to Denver. I couldn't get internet connection here yesterday, so this morning here is my 4th of July post.



I'm here with my folks at Estes Park, Colorado. My mom showed me several of my drawing challenge sketches, but never sent them in, so here is my favorite from our 2nd challenge.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Bithday USA!


Here's this week's sketching challenge drawing. I'll be traveling to Colorado tomorrow, so I'm not sure if I'll be posting, but you can bet I'll be sketching! HAVE A Great 4th OF JULY!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Gift From A Woodpecker


I was wondering what to draw tonight when Jerry came in with this gift left by the birdbath. I believe it is a woodpecker feather; probably a Hairy or a Downy.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Colorado Bull Elk


I'm getting excited about my upcoming Colorado trip, so this bull elk was the perfect subject for me this afternoon. See the photo I drew from here.