Friday, July 19, 2019

A Solitary Life

"Spend some time alone every day."
~ Dalai Lama

7-16-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo


"Heron is mostly a solitary bird except in mating and nesting seasons.
The Great Blue Heron is a lone hunter, whose intense concentration
and decisive action is it's message."
~ Sandy Sandy


7-17-19 • 8 x 10" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo


"Artists with serious aspirations need to be left alone
to follow the course of their own imagination."
~ Robert Genn

7-18-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"If an artist wants to use his mind for creative work,
cutting oneself off from society is a necessary thing."
~ Glenn Gould


7-19-19 • 8 x 10" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"Often whole days pass without my speaking to anyone."
~ Vincent van Gogh

7-20-19 • 8 x 10" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"Being an artist is being an isolated individual."
~ Asger Jorn

I am posting my sketch for tomorrow, Saturday, July 20th,
a day early because I will be flying up to Boston to do a demo.

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
 
X ♥  O



Monday, July 15, 2019

Opportunity is Dressed in Overalls

"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
~Thomas Edison

7-10-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind."
~ Bulgarian proverb

7-11-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in watercolor on Yupo

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
~ Adrienne Gusoff

7-12-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

 "Only those who do the work will reap the benefits."
~ Sandy Sandy 

7-13-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor."
~ H.J. Brown, Jr. 

7-14-19 • 8 x 10" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky

7-15-19 • 5 x 7" pen & ink sketch done in alcohol ink on Yupo

"If you want to succeed,
you must make your own opportunities as you go."
~ J.B. Gough

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
 
X ♥  O

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Fresh Set Of Challenges

You can accelerate your development by
giving yourself a fresh set of challenges,
or the same set viewed from a different angle,
every day. Explore a different path.
If it's a dead end, explore another."
~ Paul Foxton

July 1- 9 2019 Sketches on Yupo using alcohol ink
 I went back into some of these sketches and added to them and changed a  few things.
You can see the sketches individually on our Drawing Everyday facebook group.

"I do my best work and have the most fun when I'm not sure exactly where I'm heading." ~ J. Cohen • #DoItOnYupo The process of discovery IS exhilarating! Come let me share my discoveries with you. To help celebrate the grand opening of a new #blickartmaterials store at 401 Park Drive in Boston, MA, ⁣I will be giving a free demonstration using #alcoholink on #YupoPaper from 11-1 on July 21st, sponsored by our friends at Legion Paper! I would LOVE to meet you there! 💖

Stay Inspired and Productive My Friends
Join me for a summer of sketching everyday! 
 
X ♥  O

Sunday, June 30, 2019

One Month Of Sketching Everyday!

"Get on a daily routine... Working is a process not a product.
Success comes from the word, succeed: Latin: 'to under go.'
You must keep moving."
~ Nicoletta Baumeiste 

6-27-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from Pixabay.com photo

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle

6-28-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from Pixabay.com photo

 "The more you draw and paint the more fluent you are with your pen and brush."
~ Igor Babailo

6-29-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from Pixabay.com photo

 "Make today your day to start that uncomfortable new habit." ~ Jack Canfield

6-30-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from life

 "Out of routine comes inspiration." ~ Mark Kostabi


Stay Inspired and Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Symbols of Joy and Accomplishment

"Hummingbirds are symbolic of love and joy
and of accomplishing that which seems impossible."
~ Sandy Sandy

Hummingbirds can migrate more than 3,500 miles twice a year!
What seems like an impossible feat for such a tiny creature, happens without fail,
year after year. They often return to the place of their birth again and again,
to build nests and have 2-3 broods every spring and summer!

You can find out more about attracting and caring for these flying flowers
and about my hummingbirds here in SandyLand by going HERE.

Some say to draw and paint what you love and also to draw the same thing
20 times or more, so here's some more of my recent summer sketches!

6-24-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from Pixabay.com photo
6-25-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from Pixabay.com photo
6-26-19 • Watercolor and Ink sketch from a video
Stay Inspired and Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sketch and Draw - Without Expectations

"One of the biggest issues that stops people from drawing is
their expectation to create something ‘good’."
~ Sara Yasin

 Drawing is a skill, like many others, where you can only improve if you practice and are doing it regularly. It has been suggested that you should draw the same thing at least a dozen times, and even as many as 20 times or more, in order to get proficient at it. So draw the same subject and the same pose over and over until it becomes better and better and easier for you to do. Get into a routine, even it's only 15 - 20 minutes a day and I guarantee you will improve.

Watercolor sketch from life - 6-20-19


"Throw away your ideas about making a ‘good’ drawing
and just get drawing!"
~ Sara Yasin


Watercolor sketch from Pixabay.com photo - 6-21-19
Watercolor sketch from Pixabay.com photo - 6-22-19

"Repetition is the key to mastery." 
~ Sandy Sandy 

Watercolor sketch from Pixabay.com photo - 6-23-19
"Draw, as much and as often as you can.
When drawing lies fallow, the skill diminishes."
~ Gene Black

Stay Inspired and Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O
 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Drawing Is Good For The Spirit

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day,
for no matter how little it is, it will be well worthwhile,
and it will do you a world of good."
~ Cennino Cennini

I took a little break from drawing the state birds except for Sunday, but I
am continuing to make sketching part of my daily summer routine.
It's getting easier everyday and that feels really good!

6-15-19 • drawing with a grid for my upcoming class project
6-16-19 • Mountain Bluebird - Idaho State Bird
6-17-19 • Hummingbird Sketch in Watercolor Journal
6-18-19 • 15 min. Watercolor Sketch - Class Demo
6-19-19 • From a photo of a fresh flower wreath
Jerry saved this from the trash for me to sketch.
I set up and worked right from my computer.
"When you do a sketch from life or a photo, don't be afraid to move things around,
use your imagination and employ some artistic license!"
~ Sandy Sandy

Stay Inspired My Friends!

X ♥  O

Friday, June 14, 2019

From Arkansas To Connecticut

"Drawing teaches habits of close observation
that will always be useful."
~ Susanna Clarke
I have continued with the daily project of sketching the state birds.  I'm still really enjoying it and can easily do these pencil sketches in 10 - 20 minutes.  They are not the best drawings I have ever done, but that doesn't matter as much as the fact that I am making a habit of drawing regularly and they are getting easier to do. I really think some of you should give it a try. It's a great exercise. I am posting the photos here, but you can see them larger by going to this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_birds

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

District of Columbia

Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Monday, June 10, 2019

Drawing The State Birds

"Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day,
for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, 
and it will do you a world of good."
~ Cennino Cennini

I don't have a lot of time for sketching right now, but I wanted to keep up with my summer sketching series, even if it is only for a few minutes each day, because I know that even a small amount of time has a lot of great benefits. So I decided to start a project of sketching the state birds.  Who knows where it will lead .... I'm really enjoying it and I can already see my drawings are going faster and getting easier.

I went to Wikipedia and got all the information I need to get started. The photos are all free to use, so there is no issue with drawing from them. I thought some of you might like to join me on this project! I am posting the photos here, but you can see them larger by going to this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_birds

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona
Here are the photos and my sketches from them over the past few days.
Won't somebody join me? 
10-15 min. pencil sketches
Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O