Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blog Time Time for New Art

It was a special week this week. It was Grandparents Day at our middle grandchildren's school. (we have five, these are the twins who are in 7th grade now) The older young woman in the top photo is their cousin, Abbie, who was visiting from Boston and joined us at the school. I drew her and our grandson, Aaron, later in the evening at their home. I drew Yael too, but neglected to upload that drawing.
It was a fun day and evening.

Later in the week I did my now ritual drawings at Starbucks, and gave them their stories.

And I continue to draw a portrait a night using photos on Sktchy App on my iPhone.

These are really fun to draw. I love all the different expressions I find there.

On Monday there were long lines at Starbucks ...

 ... and people on technology per usual.

and in the evening there is time for more Sktchy Portrait  drawing.

Feel free to vote for your favorites.

On Thursday we go to Barnes & Noble Café where I find great sales and wonderful people to draw, some for the first time like these two ...

and some who I have drawn numerous times like these three:
The gal on the far right had new highlights in her hair!

And tonight there was just time for one more sktchy portrait before I loaded my art from the week for you to see.

I appreciate your visiting here and thank you in advance for any comments you feel like leaving.
I wish you a Creative Week ahead.
Have fun.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Artists Love Attention!


Welcome back or welcome for the first time, which ever the case, I'm glad to welcome you to my blog.

I continue to draw every day, and evening; I am no longer posting every single drawing I do, but almost. I also post on Facebook and in several artist's FB groups such as Sketchbook Skool, Everyday Matters, Artist's Journal Workshop, Urban Sketchers (group), Sketchbookers Society and I Love Creative Lettering. Oh, and Sketchbook Skool: A Drawing a Day, and on the Sktchy App on my iPhone.

So my art gets seen by many. I love the attention and responses it receives. I am sure every artist likes to have their work appreciated. And it's fun to share, to get inspiration from other artists, encouragement, all of which keeps me drawing.

Here we were last Thursday at Barnes & Noble Café. Interesting that I drew a woman with good hair last week and again this week there (see one of the last drawings on this thread)
I guess being a thin haired person I am drawn to others with full heads of luscious hair. A little green with envy perhaps.

I imagined these women as being best friends since childhood or maybe sisters even:

This is Lynne, a woman I met on line, who draws in urban environments like I do. She's also on Sktchy so I drew her portrait there this week.

These gals were all at Starbucks ... where I go to draw most of the days of the week.

I really enjoyed drawing Jonathan from Sktchy too. And the background was great fun as well.
I like how it sort of makes him pop off the page!

Haylee saw my art on Sktchy and asked me to draw her so I did. I don't know that she's seen it yet.

I finished another Travelers Pentalic art journal this week. That always feels like such an accomplishment, although I am finishing up about one a month or darn close to it.

This was a good day in another way too.  A woman sitting next to me at a table big enough for four saw me drawing and said something about it. I asked if she wanted to see more and she nodded affirmatively, so I handed her my almost finished sketchbook. She sat and looked at every single drawing (that way over 100 pages) and she smiled and laughed her way through it, stopped to compliment me over and over again. Needless to say, it was a very enjoyable experience for me.
(I can still remember when I was terrified to draw in public)

Sktchy folks are all about originality in posting interesting photos of themselves for others to draw. I like to find the ones with a bit of a challenge.

That said, Rebecca was such fun to draw. I added the dialogue myself.
She liked it. So did a lot of other people. Many said they saw themselves in this one.

Bam-Bam says he's an artist from California (like I am) ... I wonder if I'll meet him one day?

See, here is the second woman, second week in a row  at Barnes & Noble Café with a very full head of hair. If only!
And this guy with his tattooed arms that kept changing positions. I got two of them.

I drew these guys yesterday at Starbucks. This fellow is an artist too (on the left) with his service dog.
He wasn't doing any art today, just talking to the guy with the big bushy beard.

And finally just to prove moving people can't keep themselves from being drawn I got the guy below twice, first where he sat originally and second when he moved further away in the back of the room. (on the same couch those other two above vacated before he came in.)
I can't seem to get under this last picture to write my good byes for the week. But again, thanks for coming by and know that your comments keep me drawing. I wish you a very Creative Week ahead. Hope to see you here next week!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Welcome to My Week in Drawing

A work in black ink on white paper. In fact it is a Papermate pen.
Nothing fancy.

And I continue to draw at Starbucks. Tom Bow markers were my tool of choice.

I  used Copic Markers and Ink to draw Nicole. She is from Sktchy App  as are most of my portraits.

This was a memorable day when two separate people at the same Starbucks, one a customer and one an employee, stopped by my table to tell me they liked my drawings.

Sktchy guy using Copic Markers.

I drew Sally Yates while watching her testify on TV.

J. Travis is another Sktchy subject. I am so grateful to these folks who allow us to draw them.

You can see a theme here of my mixture of drawing portraits and drawing from life at Starbucks.
I like it when my art tells a story.
I also like the big fat wooden water soluble crayon used for the background here.
I chose not to add water this time.

She was fun to draw too.

We went out to dinner last Friday night at a friends house and I drew my husband playing guitar and singing. I also drew two of the other male guests, but have decided not to post everything I draw.
My posts are probably way too long as they are.
 It was a fun night.

This fellow had an interesting shaped head. He liked my rendition of him too.
Always nice to hear.

Kate liked her portrait too.

Another story

And another true story from a Sktchy photo. Again drawn just using an ink pen.
Thank you for stopping by and viewing my drawings.
I appreciate it.
I wish you a Creative Week ahead.

Monday, May 1, 2017

#Sktchy30 Days 1-30

I skipped two weeks of blogging, too busy (and forgetful) with other things.
I finished Sktchy30 drawing a portrait and night for 30 nights. They could have been done in the daytime, but that's when I draw in coffee houses like Starbucks and Barnes & Noble Café.
I have lots of those, but none posted today. Will chose the best of them for another post another week. I may have posted some of these earlier in April, but I wanted a place to put them all together.  So if you are a weekly visitor scroll down until you find the ones you haven't yet seen, or enjoy them all again.

I did a few Free Draws. This one is our eldest grandson.

And this is our second grand child, his sister ...

And our youngest grandchild, their little sister. I'd drawn our other two (twin) grandchildren last month and posted them here.

 The folks at Sktchy are great about loading photos of themselves with a wonderful array of expressions to choose from.

Geri drew me and I drew her back. Then she and I did some collaborative work on Sktchy.
This was also my first *PICKED portrait by Sktchy! Boy am I proud!

Jordan was my first attempt using pencil.

And Maya was my second pencil drawing.

 And then back to using ink. Do you recognize Mike from "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul"?

                                         And then a mix of black and white with a bit of color

   And just ink

Back to using my Copic markers. The pink background was an accident of my photo taking at night with poor lighting.

My first of two drawings of Paul this month.

She had light reflecting on her glasses.
Oh, and she recognized herself when she saw my drawing.
Now that is the highest compliment for me!

                                       This is my second drawing of Paul this month. In the first he is wearing the red Fez.
I got to practice my cross hatching on Kosa. It's from a new Klass I am taking in Sketchbook Skool called Exploring.

                                 Elizabeth is another Draw Back. It's great fun when someone draws you and you can return the favor.

This is my second PICKED * Sktchy (award)!

And last but not least, Danica, who I drew last night, on April 30th. I will continue drawing portraits from Sktchy, and I will continue drawing in my urban sketching journals as well. I hope you enjoyed your visit today and will return again to see more.

Some of you know I have been the Co. Admin. of the blog Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens for several years, a blog where other artists can join in drawing to a theme. I have decided to drop out as Admin. and have turned over the running of that Blog and ownership to Beverly Baird. I hope you will still go there whether or not it continues to show up on Paint Party Friday's list and support all the artists there. Thank you for your support in the past when it was my blog I shared with Ann Hyde.

I wish you a Creative Week and a Happy Paint Party Friday.