Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day

Sketchbook, graphite, ballpoint pen, oil pastel.

And, yah, I'm a mean dog mom, and I DID make Sonic wear a fru fru belly dance coin scarf so that I could get me a Cute Dog Christmas Pic, (man up, Sonic)<--he an="" br="" christmas="" crap="" does="" expression.="" have="" making="" me="" s="" she="" sweater="" that="" ugly="" wear="">

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Silent Night

From my sketchbook, these start as quick pencil sketches to get things going,
followed by ball-point pen (surprisingly, this has turned out to be my favourite art tool for the past several months)
And layered over with lots of thick oil pastel colours.
For the traditional, Merry Christmas, or happy Yule, or Fruitfull Soltice, or whatever.
My take on this time of year, is to say and do THANK YOU's to folks around me, and take the time to look up, and around, and appreciate this fantastic planet we inhabit along with all of it's other critters, like and unlike us. 
The sun will come around again, summer follows winter, light follows darkness.  Hold those thoughts in your heart.

And, oh man, I do love snow....hoping for lots of the fluffy white stuff.

Friday, December 9, 2016

My Dog Did Not Eat Me--but he is a time thief

Ball-point pen, sketch book & my Christmas bookmarks

More bookmarks.  These were drawn in ballpoint, scanned, inkjet printed, hand-coloured in sharpie and tape laminated.  The dimensions of a bookmark are quite the challenge.

And my time-thief, because he has a way of making sure there is nothing else on my mind.  This is he, life sketches, outside with a bone.  Trying to get him to stay out a bit so he can grow himself a winter coat, as he shed right back down to his tropical naked belly through the summer.  Text reads--Sonic & Bone/& squirrel watching/baby it's cold outside--let me in.

At least he's very much a fun dog.  High drive dogs are mixed blessings indeed.
15 seconds of fun

I'm doing dog agility instead of Life Drawing this year.  The cost is about the same.

Have fun dear readers and thanks for looking, and for sticking around while I play with my dog.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Make Fast Art--the sketchbooks

Yes, I said 'sketchbooks'/plural.  Sketchbooks are keeping me going, while otherwise distracted (aka-the Dog), but getting them finished/full, is a 'thing', and I have an old one, barely begun, that needs filling.  It's no-name paper, and not my favourite working size (this one is too big at 5x7), but it is started, and therefor needs finishing, so I've made it my Fast Art, Oil Pastel, Warm-ups sketchbook.
Which isn't all that fast, if fast is determined in under 15 minutes. It's more like Hour art, one or two, but at least that means Bum In Chair, which is sometimes the most ambitious achievable goal available.  I have a short attention span.
So here's some from this week. Words are a pretty good 'go to' when I can't think of what to draw, and often, they have satisfying results.  Words are evocative, and combined with colours, random or inspired, the combination intrigues, sometimes inspires. 

Sometimes the words get completely buried beneath a flurry of pigments, never to resurface.
My ball of scraped oil pastel.  I love this little ball, fun to draw with, creates the most intriguing multi-hued grays and the ultimate in recycling.
And a work in progress, maybe, or maybe it's done, abandoned, never to be seen again.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rain Day, notes from the sketchbook.

Sonic rarely looks grumpy, but squirrels can really get him going. And yes, this he. The squirrel was checking out my bird feeders and striking some fabulous lightning quick poses. Sonic's idiosyncratic hairdo & posture is pretty much memorized.  
I remember not so many years ago wishing desperately that I could draw from imagination, without reference materials--somewhere along the road, it happened, yay.

Abstract oil pastels.
Primary colours, plus orange.

It's a rainy day, so a little more art time, less dog time, although I spent 20 minutes brushing him out. Considering he has a very practical coat, that was hardly necessary--points to the time thief.

Ordinary art supplies online, yikes, another time suck, but done.  Oodles of oil pastels plus a new mini sketchbook on the way.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gone to the Dogs

...and cats.

Here I sit, at the keyboard, cats mewing and purring and rubbing, saying, in their catly way, MY TURN.  That danged dog gets all of your time and attention. MAKE IT STOP.

And that's the truth. I call him my Time Thief of lately, as he steals time. In all honesty, I allow that to happen, he's my excuse, my distraction, my enabler.

So I gave him his own blog.  Sonic's Dog Blog (waitingfornino).

Which is not a promise that I will never mention Sonic here again, but sooner or later, I need to get back into the habit of not just making art (which I've actually been pretty good about continuing), but sharing those visual thoughts.

Ball point pen, the reverse of a marker painting.

From my sketchbook, oil pastel and marker.
& oh heck,
The dog,

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sonic says Yay! Abstract Oil Pastel Video Tutorial (2 minute version)

Making art with Sonic is, erm, distracting to say the least.  If I'm lucky,, he hides in the basement (in his kennel) to sleep, but otherwise, he just hangs out with me, looking restless, or watching squirrels, or pacing, or whining (at which point, I take him to the kennel to cool it for a bit).
Today, he was real quiet, but he still managed to get himself in the picture. Video's 2 minutes. Yes, Sonic is there.
Here are two of the men in my life; they look oddly matched here.  I think Dynamo was my match, and Sonic is his.  Dynamo was a B*** * (female dog)'; Sonic is a sweetheart, there you go.
Ugh, must finish this post now. Sonic is sitting beside me, heavy breathing and making impatient blowing noises. Sigh....


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