Friday, September 30, 2011

It’s all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen.
 ~Jackson Pollock~
making some good progress on this drawing despite the busy week i've had! hoping to get a lot more accomplished on sunday, in between soccer games!

have a super weekend!!♥k

Monday, September 26, 2011

things that caught my eye yesterday...

 ...a pair of sleeping feet hanging off the bed...
 ...the air soaked and saturated with moisture... abandoned water bottle on the sidelines...
 ...and... dawn, while sitting at a stoplight, a flock of pigeons swirling in a circle, again and again... 

Friday, September 23, 2011

start at the very beginning

a few posts back i had mentioned that i was in the process of writing a small book on graphite drawing. i am still hard at work on it but it's really caused me to pause and become aware of just exactly how i begin a drawing. 

after years and years of drawing it's just become an intuitive process for me, i don't think about it at all, i just jump in feet first!

i really have no exact method of starting...some begin with an over all tone (like the drawing above) building up layers of darks...others i start in one section of the piece with high values, tones and details, each area fully complete before moving onto the next.

so it's been a very interesting challenge to pay attention! it has oddly effected how i began this commissioned piece above and in writing my outline and notes for my book.

it really is an exciting project i've embarked on!! i'm learning so much along the way!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

wrapped up in fog

 this lovely hike in the fog was the only thing on my to-do that actually got done this past weekend!!
it was an art filled weekend, just not with drawing or working on my pile of photo blocks, but with music. 

i unexpectedly scored tickets for moulin rouge at the hollywood bowl saturday seats right up front and middle. it was a spectacular show from the orchestra to the can can dancers, parisian singer and synchronized fireworks!! then sunday night again i lucked out and got an opportunity to see celtic bands at the ford theater. i was sooo inspired by these concerts, i just wanted to jump up on stage and start playing my violin along side them cuz heck, they looked so joyful, having the time of their lives up there!! but since i haven't played in more years than i can remember, i would have cleared the house!! so i just had a fantastic time in my seat instead!

i'll get back on track tonight with my art!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

an animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language 

(c) 2011 raccoon by kathryn hansen

i'm super late in finishing up and sending out this donation to the california wildlife center...they'll still get it in plenty of time, but i hate cutting it so close!! 

their information is here if you live near malibu and want to attend their annual fund raiser or just's an absolutely wonderful non-profit organization that helps rehabilitate native animals. i've been out there heaps of times for open houses and let me tell you the facility and people are just amazing! if i lived closer i would definitely volunteer there, i think it would be sooo rewarding to help out!

see past donations here.


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