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Recent pencil drawings each approx. 16″x 20″

I love my General’s Kimberly 9xxB extra soft pencil.

Drawing from Life

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A sketch drawn from nature’s bits and pieces, strewn about my yard, while I delighted in the breeze.

Blood and Vapor Series Sketch

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Pastel Pencil 8″x10″   Although I enjoyed making this sketch, I wasn’t really going anywhere.   It’s too literal, so I’m leaving it behind.  I’m working on lots of other solutions. So far, not much is really hitting the mark for the series*.

*A new series, “Blood And Vapor”.:   Who lingers within you?   Have you ever felt an ancestral presence?  The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone.  A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor?

Little Weirdies-Splitting Hairs

Common ground with slightly different view points.

Moleskin Sketchbook:Smoke

                                    Liquid Pencil, gouache

Smoke: the possibilities for imagery…

Sketchbook:Repurpose

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                                         From reclaimed watercolor remnants, a beast in its lair.

I’ve had such fun repurposing monotype discards, that I’ve ripped up watercolors that just didn’t work, for use in collage.

Sketchbook: Guarding The Nest

Another collage: revitalizing torn, discarded monotypes-line via pen and ink.

 

Sketchbook:Vulnerable

I’ve been observing the birds that come to eat at our feeder. They brave the elements, compete for a place, fuss and play, but they are always on alert.

It seems they can rarely truly rest.

 

Sketchbook Liquid Pencil Smudge

Less is often more. That’s how I feel about some of the sketching I’ve been working with lately. This happened in two minutes. A pinky dip into the Liquid Pencil pot. I suppose I was channeling a woman of long ago.

Sketchbook Sci-Fi

I’m clearly really interested in putting my monotype discards to use as reinvented images. He’s another.

I see this as a glimpse into an alien home on a planet far from Earth.  This humanoid creature is troubled, looking out into space from a balcony in It’s home. Oh, and It’s wearing a very long sweeping scarf.  The image below is a detail revealing (hopefully), the creature.

Proof that I’m watching too many Star Trek reruns while I make these collages;)

Sketchbook Hybrid

I seem to have collected many monotype discards.  Here I’ve collaged the left side of a face from rescued monotype material then inked in the right side.  To me, it looks like a sci-fiifeyed fantasy face.  Resistance is futile.

Sketchbook End of Glory

 

Had to say goodbye to my outrageous, opportunistic little  Morning Glory beauties.  My favorite part of summer and the last vestige of summer glory.

Not so happy about it;)

Sketchbook:Early Fall

                       Sketchbook          Watercolor Pencil, White Gouache

I adore the forest just before the leaves begin to turn. The greens begin to transition into varied shades. Some leaves have already fallen; brown and crunchy.  As the leaves thin, vines are on display.  A few upstarts are already showing off their colors, but most here in my part of the world are holding back…for a few more days.

Sketchbook:Stress and Anxiety

                                                                                 Graphite, oils

Predator/prey, pressure and worry;stress and anxiety, these two almost always show up together.

Sketchbook Potential

This sketch originated from another scrap of a ripped up monotype that turned on its side, happens to resemble a face and hat of a fairy tale character.  The rest is improvised. I think it just might turn up again as a fully realized children’s book illustration.

Sketchbook-Two Natured

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Some creature study inspired by Nitzus’s photo. There was something in the eyes of this babirusa that appeared both feral and docile to me. The cat and crow are weighing in.

Sketchbook-Heavy Hatted

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A little fashion fun:)

Sketchbook Flight

 

Watercolor and gouache on tissue

Lots of variation in the new sketchbook.  It’s odd to see the difference in technique and mood from page to page. Kind of like the strange perspective of this little painting; the underside of an earnest little bird in flight.

 

Sketchbook Magic?

Ya know how you see figures and creatures in marble, wood grains and shadows?  Below is an example of a sketchbook entry where I’m actively pulling out what I see, in an effort to allow others to see the same thing.

I’ll try to clarify:

The first two images are from my new sketchbook.  I’ve pasted in three discarded pieces of a failed monotype print. Before  fastening to the sketchbook,  I turned these discards every which way and discovered this magical scene from an imaginary children’s book.  I inked in some details.  Then with a little digital enhancement, I’ve tried to flesh out the scene, but not too much-trying to retain the magic I saw in the first place. But, I’ve no idea if anyone else sees what I do.

Can ya see it?  What do you see?

Sketchbook Introductions

                                                                              Graphite                                             Introductions

Kind of how one feels at an awkward new school, new job,or new neighborhood orientation:)

Sky Gazing

Ink/Crow quill

A very different (for me), sketchbook entry.  What do you see in the sky?

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