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Goodbye Fish

Front and back cover wrap for The Sketchbook Project 2013.    Liquid Pencil and graphite

I don’t think I’ve ever finished a project so early before a deadline.  It’s done- my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2013.  Now watch, I’ll forget to mail it;)

BTW, There were only four pages in the sketchbook without a fish somewhere in the composition, so I deftly inserted fish on said pages;)  Fish are my constant in this book. Why? I must have been channeling Douglas Adams.  He guided me well, through to completion.

So long Doug, and thanks for all the fish;)

A compilation of the pages can be viewed in my Behance site-here


Sketchbook Project 2013                 Graphite

Injectable image visualization;)

Beyond Barriers

Sketchbook Project 2013     Graphite

No matter what sort of beyond, there are intriguing spaces to travel.  Unfortunately, there may be limitations.  Some places are dangerous, ill advised, some not yet possible.  But, the mind’s eye can lead you… anywhere.  Where do you want to go?

Gone Fishing

Sketchbook Project 2013                    Graphite 

Fishing for…information, gossip, compliments, sustenance, trouble…             Ideas?

Space Invasion

Sketchbook Project 2012                                Graphite

Up to you, how to see this one.


                                                                                     Sketchbook Project 2013       White charcoal on Canson Mi Teintes paper

I’ve little idea about how this drawing came into my head and out my fingers, but I as I was working, the feeling/drawing began to lean toward the precipice where fun begins a gradual drop- off  and changes into something a little scary…

The Lake

Sketchbook Project  2013               Graphite 

I’ve entitled this sketch,  ” At the lake” because…   I’ve  always enjoyed trips to a lake.  But..there’s something exciting and a little bit creepy about the surroundings;murky water, snakes, mystery lurking.  This sketch captures how I felt as a kid, near the lake.

White Charcoal

I’m giving the graphite a little rest and working on Canson Mi-Teintes, nicely textured black paper with a white charcoal pencil.

I’ve no idea what this is about, except that my garden pig plays a starring role;)

Sketchbook Project 7-8


Sketchbook pages 5-6 graphite on block printing paper

To smudge or not to smudge.. three schools of thought, I think..

Some are opposed to using a finger or an implement to blur and fill with graphite, feeling that it’s a muddy and lazy process.  Others feel it’s the only way to modulate values.  Still others don’t make judgements about the do’s and dont’s of  technique.  Clearly,  I feel comfortable in the last camp;)

Sketchbook 3-4

These pages are created on stipple paper and the drawing pencils are augmented with liquid graphite or liquid pencil.

I’ve never played with liquid pencil before.  Mixed with a little water, the result is a silvery paint-like substance.  Fun!

Our Sketchbook Project 2012

Saturday I mailed out our sketchbook for the  Sketchbook Project 2012 ‘s  January 31 deadline-whew.

It’s a project I’ll always remember because it’s a collaboration with my son Julian.  Julian inspired the concept, and we worked together truly as a team.

While I will forever treasure the memories of being a mom for my children when they were small, it’s a different kind of joy to work with my grown-up son as a friend and fellow artist.  Also a joy that our book will take a journey that we aren’t able to take ourselves, to fourteen cities around the world, and then return home to live at the Brooklyn Art Library.

I’ll be putting together a PDF of Water Music soon.   There are more collaborations with my grown-up kids coming this year.  I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.

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