Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Da Vinci Initiative

I had an interesting and enjoyable trip to Portland Maine this past weekend, participating in a workshop  led by Paul Ingbretson and the Da Vinci Initiative organization.

 We worked on drawing in the Classical Style from plaster casts. It was challenging to approach drawing in a different way than I would normally do. For one thing, one had to stand back and observe the forms, then work on the silhouette remembering how the outline looked from the observation point. Then one had to find the shadow line to define the light from the dark. I had to learn to focus on the "big picture" instead of little details.

Of course we had lots of fun too! Portland is full of interesting shops and excellent restaurants!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

                                                             Happy Mother's Day!

I enjoyed spending a part of this beautiful, summer-like day with my own mom, as well as a visit from my older daughter, and a call from the younger one. A really lovely day!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Here is my drawing for this week's Illustration Friday" prompt, "wiggle". Remember all the fun we had with those hula hoops!

The sun is out today and the temperatures are reaching into the 70's! Time to wash some more windows, and get the garden ready for planting. These daffodils were barely blooming last week, but they are all out today!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Illustration Friday, "tense"

Not many people enjoy doctors' appointments!
Illustration Friday "tense"

My block print "Birch Trees" has been included in a Printsy treasury on Etsy. You can check it out here Printsy Treasury. It's fun to see all the different works together.

Spring Break

I'm enjoying my annual April vacation this week! I have a lot of projects to work on, so I'm trying to use my time wisely, and get things done! Aside from the mundane chores of car inspection, doctor's appointment, and Spring cleaning, I'm working on a new block print.

I'm working from a photograph of a rocky stream taken in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is going to be a challenge as there are multiple textures and colors. For the first layers I printed a light blue on the upper half (using wax paper to mask out the bottom area). Originally I had carved out the areas that I wanted to stay white. After printing the blue layer, I cut out the parts that needed to stay blue, and printed a light gray layer over the whole block.

Now I will carve away the areas of light gray, and make some decisions about the remaining colors. Because there is such a different color scheme on the top and bottom areas of the photograph, I may repeat the process that I did before, and work on those areas separately. I could have cut the block into two pieces and repositioned it each time I printed a layer, but I think this will work just as well. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Sketchbook Project Summer Tour

The Sketchbook Project has announced its summer tour schedule. I'm posting the link here in case any of my friends live close enough to stop by and view a few sketchbooks.

                                           "A Mouse Tale"