October 29, 2010

Jane LaFazio Lesson 3

Blind contour- actually continual line, never lifting pen from paper (no pencil) quite liberating and FUN!

October 28, 2010

Fall - as noun

Different technique - and I struggled way too much - this technique was supposed to be fast and spontaneous. My journal paper and niji waterbrush just will not allow that in this type of sketch. But - this morning I decided it was not half bad and I should post it any way.

October 25, 2010

More greens

Hum- this looks better than it did last night ;-) I guess sunlight always helps. I was going for more contrast between these two cacti - but hey - it ain't as bad as I thought?
I'm over thinking the white specs, and still not thrilled with the dark greens I am mixing, I think I need to go back to the "mixing board" for more possibilities - Hopefully I fan find some "go to" mixes.

October 22, 2010

Lesson Two

GREEN is the lesson this week, we are surrounded by thousands of shades of green (at least I am in New England) and I am rarely happy with the greens I mix for specific situations. We started by mixing some basic shades then chose three subjects to tackle. I am not thrilled with my page but will try, try again ;-) (this is a fun class!!)

October 20, 2010

First class again

I have done several exercises with the fruit in a box, - I am still not happy with the crispness and lackluster color in my work, I have good paints and paper - so it must be me jut messing with it all too much?? Oh Well, ready for lesson Two!!

October 18, 2010

First Class

Lesson one started with Jane LaFazio - I just love her bright clear approach and know I will learn lots in this lively class.

October 12, 2010


The oaks have been prolific this fall, it is almost hazardous to walk in the front yard! I believe this predicts a hard winter for New England?? But the squirrels sure love it - no hunting required, just gathering.

October 11, 2010


There are lots of 1's in my life, born on a 1, in the 10th month and year ending in a one, I feel a One-ness with the date :-) Busy day in the yard, but I forced a sketch to commemorate the day and the colors emerging in the neighborhood.

October 8, 2010

Escargot anyone?

SAVED from the inevitable frost - potted and brought inside before the heat comes on - this charming Rex Begonia ruffles and spirals outward in a most charming fashion, so as to resemble a snail. Hopefully it will bring me summer's joy all winter long on my windowsill.

October 5, 2010

Can Halloween be Far??

Thinking of Jane LaFazio and her upcoming workshop inspired this vignette - we painted pumpkins when I attended her workshop in northern NY state - I love odd gourds and pumpkins (this one is cream colored) and my grandsons Love "Piders" so this little $1.49 cutie had to come home with me. This holiday and season present lots of colorful sketching potential.

October 4, 2010

Gould Academy Alumni Reunion 2010

Yes, another reunion for hubby. A weekend full of fun, food/wine and great memories shared. But we were glad to be heading home and staying put for a while.