Friday, May 25, 2018


I've had to restrict my physical activity for 72 hours but today is RONA - Resumption Of Normal Activity - day.  Yippee!  Remy and I were able to sort of roughhouse and play our version of Tug O'War after breakfast and later we will go for walkies...finally!

This is a 15-second impressionistic sketch of Remy's demeanor during my (our) 72-hour down time.  He'd lay down with a sigh and look over at me with his puppy eyes:

Keeping an eye on me :-)

He isn't a pushy dog.  He's cool and patient; and he has a 100 percent belief that something great is going to happen... next!

He inspired this:


From Agnes:

From Adlai:

Friday, May 18, 2018

From chickens to cats

My study of chickens continues and I am also adding cats to my warm-up sketching.

As I mentioned in this previous post, "I don't know much about cats." , I still haven't learned anything new about cat behavior because I very rarely interact with them.  However, I can still work at creating a representation of a cat:

And still on the subject of my relationship to cats, here's a relevant word:

Mixed media word art

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mixed Media Dogs

Process:  For the background, I began with a selection of favorite colors which I randomly applied to Arches 140 lb (300 gsm) watercolor paper that had been gessoed on both sides.  When the paper was completely dry, I gathered up ink, charcoal, soft lead pencils, fat graphite sticks, and pastels and let my imagination take over.

I <3 dogs.

Word art - possibly inspired by the cool, rainy weather of a few days ago:

Green, inky goodness :-)

And a quote from Agnes Repplier:

Monday, May 14, 2018

I've been studying chickens...

because I watched an Australian documentary about a club for chicken enthusiasts. 

Chickens are beautiful creatures and there are so many breeds.  I am working at getting the basic form down:

And having nothing to do with chickens, here's a quote:

Friday, May 11, 2018

First thing in the morning...

a nice steaming cup of java :-)
Mug of  hot coffee...thank you, Michael!
Pleasant start to the day.  On some mornings the coffee is so exceptionally smooth and caramel-y that I have to sit and drink the entire mug while I look out the window, perhaps daydream.  Ah-h-h.

Here's a visual:

Positive is better :-)

And something about a favored subject - dogs:

Our furry buddies <3

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A sketch and some word art

Remy is also known as "Reporter Dog".  He alerts me with one or two barks if he hears something - a delivery at the front door or some interesting or alarming activity he spies from the window.

But usually he looks like this :-)

"Remy, keep me company."

Doodling in my art journal -  positive and negative word art:

Monday, April 24, 2017

More hand-lettering, word art and a little black glove :-)

I was doodling in my art journal and a little white dog appeared - he reminds me of Duffie, my sweet little Westie from many years ago.  Who can know where the untended mind will go?

Carbon black ink, Sharpie markers, Copic markers

This word art also is the result of a doodle. 

I like to be aware of when it is used.

And the little black glove?

Remy's antics with his "found" object make me laugh!

Remy found one while we were on walkies yesterday.  It was great fun to mouth it and toss it up in the air and generally roll around with it.  "O, the little joys that a dog enjoys." - a cranna quote :-)