Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Art Journal format change

I changed the format of my art journal.  Daily art journaling has become a part of my life and I found that making boxes for the elements I included on every page was no longer necessary.  Now I put the date somewhere on the page and begin with the intent to include some journaling, a sketch, and word play.  The page is wide open and the next thing to do is start.

Encapsulating this with a MOO -

My journaling has become journaling patterns:

I also create doodles.  This one had its origins in a class I took from Diane Culhane a few years ago called "Doings of a Doodle" where Diane had the class do an exercise taken from Paul Klee's quote, "Drawing is taking a line for a walk".

My line taking a walk :-)

And that day, the drink next to my drawing board was a little cup of green tea:

I highly recommend daily art journaling :-)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What makes every thing better?

This question came into my brain while I was working in my art journal.  For me the answer is a golden retriever, but more generally I would have to say -


And here is a visual -


I have also begun something I call pattern journaling.  Here's an example -

Platinum carbon ink, Sharpie pens

The two features are random line work and color.  It's fun to create these patterns and addictive, too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A lab face and more

Drawing dogs is just something I love to do.  Dogs have expressive faces and I just love their muzzles, the way they "pooch" out over their teeth :-)

Ink, graphite and pastel

Here's a quote from a favorite theoretical physicist and cosmologist -

And a MOO -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Little fox and MOOs

This little fox is from my art journal:

Ink and Copic markers

And what would my post be without a few MOOs?


I ask myself this at the end of the day.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Return of color

I realized how odd my previous post was because there was a dearth of color.  The drawings happened to be in pencil and the MOO was in black gel pen and they all ended up in the same blog post.

Color hit:


I love line work and inevitably I will doodle this sort of squiggle:

Loopy :-)

MOO time:

Left brain... good :-)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The black and gray post

This one is just for fun:

Happy dog face :-)

Just about anyone who draws from life and chooses one's dog as a subject knows this frustration. 

This unfinished sketch is called I just began sketching my "sleeping" dog and then he moved...

And then this MOO:

the fanciful but skewed thought

Next post there will be color(s).

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mostly pictures

I haven't been in a "talkative" frame of mind of late.  It happens.  To celebrate how I feel presently and, also, to not get on my own case about it, I'll post some recent work and let that just be it for now :-)

MOO from my art journal

"Elk in Field"

Two JRTs

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday sketch

It is pretty obvious I love dogs.  Dogs are furry packages of face and body expressions that can melt my heart, make me laugh and sometimes cry.  These qualities also make them a joy to draw <3

A pensive boy:


Monday, August 1, 2016