Sick Day

Sick Day–for Sketchbook Project
My poor little munchkin is home sick today. She’s so miserable, with a headache and fever. I hate it when their sick because I hate to see them suffering. But it gives me an opportunity to draw a stationary child which doesn’t happen very often. Here, she’s watching Night at the Museum 2, and barely cracking a smile at the funny parts…awwww….
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She’s Got Talent

She’s Got Talent — for the Sketchbook Project
Whenever I see my children creating, with that intense look of concentration on their face, and their afficionado pose, I’m reminded of Nancy Guzik’s gorgeous work,” Lucas Painting.”
And…it also makes me want to attempt to create something even a fraction as beautiful as she does it! This attempt (well, not even an attempt, really) was for the sketchbook, so it’s not great, but one of these days I’m going to do it! 
As for the picture I did, Rhiannon was so cute tonight…instructing me how to color it, and “MOM, you forgot to paint my band-aid!”
                                     

Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy for Sketchbook Project
I’m finally back at it. Something about the looming deadline made it not fun for awhile! What a typical Taurus I am. Tell me I have to do something, and I run the other direction…lol! It’s also been pretty hectic with Christmas and parties and all that stuff. I tend to work best under pressure though…14 pictures in 15 days…I think I can do it!
I’m also competing in the Bold Brush Competition this month, with a few of my last paintings. Go to http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/painting/15714 and http://canvoo.com/boldbrush/painting/15707 to show your support by “liking” my paintings on the facebook tab. Thanks!!
Happy New Year!!

Another Sketch of the Boy

Jacob’s Art–for the Sketchbook Project
Getting there…I’m getting close to the end of the Sketchbook Project…maybe:)
At any rate, the deadline’s coming up, isn’t it?
Well, I drew this one from life the other morning. He was completely absorbed in drawing dragons I think, and the window light was illuminating his hair and shoulder in a beautiful way. So I drew him, of course!

The "Old-Time Hat"

The Old-Time Hat — 8″x10″ oil on canvas NFS
This was my son’s favorite hat for a while. We got it at Barkerville, an historic gold-mining village in Northern B.C. where they re-enact the history. He loves it there, and he calls this hat his “Old-Time Hat”.
This is another painting I finished yesterday in a few hours. I’m really focusing on being loose and painterly, and not thinking to much. It seems like if I can mostly keep my head out of my art and use my intuition, it turns out better. I still try to keep “the rules” in mind, but in the back somewhere…:)

Once Upon a Time

  Once Upon a Time — for Sketchbook Project

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since I last posted. That’s not like me. Well, my life just got silly busy. I’m catering for the road crew that’s repairing the damage after the flood, and I’m working on a large painting, and I’m designing my necklace/pendants for the Etsy shop. I didn’t manage to get into the craft fair this year. I was too busy cooking for hungry pavers.
But, here are my munchkins, again:) Jacob is reading his sister a bedtime story.
Maybe I’ll just dedicate the rest of this sketchbook to them. The only crappy thing is that I have to send it away!  I spent a bit of extra time on this one. I’m trying to sketch using painterly concepts, and I think this would make a great painting if I could just force myself to stay simple. I tend to get caught up in the details, and try to finish backgrounds, and I want to break myself of that habit and stay painterly. I’m really happy with this one. I wish I could keep it.

The Boy–My Little Couch Potato

My Little Couch Potato — for the Sketchbook Project

Here’s Jacob…I know…my kids again, but there’s a reason I picked Boys and Girls for my Sketchbook Project title…I have one of each, so I figured there would be lots of inspiration to “draw” from:) 
My son is not the typical 7 year old. He loves math, won’t sign out anything but science and craft books from the library, and he loves reality T.V. No cartoons for him, except the movie kind. Ever since he was about 3, his favorite shows have been the extreme sports channel, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and the National Geographic Channel. Today he was watching Austin Stevens Adventures in the Great Bear Rain Forest…where we live. We see grizzlies all the time. Before the flood, there were days where we were almost late for the bus in the morning, because we had to wait for the bear to leave before we could.

Maui Treasures

Maui Treasures — sketcbook project
Hmmm…the scan doesn’t really do this one justice, but oh well…I took the reference photo for this last winter in Maui. It was the quintessential little boy picture. They were gathering shells and mussels from the lava outcropping at Baby Beach in Paia. We love going to this beach because it’s great for kids. The lava creates a natural breakwater, which shelters the little bay from the big waves, and the water is so warm. I’m also using this as a value study for my next painting.

My Little Artist

                                                     My Little Artist — Sketchbook Project

My little darling Rhiannon, from life this morning after breakfast. As soon as she sees me sketching she jumps up to get her crafty stuff. She has to be creative if I am…I love it:) Except she cut a piece of construction paper into at least a million tiny little pieces today, which I had to clean off the floor…oh well, it’s worth watching her enthusiasm, and also, it’s a way to get her to sit in one place for a while, if not totally still.

Dora’s Dinosaur Rescue

Dora’s Dinosaur Rescue for Sketchbook Project

I decided to try to have a little fun with a still life today. I’m trying to read “The Artist’s Way” right now, because, aside from the sketchbook thing, I’m feeling a little creatively blocked. I don’t really know which direction to take my art, now that the show season is over, and I’ve done this big, serious, exhausting commission. I feel like I tend to take myself and my art a little too seriously anyways. I probably just need to marinate for a while, but I still feel driven to paint, I just don’t know what or how…At any rate, the Artist’s Way talks about nourishing your Inner Child…so I brought out the toys:) And since the theme for this sketchbook is Girls and Boys, I grabbed some girl toys and some boy toys. This tense standoff is what ensued, lol!