Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lunchtime Sketch at the Guthrie

We had lunch with Grant at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis on the banks of the Mississippi River.  This was our view, and my quick sketch whilst waiting for food. (I painted it at home.) Our view was of these condos, which were built out of the old Gold Medal plant.  They were beautiful.  We never saw, but I’m sure the sign on the top of the building, which faces the Mississippi, said Gold Medal all those years.  I’m guessing it still does.  Adjacent to these condos is the Gold Medal Museum, if you feel the need to find out about your history. The big yellow space on the left was actually a huge outdoor pillar outside our building.  Wanting to maintain the vertical feel, I chose to draw it in and fill it with Latin words as we’ve studied a lot of Latin. I chose the words that had a lot to do with family, since we were reunited with Grant.  I never did take a photo, but this little sketch brings back the memories in a much sharper and more memorable way.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sketching Portrait of Our Son

Doing some quick sketching in my small pad to keep my chops up. I never know what people are going to hire me for next, and sketching a wide variety of everything is always a good thing.  This wide variety of everything just happens to be our youngest son. :) 

I started this on a plane, minus the knife, of course.  It’s extremely sharp and works really well to sharpen my big fat pencils.  I’m not that good at it but it reminds me of my trip to Cuba and making music with the Cuban musicians.  When we needed to correct our music or make notes, I noticed that they could sharpen their pencils to deadly weapon status with a few strokes.  Sheesh!

Anyway, if you need me to do some artwork for you or sharpen your pencils, let me know. :)

Inspiring Flowers

One thing I miss about the North is the flowering trees.  Here I’m enjoying a nice crabapple.  We were lucky to be able to go to Minnesota during the beginning of the heavy flowering season.  My wooden ‘bracelet’ is one of my mom’s necklaces.  Intrepid person that she was, she went on a trip to Israel with a tour, leaving Dad home to work.  She got this there.  I’ve been wearing it a lot lately as it makes me feel close to her.  It’s been one year this month now that she died. Aren’t these flowers just gorgeous? 

Looks like I’m going to have to paint some crabapple flowers.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dave Barry Quote

Now and then we all just need to laugh.  So I put one of my favorite Dave Barry quotes onto a background of one of my paintings. Just in case you didn’t know, the difference between men and women. :). Haha! Just had to deviate from my art feed for this one as it has given me so many smiles.

Animal Magnet (ism)

I’m curious, of these six animals, which is your favorite? Because of a goofy sketch I did of a grizzled old lion, I began painting animals and haven’t been able to stop! Three of these paintings are still available and I always have these magnets and others for sale on my website. I love animals! Check me out at

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the Art Studio with My Watercolors

This is, I think, the most honest art form for me.  When I’m tired or worn out, in a hurry or just needing to lay down some color, it usually comes back to something like this.  And it always seems to be an expression of flowers, to which I am so deeply and intricately connected. The layers of color, the compliments and the bleeds satisfy me in a very deep way.  Not to mention the highly pigmented, super bright QOR watercolors made by Golden.

Cookie Artist Palette

Seems a fitting way to end a year of art classes, doesn’t it?  NO, I didn’t make these; one of my students did. And they tasted even better than they looked! Yum.