Monday, October 9, 2017

Inktober in my Hobonichi

Peter Pan quote...

and a collage to fill in some blank
 space. Here's a tiny coffee
cup for my link-up to T Tuesday
this week! 

I used a vintage illustration as my 
model for the tale of Bluebeard, showing
the moment he gives the keys to his
new wife. Bluebeard warns her not to open
'that one door.' You can guess
what happens then...

The busy weekend caused me to
play 'catch up' in my Hobonichi
after the fact. Loved having my son and
his family here, even for a short visit.

A new month, a new challenge.
I may combine 'Inktober' with the
Hobonichi Challenge prompts...

I enjoy getting out these little
folk art figurines every Fall.

The gargoyle was an interesting
subject. Not my favorite. But good
to draw something out of my
comfort zone.

It's difficult for me to resist adding
watercolor to the ink drawings.
A little bit of orange background 
can't hurt, right?

The Hobonichi Challenge for Oct. 5th
was 'spider.'  Having this in my planner
is creeping me out. I may have to cover
it up with a flap of some kind!

Hope you're enjoying October so far.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tales of Animals, Magic, and Coffee

Above, a card sent to a mail artist in France. 
Design derived from ancient Mexican motifs. 
(this was identified as an eagle)
You can see the envelope here 
on Eric Bruth's blog.

The fairy tale challenge I've been
doing in my little Hobonichi planner
has presented some challenges.

I greatly respect book illustrators
who are able to create dynamic
and exciting pages that show action.

This week we saw a guy on a
motorcycle wearing an 'Elmo' helmet cover!
You can buy it online. Cracked me up...

I am several days behind on the last of
the fairy tales for Sept.  My friend Elizabeth wants
to see art for the tale of Bluebeard!  
I don't think I will be trying to draw dead 
wives in a locked room...but you never know. 
We had a very busy weekend at the end of 
this month, so I have to catch up on
a few drawings.  Next project:
an ink drawing every day for "Inktober."

How many references to a beverage
did you notice?  (not counting
the soup)  Linking up for T Day...
go visit other bloggers for a beverage
and a chat!  Thanks for coming
 by for art and coffee.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

T is for Tales

For T Tuesday, sharing little drawings of my
breakfast and beverage.  Coffee of course.
Click on the link to visit other bloggers
for a beverage and a chat...

Above, the end of August 'favorites' in
the Hobonichi Challenge. Favorite vegetable
and Favorite Book. I find it very hard to pick
a 'favorite' of anything! But 'Heidi' was one 
book that I read over and over as a child.

Who has a favorite 'sign?'  Searching on the web,
I found one you can order...a fun one from The
Wizard of Oz. September's challenges are listed
on the right...several stories I wasn't familiar with.

Grimm's Fairy Tales are FAR from the sanitized
Disney versions. I had to look up The Juniper Tree
to get a synopsis of the story. Quite awful really...

The Singing Tortoise and Alice in Wonderland.

These drawings for Momotaro and Hans the
Hedgehog were inspired by vintage illustrations
I found online.  Below, some sketches done
at the Fulton County Fair. This has become a
bit of a tradition, though I usually don't get as
much time to sketch as I'd like.

These pygmy goats were so sweet...

More Fairy Tales...

Fitcher's Bird was another tale I hadn't
heard of.  A bloody one...but with a 
strong heroine!

Grimm's Little Mermaid is quite different
from Disney's. She dies in the end, but is
transformed and taken up 
into the air with the Air Spirits
to aid and watch over mankind,
because of her sacrifice of love...

P.S. ~ There were Five coffee cups in
the last is easy to miss the little
cup that isn't 'colored in,' next to the
words 'Blog Post.'

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Life Book- Favorites

The Hobonichi Company encourages its
users to think of their planners as
"Life Books."  To record the events of
life, both mundane and significant.
That is indeed how I try to use
my Techo.  The drawings usually
average about two to three inches high...

The Hobonichi Challenge this month
is 'Favorites'.  I've never even thought 
about having a favorite umbrella. I am
lucky to keep track of one...and to be
able to find it when I need it!

Favorite stationery: Hobonichi of
course! plus everything I need for it.
That can get out of hand, with all the 
creative supplies available!

Favorite candle: any candle
in a vintage canning jar.

Eclipse day was kind of a non-event
for us, as clouds covered the sun at
the time. So of course, we went shopping!
Above, the prompt was 'favorite frame.'
I don't really have a favorite one, but
this quote made me smile...

And how do you choose a favorite
fictional character? There are just too
many. Dr. Who or Snoopy would have
been valid choices for me as well...
but today Harry Potter won out.

Favorite persons admired...

I could have chosen Michelangelo or 
Leonardo da Vinci, but these two also
came to mind.  I am not fond
 of the disturbing images in Frida Kahlo's
work, but admire the fact that she overcame
the tremendous difficulties in her life, and
determined to be an artist during a time
when women were rarely taken seriously
on a professional artist's level. And she
is fun to draw. Love the bright crocheted 
flower necklace she was wearing.

Above, Favorite thing in the room: a hand-thrown
 bowl made by my husband's cousin, and given
to us as a wedding gift. It's quite large and
heavy. I love it, and the vintage photos.

I've taken the plunge and signed up for a
drawing class at our local university.  It is 
'Beginning Drawing.' Yes, I have had similar
classes before. But as an "over 60" I can audit
the class at no charge, and don't have to 
take exams. Which doesn't really translate 
in a studio art class. If you don't participate
in the critiques, you don't really learn anything
about what you could improve.

I told myself I would try to keep a low 
profile in the class.  But.  There are only 
about 12 people in the class.  So, I doubt that
will be possible. So far, I am just like any of the
other students.  But these kids are all so
 young...College Freshmen, just out of 
high their art is what you would 
see from high school students. Brings back a
lot of memories...very weird in a lot of ways.
My daughter says I will be "cool."  hahaha.
Yeah, right.  So far the
class has been about rules and expectations. I
understand why. But sure hoping things 
loosen up when we actually get to start
 drawing...conformity is difficult for me. 

Quite different from my original 
drawing instructor who was very 
laid back.  Since we were art majors, he
assumed we knew the basics. This class
seems quite remedial. So we will see.
I am hoping for new perspectives from a
different instructor, and enjoying the
 'learning energy' from young people.

Linking up for T Tuesday...
how many coffee/tea cups
did you notice? 

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