Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Art Illustrates a Magazine Cover

Illustrating the Cover Story

My art graces the cover of the current issue of Divinity, the alumni magazine for Duke University's Divinity School. Yes, I'm bragging, especially because it wasn't because of anything I did except for blogging about making art using my collection of road maps. 

The magazine's editor contacted me a few months ago asking if I would allow her to use four of my map collages to illustrate the leading article, "Maintaining Good Roads", in the Spring 2014 Alumni magazine. She had seen my work online. How cool is that!

If you're interested in seeing the article with other photos of my artwork or to download the article in PDF go here.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Here are some recent drawings, done while on vacation. I'm drawing for several hours each day and enjoying every minute.

As I was drawing this building a man stopped to talk. He's the owner of the local bike shop, a former medical illustrator and flute player. I enjoy the people who stop to talk.

This is Mike's bike shop.

And next door is the kite shop, Once Upon A Breeze.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Drawing my kitchen

This week at Sketchbook Skool our instructor is Tommy Kane who is passionate about detailed drawings. The demo was of Tommy methodically drawing his kitchen so I decided I could do that, too, and I did. This is the one wall of the kitchen at the beach.  I was happy with my drawing until I started coloring the shiny black dishwasher. Maybe I'll just collage some paper on top of the black hole and have a place to journal.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Drawing stuffed birds and old dolls, Sketchbook Skool assignments

 I had lots of errands today, not much time to draw, and no compelling subject until I remembered my doll. My grown daughter thinks this doll is scary and won't even look at it, but then she never was one to like playing with dolls. I loved my dolls and cherished the few I owned. I only kept one, though, and only because of the dress she wore, one I made when I was nine... to match my sundress.

Golden Eagle

I had a wonderful time yesterday, drawing birds at our local Audubon Society where there are lots of stuffed animals who patiently posed as I took my time trying to nail the shapes and values. I also tried my hand at drawing live birds at the feeder and one perched on an attendants' hand.

 Another day I drew Lisa as she was giving me a pedicure. I wasn't happy with the drawing because it couldn't get the contour of her forehead and nose right, with her head down most of the time and rarely absolutely still. However, she was overjoyed and thanked me for drawing her. One never knows how something simple will touch another person.

When I started this blog its purpose was personal, to keep a record of the art I create each day. Somehow I lost my way and stopped keeping the daily record. I want to start again. While I don't complete a piece of art every day I usually do something creative whether it's painting paper, playing with my gelli plate, taking photographs, gardening,sewing, or even canning. I intend to do a better job of reporting this daily activity by sharing it here on my blog in hopes that what I do matters to someone else, too.

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