VSW: Bay Of Fires, Australia


Why do I always like them better cropped into squares!?

One of the last images in my Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal
wobbly paper makes for a wobbly sky wash… cropped it is interesting,
but larger looks like a bad wash!  Let’s call it Wobbly skies!

Every so often I forget how much I don’t like opaque watercolors and give
MG Cobalt Turquoise another try… It is a perfect color, if only transparent.

I’ve been using inks so much I’m needing to switch to my watercolor mindset again>
This was painted fast, as a sketch in about 15 minutes (without drying time).

Bay of Fires, Australia.

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Notre Dame


I started this Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal in April 2018.
Last night I finished it processing the grief of the day,
the grief of a year of sadness in many ways.

Mitchell told me in the morning
he had an alert from World Heritage that Notre Dame was burning.

I saw my first images in the morning, and wept.

All day I had to come back to it while I worked…

It wasn’t until after Mitchell fell asleep that I was able to process it,
sketching and painting by the small light next to our bed.

Artists and writers process what is in their hearts best
while sketching, painting and writing.
I wrote, and threw the colors in my head onto paper,
watched them dry into the odd shapes and mixes,
some looking like ashes, then began my sketch.
As I tried to find a way into this amazingly complex building in a simple manner
that would be feeling not architectural, I wept again.

I was 24 when I stayed on the Île de la Cité…
It was my first time in Europe, and it was Christmas Eve.
My girlfriend wanted to leave the USA for the holiday because of a breakup,
and asked me to go.  Fortunately I had a passport I’d never used,
and luckily we found a B&B fifth floor walkup or who knows where we would have slept.
We went for two weeks and stayed for almost three months and I almost never came back.

I had not looked forward to France, particularly.
Nothing about it had ever called to me.
But when I stepped off the train at the Paris-Gare-de-Lyon,
I turned to her and said, “I’m never going home.”
I fell in love with the smells, the sounds, and the people.
It felt as much like home as Laguna Beach; I was enraptured.

The trip changed my life.
Outwardly, it took me out of the push push push to achieve and
eventually I left practicing architecture (though one can’t not be what one is, either.)
I shocked my family with discussions of not coming home,
sublet my apartment, said bye-bye to clients and a boyfriend,
told Welton Becket (architectural firm) to find someone else to take my place…
I ate like a Parisian, walked, lost weight… two months…
sometimes taking excursions out of the city, only to return quickly.

But much more happened inside as I relaxed into a different rhythm,
one far outside my family patterns.  My life changed.  I changed.
And when I did come home, my priorities for life changed…
Some of those changes you see in my blogs.
Though thankfully Becket had not replaced me!
One has to eat!

Last night I realized as I sketched and painted that I also grieved
for the people whom I loved and who are gone…
For a me that was once and is not more,
though the me that is has her as a part, not the whole.

Of course, if I had not returned, if those people were still around,
I might never have met the love of my life,
might never have painted, might never have…

Notre Dame was part of that time, always within sight
in the city that changed my heart.

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VSW: Tazzie Skies

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I thought I might be ready to do my review but not quite!

Ink painting from a photo (used with permission)
from a wonderful photographer, JC Merriman.

*note: not tasmania but sofala australia…*

Ink is so not like watercolor — much more unpredictable and mind-of-its own when used in washes.  I am getting a bit of the hang of it but it still takes me on a ride.

I like that alot!


The colors used in this one.

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SoCS: Lip

I  journal and do morning stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday
I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!
You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lip.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “lip.”

Normally I would write about Lip Service.

But coming off a marathon of trying to do 100 faces in a week (nope didn’t make it but happy with what I did) I’ve thought a lot about lips.  People talk about the eyes being windows of our souls but if that is so then maybe lips ate the cat tails of the human race.  If you want to catch an expression in a sketch it is a LOT about the lips — and then maybe the eyebrows.  Kisses, worried, pissed, happy and a baby’s innocence and wonder.  Lips pay a huge roll in getting that shown in a drawing.

And then omigawd there are teeth.  painting teeth, a watercolor portrait, is a different thing.  but I gave up, and asked on the forums, how do yawl do teeth in ink and everyone said the same, “don’t do it!”  Just suggest it, but don’t draw them, no matter how details everything else is unless it is a BIG ink sketch (not in a book, but wall-sized.)

I have five minutes left… so lip service.
Lip service is when the company rep on the other end of the phone says,
“I am sorry this has inconvenienced you.”
“I am sorry our product failed you.”
“I am sorry you are unhappy with…”
They have  as script in front of them, and I am sure it is actually called,
“Ways to Give Lip Service When We Have No Intention of Fixing the Widget.”

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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1 Week 100 People: 60-72


I thought I was done but last night I rallied and did another dozen…
Craig Eckersley and Gwen Scott (MUCH prettier than I draw her).
Wanting to try Robert Oster Aussie Brown helped….

Also, finding one person with many images on Sktchy helped…
I learned that from my first round with Guly Gus.
He is the best model — great expressions without donning clown gear.

BTW, KWZ Ink’s Foggy Green is one of my favorite inks of all time.

Ginger Llivina is prettier than I may make her — she also had great expressions.
Robert Oster Melon Tea.

That’s the end of my “legal” week;
I didn’t make it to 100 and that’s okay.
I am better at proportions five days later,

though noses and teeth can be hard.

Drawing 72 peeps did that.
Those of you who hate doing buildings — I get it.
I know the proportions easily because I’ve drawn so very many and built a few.
I wonder if knowing anatomy helps you draw people?

Leaving you with something I may try
if I get another round in me this weekend or beyond,
A GREAT demo on direct watercolor peeps in settings, thanks Laurie Sciretta!

I am working in the Hahnemühle Cappuccino Sketchbook for the rest of the week…
Testing for Hahnemühle means I am likely to finish  the challenge.
I am not commenting about the paper until Sunday…

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1 Week 100 People: 52-60


Let’s see… behinder!
My excuse is a major power outage (several hours at work)
and then deadlines…

HOW DO YOU SKETCH TEETH???

Seriously, somebody show me.
Gads.
AOC should sue me!


I am only at 60…
Neva gonna make it.
That is okay…
I enjoy what I’ve done!

Tip for today, don’t worry, be happy…
With whatever you’ve done!

I am working in the Hahnemühle Cappuccino Sketchbook for the rest of the week…
Showing my testing as I do 82 more people!
Testing for Hahnemühle means I am likely to finish  the challenge.
I am not commenting about the paper until Sunday…
I know already though it is meant for sketching only…

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1 Week 100 People: 35-52

I count it when I do it twice…
Sometimes the proportions are just too far off.
Gotta work on my sexy eyelashes.

This Sktchy model can look very sexy and very nerdy —
She is fun to sketch!

I landed on Guly Gus, a DJ, and he had many great friends to sketch!
The last is him vamping for the camera, not at all what his other pics are like,
and it gave me a chance to draw muscle!

A high school friend, Julie, from earlier days and now with her pup.

Friends met on the internet!

Mitchell (Halloween and now) and a selfie from my younger days.
Not so easy to do me… I see all that is wrong!


I think I will draw more of her…

And I am not counting these…
I see lots of others doing architectural peeps and I just can’t.
I can do these in my sleep.
And Debi Taylor challenged me to do a pic of hers with 52 people in it…
Nope, just doesn’t work for me.
I think it is the same work (almost) but I hate the result!

*i say, go slow and still do what interests me
or i am soon bored and also i draw poorly
and also did i say bored?*

I am working in the Hahnemühle Cappuccino Sketchbook for the rest of the week…
Showing my testing as I do 82 more people!
Testing for Hahnemühle means I am likely to finish  the challenge.
I am not commenting about the paper until Sunday…
I know already though it is meant for sketching only…

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