June Challenge, Week Two

W15 6 JUNE CHALLENGE 010I am in the home stretch of this frigging stupid stent and frankly,
what has helped keep me sane is these crazy challenges on Facebook.   I am heavily drugged on pain killers and frankly, that does not make me creative.   Having a challenge prompt is something I can just DO — without thinking — and so I challenged myself a bit to make it interesting and am playing with layouts as well.  The prompt for the above sketch was “leave it alone” — and so, three versions of an image of me taking pictures, and I did them quickly and then did not touch it to “fix” them — hence, “leave it alone!”

W15 6 JUNE CHALLENGE 015I was to do a wash, something blue, and a sacred object — and combined them in the painting sketch above.  The wash is the sky and the earth.  I actually LIKE this one!

W15 6 JUNE CHALLENGE 016Next to it I placed a “collection” of hearts — these were fun to paint!
Again, I liked the overall effect on the page (bottom).

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 003Challenges love to ask people do draw shoes.  Not sure why. . .  but this is also a political statement.  I love Uggs, and have lived in them in winter for years.  My first pair lasted several years (worn daily) and then became my inside studio paint splattered shoes.  My second pair also lasted years, same story.  Now they are made in Chin a and are CRAP.   The begin to unravel within a year or two, tops, and I am sure they are also made with cheap child labor and all that , so, this winter I have to find another shoe *SOB*

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 006Staying LITERALLY in “bed” with my feet up has been a bi-atch.  Jai has kept me company and gone back and forth from office to home, partly because at his age we don’t leave him alone in the studio anymore.  Yes, our night-lite is a Bubble light from the Christmas tree!

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 008A sketching friend is doing this month’s challenge in a loose contour sketch —
and so I also have done pages like this for fun.
This page is all about Sammy’s toys and his attachment to his daddy!

W15 JUNE CHALLENGE 014Dinner.  I have done little cooking throughout this time and both of us miss my cooking.  Mitchell is a good cook but has little time, and so pizza pizza pizza has been out fallback.  This night I marinated a ginger-lime-teriyaki (from Ginger People) with chopped garlic (yes from a bottle, Christopher Ranch’s organic garlic) and Sugar Chili pesto.
Slow roast, yummo.

The page layouts, above.

Drawn in a Pentalic Field Book (using it up, not that fond of them)
with Pentalic HB woodless pencil, LYRA watercolor graphite pencil,
various pens and with De Artramentis Document ink, Super5, Noodlers ink
and Daniel Smith, QoR, and Holbein watercolors.


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12 Responses to June Challenge, Week Two

  1. susanissima says:

    I absolutely love how you’re using your sketching as a healing (and insanity-preventing) strategy. This sounds like a wonderful form of therapy for injured beings, Katie, and one that is hopefully used by occupational therapists and others. Yet another wonderful benefit of being an artistic journalist!


  2. Love the QoR high chroma, btw. Your sketchbook stories are very interesting, indeed. : ) Hail to the Uggs!


  3. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful work Kate. I always enjoy seeing the progression these go through. I hope you’re feeling better soon.


  4. Sammy D. says:

    Have so missed you and been twitched by your pain and inactivity. Love these signs that you are ‘almost’ back. I love the three poses; you look centered and grounded. May that be the case 💖


  5. Linda K says:

    wow-your drawing and illustration skills are fantastic!! Sorry to hear about the pain-I know of going through some of that and being on meds recently too-although mine wasn’t an issue involving a stent. Hope you fee much better real soon.


  6. Cindy Dauer says:

    So sorry for your health issues but it’s terrific you can paint. So many great illustrations but I love the Uggs and raggedy mouse best!


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