Thursday, January 15, 2015

One Hundred Faces In Three Hundred and Sixty Five Days

I have joined a group on Facebook where we have each committed to draw or paint 100 faces in 365 days.  Most people are drawing and painting people faces.   But, you know me....  My first face is, of course, a Siamese cat.

100 Faces in 365 days

This drawing was created with Derwent Tinted Charcoal on a Strathmore Toned Sketch Journal.   *A note on these toned journals:  They are beautiful.  There is a grey one too.  I love the colors!  But... Strathmore, Please make some toned papers with tooth.  I suggest Bristol Board Vellum.   Pretty Please!  These colors cry out to be used with the tinted charcoal.  But the paper makes it quite a challenge to accomplish.

I have decided only to use journaled faces for my 100.  That will force me to play around with it and not use the more serious portraits I am working on.   I think this will be fun and will prompt me to draw many different kinds of faces.   I might do a camel, a donkey, and maybe some sheep.   Oh!  Maybe a rooster!  And maybe.....just maybe, I'll even do some people.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Bo Says Thank You Auntie Kate

Ear Warmer Scarf

I've mentioned before that our son's dog, Bo, has been living with us for several years. Bo is getting older now. I believe he will be 12 years old this May. He has a nice little coat that he wears when we go for walks. Bo loves his coat. But recently when the temperatures have been so low, I found that his tender ears get really cold on walks. I mentioned this to our daughter Kate who is a whiz with a crochet needle. So Kate made Bo this little scarf.

It can go over his head or be worn down on his neck. Oh my, he loves this scarf! And it does keep his ears quite cozy and warm. Once when we were taking his coat off after a walk, his scarf slipped off by accident. I picked it up thinking I would put it with the leash and coat. But Bo came over and touched the scarf with his nose. And then stretched out his head and neck indicating he wanted me to put it back on. Awwwww!!!!!

Touching things with his nose has always been a form of communication with Bo. Even when he was quite young, if he wanted me to come along outside with him, he would touch my leg with his nose and then look out. Is this something other dogs do? Or is it unique to our Bo, saved off the streets as a puppy?

Doggie Scarf

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pastel Workshop Opening

Panda In Pastel Video Workshop with Elizabeth Johnson

I am very excited to announce the opening of Panda In Pastel on January 15. This online video workshop is for students at any level. Even beginners can have fun with this cute guy. I used Derwent Pastel Pencils but any brand of pastel pencils can work.

I created the original panda drawing for a gift. A friend wanted a panda for her new baby's room. But when my local students saw it, many asked me to create a workshop teaching how they might create their own panda friend.

And so, here you go. You may enroll in Panda In Pastel at Enrollment will remain open so you may sign up when it works best for you. And, as always, you may ask me questions or show me your work for positive and helpful critique.   I hope to see you there. 

Here is a little teaser......


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