Monday, January 31, 2011

Random Productivity

I have been a busy little bee here the last few days or so. I am amazed at what I have been able to accomplish. Recently I have been reading THIS book by Danny Gregory. It shares peeks into many amazing artists' sketchbooks and their feelings about their process and materials...and I LOVE it. Anyway, somewhere in there one of the artists said that spending the time in their sketchbooks seems to create more time for other painting. With two kids, and tons of other responsibilities, I thought that I would be sacrificing painting when I made the commitment to work in my sketchbook more, but now I am a believer. I certainly have been more productive since beginning my goal of sketching daily. Sometimes I don't get it done but so far, I've been pretty good.
I did a few pages in my altered book and I really like this one. I am determined to have 2011 be the best year ever, I don't know what will come but I will make the best of it.
I also did this little fantastical flower study in my cheap spiral sketchbook.
I even managed to complete 3 new sketches in "Molly the Moleskine". This one was a good reminder that I HATE painting foil, glass and other shiny things. My watercolor skills need work in the shiny things area. It's just so hard to get them to look "right".
One of my annual primroses. I absolutely rejoice when I see the first rolling cart of primroses in the grocery store because I know that spring is coming and I always buy 3 for my kitchen window. The help me get through the last of winter with a little hope. Every time I see them, I am reminded that I am on the downhill side of winter. I really don't love winter, in case you hadn't noticed.
My friend, Sheena, took me to her spa last week. In fact, last week at this time, I was in the middle of an awesome facial. I had my first pedicure and came home with some sparkly, blue toes. Those sparkly toes make me so happy to look at. They are still looking pretty good and sometimes when I get brave, I take my wool socks off my frozen little feet and just smile at my blue, sparkly toes!
Not only have I accomplished all this, I finished a little painting too, but alas, I have run out of blogging time and must pick up my daughter from school, so I will have to post it soon, but I must say that I really like how it turned out. I can't wait to share it with you. Be back soon.


  1. These sketches convey feeling--a hallmark of great art. Your foil wrappers look like you have glued originals to the page. The subject matter you choose and the way you portray it brings JOY to my soul. That is a great gift you have. One day the whole world will be blessed by your talent for lifting souls. Keep painting!

  2. I LOVE your sketches....each page so beautifully presented!

  3. Wow!!! I am so inspired! I will have to pick up that book again...gotta go find it. I have really enjoyed my visit to your blog today. I so want to learn to draw! Thanks for the pure eye candy!!!

  4. I love your work. It is really lovely and so inspirational.