Category: Black and White

Almost Daily Sketches

Sorry the picture is so light……gotta fix that!

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December Drawings

Well, as you can tell, the past few weeks have been hectic and I haven’t gotten too much done during this time.   The drawings above were done with a sepia pen on 3-1/2 X 4-1/2 sketchbook that I carry with me in the hopes of grabbing a moment or two.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and enjoy the drawings.

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Almost Daily Sketches

Three more sketches to show.  Hurricane TV watching made sketching in my 5X8 sketchbook easy.

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Almost Daily Sketches

Just a couple of quick sketches to get back in the groove.  Each was done on my Canson 3 X 5″ sketch pad. Hope you enjoy!

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More Almost Daily Sketches

I found some daily sketches that I hadn’t posted.  These were done at various times last year.  As usual, they were done with a Micron pen on the small 3 X 5 sketchbook I carry in my purse.  You never know when the muse might hit.


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Almost Daily Sketches

As you can see, these are not recent sketches.  I’m working on a larger than usual pastel for me and I’m not ready to show it.   In the meantime, I went back through my sketchbooks and found several that had never been posted.     Let’s see:   a pumpkin, a Chickadee, some tulips and an unidentified flower……..that just about covers it!


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Daily Sketches

Here are four daily sketches done the 3″ X 5″ pad that I carry in my purse with a couple of Micron drawing pens.   Sometimes I draw things I see out the window while sitting in my car, other times I take bits and pieces from magazines and create a sketch from them.   Although I call them “daily” sketches, and I do try to complete one in the morning to get the juices flowing, there are some days (even weeks maybe) that I just don’t get to it.  All in all, I have an interesting collection and I share it with you from time to time.

They aren’t meant to be high art or will ever be framed.  They are my way of getting into the zone of art no matter where I am or what I’m doing.  I don’t worry if some turn out better than others.  After all, even the days are like that, aren’t they?

I hope you enjoy the peek.

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100 Pastel Challenge – No.23

Just one more tonight and the suggestion of doing a black and white version came from my son (you know, the one who is usually the first to add a comment). I’m not sure whether being an architect or a rabid comic book designer and historian is the reason he chose b&w, but it was really fun to do.

I had done one earlier just using blues and will probably add other monochrome versions as time goes on.

I hope you are enjoying this challenge as much as I am!

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Almost Daily Sketches

I’m working on several things at once, but have to stop occasionally and get some drawing in.  These were drawn (quickly, I might add) on a 3 X 5 sketch pad using a brown Sharpie.  As you can see almost anything catches my attention when I’m in the mood.  If you can’t identify the flowers, don’t worry.  I took artist’s license to improvise as I went along.   Hope you enjoy

Sorry the film is so faint.  I should have stopped and made sure I had more light on the easel, but then there you are.

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White Clematis

I’m in the middle of completely redoing my “studio”  (2 small bedrooms) and have totally neglected my daily sketching!   Can’t have that!  So, here is this afternoon’s effort done on the usual 3 X 5 sketchpad in my lap.

I do have exciting news (for me, at least), and that is that on August 31st, I entered two digital submissions to a national competition being held by The Pastel Journal!   Boy, did that take a lot of anxiety calories….I must have lost maybe a half pound…………..

Anyway, although I have entered three shows sponsored by my local Lakewood Artists Guild, this is the first national competition that I’ve entered (could you tell?  Am I repeating myself?)  However, since I had years of entering quilts back in the days when that was my artistic endeavor of choice, I know from experience that the next one will be so much easier.  It’s always that first hurdle, right?

I don’t think they will be letting anyone know if they are even being considered until January.  These national competitions attract thousands of entries and the staff has to first make sure that what you are submitting meets the technical criteria, and then there’s the first go-round to whittle the final judging down to a reasonable number.

So, I’m now preparing to enter some others that still  have 2010 deadlines to take my mind off this one.

Oh, I think I didn’t say that I submitted the last pastel I finished “Coast Sentinels” and one done earlier titled “Birches”.  Both are in the landscape category, so I’m competing against myself along with the hordes of others.   Believe me, I’ll keep you posted when I hear anything!

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