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Thursday, February 26, 2015

21 DRaWinGs in 1 WeEk! WoW! BUsY WeEk bY LyNn CoHEn

It's spring-like in California! I sat in my backyard and drew the camellia bush that is in full bloom right now. This was for a Boot kamp assignment in Sketchbook Skool to draw nature! I used colored pencils and ink. Boot kamp is over. Now I await the next semester in April.

I'm still drawing at Tacos Jalisco at least once a week! It was fun to get the patrons (top) and the owners and staff (bottom)! I'll be there again today and will capture who is there!

Another Boot Kamp assignment was to draw water! Not an easy task. And running water is hard in California, as we are in a terrible drought. You can see how guilty I felt letting this Faucet run. Luckily I draw quickly so it wasn't on all that long,  honest!

You know I share another blog, Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens, with Ann Hyde from the UK. There we draw to a new theme every two weeks. This is from the assignment to draw The Place Where We Grew Up. I decided to draw my old neighborhood. I drew my childhood girlfriends houses across the street. The first one was Joann's house!

This house was where Marion lived:

And this house was where my very, very best friend, Patty, lived. We stayed friends for 73 years.
All my friends from the old neighborhood are gone now. But I have sweet memories from those years together.

We are looking for new artists at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens, who want to draw with us there! All artists from very beginners to more advanced are welcome. Just hop over to the blog via this link and fill out the contact form on the top of the side bar. We'll send you an invitation that then allows you to post your art on the blog! It's fun. I hope you will join us. And if you contributed in the past but haven't in a while, we hope you will do so again soon.

I love my days off from work, as we have time to drop in Starbucks to draw. I love capturing as many folks as I can. I got ten on this day!

I like letting my drawings speak for themselves:

Sometimes I experiment with new pens & paper. This time it was a white gel pen and a black calligraphy pen on tan paper!

Meanwhile, back to Starbucks on a different day!

And back to my home town, Vallejo for Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens! My teenage hangout Pizza parlor!

And the little library up the street from where we lived on Amador street:

And this was the day I captured 18 people at Starbucks in ONE HOUR!

I amaze myself with how much I draw in a week! My posting here really tells me just how much I am working/playing at being an artist! I'd like to recommend Sketchbook Skool again! It's the most fun I have had in a month of Sundays! You can email and ask for the FREE KLASS to get started and see how you like it. You can also ask her to be let into the "playground" or Sketchbook Skool Facebook Page to see what everyone is doing there art-wise and to meet other artists from all over the world!
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Enjoy the art at Paint Party Friday, and Sunday Sketchers via the icons on my side bar!

Thanks for stopping by, I love you visits here and appreciate your comments. They mean a lot to me.

HaVe a CReAtiVe WeEk!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DrAwinG in PuBliC CoMfoRtLy by lYnN cOhEn

Last week someone (JWK) mentioned that they felt their Starbucks was not as large as mine and therefore they would not be comfortable drawing at theirs.

First of all I go to many different Starbucks, all different sizes. But let me speak today to the act of getting comfortable drawing people out in public anywhere.

When I first started this, as you know if you've read my book, "One Fish Taco ..." (see sidebar), I was very timid about drawing in public just a very few years ago.

I began by drawing people who sat clear across the room and were either reading a book, working at an iPad or engaged in deep conversation with another person. I was assured they were NOT looking at me. (see first drawing below)

Now, I can and do draw people sitting at the table next to mine. But I also draw people in line to get their coffee; the coffee counter, the people who serve the coffee, the people sitting clear across the room from me. Everyone is fair game. I can count on one hand the number of times anyone has approached me about my drawing in the past 4+ years. It just rarely if ever happens. No one has ever said a mean thing. Rarely have I  been asked to show my art to anyone there. And when I have it's always gotten a few nice words in response.

So I just want to encourage you all to draw in public. It's fun. There is a world of live subjects waiting to be drawn, some who move, some sit still, they pose for you and you will go home with an art journal full of them. At least a page each visit.

  first drawing done from a long distance away

Here's one I did at a Mexican Restaurant from across the room when I was just starting out drawing people in public.

And here's one I did recently as last week, capturing quick gestures from all over the room.

Here's one from 2013... They were all so engaged with each other they didn't know I was drawing them or that I was drawing at all.

... and one from last week. See they weren't even looking my way. Easy from about ten feet away ...

So I share all this to help you become more comfortable drawing in public! I am living proof you can go from terrified to totally comfortable. I even take out my colored pencils, water brushes and paints right there too. Something I would not have dreamt of doing a few short years ago.

Last Sunday we went to San Francisco, a favorite spot; Hyde Street Pier where I drew a tug boat I like for it's bright orange paint called the Hercules.
(I sat on a bench. People may have noticed me drawing, but no one said anything)

I was thrilled to find a deck full of sea lions basking in the sun, as drawing them in parts would help me fulfill an assignment for Sketchbook Skool/boot kamp this week. I was to capture motion, see what I could learn about their behavior and bodies. I hope you can see what I learned just by looking at all the details I quickly put down in my art journal.

the sea lions did not show a wit of interest in the fact that I was drawing them

My husband called to me when we were at another pier past Crissey Field to see this huge pelican that was just sitting on the pier next to a fisherman. No doubt hoping to catch some fallen bait or fish.
I was able to stand and draw a mere few inches from him and to study his coloring, bill, feathers, and feet. A truly beautiful bird.

the pelican didn't care either

nor did the sea gulls care that I drew them ...well, one, maybe, just a little...

The gulls on the same pier are so used to people they too allowed me to stand directly in front of them and draw to my hearts content before they flew away.

those folks were so far away they did not know I was drawing them at all
the sea lion may have minded, as he swam away fast!

This sea lion was only a minute in my view before swimming under the pier we were standing on. I drew the pier later from a distance looking back at it.

I found these sail boats in the water by Fort Mason. It fulfilled my lesson of drawing water this week. Well I drew water and then got the lesson the next day. Oh well, it worked for me. LOL

Everywhere we were was with this view in sight. The Golden Gate Bridge close up and personal. She is bright orange; the sun shone brightly upon her and us. If you ever think about coming to San Francisco do it in February, the weather was a perfect 76 degrees F. People were walking around in shorts and tank tops! I wished all the snow bound folks further east could have been there too.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Drawing OuT and ABouT! By Lynn Cohen

Starting my week at Starbucks is great, especially when there is a gaggle of gals standing around talking long enough for me to draw them all!!! Oh, and one guy too!

Hanging out in Davis is always fun and delicious too when it's salmon salad for lunch at this place.
Nice to run into an old friend there too!

Meanwhile, back at Starbucks. I needed to practice my drawing of letters, and the four guys there were an added bonus for listening into their conversation about a wedding and drawing them too!

An  assignment in Sketchbook Skool (boot kamp) took me downtown on a rainy day to draw from inside my car, these old buildings downtown.

And on the following day I sat in front of the long narrow window by our front door and looked through the rain at my across the street neighbors house and drew what I could see.

Later that week found us at the German Bakery where this group of students where all hunched over their computers; as was their teacher. He is the one wearing the tie-dyed shirt.

And when I got done drawing them I still wanted to draw more so I looked out the window at this view and captured it in pen and colored pencils.

Still working on lettering, I used this poem by A.A. Milne from the original Winnie the Pooh stories about snow. I thought it appropriate to do this for my friends and family, who are living under piles of snow in Denver, Minnesota, and the on the East Coast!

It seems there is always room and time in my week to draw a selfie. I know she does not look a lot like me, but I like her nonetheless!

Still working on Lettering for Book Kamp in SBS, this for a lesson from Koosje in Amsterdam.

And then our co-founder of Sketchbook Skool, Danny Gregory, who is celebrating the publication of his latest book: Art Before Breakfast, asked us to draw ours for him. You can buy this book on  I am waiting for my pre-ordered book to arrive any day now.

Danny and Koosje both have blogs, look them up, and enjoy their art!

If you hurry, the Storytelling Klass starts tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 13 at Sign up you will have the time of your life!

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Have a CREATIVE WEEK!!! Thanks for stopping by, I enjoy your visits and your comments on my art! Thanks!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Week in Black & White and Color ... Again.

Most of my art of late are from assignments in Sketchbook Skool (see icon on my side bar to learn more about Sketchbook Skool).  We were to do an outdoor scene where we drew focus to one part of a scene. I brought out the concrete pillar with some water-soluble ink down one side. I think it worked.

The next assignment was to draw people quickly and in motion. It's amazing how much motion you can find in folks standing in line and even while sitting.

I didn't think my husband would move much but he did. Hands moved, legs got crossed and uncrossed, head went into different angles. It's a challenge folks, try it.
The bottom half of this picture is my Michael Jordon (red) backpack.

Nothing moving here. We went to lunch in Winters when I got done drawing the pillar outside the bank.

Later in the week I got back into color at Starbucks using colored pencils.
I love drawing in ink, then pulling out my 140 colored pencils and coloring there!
And at the Nugget where we had another lunch on that same day and where I saw the most
interesting folks.

If you've been following my blog for any length of time you know my Uncle Harry. He had his 96th birthday this past week. We got to go be with him and were happy to find him in fairly good spirits. He sure was happy to see us walk in. I wish I could bottle that joyous smile he had on his handsome face.

He doesn't mind that I draw him at all, while he looks in all the art journals I bring to share with him.
He is one of my biggest fans!

One more outing to try to find people in motion. These were at the German Bakery in our Town Square.

Theses too:

My husbands hands were moving when he needed to turn a page in his book:

It's been a good week for drawing.
I've joined a group in the USA through Sketchbook Skool making
Traveling Art Journals.
We each have the same Japanese Moleskin Album that opens up accordion style; we will draw in our own book, then send it on to the next person on a list in the group, who in turn sends their book on to the next person, then sends your book on to the next and we hope before the year is up to get our own books back filled with the art of all the other members in the group!
I'm still enjoying Boot Kamp in Sketchbook Skool.
And I've started another art class on line at Crafty, with Marc Taro Holmes
Drawing People in Motion!
That would have been helpful for the earlier mentioned boot kamp assignment.
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Sunday Sketchers is there too.
Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens has new challenges every two weeks. Linked here.
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