Thursday, June 23, 2016

I I Draw Everyday. It's Good for my Soul!

Happy "Paint Party Friday"! I'm very appreciative of being a part of this group (blog), as it gives my art an audience of wonderful artists, who share their art each week and who come to my "Art Journal" blog to see what I've drawn! It's so encouraging to receive feedback for what I've accomplished each week and it truly inspires me to keep drawing! I thank you all for your inspiration and encouragement! That goes for all you others, who find your way here via other avenues as well of course! (Sketchbook Skool, Facebook, Subcribers, by chance, etc)

I also am grateful to the artists at Sktchy! It is there we draw portraits of each other! 

Sometimes I see a photo of an artist friend on Facebook and ask permission to draw them, as I did this week! Jackie Beeman is a fabulous portrait artist, who posts her art on Sktchy and Sketchbook Skool (Facebook). I enjoyed adding her her to my ledger of portraits here:

You should check out Jackie Beeman's wonderful art on Instagram and Facebook.

Here's an example of Jackie Beeman's art when she drew me in 2014! Thank you Jackie for allowing me to share it here.

I continue to draw many days of the week at Starbucks, as the models await me there, mostly unawares that I am drawing them!
She sat directly across from me! But was so busy on her phone the whole time I doubt she had a clue I was drawing her!

Again this week I had a young admirer, who stopped to tell me she liked my drawing and that she liked to draw too! I hope she never stops drawing!

I created a few pages for my eldest grandson's 26th birthday this week! He's very interested in family history and travel, so I dug out an old collection of letters I wrote home when I traveled to Europe and Israel in my early 20's, (1961) and put them in a binder for him to read ... all sixty of them! Then I made this cover collage for it!

                      I hope he likes it!

Here's another day at Starbucks! A guy close up and a pair playing chess!

On Saturday we went to the Pirates Festival in Vallejo, Ca, the town I was born and grew up in! So many people were in costume I wish I could have drawn them all! 

Starbucks again! Two guys and a motorcycle helmet and jacket!

On Sunday the kids called their dad for Father's Day!  I love when I can See and Talk to them and my grand daughter on my iPad! 
Allie Bel, who will be 5 in August, was drawing at her house in Oregon, so I drew her at my house in California, as we talked and shared our art with each other! Isn't technology wonderful? 

I've been enjoying playing with some stencil sheets and added these to some blank pages in my art journal!

It's a very meditative process filling in the circles with my Big Brush Pitt markers! 

And then on another day to draw on top of them makes for an interesting drawing don't you agree?
She was at Starbucks reading something on a piece of paper!

(The brown spots were marker-bleed-through from the previous page! Another way to save a page you might have thought was ruined)

I'm always appreciative and surprised that I can still see far across the room from where I am sitting to capture so much detail in a drawing as I did here! 

These women too (below) were sitting across the room on the far wall! 

This is at a different Starbucks and they were three tables away from me! I've drawn them all before!

This guy behind the sign was only a table away, but so focused on his laptop he never noticed me drawing him! The two women were further away and they didn't see me drawing them either!
It's really easy now to draw people in public! I guess I've been doing it for about five years! 

I'll leave you with one more Sktchy Portrait! I loved her expression! This was so fun to draw! 

Thanks for stopping by to see what I drew this past week! I hope you'll come again! See you next week around this time!

Have a Creative Week Yourselves! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Art Heals the Soul

I am deeply saddened by the most recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida! My heart goes out to all the families and friends of the victims who died and the survivors!
I kept drawing this week to keep my sanity over the craziness in our world! Hoping our government does the right thing regarding gun laws to help prevent this kind of gun violence on going! 


Welcome to My Art Journal! I'm really enjoying drawing in the old ledger I found in a thrift store for 99 cents! The pages are surprisingly strong enough to hold marker and watercolors well! 

These models are from the Sktchy App! A fun new crowd for me to be sharing art with! 

The guy with green hair is the same guy I did last week with bright red hair! Different pose.

I drew her upside down, an interesting exercise to say the least.

Kate's a friend/Klassmate  from Sketchbook Skool! I drew her before at least a year or more ago!

I'm repeating the very first klass in Sketchbook Skool called "Beginnings"! It's fun to compare my today's art to what I did there two years ago! 

Documenting my week in my art journal is part of my homework for Danny Gregory's klass! The first of six teachers, six klasses, six weeks! 

On Saturday we went to San Francisco to the Free Folk Festival! I have never felt freer drawing comfortably in front of others than I did there  as they were singing  and listening to the performers! 

We started with lunch at our fav deli! The bread is so fresh and so are the veggies! 

The music was grand and people fun to draw too!

We've been going to these since the 1970's, so we know some of the people from way back then!

We've all gotten older and grayer, but voices are as rich as ever!

And then the next day I was back at Starbucks drawing there!

The staff poses unbeknownst to them while on their breaks! 

And this, as noted finished yet one more art journal! Done in 38 days, 160 pages! 

In a new book I continue my SBS homework! 

I love the bold colors of my big fat markers! 

And adding stencils is fun, ideas from previous lessons! Curious, did anyone take me up on my enthusiastic suggestions and join Sketchbook Skool? 

Wishing you a creative week! Thanks  for stopping by! Your comments keep me drawing! 

Happy Paint Party Friday! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

I Love Drawing People!

I've been drawing portraits off the Sktchy App! I enjoyed drawing this guys beard and his cat!

I, of course, chose her for her green hair and nose ring! 

I love the angles I created for her face, not exactly as she actually looks! 

I was drawn to his red cocks comb! Can you tell?

It's been a tumultuous few weeks of Primary elections, personalities, people,  in my humble opinion, with great integrity and some without ... I was not shy about putting my energy, $$$, and vote behind Senator Bernie Sanders, because I appreciate his integrity, ideas and platforms! When my vote in California was not enough to get Bernie into position to run for President I was disappointed, and I'll admit, depressed, letdown, sad, discouraged and angry! I need some days to heal from my disappointment! 

I'll continue to be a Bernie supporter until he says he's no longer in the running! 

Then I will back the person/people who will come as close as possible to bring about Bernie's platform; and I will fight to make sure Donald Trump will not be President of these United States! From that we would not heal! 

I continued my week drawing at my "Art Studios", my seats at Coffee Houses:

Thanks for stopping by!
I appreciate your visits and comments, as they keep me drawing! 

Friday, June 10 new klasses begin, some repeats, in Sketchbook Skool, I think today is the last day to register! I'll be a TA in Koosje's Klass in Beginnings! Join me there for the ride of your life.