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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm Back! I'm Staying!

THANK YOU WHO CAME LAST WEEK AND HEARD MY QUERY REGARDING BLOGGING OR NOT CONTINUING TO BLOG. I appreciated your interest and time spent leaving lengthy thoughts/feedback in your comments.

I told myself if just a few people said they really liked what I was doing and wanted to come and see it each week or even once in a while, I would CONTINUE. I guess I just needed to know that. Knowing that makes it worth while.

I still feel guilty that I do not get to all others blogs in response (Paint Party Friday or otherwise); but will give myself slack in that department. I will visit when I can, and when I can't or don't, well, it's my loss isn't it. I am not going to beat myself up about it.

In the meanwhile, I continue with this months Creative Lettering Klass in Sketchbook Skool with Andrea Joseph, and all my other klassmates from around the world. We are having such a ball learning new ways to letter. See some of them here on my art journal pages; and some just in a journal devoted now to Lettering.



Can't you just imagine this graffiti on the side of a bridge or railroad car?



These next three were done for friends birthday cards:

Julio

Tomas
Donna
They loved them!
 
This is an example of Bubble writing, Shadow writing, one line writing with shadows added, and more shadow lettering.
 


Then I started adding more to my art journal daily drawing pages!


We started playing with highlighter pens and Zig calligraphy pens.



Getting Bigger and Bolder and really LOVING doing GRaFfiTtI




Looked on Goggle for different styles, but these are really my own made up styles!


Now playing with NEON markers! And Four Pens at Once!!!Remember doing that as a kid?
Well, it's still fun to do.
 


Lot's of Graffiti has drippy bottoms:


Remembering to add it to my daily art journal people pages:


Last weekend we went to San Francisco to the Festival of the Sea. Listened to lots of singing groups. We go every year and it's always fun. I do love drawing the folks there.


The people is this group we've gone to sing with and hear since the mid 1970's on the Thayer sailing schooner at Hyde Street Pier. That ship has been newly refurbished. We hope they get monies to be able to sail her eventually too.



Dick and Carol Holdstock have been going there to sing as long as we have if not longer.




I just couldn't stop drawing. I drew all day long! Twelve pages in about 6-7 hours!!!!





This woman, Pearlee Sue, I was meeting and watching for the first time. She was an amazing artist. As my page states, she is an Historian, Storyteller, Actress, Singer. She acted a one woman performance about the end of slavery in the times of Harriet Tubman. She drew her audience into her show, (I was Hannah, a freed slave). I spoke to her afterwards and thanked her for her fine performance. She called me "cousin" and I felt like I'd love to and be honored to have her in my family!


The next day we went to a friends in Auburn to celebrate our friends joint birthdays, a father and son, turning 65 and 30 respectfully. What a joy it was.

Fred and Tomas talking and talking and talking ...
 

I continue to garden and pick tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis from my month old vegetable garden. Everything is tall and lush and it's like a miracle has occurred in our backyard. I'm enjoying it all more that I could have ever imagined.

Perhaps next week I will share photos from there.
 
THANK YOU AGAIN FOR COMING BY, for encouraging me to continue BLOGGING and for being my friends. I wish you a VERY CREATIVE WEEK!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

To Blog or Not To Blog, That is the Question!

I'm wondering if blogging is still an important and effective way of getting my art seen or not! My behind the scenes accounting tells me 100 or more people SEE the majority of my blog posts, but the comments have become far fewer. 

I know I don't find the time to visit as many blogs as I once did. 

I also get immediate feedback in reaction to my drawings I post from several different art groups on Facebook. 

Since I draw in sketchbooks I have a continual log of all of my drawings! Do I really need an online journal too? 

These are questions I ask myself. 

Would you miss seeing my art here if I stopped blogging? 

Do you also see my art on Facebook? 

I'd appreciate hearing your answers to these questions and any other input you have to offer. Thanks.


In the meantime I'm taking Andrea Joseph's Creative Lettering klass in Sketchbook Skool! It's great fun! 
We are being encouraged to copy interesting lettering we find in books and outdoor signage.


And I continue to add it to my art journal drawings. 




Writing alternate upper and lower case letters looks interesting!
This from a book I'm reading about the Japanese internment during WWII.



This quote I copied from another Klassmates magazine she had posted! 
(Twirls, Lines, and filling in)


This is one I just went a little wild on!



Then adding new lettering techniques to new drawings!


Or not ...



More exercises!



And then more people done on location !



Back home my month old garden continues to flourish: this is my first cucumber and there are three more out there about ready to pick!


I have plenty of zucchini and more large cherry tomatoes, green bell peppers, and herbs!

And my transplant cutting from an old geranium plant bloomed today! I feel like a proud parent!


Thanks for coming by today! I appreciate your visits and your comments! They do inspire me to keep drawing! See you next week!
 
Happy Paint Party Friday.
Visit us at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens too for other's art along with some of mine. You are invited to draw along with us there.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

dRaWiNg My WaY tHrOuGh AnOtHeR wEeK aNd CoMiNg HoMe To GaRdEn BoUnTy!




                New garden pride 

Hi all! I'm just back from a week away in Portland, Oregon! You can see more about that on my post before this one. (last weeks)
It's been a good couple of weeks! 
I drew this at our last morning in Portkand, Oregon at a Starbucks there!


Sketchbook Skool started again and I'm taking Andrea Joseph's klass in Creative Lettering! Hoping to grow my skills in that area. I took photos of store signage and drew them in the car on the drive home to California!


We stopped in Ashland and spent a fun evening and night at a Sketchbook Skiol Klassmate-friend, Elizabeth Flanagan's home! 
We always have so much fun with her and her husband and this time with another couple too! 


They have a new puppy! Huge and friendly! 


More drawings at coffee houses!


For those not in my klass those are writing warm up exercises she's speaking! 


More warm up exercises!



Writing with non dominant hand makes for wonky script! 




Blind writing and non dominant hand writing: 


Adding script to my drawings: 




Script on a painting of my garden! 


And next lesson is doodling!


More garden pride! 





Wishing you a creative week! Thanks for stopping by! Your wonderful comments inspire me to keep drawing! Thanks so much! See you next week!