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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Too Little Time, So Many Pictures! Lynn Cohen

When I get ready to post on Thursday each week I am always amazed at how many drawings I managed to do in a weeks time. And these are not even all, as I have another bunch I am making in a journal for a surprise gift for someone close to me.

But here they are this weeks bounty: the good, the bad and the ugly! I actually like the paint kit at top. It's such a wonderful tool, these pans of color by Winsor & Newton!

And the pens in the cup. Both of these done originally for my other blog:
 Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens where we are drawing to a double theme right now: "Human's and their Activities" and "Art Supplies".

Humans also need gas in their cars and I drew this quickly while in line the other day at Costco hoping for cheaper gas.

Today I had lunch at Tacos Jalisco my usual lunch haunt.  I drew this in a steno pad as I forgot my art journals at home.

This evening I went back to Tacos Jalisco to pick up some take out food for my husband's dinner. While waiting I drew this couple.

Meanwhile over at Sketchbook Skool we have had three teachers to date. Danny Gregory, from LA/NY, whose focus is on getting us drawing with pen only, no pencils or erasers; Koosje Koonese from Amsterdam, who taught us to use Colored Pencils (blending) and encouraged us to draw outside and in public places. The third teacher is Prashant Miranda from India. He instructed us in watercolor washes, and drawing our story. Tomorrow begins our fourth week, forth teacher.

While watching the informative videos the teachers made for us I like drawing them. You see Prashant above, and Tommy Kane, who will teach later on, below:

Another student at SBS introduced us to Lisa Congdon and her art and I drew her while watching her video speech. She's from the San Francisco area.

This was a play at drawing the sky out our living room window as it turned from daylight to night time with Spectrum noir cool grey markers. A new product I found at Joann's in the scrapbook department. They come in groups of colors in blending shades six to a packet for $14. I got them using a 50% off coupon! A good deal when you think that Copic markers cost $7.50 each.

Another drawing of Prashant. He sang and played guitar to us on one of his videos. What a charming guy he is too.

A watercolor journal page ... Yes, I am still vegan, ONE YEAR this month! ...

 ... and a marker pen and ink page in another journal. I have so many going at once.

And finally two watercolor washes of skies done out side in my back yard while looking up! This a white cloud formation in a blue sky behind new growth on our fig tree.

This one was a totally blue sky with an airplane flying across it leaving it's white trail behind.

It was a good and productive week of drawing, painting, penciling and playing. Life is good.

Thank you for all the good wishes you all sent to my husband post surgery last week. He's still in the recovery process, but is getting better every day. He can walk around some, but controls pain mostly by sitting. He's bored out of his mind. But this too shall pass.

Wishing you a Happy Paint Party Friday! Go there to see other's wonderful art via the icon on my side bar.

Thanks for your visit and your comments. I appreciate both! And come again!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Hospital Day" Eight Pages in Art Journal While Waiting" Lynn Cohen

I will let my art journal pages tell the story:

We were there from 9 am till 10 pm. We are home now and in recovery mode. Me from fatigue, him from surgery/fatigue/pain, etc. Life goes on and Life is Good!

Connecting to Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketchers. See icons on my side bar for entry.

Don't forget you can join us drawing to a theme at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens through this link and also on my side bar.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sketchbook Skool

 My first drawing for Sketchbook Skool. Gouache over watercolor paints, white gel pen, bold black marker, copic black pen. Calligraphy pen.

Instructions involve drawing what we see, using pen only, which is already the way I work, but I didn't let that stop me going out and buying more pens, different types adding to my already substantial collection.

Drawing our shoes is a reoccurring theme. I loved drawing my Converse High Top shoes.

And making it pop with paint was even more fun!

Again, drawing in ink over pre-prepared water colored pages is a nice art journal effect for the new leaves on our fig tree:

And finally something you are used to seeing here me drawing at Tacos Jalisco in pen.

And coming back to add paint later!

I am enjoying the class. One more day in Danny Gregory's class. And then we move on to the second of six teachers. I'm excited to see what the next teacher has to offer in way of tools and techniques.
There are over 1000 people taking this class (six teachers, six weeks); and they are a chatty and sharing group. We have the classroom site for sharing and our own closed group Facebook page. It's fun seeing everyone else's art and receiving critiques, ideas, encouragement and inspiration.

I'm haring this with Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketchers! Don't forget to visit us at Paper, Paint, Pencils and Pens, and if you want to draw with us there leave me your email address and I'll send you an invite.

Thanks for visiting. I love and appreciate your comments. Have a creative week!

PS: I am adding word verification, as much as I hate it, due to excess anonymous comments that are spam. And not allowing anonymous comments any longer. Sorry if this leaves someone out of my blog, who has no other way into it, and has no ill intent.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Now and Then in Ink and Paint by Lynn Cohen

I had lunch at Tacos Jalisco this week and while I was sitting and drawing the guy reading the paper at the counter, Christine, who works in my office building, came in to order take-out. She sat at my table so I added her to my picture as we talked. She was an art teacher in another life. She liked this portrait of her okay while she was seeing it upside down, but when I turned it around she didn't like it quite as much.

The guy from "The Couple" in my book (see sidebar) sat at the table across from mine so I drew him eating his lunch. I really should paint this one. His jacket was turquoise and purple!

Later, his wife came in and joined him. I added her to a next drawing and fit part of him in there too.
It's so nice of them to pose for me these past three years now!
Over at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens we are drawing to the theme
"Time Away From Home, Vacations/Holidays Real or Imagined".
In 1983  I took a trip to China. You can read more of the story at the other blog.
I did this ink drawing from a non-copyright photo I found on line.
I actually visited this pagoda with all is gold treasures when I was in Beijing.

Then I started back tracking to 1960 my first really big trip to Mexico when I was 19 years old. The long story is also on the other blog.
I did climb these pyramids outside of Mexico City.

One more stop in Mexico was in Acapulco where I slept in a hammock, sunned on the beach and ate freshly caught fish, beans and homemade corn tortillas for breakfast each morning for a few cents a day.

We post daily at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens and this is one fun theme. Go check out what the other artists are doing there. And if you'd like to join us leave me your email address and I'll send you an invite.

Happy Paint Party Friday and thanks to all of you who come here from there. I appreciate your visits and comments so much.

Happy Sunday Sketchers too, the same goes for you and your comments.

And to everyone else who visits known or unknown to me THANK YOU!

Have a creative week!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Aprils Fools Anniversary Today

My wonderful husband gave me a dozen roses this morning a cute card!
Because in 1985 we eloped to make an honest couple of ourselves!
We've been together seven years longer than our 29th wedding anniversary.

This is what we looked like 36 years ago!

We've traveled wide and far since then ... us at Crater Lake, OR.

 Love perseveres ...

We have aged a bit ...

... and here we are today!
The Happy April Fools!