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Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Week In Creativity by Lynn Cohen

I have the good fortune to get out several mornings a week to draw in pubic places, like Starbucks
for instance. My husband drinks coffee and reads the newspaper and I do my best
to capture the locals with pen and ink and paint.
Yes, I paint right there! 

I got such a kick out of drawing this guy. He kept laughing with utter glee at his computer!
Was he talking to someone? Playing a game and winning? No idea, but he sure was
happy about it.

That same day we went to lunch at The Nugget grocery store/deli. I had a delicious
Portabella mushroom sandwich. I caught this woman just before she got up to leave.
That's her shopping cart. I liked fitting a bit of Christmas Cheer into my drawing with the
lovely decorated tree in the background.

I've made tons of new friends since attending Sketchbook Skool on line. We have a wonderful community of artists there from all over the world. Some I met when we traveled to Europe just a couple of short months ago. This lovely blond woman, Elizabeth, I met in Ashland, Oregon through Sketchbook Skool. We have both been in it from the beginning (all three semesters)! I've met Elizabeth and drawn with her in person twice now. She posted a photo of her and her daughter and I painted it. She loves dressing up in costume!


Have you seen that Sketchbook Skool is offering a FREE intro to their klasses? Check it out here and see what I have been raving about:!

I'm also busy knitting dolls and doll clothes for a family project. Two dolls done and one to go. I'll post about them all when I am finished.

Wishing you all a Happy Paint Party Friday. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love, love, love your visits and your comments! Have a wonderfully creative week!

And if you haven't been there lately and/or want to join us drawing at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens you are invited to do so. Just leave me your email address here or there and I'll send you an official invite and you can post your art there to our themes that change every two weeks. You can suggest themes too. Everyone welcome.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Drawing Friends, Family, Peeps at Starbucks and Tacos Jalisco This week and Last.

It's fun having friends come to visit. We take time to clean house, and that doesn't happen so often so I appreciate the excuse! It's especially fun to have friends who like to draw, so Avivah and I drew each other!

The next day we went to Stockton to spend time with family for Thanksgiving. I drew everyone there! They seemed to like what I was doing. They also sat and poured over my art journals. I brought several from our recent trip to Europe and they enjoyed that story telling ...

I loved it when my cousin's ten year old daughter came up to me when we were getting ready to leave and said: "I really like your drawings!" That made my day!

It also made my day to sit next to my Uncle Harry who will turn 96 in January!

On Monday I was still enjoying my extra long weekend. We went to Starbucks for breakfast and drawing there. I so appreciate all the folks who sit still for me to draw them. I did the coloring there too.

Back home I drew my husband listening to a music instruction CD and following along with the instruction manual. I don't think he can read music. Maybe these are just cords!
After buying some art books at the thrift store I was inspired to draw this Selfie on the left.
And to draw on my shirt!

I also drew this Lenox Music Box, a gift from my childhood friend, Patty.
We were in the habit of exchanging gifts this time of year.
I'm grateful I have so many from her I can take out and enjoy to remind me of our long life and friendship together. 

I actually had lunch at Tacos Jalisco twice this week. First on Wednesday, where we ran into Carlos and talked to him about his graduation from his Drama program in San Francisco. I just know he is off to do great things in the world of film.

And again on Thursday when I went alone with my sketchbook and new purple pen. (Pilot Varsity) and drew to my hearts content over my vegan veggie bowl with grilled vegetables, rice and beans, avocado and lettuce.

Remember "The Couple" from my book, One Fish Taco and Half an Order of Guacamole A Year of Drawing Over Lunch at Tacos Jalisco? They were there today!

If you still haven't seen my book check it out on my sidebar icon. It would make a nice gift for an artist friend, or yourself!

Also, you can check out Sketchbook Skool too. The first three semesters start up again in January. Those of us who have taken all three will be given the gift called Boot Kamp of six free weeks of further instruction and review! Have you noticed any improvement in my drawing since I started those classes, around last April I believe? I owe it all to the 14 teachers and 24 weeks of classes I've taken there! Come join the fun!

Wishing everyone a Happy Paint Party Friday!

And reminder to join us drawing at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens. Where we draw to a new theme every two weeks. All are welcome.

Thanks for stopping by. I so do appreciate your visits and your comments and reactions to my art!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Arty Life by Lynn Cohen

So I've been knitting a doll for our grand daughter. Allie Bel. Allie was born deaf, but through the wonderful invention of Cocular Implants surgically implanted in Allies skull at ages 1and 2  years of age she now hears well! Her doll sports implants too that magnets attach to just like her real ones. Soon she'll get a face and hair and more clothes. Stay tuned.

I drew this week at Starbucks...

And when my husband bought me this cool hat I took a selfie and drew from it! My new purple vest goes well with my hat and purple glasses! 

Today I drew at Tacos Jaliscos... First using my new Pilot Varsity fountain pen another spontaneous gift from DH ... 

I added just a bit of color with my beloved Prismacolor colored pencils. Both these guys were wearing red shirts. 
One guy looks like Picasso drew him, or maybe I was channeling Picasso!

This picture is a lie. The man was not touching the woman. But in my picture he got away with it. You can decide if she's ok with it.

The gal on the right has an animal peeking out of her coat ... The guy she's talking to all animated like
overlaps her!

Things like this happen when I draw!

So this week, I knitted, I drew, I worked, and I baked a vegan cake for a Thanksgiving party! 

The drawing of me baking was drawn by a Sketchbook Skool Klassmate, Jutta Wenz, from Austria. We met up with Jutta and her wife Heidi when we visited Austria in September this year. Jutta made this cake for me. It was so very delicious I asked for, begged for the recipe! So she drew it with me baking it.

I'm sure my friends will love it too!

Happy Thanksgiving to those who enjoy this delicious holiday! I'm grateful for my life everyday, but it's fun to have a special day to gather with friends and family and focus on our gratitude!

Thanks for stopping by! New classes start in January in Sketchbook Skool. Checkout and see what you're missing!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Another Busy Week of Art Making by Lynn Cohen

Often when I am watching TV at night I draw the people I am seeing there!
I drew these young singers on The Voice:

And sometimes I just doodle in this Zen fashion!

Lately I have been knitting while watching TV in the evenings, as it's time to make our youngest grand daughter her Selfie Doll and her Grandma and Papa dolls, as I made for her cousins a number of years ago. The first doll is ready to stuff. And then I will knit her wardrobe of clothes.

I still make a point of going out to draw in public. I like drawing at Barnes and Nobles while people are deep in thought over books and such.

Last weekend we went to hear my cousin Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet read from her new prize winning poetry book, Greenhouse! She was terrific and so is her book. You should buy it.
Her first book Tulips, Water, Ash won a prize as well. Buy them both!

At my other blog, Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens we are doing ten minute drawing challenges this week and next. Come join us there and do some too.

I still eat lunch at Tacos Jalisco and draw there. Remember my book of drawings from a year of lunches there? See it on my sidebar: One Fish Taco and Half an Order of Guacamole A Year of Drawing Over Lunch at Tacos Jalisco. You might want to think of buying some copies for friends for the holidays!!!  I'm told its very inspirational for artists wanting to draw more and in public. Or just for a fun read!

One more ten minute drawing done in my office:

Did you know I am the luckiest lady on the planet married to this amazing singer? I am. The picture tells the story! (He sang to me the first time on our first date in 1978 on the Berkeley Pier)

Wishing you a good week, a creative week. A week of drawing and fun. Happy holidays to those who celebrate Thanksgiving. I sure have a lot to be thankful for and will be enjoying that with family and friends. I feel very blessed.

Happy Paint Party Friday!
Thank you for coming to visit me here and for leaving your wonderful comments,
you make my week very special.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Busy Week Drawing in LIFE!

On Monday I met with a fellow Sketchbook Skool Klassmate, Janice L-h, who lives nearby me to draw in Vacaville. We met at Tacos Jalisco for lunch, shared our art journals, then went outside to draw the town.
(I had to go to the bank first to finish up our Living Trust business, but now that's done!)

We both drew the mansion on Buck Avenue ...

... and then I drew the Opera House while Janice drew the bell tower. It was so kool when the bells tolled for us while drawing there on the streets of Vacaville.

The weekend before I went to meet up with some East Bay Sketchers to do some live figure drawing.
This was a first time experience for me and I really enjoyed it. I will go back again to do more.

After three hours of drawing there I met my husband for lunch and we drove to the marina in Emeryville where I drew the scene there. The park was full of sun bathers!

 ... and the San Francisco skyline ...

Earlier in the week I got to do some Starbuck drawings per usual, but there is always a story to be told there:

And then I added this bright bowl of fruit for my other blog: Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens. You can join us there to draw too if you like. We change the theme every two weeks. All drawers are welcome.

Happy Paint Party Friday too!
Thanks for stopping by, I love seeing you here and getting your comments/feedback about what I am drawing.
Have a creative week!