Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Week in Pen and Paint

Thank you all who visited my blog last week and offered your condolences to me and my family
after my dear Uncle Harry died this last week. Your thoughts and sharing with me over the years (for some of you) has been great. I appreciate having the opportunity to share my family with you and for your wonderful reactions.
This picture does not do them justice, but one I did quickly for the prompt in
Every Day in August "Beloved Elders".
See the real thing on my side bar or in last weeks post.

Life goes on and so does my drawing at Starbucks. This time in Fairfield, CA. This guy sat directly across from me, one table away. I really do not think he knew I was drawing him. This was his position from before I started. His arm went up and down, but always returned to this position.

This next prompt for Every Day in August was "Still Life". I found these on my desk to draw!
I found the tin box at a garage sale a while ago. It is filled with drawing pens.

Again, ED in August: Prompt: "Family Heirloom". It's my grandmother's menorah. Something I light each year at Chanukah, now with my own grand children. I'll make sure they get it when I die. So many happy memories wrapped up in this brass candelabra.

Another day at Starbucks in Dixon, CA. Just lots of folks doing lots of different things there!
Another prompt: "Spooky" for Every Day in August drawing challenge!

This evening we went out to hear blue grass music at a Hops Festival not far from home, at the place where they make the beer between Davis and Dixon.

The musicians were good! It got chilly out and I went to my car to find something to keep me warm and all that was there was a packing blanket, a big black thing, so I wrapped it around me and when I came back the female singer saw me and smiled shaking her head "YES!" and indicating that she was cold too! I was so glad I had it.
Fred's going to take some guitar lessons from the lead guy in this group, Matt.

This prompt: "Monochrome" for ED in August is sort of a selfie from memory!

We had an exciting outing last Sunday in Oakland where I met with the East Bay Sketchers and we had a special guest, a VERY SPECIAL guest, Prash Miranda, one of our wonderful teachers in Sketchbook Skool was visiting from India! He is such a charming, sweet guy. It was a real pleasure to meet him in person!

When we first arrived I found my friend from EB Sketchers, A.P. drawing an old Victorian house. I sat and drew her. She looked so cute in her colorful dress and hat.

Two other EB Sketchers and Sketchbook Skool friends/klassmates were also there, Janice L-h and Margo R.W. .. I drew them drawing the fountain. I much enjoy drawing people over things it seems.

This double spread represents the last page in a 30 page art journal that is a fold out journal I was given as a gift. It has rich watercolor paper on it. It takes Koi paints better than Newton & Winsor paints, colored pencil and water brush too and markers. These are a mix of watercolor pencils and Koi paint. You have to stand on your head to see the guys, I'm sorry to say.

I will end with this drawing done for the prompt "Frozen" for EDA. I used a reference photo of myself from a trip in 2001 to Minnesota when it was the coldest winter since late 1800's. I nearly froze. I much prefer Sunny California.

I leave you with a little animation I made this week in Sketchbook Skool: Click on these words to see it!

I hope you are having a good week where you are! I wish you a creative time in the days to come.
Thank you for coming here again and for your comments, each and everyone of them warms my heart!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

We Said Goodbye to Uncle Harry, and Drawing kept Me Going

We said good bye this week to my Uncle Harry.

I never knew a better man than my dear uncle Harry Gluskin. He was the husband of my mom's youngest sister, Miriam, for 68 years. She preceded him in death two years ago on her 95th birthday. He lived to be 96 years, 7 months. I had the honor to be at his side during a short time (less than one week) in hospice care. We had a lovely sweet visit six days before that when we enjoyed lunch together, went outside and sat in the sun looking at butterflies, talked and laughed and reminisced.

He had a rich life full of love, great respect and admiration from family, friends and acquaintances.

He will be greatly missed, and we are all blessed to have known him as long as we did.

I first met my uncle when I was four years old. I was told I was meeting an uncle named Red, because he had red hair. When I saw him, I said "You aren't red, you're Orange!" He and I told that story to each other and others for 70 years! And as recently as just last week!

These photos were taken in 2013 at one of our many visits to enjoy their company.
My uncle was one of my biggest fans of my drawings. He'd ask each time we came if
I brought new drawings to show him.
He would have loved this cat whose mouth opens and closes (by a cut and fold of the paper) that I made for our grand daughters 4th birthday.
It looks like it's waving goodbye.

He had such a loving, romantic marriage, I know he'd have enjoyed this couple I drew at the ART ABOUT in Davis last week.

He got a kick out of all my Starbucks folks too.

I didn't get to show him this "Nightmare" drawing I did for Every Day in August!
It might have upset him.
My nightmare came, I am sure, because I knew I had to draw one for EDA and hadn't had one in a very long time, but one popped in on command the night before this drawing was due. I was going to see someone in prison, but instead got captured and imprisoned there myself! It was scary!
I was glad when I woke up.

He'd have liked the 'love' graffiti on this bridge, that is on a country road between Dixon and Winters, CA. We cross it all the time on our way to Winters. Also done for ED in August. "Bridge" prompt.

He enjoyed my people drawings I think, as much as I like drawing them. He asked me how many times I've drawn Fred. Here he is watching our neighbor Dave install a new sprinkling system in our backyard. He's a good neighbor.

These next two I just did today, August 19 ... It's a two page spread and I show two so you can see the women at each end. My printer isn't big enough to show them both at the same time. I liked drawing the woman with a full head of red hair.

EDAugust "Something That Flies"

Thank you, Uncle Harry, for being such a loving uncle, a wise mentor, a sweet friend. I will miss you, I already do.

In Your Memory
Have a Creative Week!
Celebrate Life!
Be Good To Each Other!
And Thank You for coming by to see my art and listen to my stories.
I appreciate your visits, and your comments mean the world to me.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sketchbook Skool More Playing Lessons, Every Day in August, Drawing from Life.

This past weeks lessons for Sketchbook Skool's More Playing Klass involved drawing with both my dominant (right) hand and my non dominant (left hand). You can see the differences above drawn while looking at my subject and the paper.

The next one's a blind contour. Again Right and Left hands ... (not looking at the paper)

This was done while looking in a mirror ... Right then left hands.

These teachers demand a lot from us. This one was both hands at once not looking at the paper. It's amazing what came out of these. And how awkward it felt to draw with my non dominant hand. But others who have been doing it longer say it becomes comfortable after a while. Try it?


In the drawing group, Every Day in August, I drew these from my imagination this week. It's becoming easier to draw from my imagination, but they don't please me yet as much as my drawing from life do.
"Oh Baby"
"Senior Moments"

"My Abode"


"Sunrise, Sunset"



We are waiting for news after spending yesterday at Uncle Harry's side.
And then there are the drawings I just did because, from life:
I love drawing from life best. And drawing PEOPLE. I drew Uncle Harry last Saturday on a visit that was a wonderful 5 hours with him. He had new hearing aides so he could hear us well; He was clear headed most of the time, he got sad at times remembering his grief (loss of wife Mimi and two sisters); but mostly he enjoyed being with us and sitting outdoors in the sun watching the butterflies and enjoying our conversation and so did we!
We had no idea he'd be in hospice care a few short days later.

These were done at a stop in Starbucks in Dixon. I enjoy seeing the mix of ages there. Everyone is busy doing something.

People standing in line are great drawing models.

I started this drawing on one day ... and then drew

One of the guys with his wife in this picture ...

... and his wife with another guy, who was a composite of two men, as the first one "the head" got left behind when we had to change Starbucks, because the first one didn't have decaf coffee for Fred; so I drew the rest of him from another guy at the second Starbucks, and put the other guys wife in that picture.

Are you keeping up with all this?

I did these next two at Tacos Jalisco and rather liked the black and white for a change. I didn't have time to color them there and decided not to later.

On yet another day I added the couple on the far right to the group on the left done the day before somewhere else. Art journaling is such fun. And you have free range/artist license, to do with your pages whatever you want.

One more homework assignment from Sketchbook Skool, More Playing, was to draw from something we found in the newspaper. I'll let you read my news in the drawing!
And that my friends is this past week.
I hope you have a Creative Week coming up.
Thank you for coming by. And thanks for your comments, as
they mean the world to me.