This is all I have done since signing off last week and heading to South Carolina. Can't seem to get motivated beyond these very quick sketches with Pitt pens. Maybe this afternoon...
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
East End Beach, in Portland Maine, is a gathering place for people and their dogs. It's like a big fun dog party with all shapes and sizes.
I have used the last of the paint on the palette. I'm taking a break and going away for the weekend without my computer. I am, however, taking my sketch kit...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I love to paint with oils, but it is expensive and I hate to waste any of it. So last night , I grabbed this apple and did a twenty minute oil sketch. I was trying not to get too caught up in the rules that sing in my head about painting and just let the brush wander around the canvas. There is still paint on the palette so I think there may be another oil sketch before the day is done.
Monday, April 21, 2008
My friends Brad and Joan are mourning the loss of their beloved cat, Chewy. He was a big cat in every way. I think the painting looks a little cartoonish, but he did have a "Sylvester" look about him. Of course, he was a black cat shot inside against a dark background so not the greatest photo to paint from, but I really enjoyed doing this for them.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Portland's Old Port has become my second home. I have enjoyed getting to know the city and all that it has to offer, especially when it comes to sketching opportunities. It is interesting and lively with many great restaurants. It is also noisy, has no parking and can reek havoc with my diet.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This was done from a photo of the last snow of our very long winter, which was only a few weeks ago. I used a limited palette of five colors including white. I don't miss the snow and cold, but I am always amazed at the beauty. Then I realize that right now I am wearing flip flops and how cool is that!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This North Atlantic Cod Fish is a favorite up here in New England. I, however, have been told by my friend Jerry "the Fish Guy" that the head is not quite right. So, I am going to try again.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
After a weekend in town, Sophie and I headed back to the cape and the quietness of our little neighborhood on the coast of Maine. Although, Portland offers excitement, energy and fun, it also has traffic, Pittbulls and storm drains! Sophie is back to quietly napping on the back of the couch, barking at the chocolate lab next door and being the ever vigilant squirrel spotter.
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Sunday, April 6, 2008
Very cold Sunday morning walk around the Old Port. On our way home we stop at Javanet for a chai and according to Sophie, the best treats in town. She is part Bichon Frise so she will stand on her hind legs and wave her front paws up and down when she needs something or wants attention. She will do that at Javanet until she gets that treat. Back to Jerry's and up 5 flights of stairs to his top floor place. It's a workout, but the views of the harbor are beautiful, but elevators are beautiful too...
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Saturday, April 5, 2008
I have been spending more time in Portland, so this "suburb girl" and her little dog are taking early morning walks through the streets of the Old Port. It's a whole new world for sketching. The biggest problem in the city are more of those darn scary "dreaded" storm drains, but they do give dog treats at Javanet.
Friday, April 4, 2008
These years birthdays are coming too quickly, but I do love the cards, emails and flowers I get from my family and friends. I usually buy myself a gift. This year it was the smallest traveling sketch kit I could devise that would fit easily in my handbag or pocket when out and about. The small Moleskine watercolor sketch book, tiny watercolor set, niji watercolor brush, pigma micron pen, mechanical pencil and eraser all fit in a small Eagle Creek ditty bag. What a great gift!
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