Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Randomness"

Sketching doesn't comes so easily these days. I find I throw more away than I keep, let alone post. So I find I am in a state of ran•dom•ness—"things made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious". Hopefully this soon will pass...

House guests: Michael and Marcella are visiting the USA from Costa Rica. Michael is the son of an expat friend, formerly from Connecticut and a diehard Red Sox fan, who has lived with his family in Costa Rica for years. Marcella is from Buenos Aires. They own the wonderful restaurant, Salsapuedes, in Quepos Costa Rica. I loved the T-shirt she bought while here in Portland so I did of sketch of them last night. I gave it to them as a souvenir parting gift as they left for more USA adventures.

Beso: This is one of the many residents that live out at the farm that my kitties now call home. Beso is a "Schnoodle"—Standard poodle and Giant Schnauzer. When Nina throws a stick in the air, Beso goes airborne. She looks like a furry snowboarder.

Bobo: I bought the book Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists. When I feel like I am creatively stuck, I find some of her exercises help me work through the block. I especially like this one where you let the random paint marks "tell" what to draw. It is fun to just slop on the paint and go back later with a pen.

13 comments:

dinahmow said...

Well, if I could draw like a "stuck" Lawson I'd be pretty happy!
I do love your multi-coloured tiger cat.

winna said...

This is like not something you will be privy to, too often in your life--cherish this touch of insight....! winna

Cathy Holtom said...

All of these are really good, I especially like the 'randomness' of the last one :)

curiouscrow said...

Oh no! not you too. I've just, literally just, come out of one of these phases and it felt horrible. I received a lot of helpful advice on my blog, some of which helped tremendously - particularly 'keep turning up' which obviously you are doing. You know it will pass, and in the meantime perhaps something new is bubbling away under the surface?

Martine said...

I just love all these sketches. Don't worry, keep at little things without thinking of "posting". They are here to help you through an uneasy time.

nanke's stuff said...

I'm with dinahmow! I like all of them, but I especially love the one of Beso. The tiger cat is really fun! nancy

Terry Banderas said...

Awesome sketch. Throwing down paint then using the pen is so nice. It gets me out of my funk when I need it. This little tiger cat is outstanding!!!!!!

Frank said...

I love the sketch of Michael and Marcella, and so glad that this one at least will not be thrown away.

Linda T said...

Love the sketches. I'm working on those drawing lab ideas, too, and just painted pages to do those animals from imagination.

Dan Kent said...

As long as I have lived I never thought I'd see a flying schmoodle! Great drawing. I think the randomness sketch is wonderfully creative! My stiffness should be as good as yours.

Anna Wolf said...

I can´t believe you are stuck.... looks as beautiful as ever! But I feel for you anyway ;) And thanks for the book recommendation - I have already ordered it!

Revelle said...

love Beso sketch!

Nina Fuller said...

Beso!! Love it!!