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Weekend sketching 3/11/19

A front view of Lambert Castle, Paterson, NJ. I have a fascination with old buildings in my home town. The castle sits atop Garrett Mountain and Mr Lambert even built a separate tower for viewing from up high which you’re still permitted to climb when up on the Mountain.

Spring seems to be coming here in Northern NJ as I’m seeing shoots popping up here and there. And it’s nice that it will stay lighter longer! Have a great day.

A poem and a sketch

Kerfe gave me a set of magnetic poetry words and they are cool. At her urging (I’ve been pretty dormant) I illustrated a poem. Here’s the poem.

I think it cool that you can see my reflection in the metal easel. Very windy in NJ this morning but yesterday I saw some little snowbell flowers emerging from the earth!

Dancers

A couple of dancers. The second one is my daughter who would only hold the pose for two seconds.

Family portraits

A couple of family portraits. This first one is me and my daughter.

Husband sat for me. I think this looks like him although a bit gaunt. I’m limited right now to drawing/colored pencil but last night at Staples found some skin tone drawing pens.

A couple of quick drawings.

A dream drawing.

And some magnetic poetry.

All in all a pretty productive weekend.

Better with color 1/24/19

Yesterday’s drawing colored in. I guess it’s why coloring books were invented.

Quick landscape (for Kerfe) in calligraphy pen, colored pencil and other stuff at hand. I’m still not set up to paint and I’m a bit frustrated. But sketching, especially if I can manage it every day, will give me painting material when I am set up!

Sketch just in calligraphy pen.

Pouring rain here in NJ, dog looking balefully at me. I’m not walking him right now. Peace out!

view out the window 5/5/18

They say draw what you see. Now I am moving out of my art room.

This is my car in the back and H’s in front. The fence encloses a concrete patio with a non-functioning gas grill, yard with a copper beech tree and some dog-resistant plant life.

I spend a lot of time sitting under that tree. It’s one of the great pleasures in life, living intimately with a tree. In fact, I think I’ll draw it later. Enjoy the weekend.

Two buildings

I started looking through my dad’s photographs. I had the idea to cut some of them up to use in artwork. I guess you could say this is my first collage at least in a while.

It’s a subtle difference but I painted in the white borders in black. I do that a lot. Black brings everything out to my eye.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else I might find in the photos. Keeping the ones with people, all others like landscapes of buildings are fair game.

Sunday Painting

I sat down over the weekend and got some painting done. Yay! I had started this portrait of my mother in black and white and messed with it.

I had the paint really heavy on her face at one point so I pressed a paper towel over it. It came out like a weird ghost.

That reminded me how much fun it really is to paint. I’ve got something else started which I hope to finish today. Here’s a sketch done on the first page of a new watercolor block which happens to be black.

And the same image filled in with some color.

All in all a pretty productive weekend. And still no sign of sun in Northern NJ.

Sammy Moe and me

Me and my dogs Sammy and Moe. They are both gone now. Another colored pencil and Neocolor on black paper.

Young woman

Another colored pencil on black paper. This one is from a blurry shot of my daughter. There’s a lot of treasure to be mined from these old photos!

Here’s the photo.

Getting chilly here in NJ. Have a great day!