Posts published in July 2013

What I Read This Week: July 19, 2013

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About What I Read This Week: I read a lot. All the time. Too much. I’d like to be held accountable. During my day-to-day, I keep a Google doc that I update with an article name, URL, and a quote of everything I read or watch. I blog the list every Friday.

You’d think that having no internet for two days might cut down on reading. Wrong! I obsessed a little bit this week, obviously about the upsetting George Zimmerman verdict in my home state, and then again with the watching of Gasland. Oh, and rock candy. Sweet politics!

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Drawing In the Woods: Lair of the Bear and Cleo’s Bath

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We spent Saturday packing for a trip to to Lair of the Bear, a UC Berlekey Alumni camp ground near Pinecrest. Families reserve their tent cabin for a week and return each summer—each week isn’t just time to let the kids run around lightly supervised, it’s also when families rejoin and spend time togehter, with each other’s and also other people’s. It’s a special place.

We joined Cameron’s family for a half-week.

I packed some art supplies so that I could create while we were away. During the plentiful down time, I wrote and drew an hour every day. This is between swimming, hiking, meals in the mess hall, and cards. (Four days straight in the water—pretty sweet, right? Happy April.)

Day 1: I sketched our neighbors. But it felt wrong. The short, minced lines communicated a lot, but really nothing at all.

Day 2: I switched and used my trusty Tombow marker instead of the micron. Strong lines, simpler shapes, it looked more honest to me.

During our hike to one of my favorite places on earth, Cleo’s Bath, I snapped pictures of interesting flowers. When we got back, I sat down on an adirondack in the sun and drew my favorites. Flowers are so alien if you look at the closely enough. What’s better—one big flower or many tiny ones? I vote a tiny bunch.

Thanks for laying your eyeballs here. Practice, practice, practice—it makes my idle hands happy.

Rogue Wave Sketch Times

We attended the Hey Marseilles and Rogue Wave show at the Independent last night.

Halfway though the set, I started to look. Really look. Hard. And when I do that, sketching is the next thing.

Because I just want to see if I can put together some lines as I see them. It’s fun. And well, why the hell not?

Here are my rough sketches. Performed in a dark room with 200 strangers.

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And, of course, a little Instagrammin’ to fully document the night.

Tale of the Kiddie Canvas: Part 4

Last week compelled me to make those three white swooshes on the right. So I did. And then, of course, the triangle rays insisted on appearing. I like where this painting is going, although it feels unbalanced right now. The color on the right is so much lighter than the bits on the left. Maybe I’ll attempt to even it out more next time.

Can you spot the two other additions?

So, ta-dah! Here it is—the latest in my re-use of a kid’s discarded canvas that I bought at a thrift store for $.50.

(A little lost? Start at the beginning with The Tale of the Kiddie Canvas.)

What I Read This Week: July 12, 2013

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About What I Read This Week: I read a lot. All the time. Too much. I’d like to be held accountable. During my day-to-day, I keep a Google doc that I update with an article name, URL, and a quote of everything I read or watch. I blog the list every Friday.

As you might tell by browsing the list, there was not as much reading this week so much as video watching. I had a backlog to clear out, ya’ll! I also spent some of the time (and didn’t record it) catching up with a few classes I took online—Hand-Drawn Typography and Mati Rose’s Daring Adventures in Life and Paint. Learning and fun, fun and learning! Where does a lady stop?

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