Sunday, December 8, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Lots of sketching lately. I find it both relaxes and challenges, and slowly, skills are sharpening.
I've also become slightly obsessed with typography and hand-lettering. My inspirations are quotes from songs; they work well I'm this situation and I often get tired of regular inspirational quotes because they are so over used.
And finally, museum visits. Yesterday we went to Pasadena and spent some time at the Norton Simon Museum. This little man by Edouard Manet (The Ragpicker) so moved me that I spent a few moments sketching him, while my husband captured it unbeknownst to me.
Things are good.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
I've been doodling a lot lately. Since my day job keeps me tethered during the week, and the weekends are full of catching up on the household, errands and other necessities, I've been taking screenshots of images that inspire me on Instagram & Tumblr. So, not exactly original, but it lets me practice. And after putting a beloved hobby on hold for over 30 (gulp) years, I do need the practice.
Many of the photos that have been inspiring me lately are of Paris. I haven't been there since 1983, and my dream is to go next year. My husband & I will be celebrating 25 years of marriage, and I really can't imagine a better place to go. I've gotten into the habit of sending him near-daily screen shots of Paris images. I'm sure he realizes there is no shortage of things to do, places to go and see, but I just want to make sure :)
I really love this image. The original is just a subtle (can't find, sorry!), with the pop of red of the Metro sign. I think my Tumblr will be my art blog. It just works.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Monday, September 2, 2013
Thank you long weekend, I needed you desperately. On Saturday we headed up to one of our favorite places on earth, Santa Ynez, which luckily is a short 2 hour drive. The relentless heat followed us, but being the country, away from traffic, noise and a good deal of the population was beyond wonderful. I'm the designated driver on these jaunts, chauffeuring my husband from winery to winery - some might find that tedious, but I happen to really like it because it's such a beautiful place and I can easily relax without the necessity of alcohol.
It was just a quick overnight, and yesterday we left early and had breakfast in Santa Barbara. Such a cool town, we walked around afterwards and I was immediately impressed and inspired by all the beautiful Spanish tile patterns everywhere.
I've got this thing for symmetry and pattern it appears. We decided we have to plan a short dedicated trip soon back to that magical town - so much character, I haven't given it enough credit in the past. More images are on my instagram & tumbr.
Also, we stopped at the outlets in Camarillo on the way back - I bought nothing. Score!