June 23, 2017

Career Day

I forgot to tell you about career day! I was invited by a Girl Scout Troop to speak about being a technical writer AND an artist. I couldn't say no.

There were so many dedicated women there talking to the girl scouts about being engineers, firefighters, lawyers, photographers, and dog trainers. It was very inspiring!

I liked having the chance to talk to them about being able to do more than one thing - the practical job plus the thing you're meant to do. It's also an option.

June 09, 2017

The End of the Little Square Sketchbook

These are the last few un-posted sketches from my little square Laloran sketchbook. It was a challenge to get used to because it was so small, but I fell in love with it!

June 08, 2017

Book Sketch and Review - Naked by the Window by Robert Katz

One of my college professors recommended this book nearly 20 years ago and I finally got around to reading it. It's a great book - part detective story, part courtroom drama, part art-world exposé.

The author makes a very good argument that artist Carl Andre killed his wife, artist Ana Mendieta. Andre was acquitted because the legal system and the New York art community failed Ana and let him get away with it. He was then able to continue working and to continue showing his artwork.

What I wasn't expecting from this book was the very clear example of the patriarchy that it provided, without ever mentioning the patriarchy. Carl Andre got away with the murder of his wife because he was a successful male artist. And that's what the patriarchy does - it makes a man's job more important than a woman's life. I'm aware that it's not "supposed to," but just look at all of the examples of rapists who have received little to no jail time because they were young and had "potential." Or look at the president of this country, who can brag on tape about grabbing women's genitals, which seems to be okay with everybody because he's a good businessman. 

So, I would totally recommend this book, but be forewarned it will haunt you. RIP Ana Mendieta.

May 28, 2017

Vacation! Part 4

This is the sweet little house we stayed in.

It was on an acre or more of land, so one day I just wandered around sketching.

On the property there was this perfectly creepy little pine forest that I couldn't wait to sketch. The trees in it were crazy! It wasn't actually creepy - the whole place had a nice feeling.

This is the view from the deck looking towards the water.

After another night at The Squealing Pig, we drove back to Provincetown and took the long trip back to Memphis. It was such a great trip, but also so nice to be home.

May 27, 2017

Vacation! Part 3

The house we rented on Cape Cod was right at the beach. Our first full day there was pretty chilly and rainy so most of the day was spent inside except for this one little page. Brrrrrr.

The second day was much clearer and warmer and beautiful! We could see whales over on the left side by the sea oats.

Our little "beach" was up on a bluff overlooking the actual beach, so in addition to watching whales, we were able to watch people and birds.

We stayed near Provincetown, so we drove over to see their adorable museum. Did you know that the pilgrims landed in Provincetown before landing at Plymouth Rock? I didn't.

We found one of the few open pre-season spots, The Squealing Pig. It was packed and there were plenty of people to sketch.

May 26, 2017

Vacation! Part 2

This was the second full day of vacation - yes! So relaxing! We went to this great diner for breakfast.

Then we went to the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. I love museums of all kinds, and this one did not disappoint.

Another two-part watercolor!

On the third morning we left Providence for Cape Cod, but first stopped at another great diner.

May 25, 2017

Vacation! Part 1

Last month - though it feels like longer-ago - we went on vacation to Providence and Cape Cod. I made a LOT of sketches, so here's part one of four.

I'm using a small Laloran sketchbook for everyday sketching. It's small - about 4" x 4".

I took my beloved fat pen (Pigma Graphic 1), C10 Pigma pen, Pentel brush pen and Pentel ink brush (see Materials I Like to see the difference between these two), colored pencil, a small watercolor set, and Pentel Aquash waterbrush pens filled with Dr. PH Marten's watercolor.

This and the one below obviously span two pages and I will figure out how to stitch them. They are on a Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook, which I love for watercolor! I didn't even think about it not fitting on my scanner, but usually I don't work in landscape format.

After Narragansett we drove to Newport and gawked at all the giant mansions. The Mooring is a great vacation restaurant!

May 24, 2017

It Was the Worst Wreck... I Ever Seen!

It wasn't the worst wreck I've ever seen, but I never miss an opportunity to quote Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

A few weeks ago I was running an errand at lunch when I got stopped for about 20 minutes by a wreck at the cross-street. So what does one do when trapped by a wreck? Sketch, of course!