Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sandi and Meeka

I met Sandi and her Pom dog Meeka in South Haven. Gary and I walked by them, and I took one look at Sandi's fantastic hair, and her dog's fantastic , fluffy fur, and I just knew I had to draw them. I am shy about asking people if I can take their picture or not, especially strangers, but I overcame my shyness, and I am glad I did.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Birthday Wish

My style is all over the place lately, as I experiment with different medium. We have old photos of Gary's family from the 1950's. A photo of a 1950's birthday party inspired this painting in gouache.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ladies of Bayfield Beach 2

This was the same drawing I did scanned into the computer and colored in Photoshop. Which version do you like best?

The Ladies of Bayfield Beach

On our recent trip to the Apostle Islands, I saw these two older ladies sitting on the beach. Although the day was not that cold out, they were bundled from head to toe in towels and blankets , so that every single inch of thei bodies were covered. They were so cute. This is colored pencil.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pumpkin leaves

This plant "self-planted" itself in our yard. the seeds came from last year's Halloween pumpkins that turned to mush. This is colored pencil.

Jennifer's dad and Heidi

Monday, July 28, 2008

Escargot Begonia

Several years ago, Gary and I went on a "Garden Walk". It's where you buy tickets to tour people's gardens in your neighborhood. They are usually awesome events, and sometimes they have a theme, like butterfly gardens, or gardens with ponds. Any way, this one time we went, I remember seeing this plant for the first time, and I was totally intrigued by it. It is a begonia that has a spiral center in the shape of a snail, hence the name, "escargot begonia". A year after the garden walk, I saw the plant for a second time at Cantigny Gardens, where I snapped many pictures of it. This was an attempt to draw in colored pencil for the first time in probably ten years or so. I am also trying to draw something other than portraits because, you know, people are beginning to talk.......they think I'm trying to draw everyone in the United States..........

Monday, July 21, 2008

Self Portrait : Sketching in the Smoky Mountains

Gary and I went to the Smoky Mountains a few months back, and he took this picture of me in Cade's Cove, while I was sketching. We have realized nobody has these "vintage" kind of lawn chairs anymore. Everyone has the kind with beverage holders on them with sling style seats. We joke we should sell them on ebay as antiques.

The Many Versions of Jen

This is a portrait I did of Jennifer Wambach. You can visit her blog site at: http://www.jenniferwambach.blogspot.com . I experimented with many different colorways., and I can't decide which one I like best.

Sunday, July 20, 2008