Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 19

Testing, testing, 1,2,3...

Just some technical difficulties. Tried to photograph and upload a photo of my daily art today. Also tried yesterday. Didn't quite work as I hoped. I don't have a fancy iphone but was hoping it would work with my phone.

Anyway, I am away from my scanner and computer til tomorrow. Will upload yesterday's, today's and tomorrow's daily art, all book covers.

"Air Five" for today:
1-watching it snow (hopefully for the last time)
2-thinking of spring
3-getting organized
4-wearing my multicolored sneakers even though I never worked out
5-sketching sketching sketching

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Daily Ode 17

Some quick studies/sketches in paint and pencil. A partial ode to childhood. I'll be adding some pop culture items in my daily work. But, a lot of it will be some of my own children's book style work. I like working on both.

Tomorrow is the start of a new continuing theme all year. Maybe once a week? Daily (or 'every other day') Ode to books.

listening to this while I scanned in the sketches. Wish I was at that pub and I had a cool vintage styled dress with side buttons like Lisa's. And the red hat too. But, then again if I wore it, I'd look more like an elf.

for today:
1-chewable vitamins making me feel like a kid but they are basic circle shapes and not the 'Flinstone' brand I used to have growing up.
2-appreciating the color aqua
3-the clickety clack sound of my thrifted typewriter
4-watching the classic The Color Purple ... and will admit to needing some tissues. I hadn't seen it in years, but the ending, always gets to me.
5-lemon scented dust cloths in use while organizing my studio space.

Friday, February 18, 2011

16th day

A drawing of the golden girls based on my painting of the ladies. Done in india ink, sharpie marker, whiteout, and some digital reworking for the frame and typography.

1-spring weather in winter
2-strawberry flavored seltzer water
3-matching mismatched socks (both argyle, different colors)
4-drinking tea with my visiting sister
5-finally feeling better

Thursday, February 17, 2011

daily ode no. 15

An imaginary silent film still

1-warmer weather
2-sunshine, no sight of any raindrop
3-1920's fashion
4-making up characters for images
5-working in black and white and gray

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A fortune cookie, butterfly dish and a dash of painting mayhem...

daily ode no. 14

Your fortune reads "There is a prospect of a thrilling time ahead for you."

Air Five: "The motion of High-Fiving given by two people from a distance"

1-the sound of ginger ale on ice and the clinking of ice swishing around the glass
2-lovely thrifted ceramic butterfly dish from a wonderful vintage seller with a few dings and scrapes around the edges.
3-thinking of the stories behind the dings and scrapes and places it's been.
4-fun fortune cookie messages, even especially the random ones
5-the glorious color combination of blue and orange

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Air 5

daily ode no. 13 was a sketch. A mini logo for a new section here on the site. My top 5 things that were highlights of the day. Like a "gratitude" journal but not as serious sounding.

Air Five: "The motion of High-Fiving given by two people from a distance"
My air five for today was...
1-my baby nephew who loves music & rocks out anytime he hears it.
2-the sound of walking on snow.
3-tissues with lotion for my (hopefully) ending soon cold.
4-warm (not scalding) raspberry tea with honey
5-drawing w/my number2 pencil & handlettering.

Monday, February 14, 2011

daily ode no. 12 ... watercolor experiments

I usually use acrylic and gouache among other supplies. Not so much watercolor. It's been collecting dust in my studio remembering the good ol' days in high school and college when I used the medium primarily. I thought I'd add it back into my work. Playing with some patterns and some quickly painted butterflies.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

daily ode no. 11

Another sketch from a thumbnail sketch inspired by the film. I was thinking of making it one image initially. But, I may just crop the images and make them each their own. The opening sequence of the movie is wonderful. Very calming. A little tidbit...apparently Audrey really disliked the taste of croissants. She wanted her character to be eating some other food but the director disagreed. The croissant stayed and the rest is history.  Til tomorrow.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Day 10

The start of another breakfast at tiffany's inspired image. The goal was to have a calendar for this year. The new plan is for next year. I have a few more tiny thumbnail sketches of of remaining odes to this movie planned out so I figure I'll finish the project little by little this year. I have plans for other movie odes and my own stories but I'd like to see this through. It is a good movie. Audrey and George were great. And the short story too. Just very different from each other. The movie and book though are not my favorite. Some special daily odes to be added sometime soon dedicated to that.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Day 9

The phone above was used as a prop. I wonder how many people own them anymore. Maybe businesses? Some of my moleskine sketchbooks. I currently have one in red.

A sketch of a character based on a class I taught. It was for 2-4 year olds. There were 9 of them and 1 of me... for 2 hours, twice a week, for 6 weeks...Yes I survived...barely. There was a boy who I wasn't sure was even two (maybe 1 1/2?). He was a handful. Even cleaning up was an adventure with him. Let's just say I turned my eyes away from him to help a student with their project when I heard splashing and lots of giggling. He was in the large sink trying to make bubbles with the hand soap, water filling past his converse sneaks, striped socks, shorts and just past the start of his t-shirt. "Just washing up" he said, echoing my words earlier. Our definitions were different. His mom came a few minutes later. He never returned to class. I think she decided to wait until next term when he would actually be 2 years old.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 8 ... sweet louise

One of my first assignments when I was a freelance photographer was of a local university's move-in day and the start of the fall semester. I was supposed to walk around between photographing events and take pictures of students for the school to use in their catalog, postcards and website.
The one student above was waiting for a friend to finish eating. They were going to practice basketball before basketball practice. He didn't see the humor. Not many people see my humor though. So, I continued and asked him about his tattoo hidden by his awesomely yellow arm band. He pushed the band to his wrist and said, "Sweet Louise, you mean?"
Without even asking he told me Sweet Louise was his grandmother. She was never called Louise without the sweet in front of it. The woman who raised him and the reason he was in college. She passed away and he wanted to take her to school with him somehow, ... "at least in ink" he said.
The Hallmark card moment was soon broken. Before I could get fully teary eyed his friend yelled over, "Keg party tonight, BooYah!"
Let's hope Sweet Louise didn't hear that.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 5 ... in the sketch phase

This first week of daily art is all about doodling, sketching, drawing, making marks on a piece of paper, not worrying about the result.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Day 4 ... sketchbook characters

I opened my sketchbook and after a few scribbles here and there met...

Mr. Turquoise Teal who is fond of turtlenecks, table tennis, top hats (his is at the dry cleaners) and timeless tunes.
The second person was in a hurry and I didn't catch their name.
On the third page I found Mademoiselle Papillon and a small friend of hers. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Day 2 ... at the drawing board

Getting used to adding work here everyday. I plan on adding daily paintings but for now some sketches.

Thursday, February 3, 2011