Wednesday, November 22, 2017

"Pie Day" 4 x 6 pen, ink, colored pencil

It's pie-baking night here.  Our daughter is home for the holiday so she and I shopped together, then baked and laughed tonight.  We made apple, pecan, apple crisp, and a pineapple pie tonight.  First time for the pineapple; we await the verdict.  No mince pie this year, which I have made for years just like my mom made it for years.  However, I'm the only one we're dining with who would eat it and I don't need an entire mincemeat pie... a little sad, but the right choice.  Here's our beautiful selection.  
This is my fifty-third daily drawing, a quick pie sketch due to all the baking activity. 
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"93 South" pen & ink 9 x 12

I have loved the Zakim Bridge, officially, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, since it opened.  It is a gorgeous and open backdrop to the beautiful city. I find the contrast of the modern and traditional very pleasing.  The Zakim Bridge is lovely as you cross it, the view through the cables shifting constantly, forming a variety of vignettes.  A few years ago, my family and I took a Boston Duck Tour.  The Duck Boat meandered through a number of small roads in Cambridge, eventually entering the Charles River near the base of the Zakim.  I remember being thrilled that I could see new views of Boston framed by the Zakim's cables.  This is a view of the Zakim while driving into Boston from the North, and is my fifty-second daily drawing.  
Thank you for looking again at my take of the world around me.

Monday, November 20, 2017

"New North" 9 x 6 ink and watercolor

Trying looking at some interesting angles of New North Church in Hingham... this one is a challenge, but I like the presence against the sky, which was crystal blue.  The clock works now!  It is one of four clocks in the town that were put in place around 1848.  Back then, the town was responsible for providing timekeeping for the town, and installed clocks in the town.  This clock was restored this spring; and I was lucky enough to see up in the steeple.  Beautiful gears and mechanics.  
This is my fifty-first daily drawing.  Thanks for keeping an eye on my work.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

"Harbor Evening" 6 x 9 mixed

There is a special, quiet time by Monhegan's harbor as the sun sinks below Manana.  Birds start settling down, people drift back to their houses, and the dark begins to descend quickly.  It's a lovely time of day, and as I climb back up to the house we rent, the last glimpse of light disappears and the sky glows.  Ahhhh.  
This is my fiftieth daily drawing.  Thank you for looking.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

"Saint James" 9 x 6 pastel over ink

I used last night's image of St. James Street and rendered it in some pastel on a ground of india ink.  The original scene caught my eye because of the light on the side of the Boston Public Library coming in between the buildings.  I certainly need a few more pastels, and some practice, but I like it as a study.  
This is my forty-ninth daily drawing.  I appreciate your thoughts and attention.


"Saint James" 9 x 6 pen & ink

When I am looking for parking in Boston, I have a few streets where I make a quick pass before heading into a garage.  St. James is one of them. Once in a while I find parking down here and it's always worth the beautiful view of the Boston Public Library with the backdrop of the modern rectangular buildings.  Flags are flapping at the hotel on the left, the sun is sneaking through from the left and people are walking in the shade, huddled against the cold.  It's a lovely vista.  This is my forty-eighth daily drawing, and another of my beloved views of Boston.  Thank you for looking, as always.

Friday, November 17, 2017

"Majestic" 6 x 9 mixed daily drawing forty-seven

 Tonight my daughter and I spent the evening at the Cutler Majestic Theater watching the Moth Radio Hour (really 2 hours) as a benefit for WBUR.  What a great night, in a truly majestic theater.  It is so beautiful, opulent.   We sat in the front row of the balcony, which is a bit vertigo-inducing when you stand. Sitting up there, listening to well-crafted stories, while surrounded by exquisite detailing.... a feast for the senses.
There are a few photos of the drawing in process.
This is my forty-seventh daily drawing.  Many are from my archives of photos of past trips and the others I draw on site.  I was so glad to be up in balcony in this beautiful space tonight.  
Thank you, as always, for looking.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

"Donuts on High" mixed 9 x 6 #dailydrawing #uskboston

Anyone who grew up in my hometown of Canton, MA, and of a certain age, will remember Charlie's Donuts.  I can still remember the taste and texture of their warm honey dipped donuts.  The only donut that I think even comes close, is Kane's.  They are situated on High Street in Boston.  It's a very-once-in-a-while treat if I take the boat or train into Boston.  Last spring, my friend Marianne and I spent a day during our April break painting in Boston.  We stopped at Kane's on our way across town, and enjoyed our donuts as we took a break in the Public Garden while painting.  I'm a bit of a purist, and don't explore the huge variety of donuts, just a twice-a-year honey dipped.  Yum. 
This is my forty-sixth daily drawing.  Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

"Early Flight" 9 x 6 pen, ink, marker #dailydrawing #urbansketchers

Last week we flew out to San Francisco to be with an old friend. It was a quick and special few days.  This is a drawing as we taxied onto the runway on our return flight.  I love the combination of angles and immensity of the planes dwarfing the food truck on the tarmac.  
This is my forty-fifth daily drawing, using ink and some warm marker. Thank you for looking.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

"Scituate Afternoon" pen & ink 6 x 9 #urbansketchers #dailydrawing

Between some afternoon errands, I spent a bit of time observing the boats in the local harbor.  One fishing boat was coming in during the afternoon dusk.  That is some serious cold work, and takes a hardy soul on an afternoon like today, gray, rainy, raw.  The boat in this little harbor "cul-de-sac" have a backdrop of tall reeds during the mid to low tide.  It's an unusual looking arrangement, as if they  have a wall behind them.  The jumble of boats is appealing as they bob and shift in the tide.  
This is my forty-fourth daily drawing.  As always, thank you for taking the time to look.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Amadeus Live" 6 x 9 mixed #dailydrawing #urbansketchers

This afternoon we went to Boston's Symphony Hall to watch the Handel and Haydn Orchestra play live to the film "Amadeus".  It was astoundingly wonderful.  The orchestra and chorale accompaniment performed beautifully with the movie.  At first, I wasn't sure whether to watch the movie, or the performance, or how to alternate back and forth, but pretty quickly it became an easy balance of back and forth.  As everyone was getting settled I did a quick sketch of people moving to their seats and the orchestra tuning their instruments.  The concertmaster moved to the front for tuning, and just as the lights went down I grabbed the slightest indication of the conductor.  When I got home I added shadow to everywhere except for a few music stands and the movie screen itself.  
I have never seen this movie, though it came out over 30 years ago. It was breathtaking. However, I DID see "Amadeus" on stage.  When I first moved to Washington DC in my early twenties, I bought a subscription to The National Theater.  I was only twenty-two, didn't know much about this new city, and I bought the ticket series thinking it would be something on my calendar, and I could invite someone to each performance.  The first play I saw was "Amadeus", with  Ian Mckellen, Tim Curry and Jane Seymour.  Wow!  Having shared a room, albeit a big room, with Ian McKellen puts me in the gallery of greats with my daughter.
"Amadeus Live" is my forty-third daily drawing.  Thank you for continuing to look.

"Steve Makes Dinner" pen & ink 6 x 9 #Dailydrawing #urbansketchers

I love a sleepy Saturday or Sunday when we have time to shop and cook and take care of errands and paperwork and puttering about.  Steve cooked up a crockpot stew tonight and we roasted a great pan of Brussels sprouts for the week.  Great smells emanating from the kitchen on this early cold afternoon. 
This is my forty-second daily drawing.   Thank you for taking the time to look.  I appreciate your time.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

"Above Congress" 9 x 6 ink & pastel #dailydrawing #urbansketchers

Tonight, I picked up our daughter at her works space, and she gave me a tour.  The conference room overlooks Congress Street as it exits the city.  Here's a sketch of the street from the window closest to her desk.  I created a black background, then overlaid with pencil and pastel.  I'm a pastel neophyte so finding the right color and value is an interesting exploration.  I liked the bank of lights receding into the distance on this early November evening.  The city is beautiful at night, shifting, alluring.  I love it.
This is my 41st drawing in my daily drawing challenge.  Thank you for looking, as always.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

"Detail Greek Candelabra" pen & ink 9x6 #dailydrawing

Hunting through my photos from a trip to Greece a decade ago, I stumbled on this detail from a Greek Candelabra.  No other details, except that the candelabra was in the National Archeological Museum, and it caught my eye.  The carving of the angel is primitive, but the carving of the wings, and other details is more sophisticated.  
This is my 40th daily drawing.  Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

"Below the Parthenon" 9x12 mixed #dailydrawing

A number of years ago we visited Athens.  I had been there 25 years before, and was astounded at the growth in the city over those two + decades.  Flying in over the city, it seemed to sprawl out and up against the mountains like the housing had been poured into its space.   This is my 39th drawing for #dailydrawing.  I was drawn to the large columns in the foreground framing the distant space.  I drew the image in pen, added gray marker and some black colored pencil. As always, thank you for looking.   

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

"From Montmartre" 9 x 6 mixed #dailydrawing

A number of years ago, I was in Paris on a trip with school.  We had a free afternoon and headed up to Montmartre. I can remember the air, even the way it kissed my face on that beautiful afternoon.  There are certain memories that stay with you... we were traveling with a friend and her 12-year-old son who was reluctant to eat anything that seemed unusual. To her credit, Mom handled it beautifully, whisked him down an alley occasionally to ply him with pizza or a hotdog, and they were back within a few minutes.  We were sitting outside eating crepes above the city.  It was luscious. 
This is my thirty-eighth daily drawing.  As always, thank you for looking.

Monday, November 06, 2017

"Sorolla's Seat" 9x6 pen&ink #Dailydrawing

I had a chance to visit Sorolla's home while in Madrid a number of years ago.  We were on a busy tour schedule, and had an arduous 24+ hours of flight/wait/flight/run/flight to arrive in Madrid, as tour companies sometimes do.  The next day we were supposed to visit the Prada, but I knew time in Madrid was short, so arranged to grab a taxi up there with my daughter, then 11 years old.  Walking across the threshold took my breath away.  It was as if Sorolla just stood up and walked away from his studio.  His home is now a museum, with paintings hanging throughout the rooms.  It was wonderful. I love the blue and white jars  in which he kept his paint brushes.  I'm not sure what they contained originally.
I hope I get the chance to visit again.  This is my thirty-seventh daily drawing.  As always, thank you for looking.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

"Monhegan - Man at Work" 6x9 mixed #dailydrawing

This lovely house overlooks Monhegan Harbor and Manana. You can see the harbor through its lower windows.  On this day, the local resident was working in the studio.  I like his silhouette against the beautiful beyond.  This is an ink drawing, overlaid with gray marker, then watercolor pencils.  I added some warmth to the indoor spaces.  
This is my thirty-sixth daily drawing.  Again, thanks for looking.

"Stopping on HIgh Street" 9 x 12 mixed #dailydrawing

Once in a while, I pick my husband up from work on High Street in Boston.  It's  a pretty straight shot up the expressway, and a surprisingly reasonable ride in the afternoon, going against the mass exodus of homeward-bound drivers.  Just as I turn onto High Street, this is my view.  I enjoy the shadowed buildings against the sky, with some late sunlight sneaking behind the buildings.  
I drew the scene with fine point indelible marker, then added warm gray to all the shadow areas, which is the dominant shape in this scene.  I used colored pencil, black to emphasize the shadow, and a little red and orange in the stop lights.  
This is my thirty-fifth daily drawing... thank you for looking.      

Friday, November 03, 2017

"Mass Avenue" 9 x 12 pen, ink, warm gray #dailydrawing 34

I love the angles along the city streets.  This is the corner of Mass Avenue, Boston, close to Boylston Street.  I lived in this neighborhood when I first returned to Boston years ago.   It is hemmed in between Symphony Hall, Northeastern University, and the Mass Pike and includes Berkeley School of Music and the Christian Science Center... busy and diverse. There are narrow alleyways, and big open spaces and every few yards the light and view change dramatically.
This is my thirty-fourth daily drawing.  Thank you, kindly, for looking.  As always, I love your comments. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

"Horse Pull" 6 x 9 pen & ink #dailydrawing 33

I spend a lot of time at the Marshfield Fair in the summer, volunteering in one of the departments.  I try to spend time watching the horse pull each summer.  I love the way the horses work in tandem, and how they seem to want to pull the ever-increasing weights.  This pair of horses are being led to the sled carrying the weights.  It's a complex dance, the pair swinging wide, their handlers lining them up, holding the horses in check while they back the team up to the sled, drop the hook, and the team takes off.  In each team, one horse seems to dominate, setting the pace and direction for the team.  Both horses wear blinders.  I'll try to see it again next summer.
This is my 33 daily drawing using ink in some form.  Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

"Meeting in the Music Room" 6 x 9 ink with marker #dailydrawing

Today was a professional development day at school, a well-needed post-Halloween day of rest for the students and a day of meetings and grading for teachers.  We began with a meeting in the music room to discuss the changes we can expect this year with the MCAS tests, and the results from last year's tests; interesting information efficiently presented.  Drawing often helps me focus.  Today I made this sketch of my spot in the music room, music equipment sitting idle, while we looked at bar graphs and charts during the presentation.  I added the pie chart as a design choice.  Good day, lots of information and lots accomplished.  Ready for students again tomorrow!
Having finished my 31-day #Inktober challenge, I am continuing on.  Technically, this is my 32nd daily drawing.  I am enjoying the daily focus and concentration.  As always, thank you for looking. I love your comments.  

"City of Light" 9 x 12 mixed #Inktober

Our challenge for Girls Just Wanna Paint during October is "chiaroscuro" which is a pictorial representation of values without color. (Click the word for the entire definition).  I have been doing a series of drawings using ink for the #Inktober challenge, this being my 31st.  I decided to create an image in approximately five values, one being the tint of the paper I chose.  I drew this image of Paris in ink, then used a brush with some india ink for the darkest value, following with white conte crayon for the lightest value.  I also used my warm gray marker and layered combinations of the warm gray and lightly applied conte to soften the black and the edges.  The black is a little heavier than I prefer, but I am very interested in the experiment.  Chiaroscuro drawing traditionally involves tinted paper and an indication of values.  As always... thank you for looking!. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

"Reflections" ink with wc pencil 9 x 5 #Inktober

The reflections in the glass-like water across this small cove caught my eye.  As often, I enjoy the juxtaposition of man-made structures among the organic tree and water shapes.  This is Back Cove, Maine, in South Bristol, a place I have visited for decades.
This is my 30th entry for #Inktober.  I am enjoying the discipline of creating art every day.  
Thank you for looking.

"In Flight" pen & ink 9 x 6 #inktober

While flying to San Francisco, I did an ink drawing of my tray table, including two water bottles and my sketch of the two water bottles.  I divided the page into three frames for a little more interest in the simple drawing.  
This is my 29th image for #Inktober.  Thank you for looking.  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

"'Study Al Fresco" 6 x 9 ink with warm gray #inktober

This past summer I was having breakfast with some old friends in Washington DC and we found a sweet little cafe with a big open back area, grape trellises and sunshine.  It was a perfect spot to catch up after a long time apart.  This young woman was studying under the grape leaves in the sun.  As I look at the finished drawing I realize she looks a bit like she's in a Victorian wheelchair, which she isn't... it's the cafe chairs which I should have designed a little differently.  
This is my 28th entry for #Inktober.  Thank you for looking. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

"Afternoon in the Park" white conte pencil on ink 4 x 5 #Inktober

This is a black and white study of a painting I found years ago which I thought was beautifully designed and the values handled masterfully.  I can not attribute the original work, but it is not mine.   I explored the composition using a white conte pencil on an ink ground.  The ink provided some tooth for the conte pencil, which layers up very nicely.  The drawing is rendered in three values, which reinforces how powerful this design is.  Studying other artists' works can be very valuable.  My gut tells me it might be Carol Marine, but I have researched and can not verify.... mystery.  If you know the painting, please let me know and I will attribute.
This is my 27th entry into #Inktober.   As always, thank you so much for looking.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Birches" 6 x 9 ink and watercolor #Inktober

This lovely peek through the birches caught my eye one day on Monhegan Island, ME.  Over to the left behind the shrubs, you can see a glimpse of my beloved Manana, the little island that provides Monhegan its sheltered harbor twelve miles out to sea.  I like the way the graceful birches frame the distance.  
This is my 26th entry into the #Inktober challenge.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Shakes & Cones" ink and warm gray 6 x 9 #Inktober

Each summer  I volunteer at the Marshfield Fair, and spend time there many evenings.  I love the pageantry, lights, hubbub, activity, and the charm.  I was drawn to the contrast in this image with the backlit figures, and the light emanating from within the ice cream truck onto the family. It's one of many vignettes throughout the fairgrounds.  
This is my 25th drawing for #Inktober.  Thank you for looking at my drawings.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

"Rear View" mixed 12 x 9 #Inktober

Just a glimpse of the Atlantic through the pines behind a couple of buildings on Monhegan Island.  This is pen and ink with watercolor pencil and colored pencils.  
This is my 24th drawing for #Inktober 2017.
As always, thank you for looking.

"Ruiz Market" 9 x 12 ink and wc #Inktober

The Ruiz Market caught my eye over near Ruggles one morning.  I liked the storefronts and the family waiting for the bus in the morning light.  These vintage storefronts are very appealing with their bright colors and warm welcome.  This is my 23rd image for #Inktober.  Thank you for looking.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

"Caritas by A.H. Thayer" 9 x 6 pen, ink, warm gray #Inktober

Spent some time at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts for my birthday yesterday.  I am a fan of Abbot Handerson Thayer, and spent some time studying this painting "Caritas", which the MFA purchased from Thayer in 1897.  My research tells me it may have a relationship to some of the images in a mural he was commissioned to paint at Bowdoin College.  I'll have to get up there to see that.  I love the romanticism of the figures, the clothing, and the sumptuous renaissance framing which is an art in itself.  The clothing reminds me of the "one Grecian Urn" scene from "The Music Man" with Hermione Gingold leading her women's group in a modern dance.  Here is a brief link to that iconic scene.    

I remember visiting Washington DC a number of years ago.  The National Art Gallery was under construction, so a subset of the work was hung, salon style, in the Renwick Gallery.  I stopped in my tracks in front of a painting of roses, and it was Abbott Handerson Thayer's work.  
 Look at it here... wow!!!!  The edges, control of values.  
So, spending part of my birthday studying paintings was a great joy.  
My 22nd entry for #Inktober is a value study of "Caritas".  Thanks for reading and for looking.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

"Waterfront" pen & ink 12 x 9 #Inktober

Spent a wonderful birthday with my family today.  We began at the MFA, where we "found" my daughter in the gift shop. After looking at some sumptuous paintings, we traveled cross town, picked up some Kane's donuts for sustenance aboard the ferry up to Salem.  However, we could travel to Salem, informed the ticket salesman, but there was only room for one of us to come back.  The plan was to visit the Peabody Essex.. so, we regrouped, hung out in Columbus Park along the waterfront, with coffee, books and in my case, sketchbook.  It was a balmy 75 degrees, people everywhere... a fabulous day.  Then we wandered the North End, had an early dinner and meandered back home.  A lovely, lovely, day. This is my 21st drawing for #Inktober.
As always, thank you for looking. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

"Downtown Crossing" pen & ink 9 x 6 #Inktober

I have always been drawn to the pageantry of the flags in Boston's Downtown Crossing; whether straight out in the wind, or hanging in calm lock step.  It's an interesting, cavernous spot, again, lots of architectural detail and sun angling off the tall buildings above.  
This is my 20th drawing for the #Inktober challenge.   Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

"Table Top" ink and white crayon 5 x 3 #Inktober

Today my art project students began exploring value.  I gave them black paper and white crayons, and showed them how to look at a black and white image of a round object, observing the zones of light.  I showed them how to use a white crayon to reproduce the different values from 1 to 4 using various pressure with the crayon, leaving the black paper as the darkest. They produced some very interesting work and are beginning to see. 
I made a couple of sample works.  First I painted a rectangle of india ink, the use only the white crayon  to draw my subject. Below is a simple ball I drew to demonstrate the zones of light. 

This is my 19th entry into the #Inktober challenge.
As always, thank you so much for looking.  Leave a comment if you'd like.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Cat Nap" mixed 3 x 6 #Inktober

Our cat Maggie loves to sleep on the cable box. It is warm, centrally located and we cuddle her every hour or so when we have to move her tail, or leg, or paw so that the remote control will work... sort of a sweet retro kind of feel.  Remember the days you had to get up to change the channel? I started with some ink with a brush, then layered up with white conte pencil, some colored pencils, just for the cable box, and some fine point pen.  The drawing doesn't look much like Maggie, but I enjoyed layering ink, pencil, more ink, and white conte. 
This is my eighteenth drawing for #Inktober 2017.  As always, thank you for looking. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Elegance" pen & ink with warm gray 10 x 9 #Inktober

I grew up listening to my mother admire elegant, graceful homes we saw on our road trips to the Cape and to Maine.  She connected with their lines, their details, poise, sense of history, patina, and their silent presence.  Often, as we passed a rundown beauty, she would remark, "That house just needs someone to love it.".. as she loved the house we grew up in.  This is a house in Maine I see almost every summer.  It is situated at a bend in the road, and always catches my eye, regardless of time of day.  
This is my seventeenth drawing for #Inktober.   As always, thank you for looking.

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Spanish Rooftops" watercolor & ink 9 x 12 #Inktober

Here are a couple of rooftops from a trip to Spain years ago.  I remember looking up at the deepening sky, and seeing their silhouettes against the blue.  Beautiful detail, casual, elegant, utilitarian.  Striking.  They remind me a bit of the tile rooftop in the Charlton Heston movie, "Ben Hur" where his sister knocks a loose tile off and it falls onto the new centurion, Ben's childhood friend Masala.  Ben takes the fall for her and becomes a galley slave... the rest is "history" as it were.  I'm not sure what town were were in, but I remember the scene vividly.

This is my sixteenth entry for the #Inktober challenge.  Thanks for looking as I continue my exploration through my archives.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Lamppost, Paris" pen, ink, watercolor pencil 4 x 5 #Inktober

About a decade ago, I was in Paris on trip with school.  I need to get back to spend more time.  The city is take-your-breath-away beautiful, in scale, design, in its grandiose structures, but also in the smallest of details.  This is a study of the base of a lamppost I noticed as we waited to cross a street. 
When we slow down, spend time looking, heighten our senses, there is beauty in the details, in unexpected places.  
This is my fifteenth #Inktober entry.  Thank you for looking.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

"Quiet Harbor" pen, ink, colored pencil 9 x 9 #Inktober

I love drawing from the foreground to the back, thinking about the interplay of lines and shape and what needs to intersect what where and how.  Sounds a bit vague as I reread, but truth is, once I get going, it is very specific... maneuvering reality as I draw it to avoid unintentional geometry and misleading tangents and intersections.  Today was gray, albeit warm for mid-October, and occasionally drizzly.  The harbor is in transition from summer's bustle, to winter calm; half of the pleasure boats are in storage, many on the other side of the harbor, indicated here by the slightest suggestion of grouped masts and shrink-wrapped boats.  
This is my fourteenth entry into #Inktober 2017, and as you can see from the additional photo here... I can not take full solo credit for my work.
Again, thank you for looking.  I'm enjoying the intentionality of  making drawing time each day.