This is the Pasadena City Hall. I like driving through Pasadena, because it has lots of interesting buildings to draw.
I found this sweet little girl online, and sketched her. Then I found the quote by Andy Warhol and somehow decided that it belonged with the little girl. I had lots of fun with the background: watercolor washes, drops of alcohol, journaling lines made with masking tape, and more watercolor. I just played with my supplies and made some art.
Gee, I think I probably used most of my supplies on this one. I began with a collage of book papers and background stamps then used gelatos along with water over that to give it some color, then a coat of clear gesso to seal it, followed by a pencil sketch that I later filled in with acrylic paint and an old Sharpie marker. Then, I used a cloud stencil I made with some household silicone caulking to make the clouds. The process was a lot of fun!
I saw this poppy in a pot outside the bank. I got very frustrated trying to paint it, especially the leaves. I long to have the lovely, loose strokes I see in some watercolor paintings, but I tend to get bogged down with all the details. I wasn’t at all happy with the result, but then gave the leaves a water wash that lightened them somewhat, and now, at least it is passable. I still don’t love it though.
I haven’t blogged for a while, but if have been drawing. Here’s one I did after some friends took us out to Flemings (an excellent steakhouse) for my birthday dinner. My birthday is actually in October, but at that time, I was rather indisposed, in the hospital recuperating from surgery. Let me tell you, this dinner was well worth the wait. Wonderful friends, delicious food, what more can I ask?
I drew this in brown ink on the take-home bag from dinner. We look similar to the people in the drawing. My son said, “At least you can tell who they are supposed to be.” He also said if I wanted the drawing to be an exact likeness I should just take a photo. I think I’ll take that as a compliment.