Welcome! This blog began as an assignment in a digital art class. That was in 2008. I decided to keep it going as my art journal. It is fascinating for me to see how a painting develops, so this is where I post my painting progressions and exciting new things I find on creative blogs and websites. I hope you will learn along with me about painting, drawing and all kinds of art.



 Ok, here is the progression from the sketch (see Jan 15). 

This is the final painting, oil on canvas, approx. 9 x 15".



This is my friend with a giant orange (organic!) we had just bought on our walk around Juneau-town in the wind and COLD!


Art is a purely selfish pursuit

Nearly finished. Pastel has been added. Actually, it may be finished...



Letting this oil underpainting dry a bit. Will use pastels on the figure, where the sand is. Didn't get this posted yesterday because I am in classes until 9:30 pm!


Study for the similarly-themed painting. Pencil and pastel. Forgot to take a photo of the painting in progress...will do that tomorrow.



These are some preparation sketches on gessoed canvas (top) & panel (bottom). Getting ready to paint. Bottom is just a sketch done with sand.


My UAS Drawing class

Janice -  charcoal on 18 x 24" newsprint with white and sepia highlights

This was two 25 minute sessions. It was fun and time zipped by. Not exactly "right" but that's ok. Next time will do the longer drawings  on brown paper.


Pen sketch

This is small - 2 3/8 x 3 1/4. One for the day. I guess I need to get going on the "Tropical Challenge" that Karen issued for January!


Seven Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs. Today's sketch makes me hungry. Done quickly before I put the lid on.
Put eggs in pan of cold water, bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover and wait 23 minutes.
Cool with cold water bath, refrigerate.


Cup I used while visiting my husband in Klamath Falls, picked up at GoodWill. It had a funny rim to it. I like how this sketch turned out.


Olin's Blunnies

I have been traveling back home for the past two days, so this is my sketch from yesterday while visiting my son in Seattle.


Oil Paint Sticks!

My sketch for today. Just got a set of oil paint sticks and am trying them out. This is a sketch on black sand paper, which the oil stick likes!


Face from the internet

I always seem to stretch out faces a bit. And have you ever sketched a face from a page on the internet? After a few minutes, the screen goes dark, and if you are drawing from a video still, sometimes the exact stopping place will not be possible! That is what happened here. This girl was talking and it was hard to find the spot I began the sketch with. But, it went fairly well.

I am joining Karen Margulis HERE and keeping a sketchbook, actually sketching IN it, and posting my sketches. I, too, will try to sketch every day.

My sketches will be anything and everything from mammals to landscape to still life to abstract.

My sketchbook is Bienfang, 5.5" x 8.5".


Figure sketch

Quickly sketched from the Live Models email pdf i received yesterday. They are great when you don't have a model. 5.5" x 8.5" - Pencil.


Happy Drawing/Painting New Year!

I resolve to make drawing &/or painting part of every day. This will be challenging for me, but even if I pick up a book or view one of the myriad art blogs i follow, that too will be part of this resolution.
I begin by posting the quick sketch of my daughter, Hannah, drawn yesterday.