"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thanks Ricë!

I was feeling sort of bad about my blog and feeling like a blog slacker for not posting more often, and then I read Ricë Freeman-Zachery’s wonderful blog, Notes from the Voodoo Cafe.  Read this post from Ricë for a  dead-on take on this disturbing trend toward fame seeking and self-aggrandizement that seems to be growing in our culture.  

It got me to thinking about why I actually wanted to have a blog.  I started my blog so I could post some drawings and paintings for my friends and family and anyone else who might be interested and to write a little about what I was thinking about while drawing and painting the things I posted.  I thought it might be fun to have a place to share this sort of stuff, mostly for the few people who may have some level of interest and to encourage myself to draw and paint more.  

See, I don’t post anything unless I have something to show and something to say about it, however minimal.  I’m really glad I read Ricë’s post today because it helped me clarify why I have this blog and what it means to me.  And I know I don’t want it to be just one more thing to beat myself up about for not doing better, that’s for sure!  

So I’m going to relax and post when I actually have something to show and to say.  Yay!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I Love New York

The view out of one of our hotel room windows in New York.

We had such fun!  We saw a hilarious play with Christopher Walken (he's unique), went to MoMA to see Tim Burton's exhibit (made me laugh almost as much as the play), ate sandwiches at Katz's Delicatessen (especially loved the pickles), walked through Central Park (Strawberry Fields made me sad), rode the subway (and actually got on the right train with a little help from a really nice New Yorker), and had a couple of harrowing cab rides ("Mayor Bloomberg asks you to buckle up" - Yikes).

I love New York!

Friday, March 5, 2010

March Art Journal Challenge

Everyday in the month of March Leslie (Comfortable Shoes) gives us a prompt to work in our sketchbook/journals.  I keep a more of a sketchbook than an art journal so I'm adapting the prompts to my way of working.  This is Start Your Engines for March 1st.

For March 2nd the prompt was Credit Card(s).  You could do what I did (drew my wallet and credit card) or what some others did and use an old credit card to apply paint and designs.  I drew this in my small moleskine address book that I reloaded with Fabriano 90 lb. hp watercolor paper.  

March 3rd the challenge was Blue.  Some people did these really wonderful blue page spreads.  Here's mine.

It was the first blue thing I saw and it fit the bill.  Next challenge for March 4th was Doodle.  I've done some other doodles that I posted here and Flickr, but I wanted to do another one.  This one came out quite different from my previous doodles.  It's a drawing with color really, but I think it qualifies.

Today's challenge is Past.  I'm thinking of doing a collage using some old photos and colored papers.