Monday, February 6, 2012

Sketchbook Project Finished!

Last week I finished my book for the Sketchbook Project and sent it back to the Brooklyn Art Library.  Here's my contribution:   Left is a view thru an archway on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay from a photograph I took back in 2007 when we were visiting on vacation.  Right is an elephant.  I've always wanted to draw one because they are so interesting with all the texture.
A couple of old sketches pulled from an old sketchbook.
Left is from a photograph I took at a bed and breakfast we stayed at in Blowing Rock, NC.    Right is just an anonymous portrait.
Butterfly done with graphitint pencils and Micron pens and  a Faber-Castell brush pen.
A couple of sketches of my cat on the left.  You can see by the weird eyes on the bottom sketch that I got bored so moved onto the seed pod and seeds on the right.
 Cellist done with Micron pens and a Faber-Castell brush pen.
Portraits of friends, Christina on the left and Michele on the right.
Dostoevsky on the left and myself on the right.
Feet are an interesting subject also.
 More sketches pulled from an old sketchbook.
This was done from a photograph a friend of mine posted online.  These are her horses coming to greet her one morning.  A finished drawing will be made from this sketch.
 More sketches pulled from an old sketchbook.  The one on the right is my logo and on my business card.
Another friend on the left and a sketch of a woman sleeping.
 Two people kissing.  Was on a Toulouse-Lautrec kick for awhile there, so this was my tribute to him, but I didn't have time to add color.
And one more sketch pulled from an old sketchbook.

I was so excited to be a part of the SP for 2012, but right after I received my book, I lost my inspiration and did nothing for a good part of the year.  Then, in the fall I was asked to do a couple of shows and got busy real fast.  Too bad that when my muse finally returned, I HAD to draw instead of being able to take my time and put finished drawings in the sketchbook like I had planned.  I crammed for two nights to finished the sketchbook and get it in on time.  But, the good thing that came out of this experience is that I'm back into work mode.  Stay tuned for some finished pieces that I did for a show at Wicked Gallery in Wilmington, NC. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cover Art on my Sketchbook

After many months of feeling lethargic, unmotivated and uninspired, my muse has finally returned.  And a good thing, too, because I need to get this sketchbook finished to send in to the ArtHouse Co-op.  This was done from a photograph that I took.  It was done with Micron pens and Faber Castel brush pen. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Symphony in Black & White

This is a little something I did for an upcoming exhibit at 1 Wicked Gallery in Wilmington, NC.  They are having a velvet painting show and since I couldn't come up with anything kitzchy, I decided to do something closeup and high contrast.  I haven't done a painting in years, but I busted out my pastels and bought some acid-free velour and turned out this little gem.  It's 12 x 16 inches. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Smoky Moon Studio now has an Etsy Shop

I've opened an Etsy shop under the name Smoky Moon Studio, same name as my fan page on Facebook.  This should make it easier to purchase prints and cards.  So, stop by and visit and let me know what you think. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Southern Comfort II

Here is the second ink drawing of my front porch.  I lightened up on the perspective a bit so it wasn't as severe as the first one which you can see below dated November 30th.  I'm still not as happy with this one as I was with the original sketch which you can see here.  Most likely the perfectionist in me talking.  I think I need to use a different kind of shading for the ceiling, too.  I like it better than the first ink drawing, so I'm making progress.  It's really hard for me to not use a straight edge to make my lines!  Micron pen on Stonehenge paper 3.75 x 6 inches.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Note Cards

 This is a set of professionally printed notecards that I'm offering for sale.  The set contains 3 cards, 1 of each design shown, including envelopes for $3.50 + shipping.  The cards are 4.25 x 5.5  inches and blank on the inside.  If you would like to purchase a set, please send me an email (located in my profile) and I'll get them into the mail to you.  From the top:  Natural Sole, Praying Hands, and Seashells On the Seashore. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Southern Comfort

I did this ink drawing from a pencil sketch that I did 3 years ago.  You can see the original sketch here.  The perspective is a bit different and I tried not to use a straight edge.  BUT, when I went to ink it, I chickened out and used a straight edge for the longer lines.  I like the look of this in ink.  Micron pen on Stonehenge paper, 6 x 8.75 inches,  $75.