Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Real Estate & Sleep

 A new gadget 

Always looking

How many steps

How much sleep

Heart beat


"In healthy adults, about 13 to 23 percent of your sleep is deep sleep. So if you sleep for 8 hours a night, that’s roughly 62 to 110 minutesTrusted Source of your sleep is deep sleep. So if you sleep for 8 hours a night, that’s roughly 62 to 110 minutes." Healthline.

What has that got to do with real estate? Nothing! Just been on my mind lately!

Also been thinking about real estate. Not the kind you buy, but the space you create on. Your substrate size. I would call myself a medium size painter. 5"x7" would probably be the smallest I would go. If I want smaller, say for cards, I have my trusty cutter. 

Last fall did an exercise on a full sheet of paper, roughly 27"x39" of a repetitive pattern with various pencils, graphite, charcoal, crayons, etc on newsprint. I chose the circle as my motif, loosely! Had it on my wall, mainly for inspiration, loved various sections. Masking tape isn't a good adhesive, and it kept falling off. Didn't want to chop it off, but I needed smaller real estate.

Then I viewed Helen Wells' video on one page sketchbook

Voila! 8 pages of smaller real estate, around 6.5"x10", that I can experiment with, fold in squares up, etc. In the photos you can see extra creases.

Full Sheet





Paper has tape stains, tears, etc, but I love it. Hope to start a new series of circle motifs . Click to enlarge files!

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Collage with Oils & Cold Wax

 Jen Jovan's last post really brought me back to my senses. Brought me back to my small world and into my studio. Worked with some starts that have been waiting for some time for my attention. Did an exercise recently for the Cold Wax Academy and one thing that I learned was one of the ways that I paint is very intuitive and sometimes aggressive and even destructive. In this painting I started with some collage pieces, which would give me a compositional start. Not quite complete, I may add some wax crayon marking. 

20 x14.3"
Collage Oils and Cold Wax on paper

Layer 2

Layer 1

Collage over staining with some

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Zantangle to Neurographica

 Each spring Karen Abend gives a free an online event called Sketchbook Revival. Two weeks of  artists giving various lessons to help us create each day in our sketchbooks. I usually pick which artist I want to view. This year, a lesson on Zentangle caught my eye. They have a special FB page, so a chance post on zentangles led me to Neurographica. Both are great for small projects and limited and easy supplies, mainly pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons. 

Pen and graphite

The artist instructor was Melinda Barlow. Learned several patterns in the one lesson. 

A chance post on the Sketchbook Revival FB page brought me to Neurographica.  Both can be quite obsessive. I limit myself to my quiet time after lunch or evening watching TV, sometimes with the sound off. 

Mircron Pen

Mircron Pen

Micron Pen

Marker + colored pencils (Woodies)

11.7x8.2" (A4)
Marker + Soft Pastels
Shadows are bad photography!