Nov 20, 2009

Spirited Handiwork

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
~Leonardo da Vinci 

A lot can happen in the space of two weeks.  Multiple road trips, Scottish festivals, watermarks, art prints (more of that later..), [feline] pink eye, audiobooks, wreath frames, frugal finds/kitchen tables, and oddly enough, lots of drawing.  I finished the Great Basset Hound Project [yay!] and so am free to do as I please (ie, clean house, do errands, peruse long-neglected blogs and tend to my own).  It feels good to get things done. 

"Swan", a gift for my grandmother.

"Paso Fino"

The Basset Hounds, as puppies and dogs.


"Winged Horse", inspired by the art of Michael Whelan.

Nov 5, 2009

A Study in Arsenic

"Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops!"
~Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace

I indulged my vintage movie habit the other night with a 1944 classic, Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace.  It was such a treat, curling up with pencil & paper to watch the madcap antics of Cary Grant et al.  Here and there I paused the movie to make some sketches, just for grins.  It's a good thing I did -- turns out I've been doing so much digital work, I'd almost forgotten how to use a pencil.

Cary Grant as "Mortimer Brewster"

Peter Lorre, "Dr. Einstein"

Raymond Massey, "Jonathan Brewster"

Priscilla Lane as "Elaine Harper-Brewster"

Nov 2, 2009

A Soul Made Cheerful

"There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge."

~Friedrich Nietzsche

Feelin' pretty good about things at the moment -- I suspect this is due in large part to the significant amounts of candy I've consumed over the course of the day.  It's hard to be down when you're unwrapping your twentieth Starburst.  Halloween wasn't overwhelming -- the party we attended on Friday was lame [such that we left after ten minutes!], but we did have nifty his-n-hers costumes.  We also had fun Saturday night, running back and forth to the front door, throwing candy into outstretched goody-bags to appease the marauding hordes.  Our neighborhood is quite popular; the little bandits clean us out every year.  That's fine with me -- it requires that I hit up the after-Halloween sales to replenish our candy stock.  Good times.


In other news, it's been beautiful outside; yesterday's marathon headache finally went away; I got a new crazy-red lipgloss; our football team's won two games in a row[!]; and considerable progress has been made with the Great Basset Hound Project, in which I've made coloring-book pages of the "Basset Brigade" for the Giggles For You website.

"The Basset Brigade"