Dec 23, 2009

... And to All, a Good Night!

"But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

~ Luke 2:10-14

Merry Christmas to everyone!  I wish you a Christmas and New Year's filled with peace and love.

"Lovebirds", this year's Christmas card (that actually went out on time!)

"Red Tide", a study.

A quick sketch from life of my husband sleeping.


Krampus, stealing away naughty children on Christmas morning.  I did this for the Krampus Challenge on ArtOrder.

Dec 12, 2009

Drawing the Line

"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."
 ~ GK Chesterton

Dear readers: the next time you decide to draw someone (be it friend, lover, family member or perfect stranger) while they are cooking a meal, DON'T DO IT.  IT'S A TRAP!

I love my husband, and he insists that he tried to stay still for me.  However, when we agreed to a sketching session in the kitchen, I had no idea how hard it was going to be to capture his likeness while he worked.  It was a good challenge, though, I must say -- especially for someone who hasn't sketched from life in some time.  But still... save yourself some grief and just pose your subject holding a spatula or something.

... just for future reference.

My wonderful man, making me his Famous Spaghetti.

My sleepy cat, Simone.

A Santa sketch with an Old World, "Father Christmas" feel.

A sassy lil' pinecone.

Dec 9, 2009

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.
  ~Kojiro Tomita

     "It's  beginning to look a lot like Christmas", as the song says.  There's certainly no snow outside; it's a sunshiny 70 degrees out there.  Nor is my little Christmas tree up yet.. because I'm lazy, let's be honest.  To top it all off, I have contracted the obligatory winter malaise.  I am one with the Kleenex box.  
     Most of the house is decorated, however, and having stockings by the chimney, a wreath at the front door, Christmas carols on my playlist and steaming mugs of hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows at the ready helps a lot.  Snow, schmow.  Sick, schmick.  Let us make merry!

This persistent Yuletide cheer has started to seep into my art, too, oddly enough.

Cover art for the Great Basset Hound Project.

A pen-and-ink Grover Cleveland sketch.

"Little Monarch", inspired by Little Monarch.

"Snow Faery" 

"The World in Solemn Stillness Lay"