Toys Are Us!

As we come to the end of January I figured I’d share some of the art supplies I’ve been playing with. 

Remember my childrens quality multicolored pencil?  I like it so much I’m putting the artists quality Koh-i-noor Magic Pencil on my wish list. 


See how the colors run the length of the pencil… that means that you need to rotate the pencil as you draw to get color variation. The Koh-i-noor has the colors all swirled together. I’m betting that will be even more fun!

I also bought a new white ink pen… a Uni-Ball Signo Broad. I’ve had nothing but trouble with the previous incarnation Signo pen but this one is a winner!  The barrel on the newer pen is opaque while the barrel on the “inferior ” pen is translucent. It may be coincidental but I thought I’d mention it in case you’re thinking of getting one for your arsenal. 

Lovely opaque white ink. Here I’ve layered it over many layers of watercolor. 


We have a lovely new stationery, card, and art supply shop in the area… POST… in White River Junction, Vermont.



I bought myself a few Palomino Blackwing pencils to try and the corresponding long point sharpener. I’ve heard so many glowing things about them I just couldn’t resist. Now that they’re sharpened I need to make some time to test an experiment to see which level of hardness I prefer. 



And finally… I found out that it’s possible to sketch on my phone using only the Note app and my trusty index finger. 


See ya… gotta use some of these things and go make some art!

Rainy Day Sketching

It was too cold and too rainy yesterday to sketch outside. I suppose we all could have sketched in our cars but that defeats the whole purpose of getting together!

Lucky for us, one of our fellow artists has an old Victorian home overflowing with interesting objects set up in eye-catching vignettes. No matter where you look, there’s something to sketch… even some Christmas decorations. 

I didn’t have time to add color to the larger spread and now I’m not sure I want to. I do have a reference photo but……..

Sometimes it’s better to leave well enough alone. Besides, that was yesterday. Surely I can find something to paint Today!


January Portraits

The year is young but my January seems to have a theme already. Portraits.

I’ve drawn people 4 of the first 5 days and I’ve really enjoyed capturing folks in a variety of sketchbooks using various media. 


Platinum Carbon Black ink on prepainted background. 


Child’s 4-color pencil on mixed media paper. 


Ink and watercolor pencil on thin sketchbook paper. 


Watersoluble ink and watercolor. 

The more I practice, the more comfortable I am sketching random people but now’s the time to focus on drawing my friends and family more often. Most are strangely absent even though they mean so much to me. I think this is the year to rectify that.