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Bling Bling Suspenders

Just as I was falling asleep last night my sleepy brain came up with a great invention. I was so excited I turned the light back on and made this note in my bedside notebook: "Hip-Hop Suspenders Made of Bling!" I'm so tired of seeing  guys walking around holding up their giant pants (or letting them fall down, displaying several layers of underwear). So in my sleepy genius I came up with what might be a hot new hip-hop style (continued below)…


…Suspenders made of chunky gold chains to match the stupid chunky bling necklaces and gold teeth that wanna-be rappers wear. Here's the picture I drew in my sketchbook this morning. Do you think I should try to market it? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think.

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Glowing morning

I was surprised to wake up at 6:00 a.m. to a sunny day today since my neighborhood near the San Francisco Bay is foggy most of the time. When I looked out the window, this grand old tree was brilliantly glowing. I ran outside in my pajamas and took a few photos and then painted the tree standing at my dining room window watching as the shadows changed minute by minute. I think I overworked it, and should have stopped earlier but what a great way to start the day!

Glowing Tree

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My last bike and my new last bike?

In 1987, at the ancient age of 39, when I was still married and had two little kids, I thought, as I shopped for a new bike, that I was buying my last one because certainly I would be too old to ride anymore by the time I was, say 50. It was one of those newly invented mountain bikes. Here's my farewell drawing of her from my sketchbook:Old Bike

Now at 58 I'm again shopping for a new bike…and again thinking this one will be my last. It's weird to think something will be my last…but it's been true before…my last baby for example, who's now 25.

Approaching my birthday always makes me think about my life and how much I enjoy it, especially when I'm painting or drawing, and how important it is to enjoy every single day since there's only so many I have left (how many? glad I don't know).

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Wet Canvas Weekend Drawing Event for 5/26

For this week's Wet Canvas 2-hour drawing or painting challenge they posted photos from the Virgin Islands. I picked this photo of a guy named Jupiter. It was a challenge to paint it in the assigned two hours since I would normally work much more slowly. It took 2 hours to paint and then another hour to try to get a decent digital image of the painting. I finally gave up and used this one, even though the color isn't accurate– the painting doesn't have the dark blue area on his face. (…continued below)


I also tried doing the painting in Photoshop using digital brushes and digital paint. It was way too easy. I asked myself this question: If I could quickly turn out beautiful watercolors by doing it digitally would I want to, and the answer was "No." I enjoy the challenge, the deep seeing, mixing the colors, moving the paint and water around, seeing it puddle and flow. Sculpting by lifting the paint, creating illusions of light, depth, texture, shadow. The sensual pleasure of good brushes, good paper, lots of juicy puddles of paint. Or I could spend more time at the computer?

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Illustration Friday: CAKE

Here’s this weeks IF illustration, done in my sketchbook with ink and watercolor and then scanned in. When I think of cake I think of cinamon crumb cake donuts, and all of my other favorite donuts. I love donuts. They are my medicine and my poison. I’ve also painted my favorite donut shop which can be seen here.


I’m so happy to be well again! And I have four whole days to paint and play and hang out in the studio and mess around.

I’ve been listening to an amazing CD that Robin gave me…the soundtrack to the movie Everything is Illuminated which was also a wonderful book that I listened to while painting for about a month. Now I’m listenening to the music while painting. It’s sort of Klezmer with a jazz, hip hop punk twist with songs by lots of different Eastern European groups. I love it!

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Illustration Friday: SORRY (sight, still sick)

I did this little sketch for Illustration Friday's topic of the week: SORRY. I've been sick in bed for days and the sorriest thing I could think of was the sight of me still in bed.


I'm hoping that the antibiotics will finally kick in and I'll quit coughing and having headaches and will again have a life. I'll remember to be grateful for every minute I feel good!

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Lemurs from WDE: A little sketching after days in bed sick

To amuse myself while I've been sick I took my laptop to bed with me and looked at other people's art for inspiration. I found a Weekend Drawing Event on Wet Canvas where a moderator posts a dozen pictures–this weekend of her trip to the zoo in the Netherlands–and members spend 2 hours on a piece and then upload their artwork in any media in response. I was delighted to find a couple of ringtailed lemurs in the photos and did a couple of quick ink and watercolor sketches (below).

Lemurs from the Wet Canvas WDE

It felt so good to do a teeny bit of art again instead of just sleeping, coughing and feeling like crap.