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1. Sunday Sketching


In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee...

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2. Succulent Saturday - Gallery Open

 The fabulous Krab Jab Studio is hosting a solo show for the also fabulous Terese Nielsen this month.

 The open was well attended with fans and collectors.

 Delicious treats.

 Lots of schmoozing with Terese and others.

 Tarot cards were read.

 Terese spoke about her art, and inspiration for this show - which was a lovely mix is past work, studies and new pieces created just for this.

 (the power behind the curtain :-)

I may or may not have bought this preliminary sketch.....

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3. Figure Friday

 Life drawing - costume week, short poses...

10 minutes

 10 minutes

 20 minutes 

50 minutes
Charcoal on paper.


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4. Music Monday - Angels We Have Heard on High

Another lovely a capella group, Home Free, singing Christmas carols. Give a listen!

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5. Sunday Sketching



Back to back meetings...
In the teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee.....

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6. Figure Friday

Short pose day....
Great model - not great capturing, but she was fun to draw...


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7. WIP Wednesday - Pencil Stuff...

I've had so much on my plate of late, that very little art is happening. This is one of the few things I've been able to squeeze in - halfway through a pencil study on toned paper.....

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8. Music Monday - Mary Did You Know?

More Pentatonix Christmas for you....

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9. Convention Weekend - CTNx

 I spent this past weekend down in Burbank, attending the Creative Talent Network Expo (my first for this convention). It focuses primarily on animation and related art forms.

 It's a relatively small event, but VERY well attended (crowded crowds...)

 A number of the top companies were in attendance. Lots of portfolio reviews....




 (Big Hero 6 was very visible at the Disney booth. Lots of fun swag :-) 

 Of course, Stuart Ng was there with his delicious, hugely tempting selection of yummy art books.
There were lots of live demos, life drawing, lots of panels and workshops.....

And meeting new and/or hanging out with old friends (I got to have dinner with the lovely Terryl Whitlach all three nights there).

 Ran into a nice handful of illustrators I know (here is Zelda Devon). 
A number of people I talked to at their various booths are posted on my facebook page.

My roommate and I also made a side-trip to Universal Studios 
(since I've never been to the California version of this park).

 The weather was *perfect*, bright, blue, sunny and warm - which made all the Christmas decor appearing feel rather odd.

It was mostly one big treat of a weekend. :-)



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10. Music Monday - White Winter Hymnal

(the Seattle airport this weekend.
Winter/Christmas has arrived already)

After getting back from sunny Southern Cal this weekend, it feels much more wintery here in the wet and grey PNW. As such, this Fleet Foxes cover by Pentatonix seem apropos: 

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11. Music Monday - OK Go

OK Go is at it again. :-)

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12. Succulent Saturday - Oil Painting Workshop, last

 Last week of  the oil-painting portrait workshop. Last, 2+ hour demo from our illustrious instructor.

 Rough block-in.

 Refining areas...

 Starting to add color.

Lovely end result of demo....

 Tools of the trade...

 Then we got a turn. My initial block-in/underpainting.

 Initial color application.

 How far I got in our 2.5 hours...

Then our final critique. Compared to our first week, I think we made amazing progress! In the meantime, I have a teensy bit more of a feel for this thing called oil paint....

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13. Adventures in Dog-Sitting

A friend of mine is house-sitting in Costa Rica for the month of November. She was trying to figure out what to do with her darling doggeh for such an extended time.
Since her dog (Kharma - a rescued, Indian street dog), is already friends with our Toby, I volunteered to take her in. After a little bit of adjustment - mostly involving getting Kharma to not chase the cats, it's been a lovely thing for the two beasties - 

There is LOTS of wrestling...

(they are indefatigable!)

There is lots of patrolling the backyard... Checking out the chickens and making sure all is well and safe.

There is also a bit of naughtiness - the digging of holes.... lots of barking at things, both seen and unseen....

And also lots of companionable relaxing. (Fairly alert here though - as they are both hoping for a treat).

It's going to be hard to give her back at the end of the month. :-)

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14. Music Monday - Faun

FaerieCon East was this past weekend (alas, without me). Faun was one of the visiting groups. Here is a lovely little acoustic tune from one of its members:

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15. Music Monday - Omnia

FaerieCon East starts this weekend (am sad I will not be there). Omnia is one of the groups performing....

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16. Sunday Sketching -

In the teensy purse Moleskine, balanced upon my knee....

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17. Succulent Saturday - Portrait Workshop

 Second week of the oil-painting portrait workshop...
(more instructor examples.)

 This week, we were shown several different approaches to underpainting...


 Shadow patterns, silhouettes, vine-charcoal drawings... Shown with the hope that one will 'work' for us in any given situation.

 (I still don't know what I'm doing....)

 (Oil paint is stupid!)

 Charcoal is a little more familiar...

I want to do one of these a day until I get a better feel... Given my current schedule, it's a little bit wishful thinking, but something I'd like to aspire to.

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18. Figure Friday

 Long-pose costume-week...

 Lovely model -

 - he has great costumes.

 This one has a definite Shakespearean vibe-


I'm still not back up to speed by any means, but at least it's being enjoyable again. :-)

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19. Music Monday - Opus/You Again

This doesn't seem to be on youtube yet. It's a collaborative project with Kitty von-Sometime and Arstidir, and is weird and wonderful. Give it a look/listen. :-)

Check it out here.

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20. Sunday Sketching -

Sunday sketch - opposite a recent tarot reading. :-)
In the teensy purse Moleskine balanced upon my knee.

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21. Happy Birthday Studio Chicks!

Studio chicks turned 4 months old today. To celebrate, I let them out to 'free range' in the back yard for the first time.
They were hesitant to start with - 

- initially, they stayed in a tight little group as they tentatively explored.

Gradually, they began to spread out a teeny bit -

 - never far from their coop or the back fence.

They enjoyed their little outing. Now if we can get Toby-the-terror to leave them in peace, they'll be able to stay out at some length throughout the winter - helping to keep my weed and bug population down. Good chickens!

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22. Workshop Weekend -

This weekend, we're getting to learn from the fabulous creature-designer/graphite master extraordinaire, Allen Williams at TLCWorkshops. 

You can follow along with our adventures here.

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23. WIP Wednesday - Lightspeed Magazine

I recently illustrated a lovely little story for the Women Destroy Fantasy issue of Lightspeed 
Magazine. Go read it here!

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24. Music Monday - Arms of the Angel

Lovely live version with Sarah McLachlan and Pink. :-)

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25. WIP Wednesday - Oil Painting Workshop

 Last week, I started a 4-week oil-painting portrait workshop -

 - taught by the owner of Arts Umbrella, Liana Bennett (studies shown here).

 She's a beautiful portrait painter, and despite me not being versant in oils at ALL, I wanted the chance to hear how she thinks and approaches the face and figure.

 We got to watch her thought processes as she demonstrated an underpainting....

 (all the pretty colors!)

 I don't know how to use this medium, or these stiff brushes or work on this surface, but, it's interesting to mess around with....

First day critique. Now to see if I can get any painting-practice time in...

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