Friday the 19th of May

My latest: I wanted to try this one entirely in pastel but the dust and that sound pastel pencils make on paper…. I just couldn’t continue. (I love pastels and art done with them but the medium isn’t working for me.) So after the first layer, I started using colored pencils.
The reference picture had kitten sitting on fabrics. I opted to leave out the details of the fabric. How I started out with pastels:

The eye was mostly done with pastels. I used ultramarine blue, blue grey, black, dark umber, white. For the ears, the colors carmine, brown ochre, flesh and white were used.

Any suggestiions for a title?


Wednesday the 27th of January

Nothing’s gonna change my love for you

You ought to know by now how much I love you..’

For some reason, I found myself singing this song in the shower this morning (if you can call 11:oo am morning!) And I couldn’t help but think aloud, “yeah, right!”

‘The world may change my whole world through but

Nothing’s gonna change my love for you…”

“Sure!” I laughed. I am not criticizing the lyrics. I love the song, and I love ‘love’. The dreamy-eyed, love-sick teenager in me never died. What I am wondering here is how can someone be so sure of something? People tell this to other people in real life, y’know? “I love you, my feelings will never change for you, I’ll be always there for you, (oh, here’s my favorite) don’t compare me to your ex – you can trust me..”

Very young people, I can understand but past 30 and 40-somethings, really? Having been through a divorce, when I hear things like that, I am tempted to say, ‘..dude, don’t make promises you can’t keep…’ And having depression, I am very aware of how fickle feelings can be (yes, depression sufferers, a fog clearing does happen and I think it’s more towards the end, of depression. Not sure, I am not a certified therapist. But the awareness does arrive.)

My question is don’t the non-depression sufferers know that feelings are just that, feelings? Why don’t they doubt it? And I am talking about men here (mostly) – why do they say they will be there for you no matter what. Doesn’t it cross their minds that they could very well meet another woman, or they might discover a new career or God or they might just keel over clutching their chests?

I am not being derisive here – I am genuinely amazed at people’s ability to make promises. By now, you might be thinking, ‘gee, trust issues much?’ Yes, probably and abandonment issues too. God help my next husband!

So, past December was a nightmare. Even so, I started more than a couple paintings and drawings and finished none. I feel I am in a state of flux. I sense changes within me from week to week. Good changes. So here is one, a colored pencil/watercolor piece, that I was working on a few weeks ago until I put it away. Not sure if I will complete it.

forwordpressSo till next time, bye. I would like to apologize if my words offended any one – it was not my intention to do so.


Friday the 19th of September

This past April, I got a kitten – a tiny, female, persian-mix, separated slightly early from it’s mama. So it was a little hectic and crazy the past months.

And a few months ago I got a tin of Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils. So here is a color swatch:


Click on the image to see the writing more clearly. With a few colors I did a comparison with Lyra (colored pencils):


And here are the reds:


I feel Lyras are a bit more rich and softer compared to Faber Castells which you will probably need to press down more. But they would be great to paint animals, fur especially. Just an opinion.

And here’s a quick sketch – I made the darks with a lot of pressure:-(


20140919_222503That’s the Faber Castell tin. Oh and that’s her peeking from behind – Michelle Capuccino, 5.5 months and totally fascinated by my art supplies!

See you next week!