Big Pigs and Belated Sketches

Oops! In my excitement to share the  installation of my art show with all of you last week, I completely ignored the fact that last Wednesday was the first Wednesday of the month and should have been Sketchbook Show Off Week. Since I would hate any of you to live in a state of disappointment over not getting to see my silly sketches, I’m making up for my mistake this week. But first, a couple announcements.

Open House Open Invitation!

Don’t forget that this Saturday is the open house for my art show!!! If you happen to be in the Portland area, I’d love it if you could stop by – be sure to introduce yourself since I only know what a few of you look like. And just to bribe you a little, there will be various forms of sweet and salty snacks to nosh on.

The show has earned a tiny bit of press. Of course, being on one of their campuses, there’s a notice about the show in the Spring Catalog for Clackamas Community College, but I also made it onto the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce events calendar and a journalist from one of the local papers even took her time to conduct a little interview for an article.
All the details regarding time and location for the open house are at the end of this post, or you can check out the announcement Travel Portland was kind enough to post!

One Pig, Two Pig

As you know, after the untimely demise of Cocoa the Guinea Pig last week, I was in search of a friend to keep her sister, Ginger, company. As luck would have it, someone on craigslist had a female guinea pig who was about Ginger’s age and who had also recently lost her buddy.

Trying to get two fat ladies to bond over a pile of food.

So far, it’s not exactly a match made in heaven. Both seem to want to be Queen Pig, but with patience and time, I hope they’ll sort out who’s the boss. New Pig’s original name was Diamond, but this just sounded too “stripper” to me. Since she’s white and as big as a whale, I figured Moby would be a better moniker for her to don.

That she blows!!!!

And Now…March’s Sketches

I started out the month a little bored with my usual sketchbook routine. Normally, the entries for my art journal are inspired by the book  No Excuses Art Journaling by Gina Rossi Armfield. Each day you are supposed to choose a color to suit your mood, draw a pattern you see, and draw the weather, as well as doing a weekly quote.

Instead, for Week One, each day I tried to sketch three things I did over the day. This got to be a little challenging since I made a rule that I couldn’t repeat anything (it would have been too easy to draw “running” every day). The sketches range from the art I was working on, to meals out, to a Swedish-themed party I attended at the end of the week.

Week One

For Week Two, I returned to the standard routine of mood, pattern, weather.

Week Two

By Week Three, not only was I sick with a head cold (see “UGH” above), but also freaky busy trying to get everything together for the art show. I knew I wouldn’t have time every day to work on the art journal so I decided to do one big project for the week, and this ended up being a return to my fun little Abstract Zoo. I also made time for a bit of circle doodling.

Week Three

By Week Four, I was getting inspired by another art journaling book (Art Journal Freedom by Dina Wakley) and decided to try out some of her techniques. The first attempt wasn’t so great since I was short on time and patience.

Week Four – not so great.

However, during Week Five I stepped out of my “keep things tidy” comfort zone. The page first got a coat of gesso, next a few swatches of color…oops too much color, get out the gesso again. Then I did some stenciling with acrylic paint, cut out a butterfly shape, dolled it up a bit with some collage, and voila!

Week Five – a fun and creative way to end the month

Since I enjoy doing them, I did stick to the final two tasks of the No Excuses Art Journaling which are to draw a mini sketch each week, and to do one collage.

March-Themed Mini-Sketches!!!

Collage…notice the Swedish flag souvenir from the Week One party.

That’s all for me this week. Normally, Saturday would be time for a book review, but since I’ll be loitering around the gallery all day, I can’t see that happening. However, do remember that I reviewed a few books on writing earlier this month…hopefully that will tide you over. I also recommend giving Dina Wakley’s book a look over if you need a little artistic inspiration.

Any thoughts on these sketches? Do you have a favorite art book that inspires you?  Go on and share a comment, I love hearing from you!!!

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Saturday, 15 April 2017  * * * Noon to 3:00 pm

Please stop by to say hello, grab a snack, and view several pieces of my colored pencil and acrylic artwork!! The gallery is at…

Clackamas Community College, Wilsonville Campus, 29353 SW Town Center Loop EastWilsonville, Oregon 97070

Can’t make it? Don’t worry, the art will be on display from 3 April until 16 June 2017


15 thoughts on “Big Pigs and Belated Sketches

  1. Jackie says:

    Though you said it was not a good one, the journal page with the music scores has an old-fashioned appeal. And it’s different from the others.
    You shouldn’t make fun of chubby piggies. Or chubby anything. It looks as if Ginger and Moby are conversing in the 2nd picture, so maybe they are making progress? Belated condolences on Cocoa’s loss. Hope that Ginger grows to like her new roomie.
    I trust all goes well at Open House and hope you make some sales!

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    • painterwrite says:

      The “conversing” so far seems to be mostly along the lines of “I’m the boss! I’m the boss!” Am am hoping they expand their topics of conversation.


    • painterwrite says:

      Thanks! I am looking forward to the open house, but the introvert in me is dreading making chit chat if (IF!!) anyone shows up. 😳😳😳😳 I love doing Abstract Zoos…nothing like turning a random jumble of lines into something fun.


      • Carrie Rubin says:

        It’s funny how even as introverts, when it comes to our profession, we can usually hobnob with the best of them. It’s socializing in a casual setting that can trip us up (well, me anyway). But just because we can pull it off professionally doesn’t mean we look forward to it. Or that we’re not completely spent when it’s done!

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      • painterwrite says:

        I know. I’ve gone to a few art things thinking, “oh, I’ll ask questions, talk to the artists” only to quickly look at their work and shuffle along before anyone speaks to me. Then, I stand in amazement as perfect strangers start these long conversations with the artist. Truly mind-boggling!!

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  2. crawcraftsbeasties says:

    Hello Moby 👋 I like her new name – how does a guinea pig end up being called Diamond?! It’s always fun having a peek through your sketchbooks too… You get a lot of character into some of those little pictures, y’know! Good luck for your show tomorrow, I’m still holding out for the Travel Fairy showing up at my workplace tomorrow & whisking me over in time for the grand opening…

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    • painterwrite says:

      Last I heard, the Travel Fairy and the Tooth Fairy got into a huge fight (the details are unclear, but apparently the Tooth Fairy has ties to United Airlines). Now the Travel Fairy is in the hospital recovering from her injuries and is unable to grant any travel wishes for a while. ☹️☹️☹️ I could Skype you into the show, but what’s the point if you can’t partake in the snacks, right?

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