Drawing in Church

What can I say?  I’m getting in the habit of taking pencil and sketchbook everywhere that I go.  There’s a Twyla Tharp quote about this that I don’t remember offhand, something about having your tools with you.

On Saturday my drawing time became about making a Valentine for my valentine, the love of my life.


Most of these papers were done with gelatin printing.  It’s a good idea to keep a wide variety of pre-printed papers available for collage work, and I’m beginning to develop a system of sorting them by color families.  Here is a new goal:  set one of the vacation days aside for making papers with the kids, gelatin printing and other techniques.

Need to play with patterns!



Oh boy, it’s slow going at the moment, but the skeleton is transferred.  I’ve taken a few more pictures for reference and begun drawing this metal wall/ barrier.  I have drawn a little every day, but I’ve only had 15 minutes or so at a time.

So it’s at this sort of ugly stage but hopefully it won’t be for long.  It’s going to be tricky figuring out how not to keep smudging everything.  It doesn’t feel quite natural to start in the upper right hand corner with the smaller branches, but I’m left handed and if I start with the trunk I’ll be constantly smudging the pencil with my hand.