An Oldie, Moonlit


I’m back from my family reunion in Florida, trying to get over the cold I got while there (really, the family could have thought up a better gift, lol). I’ve used up all the paintings I did ahead of time, and I need to work on some reviews and tutorials.

So. Facebook came up with this: “Sandra, this photo from 7 years ago today was your most loved that year. We thought you’d like to look back on it.”

It was always one of my favorites, possibly because the original was lost along with some luggage. I’d taken it on a similar trip to the one I just took so it seemed fitting for today’s post.

For the reasons, mentioned above I may not post every day this week. Then again, the muse might decide to go mad and art might bloom from my fingers like spring blossoms in the rain. Unlikely, but ya just never know!

Taking a Day Off From the Internet


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical pen & Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen on Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcard

Back in October, I did a pen and ink drawing for the Inktober challenge and I decided some of them needed to be colored in. I kind of wish I hadn’t with this one.

Anyhoo, I’m taking tomorrow off from the internet for a “I’ve-got-to-get-this-stuff-done-and-I-won’t-if-I-get-on-the-computer” day. Depending on how it goes, I may take 2 or 3 days away.

See you again soon!

Unbelievable Cactus In Stippling


Now are these cactus unbelievable because no one can believe such cactus exists or because they are unbelievably cool cactus.

I love words almost as much as I love drawing and painting and it gives me joy to come up with a title that can have more than one meaning. No doubt though – these cactus were done with the stippling – little dots – technique.

Thank you Alice for giving me this Cuttlelola dotspen. It IS unbelievably cool!

I’m taking off from posting, the rest of the week so Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate and I hope everyone has something wonderful to be thankful for whether they celebrate or not!

Dinner at the Black Hole Diner – Tangle Drawing


Artwork – Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

I started this one while at the airport, waiting to come home from Florida. Airports always feel a little bit like a black hole to me, sucking all the energy from you – hence the title.

Since I got home, I’ve played hide and seek with it, finding it and adding a bit, losing it and finding it again. I’m convinced it was hiding out in that Black Hole!

Desert Island Discs


Artwork – Desert Island Discs-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen on Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard

So I did manage to get all the episodes of Lost in Space Season 1 watched, but I wasn’t totally artless while doing so. I always have a set of my Zebra Zensations Technical Pens and Nostalgie Postcards sitting close to my chair.

So no list of favorites discs ( I don’t have favorites that way – they constantly change), just lots of linework.

A Peculiar Perspective In Insomnia


Artwork – Miya Arts Guauche, Zebra Zensations Calligraphy Pen and Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book.

Note: I’ve been extremely disappointed with WordPress Premium and decided not to renew it. It ends today, and I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to go online, so I apologize for any wonkiness on my blog that occurs before I get the chance to clean things up.

I get the occasional insomnia, and sometimes I do artwork because it helps stop my brain from firing on all pistons. The results are often peculiar.

Finding a page in my Cappuccino book that I had started drawing on, and abandoned, I covered it with gouache. The little that showed through suggested buildings, but cast shadows that didn’t go in the right direction.

I decided to just go with it. It’s peculiar, but who cares at 2:00 am?

Unicorn Hill


Artwork – Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen and White Uniball Signo Gel Pens in a Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book.

I love the rich tones in the Cappuccino Book and it’s perfect for the subtle textures made with a Cuttlelola dotspen. Add a little Uniball Signo white pen and magic happens – or it could just be the unicorn causing that!

This is one of those drawings where I just started with no plan beyond drawing a landscape. It’s always fun to do those.

Hahnemühle Cappuccino Book ( review)

Cuttlelola Electric Dotspen (review)