Thinking color is funnier

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chicago Urban Sketchers on a water taxi.

We were lucky to have a wonderful day with a great weather. After the threat of rain on the previous days, weather cooperated with us and we could board the water taxi as planned. This event was going to be a challenge because our surroundings were going to change constantly, so I knew I needed to sketch fast. Once the boat was moving, I was I little undecided how to approach the situation, then at the first stop, I stood up and started to sketch. This is my first sketch.

Stillman&Birn A5 Sketchbook Beta Series, Lamy Safari fountain pen M, Platinum Carbon Ink, Winsor&Newton watercolor. 

Then I turned around and saw this:

Stillman&Birn A5 Sketchbook Beta Series, Lamy Safari fountain pen M, Platinum Carbon Ink, Winsor&Newton watercolor. 

Chinatown was the last stop before returning to the location we left from. The first image was made in 3 or 4 minutes, it's my rapid sketch. Later at home, with a little bit of love, I present one of those "before and after" cases:

Stillman&Birn A5 Sketchbook Beta Series, Lamy Safari fountain pen M, Platinum Carbon Ink, Winsor&Newton watercolor. 

On our way back, I drew some of my fellow sketchers. They were very focus on sketching so stayed very still. Chris and Rich are friends. Chris just came from England to stay here for 6 months. I asked him why he would spend winters in Chicago? He asked me if I have spent winters in the South of England? They are cold and wet, he prefers snow!

Stillman&Birn A5 Sketchbook Beta Series, Lamy Safari fountain pen M, Platinum Carbon Ink, Winsor&Newton watercolor. 

After our ride on the boat I noticed the rain of loud noises coming from the sky. it was the airplanes at the air show held yesterday. My husband and I walked to Navy Pier. There, the crowd who came to see the air show was leaving so we were "swimming" against a current of people. At the end, we were exhausted. Bob and I found a spot near the water, I still had energy to make another sketch. This, I hope you can see, shows my peaceful mood. 
Stillman&Birn A5 Sketchbook Beta Series, Sailor Sapporo fountain pen EF, Waterproof Sailor ink, Winsor&Newton watercolor. 

I thank my fellow sketchers for such a great day and my wonderful husband for his infinite patience while waiting during the whole day for me to do my doodles. What a great day we had. Thank you Lord.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Jump all by one game

I know of a chain of restaurants that keep a game on their tables at all times, as if it was sugar, salt or pepper. I cannot resist the temptation to play it every single time I'm there. I cannot resist the opportunity to redeem myself and overcome the countless humiliations and unsatisfied sensation that loosing this game leaves me. I don't know if you ever have played it, the rule is simple: jump each tee and remove it. The target is to remove as many tees as your intelligence is capable of. The base board reads as follow:

Leave only one - you're a genius.
Leave two and you're purty smart.
Leave three and you're just plain dumb.
Leave four or mor'e and you're just plain "eg-no-ra moose"

I've been all of them, but genius......but.... there will be a day when the sky clears and a sunbeam enlightens my brain by divine day.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series A5 sketchbook, Sailor Sapporo fountain pen EF & Sailor waterproof ink, W&N watercolor, Pentel and Kurekate waterbrush.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Fifth Element in my element.

Faces I sketched while the film The Fifth Element was broadcast on TV this afternoon. Among many channel choices I chose this film for the characters in it, quite funny, even the commercials turn out to be interesting ....the stars are aligned.

Stillman & Birn Beta Series. Sailor Sapporo EF with Sailor waterproof ink and Lyra watercolors.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Harvest Moon Band

Harvest Moon is a band of talented musicians who play in Joliet Illinois and surrounding areas. They play several genres of music including rock, pop, country rock, bluegrass and R&B. They played at St.Joseph Park tonight, a traditional family oriented place in Joliet. The drummer is the brother of my sister-in-law. How cool is that? I loved being so close to the band, I could see their faces and many details. I was hesitant constantly, whether to sketch on my lap or to move my legs to the rhythm of the music. Great band! If you want to listen to them go here

Moleskine watercolor sketchbook 5x8 in, Sailor Sapporo EF fountain pen, Sailor waterproof ink, W&N watercolor paint.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sense of smell

My friend Carol gave me these peppers yesterday. She has a friend who grew them this summer. It's not hard for family and friends to find someone who to share hot peppers with. As Mexican, I like spicy food and I appreciate that they think of me. There's always hot salsas or some sort of spicy food in my refrigerator or on my table. Some times I cannot keep up with the peppers that are given to me but I always manage to do something with them. I tried to grew them last summer but it was the only vegetable didn't do so well. These ones are so beautiful. Carol gave 3 kinds of peppers: güero(blond), jalapeño and serrano. The freshness and grassy odor coming out of the bag made me feel so well. It's amazing how one of the most underestimated of our senses can make us feel when we are aware of the fact that most of us are bless because we can smell. Aleluya! Time to eat...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hide and seek

I went for a ride on Route 6 with my husband yesterday.  The old road  between Seneca and Marseilles in Illinois is curvy and shaded by the overgrown trees. The ride is just enjoyable, we rolled our car windows down and off we went. This road is close to the river. Seneca and Marseilles are old towns with four digit populations. We stopped at Marseilles and found this old church. It is 150 years old, majestic. I'd like to draw more people on my sketches, but this was not the place or time to do so. It would worked if yesterday was Sunday, but I couldn't overlook the opportunity to sketch a beautiful building. Close to finish my sketch a boy appeared and sat down on the stairs by the door, he's there, use your magnifying glass. He was playing hide and seek with other kids...that's hiding when I wanted to draw people.......just my luck.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

People at the beach

I went to Coal City beach this morning. It looked like a possible nice day to be in the water. I couldn't be more wrong. It was windy and chilly. Only kids were in the water, and we all way. So I was determined to practice drawing only people with high expectations of keeping human proportions close to reality. I think I did pretty good. I used my S&B sketchbook given to me at the first USk Chicago Seminar, Lamy fountain pen and watercolor pencils. This is what I found:

1. The "I workout 3 hours at the gym everyday and I deserve a rest" mom.

2. The "I want to whistle but all the kids are behaving well" lifeguard.

3. The "I can't let social media go" teenager.

4. The "I'm freezing" lifeguard.

5. The "I'm so bored, why did I take this job" lifeguard.

6. The "I'm falling asleep" grandma

That's it. I was cold too, so I packed my things and returned home.