Rosco has commandeered the armchair to sleep close to the wood stove.
I wasn’t satisfied with my self portrait from June 3. It was like a loose tooth that I had to keep wiggling. For tonight’s sketch, I decided to remove the hat and draw more into it.
Study of glass bottles.
Self portrait with dogs and hat.
I took photographs of some old bottles that I placed on our window sill. When I am drawing on the computer, my monitor is large enough that I can look at the photograph while I draw on the software canvas. I am drawing using an intuos tablet and pressure sensitive stylus. The software that I use is Painter 12.
I start with very loose sketching and blocking out some colors to try to get the composition worked out.
On the left of my monitor is the photograph that I’m referencing, and on the right is the Painter 12 canvas. I am using the fine tip marker tool in Painter, using various widths and opacity.
Our weekend was jammed full of family visits and events. My dogs were not phased.
Study from Claire’s kitchen.
Study of a snail that crossed my path this morning.
This is an illustration that the Vineyard Gazette asked me to do for their new “Streetwise” series, short columns that research the history of different neighborhoods on the island. The third article is about Brandy Brow in West Tisbury. I decided to focus on a visual reference to the location of Brandy Brow, as it took me awhile to figure out where it was.
I participated in a creativity workshop today run by Fae Kontje-Gibbs. A good part of the time was spent free writing, but we did also do some drawing/painting towards the end trying to draw in the moment, from a visceral place, not thinking about representation at all, but rather marks on the paper. Tonight I decided to try scanning my drawing and then working over it with layers of color and texture, experimenting with different techniques, looking only at the layers of colors and patterns and how they interact, abandoning realism entirely.
I’m visiting my daughter and granddaughter for a week, which is why I’m not getting much drawing done. I had forgotten how exhausting toddlers can be, no matter how delightful.
Playing with patterns and repetition.
I’m working on an illustration that needs pinkletinks in it. Here are some studies for it. Nice to think ahead of the spring peepers on such a cold and snow bound night.
I came down with a 24 hour stomach flu Monday night which laid me low for closer to 36 hours. Slept through last night’s drawing time.
I visited my daughter in Quincy, MA this weekend, and they had almost two more feet of snow fall Saturday night. Walking Sunday late afternoon, I was struck by the beauty of the light hitting the houses contrasting against the shadows on the snow drifts.
I wanted to make a valentine for my husband. I started with an image of hands, envisioning corny phrases like, “I give you my heart” or “you hold my heart”, thinking I’d work a heart into the image, but I ended up with a frog, which probably does not give the right message. Now it is more like, “if I kiss this, will it turn back in to a prince?”, or “take me as I am, I’m yours.”
A very quick drawing tonight..
With all of the snow, my dogs need to be walked where it has been plowed, which means leash walking. We go round and round and round our neighborhood. This is often my view.
Yesterday, I treated myself to an all day workshop on collage taught by Alexandra Sheldon at her studio in Cambridge, MA. http://alexandrasheldon.com/index.php?page=bio&display=311
It was a very fun class and taught me some basic techniques used in making a collage. After transferring and painting on papers to use in our collages, she had us work on multiple 4 x 4 inch pieces of heavier stock. It was refreshing to work non-digitally and completely abstractly, without thought to anything except texture, color and pattern.
She encouraged us to put our finished pieces in to a blank book or journal, one square per page.
At some point I hope to combine my digitally drawings with collage techniques.
Just as I was finishing shoveling the end of our driveway, the setting sun slanted across my neighbor’s yard.
I walked the dogs on the beach just after sunrise this morning. The early sun slanted across the sand, warming the colors despite the cold temperature.
I met this personable puppy while Christmas shopping at the Green Room, a store in Vineyard Haven, MA. She belongs to the owners, and was roaming about the store.
Awaiting the homecoming of family and friends for the holidays.
This is an illustration that the Vineyard Gazette asked me to do for their new “Streetwise” series, short columns that research the history of different neighborhoods on the island. The first column is about “Chicken Alley” and should be in tomorrow’s paper. I worked on this drawing over a handful of days and incorporated Saturday’s daily sketch of the pigs into it.
Quick(er) drawing tonight because I’m tired. I drove our daughter to meet an early boat this morning, in the rain, just as the sun was starting to rise.
Had my morning coffee in a Washington Ledesma mug.
Northeaster seen from my car.
Early morning walk by the cranberry bog in Mattapoisett.
This is one of my four footed nephews, Socks. I admire him every time I visit my sister’s home.
Started with a straight up study, and then decided to play.
I was so sad to break the white mug that my son made in ceramic class.
It was a good day for a lap dog.
A quick sketch tonight because my puppy is not feeling well.
The rain stopped as the sun set, burnishing the clouds with yellow and pink.
Listening to Milo Silva play the morin khuur at the A Gallery.
Early evening walk on Sengekontacket pond.
My office is upstairs. The coffee pot is downstairs. Every time I make the trip, someone waits at the top of the stairs for my return.
A bunch of Kale picked in the morning to saute with breakfast eggs.
moon rise behind the trees
I took the dogs for a walk in the woods mid-day and was struck by the colors. The trees have barely started turning, but the ground cover is shades of autumn.
Having a very busy day and unable to start my sketch until 11:00pm, I stuck with a quick draw and a model close at hand. Thus, we have another drawing of my puppy.
The last of the sunflowers. The wind and rain buffeted the house as I drew. It definitely influenced the direction I took with this drawing.
I took screen shots throughout the process of sketching this drawing. The progression can be seen here: http://heathergoff.me/index.php/a-drawing-in-progress-4/
Filleting a striped bass for dinner.
To see screen shots of this sketch in progress, please click here.
Casualty of the east wind and tide.
The last tomatoes from my husband’s garden.
Very quick sketch tonight of the last remaining flowers from the earlier arrangement.
The spider that lives in our bathroom.
Went walking up in Chilmark this evening with my dad and sister (and dogs). Millie befriended the sheep at the Silva Farm.
Here is my sketch from the night of the 8th.
On the 9th, I wanted to go in and work on the fence in the foreground.
My absolute favorite pan. I use this cast iron skillet every day.
Tuukka is now 16 months old and still has opinions about walking on the leash.
I printed out the image, cut it up and drew on it to create a collage of sorts.
My granddaughter, Gabriella Grace came to visit for Christmas. Born November 15th, 2013.
I have a new 12 week old puppy named Tuukka, who doesn’t always see the point of walking. Rosco and I have to be very very patient.
View of my mom’s garden.
Study of water iris at my parent’s farm.
My imagination has been brewing an idea for a children’s book. I realized that I don’t have time to do both a daily sketch and to work on illustrations for my book in the few evening hours that I have to draw. I have decided to take the month of May to draw every night, but instead of producing a daily sketch, to work on my book idea. I may still be posting drawings, but they won’t be a daily occurrence.
Late afternoon walk in the State Forest.
Spring skunk cabbage in the Chilmark Woods
I couldn’t resist one more sketch of a squirrel, when I saw they’d figured out how to jump on to the bird feeder this morning. What acrobatics.
Plump squirrel, under my bird feeder.
Gordon, trying his hand at the potter’s wheel.
A windy walk on the beach today, with my sister.
I went up to Chilmark, hoping to catch some signs of spring. Although I did see some clumps of daffodils, their blossoms pointing to the ground, not the sky, with a rather defeated air, what caught my eye was the stream meandering by the field, with the tree overhanging.
Easter morning. Quahogging.
Saturday morning, dropped off the recycling at the dump before heading to the dog park.
Waiting for the boat.
So happy to find a single daffodil in bloom on our morning walk today. Spring is just around the corner.
Young Photographer, Eli Dagostino, came by my home this afternoon to photograph me for his 365 project. Here is the photo that he took of me. I shot some quick snaps of him to draw from for today’s sketch.
My friend, Kira, with her dog, Rosie, and twins.
Who would have thought that on March 22 we would awake to a blanket of snow on everything. The morning light was beautiful.
These ducks crossed my path this evening while driving my son to soccer practice.
Flowers in my sister’s kitchen.
Sketch inspired by a photo I took of my daughter, Hannah, when she was modelling at the Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week last fall.
Waiting for the Ferry to dock and unload. This boat carried the MVRHS boys varsity basketball team home from winning the division championship – as well as a boat load of fans.
My “kitchen bouquet”. This gives me as much pleasure as an arrangement of flowers would.
A light snow on Nashawena Park in Oak Bluffs.
Waban Park, Oak Bluffs. Late afternoon February light.
Self portrait, walking with my dog.
The goats, Hillary and Hannah, from Pilot Hill Farm on Martha’s Vineyard.
A winter’s day at Pilot Hill Farm on Martha’s Vineyard. The chicken house roof is being repaired in anticipation of a shipment of new chicks.
Kneading bread dough.
A visit to Reliable Market to pick up some last minute ingredients for dinner.
Crowded dance floor, soulful band.
My dog, Rosco, and I startled this pair of Mallards on our mid day walk. We walked the beach as the day was actually mild ( low 50s), and even though the breeze was pronounced, it wasn’t bitter.
My husband’s brushes and palette.
His paintings can be seen on his website, http://agmoore.com.
My husband’s brushes.
His paintings can be seen at: http://agmoore.com
As the sun dipped below the tree line in the west, it illuminated the very tops of the trees I was walking beneath.
Walking along the beach as the sun went down on a frigid day and the moon rose in the East, the cold wind slapping our cheeks and snow crunching underfoot.
Late afternoon at Tradewinds as the snow starts to flurry.
My dog and I startled these geese as we walked on the golf course this morning. We actually startled them more than once, causing them to change location, and on this flight they were abandoning ground all together and heading towards Sengekontacket Pond.
Early morning walk in a light rain at Tradewinds.
Foggy January afternoon, walking along Seaview Ave in Oak Bluffs.
Portrait of Bonnie #3 at Bittersweet Farm.
Portrait of Bonnie #2
Portrait of Bonnie #1
Portrait of Pearl, who lives with my friend, Lorraine Parish. http://lorraineparishclothing.com
When I walk on wooded trails, I often find myself looking down for long stretches, to see where to place my feet. It is like standing on a bridge, watching a brook flow underneath – the ground passing beneath me.
Self portrait with Rosco, my miniature schnauzer and walking companion.
A young tree, exposed by erosion, vulnerable and tenacious, on the bank of Sengekontacket Pond.
A light snow highlights our path through the wood.
Walking the dog at dusk, buffeted by wind, the power lines humming with it. The ocean on my left and Farm Pond on the right.
and the cat settled underneath the Christmas tree, amidst all of the presents.
Post Office Square in Oak Bluffs with Christmas lights.
Started this sketch on the 21st and finished on the 22nd – in between baking nearly 200 gingerbread men!
This hat caught my eye when I was visiting the shop of my friend, Lorraine Parish (http://lorraineparishclothing.com), to try on one of her jackets.
My son loves his hot coco. He called me down to the kitchen after preparing this cup and insisted that take a photo of it so that I could draw it later.
Rosco, my miniature schnauzer, is my best model, and when nothing else in the day sparks my interest for a sketch, he is always willing.
Chilmark, December woods.
Our dog, Rosco, is most attentive in the kitchen, hoping for samples of what we’ve put on the table.
Daily sketch inspired by the Minnesinger’s Christmas concert at the Old Whaling Church this afternoon.
I startled the geese around the gazebo in Ocean Park.
The tranquility of a pair of Mallards.
I was looking through photographs that I’d taken from years ago, and I found one where everyone else was engaged in talk, flipping burgers on the grill, turned away from the camera, but my niece was posing, staring at me, an energetic focus in a mediocre photo, and I decided that I had to draw her.
A young girl, all dressed up, and a cat, and a winter landscape.
Lovely late afternoon walk along Sengekontacket pond.
The afternoon light lit the swans as the geese migrated overhead.
The last few leaves glowing against the dusk.
Today I wanted to draw something sparked by my imagination, not just a quotidian view from my day.
Still plagued by a head/chest cold, today I indulged in “citron chaud”, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey and boiling water.
I am fighting a cold, so made onion soup today. I have heard that onions are a wonderful remedy for colds, and the soup was delicious.
I witnessed a very tranquil sun rise this morning walking the dog, no wind, the ocean very calm.
The moon was just rising as I walked the dog in the late afternoon. I was struck by the contrast of the red pine needles under the trees and the blue blue sky.
When visiting my friend, Frank, I met his cat. A wary tom cat with tremendous attitude.
We drove to Aquinnah to admire the view and walk on the beach, and came across these stacks of stones left by another.
Looking towards the late afternoon sun from the cliff overlook in Aquinnah, Martha’s Vineyard. The sky and sea were an endless expanse.
In the middle of the day when I hear my dog raving, it is usually because the neighbor’s cat is taunting him from the other side of the glass doors. He barks until breathless, and then watches with great focus.
A mid afternoon walk by Farm Pond with a November sky.
The crows flew with great cacophony overhead and then settled the bare limbs of winter branches.
Walking underneath a blustery sky, by ocean, harbor and cedar trees.
On my way to a 7:30 performance at Dreamland, I was struck by the quiet beauty of the island Theater, now closed for the season, illuminated by the street lamp.
Returning home on the 8:00 ferry, I observed a young girl with restless energy as she spun and pulled on the railing while waiting for the boat to dock.
Unit 4 Assignment
To turn in two illustrations. One based on criteria outlined in the lesson, where they can use their own characters and one colored drawing using all three characters.
Featuring Rosco, his friend, Crow and Cat.
I think I probably blew the collaboration part on this portion of the assignment. In using the characters that I created, I left out the motorcycle and driver. My initial thought was that Rosco would chase Cat wildly, all over the road and risk getting hit by a car, so the cross walk guard is trying to stop him. I brought the cross walk guard forward because it worked better in the composition to have her in the foreground.
Assignments based on perspective, using developed characters.
Rosco, the hero.
Side Kick, Crow
Sketch with all three characters