November 2006 Archives


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Gouache over white resist to show my son's knitting, left on the mantelpiece - an end of autumn garland...




In which I just received some tiny cards for my other site...

ivy and yew

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This is daily sketch number 700. Didn't realize that when I began tonight, so rather than some symbolic anniversary gesture we have what was on the coffee table anyway, a loose arrangement of yew and ivy and a few drying leaves.

clementine rising



Just can't resist them. We have eaten our way through a (tiny) crate of these clementines in less than a week, and I will get more when they are gone. The perfect sweet bite for the season.

city view

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We went to the skate park on Polish Hill today. While the skateboarder did his stuff, the rest of us drew or read or talked or played on the playground equipment. Here you can see the dome of the Immaculate Heart of Mary between the buildings on 30th street.




Pen and ink and then gouache. Experimenting with cool sketchy foreground and warm solid shadow, just to see how it looks and feels. (The shadow's color came from the color of the cover on our sofa.)




So fragrant and easy to peel. We have a bowlful in the center of the table.




At the end of a long and lovely day, one half-eaten bit of bread left on the table.


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Much to be thankful for, including a quiet evening at home...


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Nobody has a cold right now, so we have a box full of tissues. (Whenever anyone is sick, we use them and run out.) I tend to use these for lifting and smudging colors.


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Pen and ink, then turn the page.

squash, unknown variety

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Everyone is home for the first time since the beginning of September. I am thinking about the menu for Thursday - and for the rest of the week ahead. This squash has been a centerpiece in the dining room for a while, but it may become part of one of the feasts...


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The same bunch of flowers from ten days ago - given fresh water and a trim of stems, they are doing fine.

crossed hands

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My daughter's hands.


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Welcome to visitors from Notebookism! I am honored and delighted to be a featured artist there today. You can explore my daily drawings here, and my drawings of the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History are at the Museum Drawing Project. If you are curious about the materials I use, I have a post about them here.

Thanks for stopping by...

damp leaf



The day began with rain, then cleared to blue sky with small puffy clouds. My daughter found this leaf tonight and handed it to me for drawing.


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Another figure drawing...


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Sleeping child, somewhat late at night.

water glass

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I don't notice the saltiness of prepared foods while I am eating them, but afterwards I drink water...

key limes

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I love how you can get a little bag full of these tiny limes on sale for not much more than two or three regular ones.


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Banana left over from snack at PodCamp Pittsburgh today, where I took part in conversations about podcasting and blogging. More of that tomorrow, too.

red towel

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In the downstairs bathroom.

wrong bowl

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I was told by a sleepy child that I had brought out the wrong bowl with her cereal. She ate the cereal anyway.


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Sometimes a particular feeling is more important than accuracy. The more intuitive I let myself be, the more chances I take, the more I learn.

slate card



At the polls volunteering all day, and now staying up WAY too late to listen to election returns. We saw very high turnout at my polling place - probably more than during the last presidential election. Good to talk with neighbors, and to know that so many people care about the direction of region and nation.


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Discovered that the way to get the living room picked up is to buy flowers. Had to clean off the coffee table in order to have a place to put them.

(If you live in the U.S., don't forget to vote today!)

acorn squash



I forget how much I like winter squash until late in the year. They sit on the counter or in the pantry - sometimes pressed into service elsewhere as centerpiece or decoration. And eventually I get around to cooking them and can't believe I didn't do that sooner. Every year.

pear again

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What can I say? It was still on the table from yesterday. This time I used a mixture of media: blind contour with china marker, then gouache, then fountain pen.

another pear

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Another study in gouache.


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I stepped out of the museum today after drawing and stepped into a beautiful sunset. Now that some of the trees are bare you can see so much more sky, even in the middle of the city. So I stood still and painted, figuring I could always take a slightly later bus.



People have begun to post wonderful daily drawings for the month of November over on DrawMo!. The goal is to draw something every day for the month, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo.

I decided, why not add another daily drawing project to my life for a month? And to vary it from this blog, from the museum drawing project, and from the weekly Pittsburgh drawings I'm doing for clusterflock, I decided to see what would happen if I drew the same subject over and over for thirty days. So that's what I'm doing - all on one sheet of paper: thirty two-inch square sketches of the same tiny still life.

spent chrysanthemum

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Trying to continue in a looser style. White china marker and gouache.