Friday, August 28, 2015

Daily Sketches: Painted Ladies

Sketch #25 allowed me to work on a head tilt. I added the white hair to contrast with the blue eyes.
I wanted to try a variation on a hat with this kerchief.
Sketch #27 was a Roosevelt inspired lady.
Sketch #27 was a practice for making hair. I left the skin tone more transparent and worked in colored pencils only for the face.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

In the News... New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a small population, relatively speaking, with only 1,327,000 people. (The USA has a population of 318,857,000). Yet, despite this small percentage of people, NH has it's share of characters. In fact, it seems that when someone makes the news, they have a NH connection. The state newspapers, radio, and single television station have a field day with this.
I think there's plenty of "news" within the White Mountains. For example:

A bull ran away from home and was loose in our capital city. It shut down the road for 10 minutes during rush hour!

Like politicians everywhere, ours waste time and money. State Reps have created a contest for kids to find the dumbest laws in the state. Yes, some genius thought of this one.

And it's not just the politicians who "are a few eggs short of a dozen". Free the Nipple Movement has come to NH with about 50 women choosing to go topless to support their rights to do so.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Colors for Autumn 2015

Pantone Inc., headquartered in New Jersey is a standardized color system known by printers, designers, and fashion editors. Each of the 1,114 colors can be made by mixing 14 base pigments in specific formulas. They are the "go to" in the printing world.
When I design posters or product colors and I want to recreate the EXACT shade, I will request a specific Pantone number. This color will then be recreated exactly.
Fashion designers also use this system, allowing a skirt from a line of clothing purchased in New York, to match the blouse from the same line in Seattle.
Each season "new" colors come out. This is done to revitalize the profits for the season's fashion, but it's also a fun way to brighten your wardrobe. This autumn, the colors are somewhat predictable, but also beautiful. I think they look like "dusty" fall colors and I love them.  There are four shades of green, three oranges, and three purples. And there are lots of ways to combine them.

Here are a few and I am curious to see how designers incorporate outfits, yarn, fabric and patterns using these colors. Think leather purses, boots, tights, knit sweaters, suede jackets, wool pants, and plaids.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Corn Recipe Round Up

One of the traditional bounties of summer is fresh corn. Corn is a delicious food because it can be made sweet, savory, or in-between. Fresh corn has a natural sweetness, almost dairy-like that complements many flavors. So, while you might be enjoying simple corn on the cob, why not try something different this summer?

Martha Stewart has a Raw Corn and Zucchini Salad using simple, raw ingredients. The addition of lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper makes this easy to produce with ingredients you already have on hand.

Epicurious features a Tomato and Corn Pie made with beefsteak tomatoes, corn, basil, cheese under a pie crust.

Try my own Corn, Avocado, Red Pepper and Jalapeño Salad as a great side dish for any BBQ.

The Barefoot Contessa has a recipe for Fresh Corn Salad using basil, cider vinegar, and red onion.

Damn Delicious has a recipe for Mexican Corn Dip based on Mexican street corn flavors: corn, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili powder, and garlic. Eat it with chips, crackers, or even just a spoon.

Brown-Eyed Baker has a Chipotle and Corn Chowder Recipe for a cool August night (or fall night in the rest of the country).

And Cooking Classy has a less spicy Summer Corn Chowder for the less brave-at-heart.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Daily Sketches: Painted Ladies

Sketch #22 is a Painted Lady with a painted face. I like playing with the look of tribal paint.
Sketch #23 is a fun mermaid with pink hair. I like the shading on this one. 
Sketch #24 where I worked on a tilted head on the model.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


"Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot," -The Hausa of Nigeria
This week has been full of blessings.
Jon's parents celebrated their 87th birthdays. Even though their birthdays fall 3 days apart, we celebrated them together and had a great dinner.
We played tennis with good friends and enjoyed the beautiful weather, good company, and fun sport.
We went to dinner with my dear, dear friends and made plans for September to do it again!
I had a long talk with an old friend and like that we can catch up, even if we haven't spoken in months.
The girls are getting ready for the fall. Allie is preparing for living and working in Boston and Ashley is making plans for her senior year. It's hard to believe the summer is almost over.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inspirational Sayings

I made a sketch of Buddah along with a quote, "As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life." 
Buddah Postcard Sketch
Buddah Postcard Sketch by DMellenDesigns
You can click on the link above to purchase postcards.