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how i neglected to post every last one of my sketchbook pages from the palm springs art retreat is beyond me and it would be misguided not to share every one of my masterpieces with you. someone print that sentence,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dispatch From LA
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yesterday i finished the oscar live action shorts that are nominated. my favorite was a short film, booglaloo & graham, about 2 young irish lads who get chickens for pets. dee. light. ful. but AYA the israeli selection is also... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dispatch From LA
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sister & i got together this morning on facetime for some art time. she worked in her sketchbook and i did this in mine. it's cloudy in los angeles today. i'm hoping for rain. and cookies. deciding which of THESE... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dispatch From LA
okay but seriously barb there really was a Gay Pilots convention in palm springs this weekend. according to a facebook friend who mentioned it while we were in palm springs. ha ha ha ha ha!!! rock on gay pilots of the universe! oh....and a bear convention: http://www.ibc-ps.com/ you don't think i could make this stuff up do you?
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you know the itty bitty kitty committee on instagram? this is like that. except there aren't any kitties. it's just an itty bitty sketching committee posted outside of elmer's in palm springs. i was just sitting around staring at people... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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next year we're extending our art retreat to 4 days. 3 isn't enough. i need more time to flop around in the warm pool water. do handstands. sit in the jacuzzi. scan the sky for shooting stars. go on excursions.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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we visited a true garden of cacti delight while in palm springs. a wonderland of textures, shapes, color. if you get out here on a regular basis you've probably been to the moorten botanical garden, but if not, mark it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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hooty hooty hoo haw from palm springs! where the water is blue, the air is warm, the women are smart, the flowers are good lookin' and all the ideas are above average. i rolled out of bed and tumbled directly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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maureen, it’s work i could’ve and should’ve done YEARS ago, but due to my hatred of finding people then tolerating them in my house i kept putting off. thankfully i forced myself to just take care of it. now if i can just muster the fortitude to get the interior painted. i’ll be so pleased with myself!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on Tom's Discount Glass & Mirror at Dispatch From LA
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More window stories! Yes. DFLA has officially become a blog about windows. This weekend in Palm Springs it will once again become a blog devoted to sketchbookery & tomfoolery. Hold onto your shorts until then. 4 days in and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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obsessions are always good as long as they lead to me being the recipient. for example, when you said you were making a lap quilt for me i was and am delighted. when do i get it?
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2015 on and then, and then, and then... at pamgarrison
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the windows are only halfway done, but i've already rolled and unrolled every single one about 120 times each in the last 2 days. it's raining! let's see how the awning windows do in the rain! oooh look how wide... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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moss cottage is having all of her original 1925 windows replaced and i couldn't be happier. although i am dreading the next week of upheaval and chaos that work crews can bring. these old windows been in a state of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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how delightful Inga. thanks for sharing her with us, I’d not heard of her before. Nice to make a new discovery!!
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in between reading, laundry, and dishwashing i found time to surrender to the call of the gouache. and the bouquet of freesia filling my kitchen with perfume. also i drew the bold black lines over my tomato from last week... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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what does the photo above have to do with my rambling post below? just to clarify...nothing! but this is the state of my winter garden which received a bit of rain this week. i drove home yesterday in a fantastic,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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all is quite on the western front. grading book reports. making pictures in my sketchbook. petting cats. i hope you're not buried under a mountain of snow. but if you are. please throw a snowball my way. i want some! Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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figurine relocation project here at moss cottage today. off the kitchen sill to make way for a new casement window. meanwhile in the sketchbook i've suddenly developed an interest in bold black outlines. thaz all! Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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Written in 1947, Slaves of Solitude crossed my path accidentally while out prowling the vast interwebs. Someone, somewhere described it as one of the best books they'd never heard of. Sold! Like the last novel I finished. It takes place... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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it's almost time for our 3rd annual winter art retreat in palm springs. maybe this time pam won't wake up screaming in the middle of the night about an intruder in the house. maybe i won't smell a fire. maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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i've been mixing up luscious darks with neutral tint. i love the tide marks made from a brush heavy with water. the neutral tint/burnt sienna mix above makes me ecstatic. it has a glow to it that i find irresistable.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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when i paint swatches with my watercolors they're usually on the small side. i decided to make these ultra thick stripes so i could really get a closer look at the paint. someone gave me the quin pink, but it's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
hi monica, i can only tell you the difference between a sketchbook & visual journal from my perspective as everyone might have their own definitions. first though, a sketchbook is a visual journal in that it contains sketches that form a narrative. a visual journal is the same, but to me a visual or art journal is a much broader term. i think of a sketchbook as more of an illustrated journal. the key difference are the illustrations/sketches/drawings. i like my sketchbooks to contain MOSTLY things i have drawn & painted, but what i think of as my visual journals contain non-representational doodling with paint/pattern making/mark making/collage/ paper that may or may not contain images that represent something specific from my life. sometimes however i do have drawings/sketches in my visual journal but MOSTLY they are a free-for-all/anything goes/mixed media playground. i happen to have a brain that likes categories so i prefer to keep the 2 separate. when i look through my sketchbook i like for it to look like an illustrated journal of my life and/or a history of my experiments with drawing & painting. i’m much more focused on the quality of my lines and the behavior of my paint in my sketchbooks. your question is a good one.
Toggle Commented Jan 18, 2015 on juicy at Dispatch From LA
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i like the process of selecting new watercolors. i usually buy a few at a time, use them, see how they work, then choose new colors accordingly. neutral tint is one of my new favorites. i was seduced by the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Dispatch From LA
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of all my sketchbooks this is the size that i love the most. it's in my goldilocks zone. 6.5 x 10 " i don't know how it's possible that swishing some watercolor & ink around could make me deliriously happy.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Dispatch From LA