This is my 2011 art project: I'm going to attempt to do one drawing every day of the year. The drawings can be any medium, any size, any level of care and completion. I'm looking forward to seeing how my work evolves and improves, and whether this practice helps me to be more organized and "together" in the rest of my life pursuits.

Click on any of the sketches to enlarge.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Brown glass jar

Okay, almost two weeks since my last "daily" drawing...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Birthday cake pin
Acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper - I glued a pin to the back and wore it to work tonight.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Adjustments to "A"
I worked on this a little today, but the whole time, I felt an extremely physical urge to get away from it. I've made some major changes to the composition, taking away the artichoke, adding a red apple, removing the avocado from the bowl, putting acorns in the bowl (although I haven't painted them there yet,) and putting the ace of hearts where the acorns had been. Of course the paint is still wet from two days ago, so I was making these changes with lots of thick paint. I readjusted the shape of the amber bowl, too. I'm seeing lots of mistakes in the drawing, although I know that doesn't really matter. I'll work on it again on Tuesday. Fits and starts.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Metro sketches

Gregory and I took to Metro into DC today, and of course, I sketched. It's a habit I've had since college - can't ride on a train without drawing people! These are in my Sketchbook Project book, which is getting filled up.

Friday, November 4, 2011


First pass at "A" painting

Not a drawing, I know, I know, but it's what I worked on (for Hours) today, and I'm too tired to use my artist brain anymore. I haven't painted in quite awhile (excuses!), so today is kind of a muddy mess, but I'm posting it anyway, because hopefully I'll be able to redeem it tomorrow and Sunday. I changed the setup from the photograph I posted yesterday - I added apricots to the bowl, then took them away (too much the same color and value as the bowl). Then I put an avocado in the bowl (I'm planning on cutting it in half to expose the green flesh and the seed) and an artichoke and bunch of asparagus in the back right. Moved the anvil and arrowhead down. There is so much here that I felt kind of panicky for much of the day, but I'm fairly happy with the composition. I wish the African Violet was blooming. be continued...

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Acorns (drawn in my Sketchbook Project book)

I didn't spend any time arranging these acorns, I just sat down and drew them from the setup for my "A" painting, which I hope to start working on tomorrow. Below is a photo I took of the setup - I won't work from the photo (never!), but I use my camera to frame the composition and see if it works.

Setup for "A" painting
(everything in the still life starts with the letter A - it's an arbitrary rule, but fun.)
Oh, and I forgot - the amber bowl will have apricots in it, after I go to the store and buy them tomorrow...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Watercolor leaves

I admit to succumbing to laziness tonight: this is the drawing I did during my art lesson with Grace, my ten-year-old student who comes on Wednesday afternoons. We're exploring watercolor - a medium I have never been too comfortable with. But I did spend an hour on this, so I decided it would do as my daily drawing.