Monday, June 23, 2014

A Sketch in Oil and Other Artful Things

oil in 8 1/2 x 11 " sketchbook
There are still pencil marks visible in this sketch which for some reason seem like they belong. And there's another bunny. Perhaps that's a sign we should get a pet bunny.



Hurley

But this beautiful creature might hunt it. He is a retriever and retrievers like to retrieve things, especially ones that are running (or hopping) away.



wildflowers on the Arkansas River

I hope your first day of Summer was a special one.  We spent it taking a lovely morning walk on the river...



backyard beauty

and lots of yard work was done...



graphite, tinted charcoal, pastel pencils
3 1/2 x 5 inch sketchbook

and the day was finished with some sketching.

What did you do for the first day of Summer?

31 comments:

  1. Extra marks around a drawn object imply motion to me. And it works nicely in
    your drawing! Hurley looks so regal in your photo. Nice effects!

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    1. I never thought of that Patty, buy you're right, it does have some motion when there is visible line.

      Thanks Patty.

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  2. i love the photo with the sunflowers and the one of Hurley-he looks like such a nice dog. Your oil in the sketchbook painting is darling. W had a bunny for awhile-he was mean-wouldn't let us pick him up and tried to bite us-but he was cute.

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    1. Ha ha...yes Janet...I have some childhood memories of a biting bunny also!

      Thanks for your comments.

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  3. Hi Lisa, this painting is beautiful! i love your photo too.. hugs!

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  4. Sweet ladies and bunny...We have hounds and heelers and they would eat our bunnies for sure, we just keep them separate. Happy Summer. xox

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    1. What stops us from having bunnies, goats, etc etc is just all the extra time it would take to care for them. I would love to have a zoo...but no time!

      Thanks Corrine! xo

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  5. Love your little oil sketch. She looks all summery in her yellow dress.

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  6. Such a great mix of fun and beauty on the solstice! Happy summer.

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  7. I always love all your art work Lisa!! It is so beautiful! :-)

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  8. Thank you everyone for your nice comments. Seems we are all excited about summer. :)

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  9. Love all of it! Love the rustic photos as well as your lovely painting and sketch. I must get me some of those tinted graphite pencils you do such lovely sketching with. :)

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    1. You would love the pencils Itaya and I know you would do magic with them.

      Thanks!

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  10. Your work always makes me smile, Lisa. Love this little girls dress!!!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. That was my favorite part about that sketch...the dress.

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  11. Give Hurley a hug for me ;o) I love your outside pictures ;o)
    And, your bunny and sketch are priceless ;o) I agree with hmuxo, your art always makes me smile ;o)
    I spent the first day of summer smudging outside ;o) Clean the air of all negativity ;o)
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. Hurley will take any sort of affection you want to give him...he is a sweet sweet loving dog.Your first day of summer sounds like it was spent exactly as it should be.

      Thanks Stacy! xo

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  12. Bunnies make marvellous pets! We really miss Mayo and Miss Piggy. They were such entertainers and quiet snugglers. xo Carole

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    1. I remember your bunny posts Carole and when you lost them...I loved those posts. I miss them too! xo

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  13. Where do I begin - I didn't even know summer has arrived!
    Love the shade of yellow you used. Beautiful. I find yellow can be pretty harsh so kuddos on achieving such a beautiful color. I find the pencil marks add interest so glad they stayed.
    Hurley made my heart melt.
    Love the details on the plant pot. I can see that appearing in a lisa painting.
    Your faces are now recognizable as Lisa faces. Congratulations for achieving your signature style. Many of us never get it.

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  14. Thank you for this wonderful comment Julie and for taking the time to write it.

    The secret to the yellow...titan buff, naples yellow and yellow ocre. Once in a while a hint of titanium white. My favorite yellows and the whites to mix them with...they are sort of earthy this way, which you know I love...that hint of brown in there. Oh my...it's like a nature path to me.

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  15. Lisa, do you mind coming by my blog ? I am doing a special post for my mom's 75th birthday ;o)

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    1. Done! Yay...Happy Birthday to your mom. What a great idea!!

      PS: LOVE LOVE your new profile picture.

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  16. Lovely painting with the sweet bunny and your dog seems to like it too and can´t wait to run after it, hehe..love the wildflowers too :)
    ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  17. I just love that photo f Hurley!

    We didn't do anything special for the first day of summer though we are glad it is here! Hope you are busy sketching:)

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    1. Thank you Libby! That photo of Hurley was taken on a recent hike and he heard something in the grass. I love that look he gets...so serious!

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  18. And of course I meant, "...of Hurley." Ack!

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  19. Such a sweet painting of the girl with the bunny . We used to have them when I was a kid, they were so sweet, specially the white ones, but could they bite ...! The photo with the sun flower is stunning , fantastic colors...almost seems unreal :))

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    1. Hi Jane...thank you for your nice words! Yes...those bunnies do bite! Not sure if they are being mean or those big teeth are just getting in the way!

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