A quality act

The Illustration Friday theme is “vintage,” which for some reason made me think of old-time vaudeville.  That, in turn, reminded me of Alan Price’s 1960-something hit, “Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear.”  (If you’ve never heard it, you can watch the Muppets’ version here.  I’ll warn you, though, the song will be in your head for *days*.)

Anyway, that kind of led to this:

Dancing Bear jpg

And yes, this is a loose definition of “vintage,” but I like to think I haven’t hit my peak yet!

Watercolor, colored pencil and ink on Canson Montval paper.

 

Ooh, shiny

Something shiny’s lurking in the back of that drawer.  Buried treasure?  Or just a key to a house I once lived in, an earring I can no longer find the mate to, a beautiful bit of ribbon too small for any purpose I can think of?

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’m hanging on to, both physical and emotional.

Random Things 2j

 

It’s time to do some spring cleaning!

(For the Illustration Friday theme, “sparkle.”)

Trying something new

The Illustration Friday theme is “dragon,” so I did a couple of quick sketches:

Dragon 1Dragon 2

Since these little dragons were trying out new skills, I decided I should, too.  I dug out some woodless colored pencils I got as a gift a while back, and used them to color the sketches.

Woodless pencil j

The pencils don’t have a brand name on the barrel, so I’m not sure who made them. They’re really shiny and pretty (and heavy!), and it’s a pleasure to hold them.  Now, if I can just figure out how to use them…

 

We all wear a lot of hats

Since it can be hard to remember who you are, as opposed to what roles you’re playing, I’ve always liked this advice:

Small ClothesJ2

For Illustration Friday’s “hat” theme.  The original’s watercolor and colored pencil in a Canson Montval watercolor field book; I cleaned up and reworked the scan a bit in Photoshop.

 

One of life’s mysteries…

is why so many of us have a drawer, box, or bag filled with random, generally unnecessary, and usually inexplicable things.  Mine’s in my kitchen, and I drew a bit of it after reading about the Dormant Things project on Lynne Chapman’s blog.

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(Lynne Chapman’s a children’s book illustrator with a  wonderful, chatty, informative blog, by the way.  I took her class on creating children’s books characters on Craftsy, and really enjoyed it.  I’d never been to the Craftsy site before,  and was impressed by the wide array of classes and supplies they offer for artists, knitters, quilters, and all sorts of crafters.)

Besides slips of paper, multiple tape dispensers, and bits of ribbon, my junk drawer also contains a hiker’s bear bell — a small black mesh bag housing a few jangling bells, to keep bears away.  (You can see it in the lower left corner.)  I’m not sure how well it would work on a hiking trail, but my kitchen is definitely bear-free.

Ink and Nouvel Carre pastel in a Strathmore toned (tan)sketchbook, for the Illustration Friday theme, “mystery.”