Monday, July 30, 2012


It was too much rain, so it was fire in the wood stove, chips and endless reading on Kindle. And yes, butter pecan ice cream. Managed quick sketch in Delta by Stillman & Birn in watercolor (Bijou box) and Uranus pen.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Snapped on the phone, sketching on Subway in Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook.

Sketching. I cut piece of black plastic to cover, protect wet drawing and partially block the page when needed.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Subway sketches in Stillman&Birn on the way to Soho and back.

I am sketching on the train with water soluble pencils, briefly touching people's lives, while pencil is is scribbling and I am reading thoughts and mouthes, feeling their emotions, than loosing interest, when sketch is over or person stands up and leave the subway car and my life. Exiting my life.
I am beyond tired, trying to embrace all I have to finish, projects, obligations, promises. But I can't be still or idle.
Interesting to draw in groups and in patches of light and shadows. I am trying to abstract from understanding where is nose and ears, but see shapes and angles in relation to each other.
I like this guy in a cap, his pose, simplicity of this sketch.
I almost finished Gamma sketchbook, makes me sad. It is such a great sketchbook and I filled it with momentarily sketches of people in a Subway, it is almost abuse. Almost like driving Ferrari to pick up a dog's poop on a curb.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


This is commissioned piece, a little different. It is about a dentist, view from the mouth, and on the back funny tools : hummer, nails, glue, contact cement. I had fun doing that. Used my usual stuff: ink and Kuretake with help of Lamy Safari.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Yesterday's sketches on Subway.

I am still obsessed with water soluble pencils in Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. In this loose lines and grey puddles, drying momentarily, trying to catch mood and expression of New Yorkers  on that Sunday, tired and intoxicated with rubber cement fumes, after trowing pearl coated plastic roses on the white wall in the beauty salon in Soho.
2 young women, 2 personalities.
Tired woman with reflection was interesting and this kind looking man with the rug. And later in the evening I saw that interesting recipe of baked zucchini fries in Parmesan cheese and garbanzo bean flower. I bookmarked it in Food for future fun.

I had two interesting ideas for interior decoration : dripping shadows for that pearl roses and frame, liquid like river, interrupted by groups of roses. I wish someone will do it and will be ideas generator.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Little red Bug.

This happy little car I met in Brooklyn. It says "Twins" on the side, because of 2 guys, musicians, who perform on events and gatherings in the community, I was told. It was in the shade of the tree, but bathing in the sunlight, spilled between leaves. It made me smile, I felt hope.
I used ink and Kuretake pens on Arches board.

Billy's band song.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Few pencil sketches in Stillman & Birn Gamma.

I developed unhealthy attraction to water soluble pencils. I can't part with Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. Where its gonna bring me?
People on the train. Man with pigtails, in the hat, pretty strange and definitely not sexy. I used few pencils, got 2 new, one Staedtler and the other "Gioconda". I drew Staedtler on the top, skinny body but very powerful led. I was looking for "Faber-Castell", didn't find it in "Pearl".
Sleeping people is the best subject, too bad they were called in too soon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SUbway sketches.

Here was interesting to draw mouth completely shifted on the side and just to capture personality of that sleeping sharp looking aged dry woman with closed door into her world.
Morning, some people sleeping, giving me perfect opportunity to look at them unnoticed.
Sleeping people.
I love water soluble pencils, such a quick reaction. I saw  a review today on Faber-Castell, want to get it. I pass by "Pearl" in China town this days, may be I'll have time to sneak in, if they won't close to early. With JetPens entering into my life "Pearl" lost it's crown as an art supply store.
Feeling that I am filling precious sketchbook too fast I started sketching on other side of the page too. Paper  is a very good quality so takes washes nicely.
It was made on the way back  when crowd receded and I was able to find a quiet corner to sketch. I liked that reading mean, tried to eliminate too many details and only capture the gesture. And this little girl with the fruit radiating color on her face.
I think it is really toning exercise, momentarily sketching,  healthy use of combination of brain and hand, constant alert of visual aspect of life, keeps mind in shape.

Filling out my Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook with pencil sketches.

Subway. I liked that guy who eat his breakfast in the Subway, a bit awkwardly, looking at people from time to time, I like his striped shorts.
Was trying to sketch moving pencil in different angles to prevent cliche impressions, trying to see abstract shapes and use negative spaces. Very fast,  because situation changed at every station .
Chilling at Upper East Side of the City, looking at the river, doves, children, dogs, trying my art tools in Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook.

Sketches on a Subway on the way home.  It was a tough looking man with the bike near doors. Suddenly he start talking to me in different language,  may be Portuguese , I didn't understand, it felt aggressive. I shook my head in "No" gesture. Some random lady suddenly translated to me, it was in Spanish, that he likes my drawings, beautiful, very good.  What an exposure. I mumbled "Gracias" completely bewildered and missed on sketching adorable baby in blue stripy swimming suit with funny looking curly father in a hat. May be I should draw them from memory?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Too funny.

Saw this on Twitter, it made me laugh. Playing with languages is my long time attraction. Sounds the same, different meaning.

Means different things on different languages.

Driveway in Long Island.

Went hoping to get some work, end up shyly eyeballing this pretty old car in the corner of some random driveway. Drew from the car, finished home. This 2 cars had their own story, old and modern, connected and incompatible, like us, people.
I really enjoyed ink puddles and drippings. Finding desirable ink it is like coming home. I added red ochre Kuretake and blue Faber-Castell Durer pencil. One day I want to get a bunch of Durer pencils. Now I have 3.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Brunch with spicy mayo.

Another wee celebration of moments being together in this summer days with daisies from Upstate and homemade spicy mayo from Sriracha (my internet discovery, obtained at Amazon and then spotted 3 times cheaper in amazing local Chinese store on Ave U). I should draw Sriracha separately, to appreciate its deep red color and cute bottle shape, and try Filipino recipe advised by Kristle : baked salmon with Sriracha.
I used ink and Kuretake brush pens on 140 lb Canson Montval paper.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Few sketches on Subway In Stillman & Birn Gamma.

First I used my antique Japanese pencil with hard pale lead, my hands stiff, I need more practice. The lead also old stock, 1.18 and squarish. I used Stillman & Birn sketchbook, Gamma, enjoyed strong paper and perfect quality of the binding. It was tossed in my bag along with venetian knives, can of sprats from Riga, banana, water bottle, Kindle, survived and came out shiny and reliable as a new.
Than I took "Sketch and wash" pencil, which I even used on the wall yesterday. It has thick lead, harder to do fine details, but with water it does wanders. This pencil found its way in my pencil case  to go everywhere with me.
My trip was too short, evening, not too many people, my hunger for sketching was not satisfied.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Brooklyn and few splashes.

I found this unknown piece of paper and used it for Brooklyn street scene. I splashed some blue and sepia inks  and my fingers turned blue and brown. I used tiny old french calligraphy ink bottle with blue ink,  I bought who knows when and who knows for, probably for my Waterman fountain pen which I don't have anymore.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ideas for kitchen.

Reusing old stuff.

Just love how old wood, parts and pieces could be used for creating homey look.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sketch on Kings Highway near pet shop.

We went to get cat food (they eat like its never tomorrow, especially Fellini. I love watching them eat. Liza, like a queen,  expected to be picked up and placed on the third shelf, because she is getting old and may be demands more attention. We do and I say: "Sorry,  Your Cathighness, Ваше Кошачество" ).
I stayed in the car and did this sketch with ink in Stillman and Birn Gamma sketchbook.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Another couple of quick sketches Upstate to seal the day.

Watercolor of rocks in Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook.

Quick sketch before breakfast to try my new plastic mixing palette. Watercolor and Lamy Safari pen in Stillman and Birn Delta sketchbook. Testing how Delta takes watercolor and I like it, it lets puddles stop and go, and even allows fountain pen scribblings in wet.
I was thinking to use this plastic palette with small watercolor boxes like Bijou or other Winsor&Newton set, it is light and smallest I found to carry around.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Sketched with watercolor in Stillman&Birn Gamma series sketchbook. It was wonderful to be alone at the lake.
Overheard 2 boys conversation. They walked along the water, looking at something only clear to them bugs, twigs, tadpoles or rocks.
Bigger boy: How old are you?
Little: I am 6.
Bigger boy: Oh, I am 9, so I am six years older than you, so you have to listen to me.
Little: Mmm...
Bigger boy: When I was your age I already knew everything.

Friday, July 6, 2012


I had a short trip Upstate and between reading Kindle and driving out I managed this little sketch in Stillman&Birn Gamma book to sort my feelings. It helped.
Wonderful sketchbook sustained my puddles and drizzles, and scratches with Lamy Safari.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Ocean Ave.

Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. Drawn from the"Waldbaums" parking lot (they have good selection of cereal and Almond milk). I used the last Hahnemuhle piece of paper, torchon,  it was a pleasure to draw on it. Now is a new chapter and a new paper. I used J.Herbin ink and few drops of blue watercolor. And listened to Sunday Driver songs.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New Utrecht train station.

Ink puddles playing along with worn out look of this deserted train station. Almost absence of color is the most tolerable. Sometimes I ask myself, do I  actually see the color or I live in the world of sepia?
I used J.Herbin ink and 2 watercolor paints, green and blue, on Canson 140  lb pad.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sketchbook pages.

Couple of rough sketches on a Subway and running around. Pencils in Stillman&Birn Gamma book.
I saw the movie, documentary about Francesca Woodman, called The Woodmans, what an amazing artist photographer, what an amazing short but so productive life, she committed suicide at age 22. Her diary, aren't we all feel the same? Why it is so hard to understand and be OK with being imperfect?