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Sketchbooks & Pinecones

 

IMG_1584I was out collecting pinecones in the forest last weekend and thought of how sketchbooks are kind of like pinecones. They have little overlapping “pages”  and are filled with treats- but like a squirrel has to go through some effort getting a seeds from a pinecone, it takes some work to get the rough sketches out and develop them into something richer and more satisfying.

If I don’t draw an idea straight away when it comes into my mind, its probably gone forever. I feel I owe it to each idea to try to see what can happen. Some of them stay dormant never to become anything more but often they hibernate and surprise me in a painting later on. I never go anywhere without a pencil because who knows what will be the spark of a new idea, igniting something exciting.

A friend was visiting me recently and wanted to look at my sketchbooks. He suggested I post some drawings here. I feel shy about sharing them in but I like seeing other artist’s sketches so I decided to post a few.

 

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 “A line is a dot that went for a walk.
”  Paul Klee

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Here are some sketches with paintings that came after…

DSCF8596In the sketch above, I was drawing a western fence lizard and turned it into a girl and then the painting below, Faint from joy. (which is how I feel when I see these beautiful lizards!) click to see larger image 
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The painting below is called   Upon thy belly, thou shalt go

Upon thy belly though shalt go

 

 

 

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In the drawing above, I was trying to draw the concept of Grace. The little painting below is called Receiving and responding.

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I’ve been thinking about transformation and how many creatures moult; shed their skin, feathers or fur. How we do that in non visible ways and how to draw that if we could see it.  The painting below is   Someday, I imagine

Someday, I imagine

Someday I imagine

 

 

 

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This painting is Lamp unto my feet – continuing the idea of growing and transforming, how sometimes it seems like I need reconstruction to cope with things going on in my life

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This painting is Wings brushing legs- kind of speaks for itself I guess. I love insects and raise caterpillars and moths , beetles and other insects in the summertime.

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…..and who else is getting seeds from pinecones???    

One of my favorite birds in Oregon, the Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) ! This colorful stocky finch is found in mature confierous forests. These birds are equipped with a unique curved bill crossed at the tips, enabling them to extract seeds from conifer cones

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Red Crossbill photo: Mike Wisnicki 

 

170px-Crossbill_skull_and_jaw_anatomy_from_Yarrell_History_of_British_Birds_1843_(detail)Red Crossbill skull : Yarrell History of British BIrds

 

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4 Comments

  1. Larry Deemer

    It’s a treat to see what an artist looks at and sees. Looking and seeing is an essential part of creating. Thanks, Irene.

  2. Ellen

    Just saw this now…WHAT a FEAST of beauty , ingenuity, crazy delight! Thank you IHO!!!

  3. I am so grateful you decided to share these sketch book studies — few things are more inspiring than to see tangible examples of unguarded expression. I think it would be fun to see a list of your favorite sketchbook pens and supplies! Profoundly inspiring works live in your journals.

  4. Genevieve

    Soooooo happy to find your beauty eye heart mind! :))))

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