7.29.2009

rainbow quiz again

Your rainbow is shaded red.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

7.12.2009

mothers-iced-lemonade


mothers-iced-lemonade, originally uploaded by anne m bray.

these are not cookies, they are crackies
ate about 10 before I finally stopped by sketching one -- should have started sketching sooner!

Mother's was a CA brand that went out of business and was bought up by Kellogg's. So now the whole US can enjoy them (or be tortured, if one is on a diet). My boyfriend was so delighted to find them (plus they were on sale @ Albertson's) that he brought a couple of bags home. He waxed nostalgic about all the various Mother's flavors. I finally succumbed to sampling one and, well, there's no going back. Crackies. In the immortal words of James Woods: "I just need a boost."

7.05.2009

hilton-09-07-04


hilton-09-07-04, originally uploaded by anne m bray.

a quick sketch on room stationary while coffee brewed 2.5 x 2.5"

@ Scotts Valley Hilton -- rather posh, great beds!

5.20.2009

jarmush-quote


jarmush-quote, originally uploaded by ambray66.

Courtesy of:
Lisa Adams and
Eric Baker Design Associates, Inc. 10 East 23rd Street Suite 210 | New York, NY 10010 phone 212 598 9111 fax 212 598 5941

4.22.2009

colossal strawberry

it's strawberry jam making time, the berries are in peak form
my Produce Man is obtaining a flat of "jam quality" berries on Friday
so Saturday will be jamming day

and the model above? Delicious.
the scent while I sketched? Heavenly.

4.21.2009

organizing


Katherine Kean is writing about organizing and inventorying her artwork and it got me thinking about (and drawing) my half-baked process.
How do I keep track? First, I have various notepads where I document a piece as I finish it:

Then I used to use these index cards:
(Katherine mentions these in her post -- I think they are no longer available. She came up with a new form for herself that is very nifty)

Now I use GYST software:One drawback with this system: data entry. I hit a glitch in a section and that was my excuse to stop altogether. So there sit the cards, in a box, part of the clutter.

fridge - day 2


fridge - day 2, originally uploaded by ambray66.

progress on drawing
1:1 scale

4.19.2009

another cookie


Cookies are my nemesis. I must eat them. They call out to me in their little cookie voices: "Eat me! Eat me!" Almost ANY sweet will do the same. My dear Severo is my cookie enabler. "Look honey, these were on sale at work!" (He works at Bob's, a nice Santa Monica grocery store). This is one of his latest finds.

I had devoured maybe 2 of them, was about to down a 3rd when I thought, if I sketch it, it'll at least slow me down a little... FAIL

another cookie


another cookie, originally uploaded by ambray66.

Cookies are my nemesis. I must eat them. They call out to me in their little cookie voices: "Eat me! Eat me!" Truth be told, almost ANY sweet will do the same. My dear Severo is my cookie enabler. "Look honey, these were on sale at work!" (He works at Bob's, a nice Santa Monica grocery store). This Pepperidge Farm specimen is one of his latest finds.

I had devoured maybe 2 of them, was about to down a 3rd when I thought, if I sketch it, it'll at least slow me down a little.

I felt like I was drawing a treasure map as I first did the outline (the island), drew in the chocolate chunks (booty!), and added the oaty texture (topographical features). I went to a pirate-themed bar last night and this may have influenced my thoughts.

Then I decided to add the nutrition info, thought it'd be a nice graphic touch. By the time I finished that, the other 2 cookies had expanded sufficiently that I had no desire to eat my model. I put it BACK into the package! Yes.

4.18.2009

girl scout cookie


I discovered a baggie of lemon cookies that Severo hadn't found...
my intention was to not eat the entire box, but, um, I did

"Lemon Chalet Cremes™: Featuring a design of Our Chalet in Switzerland, a beloved Girl Scout World Center, this sandwich cookie has a touch of cinnamon-ginger spice that evokes the warmth of a fireside chat on a snowy evening. They are made by Little Brownie Bakers." from: www.girlscoutcookies.org/meet_the_cookies.asp

4.15.2009

fridge clutter



fridge clutter, originally uploaded by ambray66.

day 1, start of upper right corner
sharpie + gel pen on canson paper

this is a 1:1 scale drawing

fridge clutter


fridge clutter, originally uploaded by ambray66.

model and drawing

here's my setup... the drawing paper is taped to foamcore

4.11.2009

20 colors

I made a list and sampled what I thought were my essential oil colors:
Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Yellow Medium
(Cadmium Yellow Deep)
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium
Cadmium Red Deep
Alizarin Crimson
Lamp Black
Titanium White
Cerulean Blue
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Prussian Blue
Viridian
Sap Green
Naples Yellow
Yellow Ochre


I made some discoveries:
I didn't have Cadmium Yellow Deep and think maybe I can get along without it
Cadmium Red Med and Deep look the same -- all these years I've bought both! I think of the money I could have saved if I'd done this color array 35 years ago...
(yes, I can't believe I've never done this before - silly me)
So my 20 essential colors are now 18 essential colors.

4.05.2009

intermission


intermission, originally uploaded by ambray66.

during Leonard Cohen @ Nokia Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX
4.3.09

severo


severo, originally uploaded by ambray66.

I snagged a hotel note pad + hotel pencil...
We used the Driskill's business center to get our boarding passes for Dallas... no internet where we stayed.

intermission


intermission, originally uploaded by ambray66.

during Leonard Cohen @ The Long Center, Austin, TX
4.1.09

intermission


intermission, originally uploaded by ambray66.

during Leonard Cohen @ The Long Center, Austin, TX
4.1.09

3.30.2009

ten ren Tea


ten ren Tea, originally uploaded by ambray66.

here's an experiment
collage, wc crayon, ink
my mom got me the chop on a trip to china last november

3.29.2009