April 18, 2011 | Filed Under sketch, sketchbook | by Sarah Blank | 2 Comments
I think my creative muse is most wild in the springtime. Blooming and blossoming ideas and sketches right now. Outside most of the day today, sitting pond side. The air smells of cherry blossoms, the earth cool. Sketching sea ladies based on antique photos and hanging out with my little guy. Happy spring!
December 18, 2009 | Filed Under paintings in progress, process jounral, sketch, sketchbook, Uncategorized, wanderings | by Sarah Blank | 14 Comments
Been working on a lots of new paintings.
White-washed layers have been consuming my painting time.
Sketchbook pages, ideas, plannings. For the new year and now. I keep playing around with variations of a sketch of this one woman….
I found the loveliest roll of 1940′s wallpaper along a driveway, discarded.
Last Saturday I went for a snowy walk oh so early in the morning. So cold but I got to see the sun rise over the silvery trees!
Another brooch from tinyhappy. So lovely…not only because of the teeny-tiny artistry that goes into each one, but because they are made with real wool felt and hand dyes threads. These little touches really make them so uttely amazing!
I am so excited for this new year! I have some exciting art news for you that I can’t wait to spill!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
September 23, 2009 | Filed Under sketch, sketchbook | by Sarah Blank | 4 Comments
I just thought I would show a preliminary doodle in my beloved hardbound sketchbook, which follows me around everywhere.
I usually take up many pages in my book before it comes together.
Happy fall, all!
September 12, 2009 | Filed Under sketch, wanderings | by Sarah Blank | 7 Comments
Have been working on cotton watercolor paper, a sketchbook of sorts. Playing out my little portraits in color, experimenting with the idea of softer….softer lines and maybe colors, sometimes. Definitely softer edges. The rough watercolor paper mimics the texture of the canvas of which I am working on today, and of which is stacked up hight next to my little painting table.
And planning on writing and taking more pictures for here, of everyday things that I oogle over, pass by and also my sketchbooks and clothes, maybe? so…
This is a lovely garden shed (and New Englandish Cape Cod style home in the background) that I purposely walk by almost daily, down the street from where I live. The estate dates back to 1730. Oh my 1730!
There is an underground tunnel from the shed to the house. George Washington was a frequent visitor to this home. He used to strategize against the British with General Lafayette in this house. There is a rock in the basement that he used to sit on. And that rock is still there (of course!).
And it’s for sale.
But I just love the little shed.
There will be more jewelry soonish. I am working on some more fox pendants.
July 19, 2009 | Filed Under sketch, sketchbook | by Sarah Blank | 5 Comments
Sketching faces on cotton watercolor paper (my favorite!). Still undecided on the hair.
Sketch of scarlet tanager’s in my giant book from June (the pages do not fit into my scanner)
And a collage of it all (with my hand and favorite papers) in my watercolor album.
Just playing around, process journaling.
A giveaway will be posted Monday, so please visit soon to enter!
July 8, 2009 | Filed Under sketch | by Sarah Blank | 10 Comments
Pomegranate symbolism. Totally subconscious (I really just wanted to draw one!) But now looking into it’s symbolism I am intrigued by its subconscious meaning to me, today. Plus like them because it looks as though they are wearing tiny crowns! Drawn and shaded in dark grey colored pencil (because the smudging of graphite drives me nuts!)
Might make it to a final painting, I think. Her neck is, however, going to be shorter. The birds will be scarlet tanagers. I am planning on working with scarlet bird imagery this summer.
There is a new surprise painting I have been working on for the past few days. I might post a snippet painting-in-progress photo of it tomorrow… as I am growing impatient to put some new paintings out!
July 6, 2009 | Filed Under sketch | by Sarah Blank | 8 Comments
The last few months I have been busy developing faces, ideas, compositions for summer painting time! Taking little notes on each page so I remember what I want to do. Secret sketching time, I guess.
A spreading out of sketches on my painting room floor…
And these don’t include the sketchings in my giant book. All of this is quite dangerous, as I tend to get lost in the devopment of ideas. I must scan them in and share some close ups.
Now back to my paintings (so much more to come..)
Have a beautiful day and thanks for your visit here!
April 18, 2009 | Filed Under botany, paintings, sketch, sketchbook, wanderings | by Sarah Blank | 13 Comments
Two bits of good news. I am not mia or forgetting about this blog! I have some major time-consuming work obligations right now (which take up part of my weekend as well) but come the end of May it will end and I will be less busy! Also, I look forward to a relaxing, painting-filled and totally free summer in the coming months. I have been using this time to go back to the well, so to speak, and sketch, plan, journal. I hope to revamp this blog with more of my process, my inspirations, sketches. Would you like to see more of my sketchbooks? I’d like to know! The second bit of news is of a shop update, with a couple of lockets that feature my sketchings and bits from my oil paintings.
A preview of a vintage locket that will be in my shop within the next few days…
Close up, the blue bird is taken from Pulling on our Ribbons and Hair. I think I’m going to tie a piece of vintage fabric to the top of this one.
And the gal from the locket graces the inside of my giant sketching book/ journal.
I ventured to a swampy glen down the street to take some pics of my lockets. There are the most amazing flowers that carpet the entire woods floor, creating an almost day-glow effect. They are called Fig Buttercups, or Pilewort and they grow in moist areas (and often mix with the skunk cabbage, which is abundant here as well.)
A close-up of these sweet little perennial blooms.
I am so grateful for each and every one of your comments here! It keeps me going, inspires me to post more often… Thank you!!
January 12, 2009 | Filed Under sketch, wanderings | by Sarah Blank | 14 Comments
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As the snow gently fell all weekend long I visited one of my favorite spots…
Saturday morning I spent some time by a pond in my favorite meadow.
I often marvel at these two swans, they are too beautiful for words and always in the water! With the ice and the snow falling it was quite serene.
Staying in was nice! I worked all weekend on my art, especially on a painting inspired by the above swans (and ships at sea too!). Here’s a little peek at the initial sketch in my giant sketchbook:
Other musings, pondside:
Writing on ice.
Do you what bird builds a nest so low over water? (the white you see in the background is the frozen-over pond.) I’d love to know the name of the bird!
And I am so eager to work more on my paintings this afternoon! Have a beautiful day!