Sketchbook Bottles

I have been exploring some line work and been obsessed with bottles lately. This is something I pulled from my sketchbook for you to see.  This was done in a Moleskine watercolor book.  The colors are watercolors and the lines are just done with a technical pen.   KRF


Honey Lemon Chipolte Glaze

I love lemons.  They are so refreshing and so good for you, too.  I probably use 8 or 10 organic lemons a week.  They are equally fun to sketch, as well.  One day, I just picked up a pencil and did a couple of quick sketches before making dinner.

This particular night we were grilling wild salmon.  I have a glaze I have been making for years which consists of honey, ground chipolte pepper and lemon juice.  It is one of those sweet, hot and acidic tastes that somehow seems to work.  Do you use chipole in your cooking?  We prefer it to regular cayenne pepper as it is far more smoky.  Indeed it is smoked jalapenos!

Do you ever sketch your meals or any parts of them?   KRF


I have taken an unfinished sketchbook, with drawings that I did 4 years ago. How time flies. The drawings in there looked naked, I drew them in the countryside, around cows.

Cows and Colors – Ink drawing, oil pastel, water-color


I decided to put some more ink drawings on top of the old ones, and play with color and ideas.

Sketching recipe: Ingredients: sketchbook, pencil, pen, ink color, things you like, and a sprinkle of fun.

Allow yourself being intuitive, you sketchbook doesn’t have any expectations….draw anything you feel attracted to, cats, laundry, food, trees, flowers, faces. You’ll thank me later when you look into your sketchbook, after a few weeks, and there they are, your drawings, sparkling little souvenirs!

Summer, then and now – ink drawing, watercolor, oil pastel


This weekend I went to see graduating Clowns at “Le Samovar” , a school for clowns and physical comedy, in Bagnolet at the gates of Paris.

According to the college brochure “…The Samovar teaches the art of clown, from the creation of a character to the skills involved in creating shows. The whole process is based on the specific qualities and desires of each individual…..”

It’s a wonderful school that teaches a two year course for people who want to work as a clown on the stage.  If you are interested to know more about the school and the courses, here’s the link for more information, in French AND in English! LE SAMOVAR

Each clown presented a personal sketch with his/her creation of a special character. The different sketches included singing, dancing, playing music with various instruments and also athletic acts. Sketching the clowns is a challenge, as they are always doing something….you have to let your hand and your eyes do the work and be quick, and lay several sketches together on the same page.

I sat sketching , holding 6 different ink pens in my left hand, trying to avoid putting ink on my left neighbor’s dress. It also felt like 100°F (38°C) in there and I felt the sweat running down my back but it just felt right to embrace the fleeting moment, and to accept that everything changes continually.  I had the immense pleasure to share those captured images with some of the clown students after the play, when they all came outside and mingled with the public. The funny thing is that they recognized themselves in the drawings, and were so happy to see their efforts in ink on paper.

Artists to artists,  we nurture each other’s creativity, come and have a look and let yourself be inspired to see the world with a clown’s eyes. There’s a clown in every one of us.

Illustrations on Canson paper (ink and mixed media – 24×32 cm (9.4 x 12.6 inch)










Derecho Storm



I said to Lesley, who writes the Glitz Art Glass blog, about one of her earlier comments; Andrea and I try to sketch each day.  Andrea is much better at doing that than I am, but I try.  Last week when the “derecho storm” hit our area things were really thrown off.  We lost power (and many poor souls still do not have it returned to them), internet, cell/mobile and land line phones, emergency contact phone (911) and we were even boiling our drinking water for a bit.  In a moment our lives were turned topsy-turvy, as we had very little warning about the destructive power of this thing.  During the event, I completely forgot about sketching as I was trying to keep myself cool and after that there were far too many other things happening like checking on people who still did not have power, etc.  I finally got around to making this sketch while looking out my front window, because going outside in this heat was not going to happen! Okay, so Andrea prodded me along to make it, too!

The frequency of these amazing storms really befuddles me.  You think of hurricanes and earthquakes doing tons of damage, but who had heard of “derecho”, well maybe weather people, but not so much artists!  Lesley also reminded me it was last year this time when New Zealand was suffering with the wrath of nature with mud slides and terrible flooding not to mention that being on the heels of two devastating earthquakes.  The wildfire in Colorado Springs has also had its way with a heavily populated area.  Sometimes I wonder if the earth is trying to tell us something.  In the end, she will win!

Happy 4th of July, Americans!

It was so very hot in Washington, DC this Fourth of July!  We had tickets to a baseball game and I tried to take my mind off the heat with a bit of doodling, but it did not work all that well.  It has been a tough week here in the north eastern part of the United States (as well as in Colorado).  I will tell you more about that later.  I just wanted to say Happy 4th of July to our American readers!