Friday, November 25, 2011

What's in My Sketchbook?

It's been a long while since my last post and I'm very sorry for missing sooooo long ...

The last couple of weeks have been a very difficult time for me

As a result of workplace re-structure, I came to a sudden realization of being the "aging" staff in the workplace.  Though the company has used every rational & logical reasons to ask me to step down, I knew the truth behind all the sweet talk.

The process had brought out lots of angst, frustration and emotional pain that I've never anticipated.  It also brought out a great urge to take stock of my life.  Hence, you'll understand the reasons for my absence. 

Anyway, enough of the personal drama and let's see what I got for you this week-


20111106 Bones


another sketch of bones.  (You can see that I'm really obsessed with bones, right?  Hahaha!)

20111106 Bones CU 1


20111106 Bones CU 2


20111106 Bones CU 3


Again, this is another practice of using acrylic washes to paint.  The pix shows the color a lot paler than the original as I picked light color scheme for this little work.  I knew I should start using watercolor paper for the practice but I want to finish this sketch book (total of 50 pages) as well.  I think I might need to speed things up so to move on. 


20111125 Antler

Two interesting things about this sketch:
  • the bones I picked are all from the hip region of a horse
  •  I prepared the sketch work while I was going through treatment of my degenerative hip.

I swore to you that I didn't know about it til I finished the entire work.  How fascinating our unconscious mind work?  ;)

I hope you enjoy the sketch and apologize for the personal rant.

Cheers and wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

(The sketch is also for Paint Party Friday - hosted by Eva and Kristin.  All are welcomed!  Do join in to share and support each other!)

37 comments:

amy said...

So. Here you are! Back!

Hip feeling better?? Yes???
((((hugs))))
Xxa

Elisa Choi said...

Aww but why are they asking you to step down? Are you really going out of the company? I hope that everything will work out fine for you. Life is uncertain and i hope you have strength. Great artwork! I hope you are feeling better too! :)

Rosie Kaplan said...

Love the personal rant. And yes, very interesting about the hip/hip bones. I hope it all works out just the way it should!

Tracey Potter said...

I like your work, very soft and subtle. Happy PPF xx

Steph said...

It can be really hard, in times such as this...but I hope you'll gather courage....love the artwork...take care..

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Glad to see you back! No bones about it...these are great looking bones!!
Is that ironic that you were working on bones and here your own bones needed working on....take care and Happy PPF to you!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

It is so lovely to look at this delicate and thoughtful work.. makes me want to get in and flick through all of your sketchbooks and enjoy them... happy ppf xx

Hannah Sommerville said...

Wow, your work is absolutely beautiful. I love the subtlety.

Netty said...

Great to see you back at the party. Unfortunately age gets us all in the end. Since I retired from work, life has never been sweeter. Loving the bones. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

WrightStuff said...

Keep smiling friend :)

FLO said...

Hello, I just visited your blog and I love your artwork very aerial!

NatashaMay said...

I was wondering where your sketches were. :) Sorry for the work drama. Hope you sort it out soon. Sketches are marvelous!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Your sketches of bone are very well done ~ and I love the green background ~ (a good color for healing thoughts) ~ Very creative ~~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF

Yvonne said...

Love your work. Creativity showing all over the place. Happy PPF.

Christine said...

Nice work on the bones, glad to see you back. So sorry to hear you were let go from your job, sounds like for all the wrong reasons. Glad you are moving on.

La Abela said...

Great job. Saludos

carlarey said...

Glad to see you back at the Paint Party. Your sketches are always so beautiful and I find them inspiring.

Job uncertainty is terrible. I hope you find a new situation that rewards all your gifts and makes your life richer in every way.

Rosy said...

Sorry of your lost and don't feel bad about ranting out your frustrations.

You made your bones looks as if they are almost floating over the paper here. Love this!

laurie said...

I love the sketchbook, my good friend is obsessed with bones, she uses them in her pottery, beautiful work she does, you do beautiful work,

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! your new sketches are amazing....wonderful work....and I love the way you take your photos...

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Good to see you again! Awesome work as always.
Sorry you had to go through that at work.

Gloria said...

Love your bone sketches, they are wonderful. Sorry about the problems:( Great job on your pieces.

Evelyn said...

Glad to see your work again. Sorry to hear about the troubles at work. All the best!

- T.W - said...

Argh, sorry to hear about your workplace... They're a bunch of asses from what I can tell. Hope you'll feel better soon!

Not only are your paintings as beautiful as always, but I also love that you use these different settings of items around your artwork to create more interest. It's always a pleasure seeing your pics~ ^-^

// -T.W-

Jennibellie said...

So sorry to hear about your troubles at work, that's a horrible feeling to deal with :( I love your washes, the composition you have given the page is fabulous. I admire your determination to finish off a book before starting another - I'm terrible at that one and now have a load I'm trying to finish off lol thanks for sharing :)

BlackPumpkin said...

So cool!! Love bones!

EVA said...

Another great page!

I hope things get better there... both in terms of your health and work environment.

Mandy said...

so...are you actually still working there now...how rude of the company...i hope everything goes well for you..ok...love your bones..i enjoy your style..through little boxes with the writing...xxx

hastingshall2 said...

Fantastic bone painting. I can't imagine the talent that it must take to do this! Faye

ThisTinder said...

Wow, crazy! I love the personal rant too...events like that are ridiculous and need an outlet! I'm sorry you're going through that and hope that you're starting to be in a better place with it all. You're very talented with shadows and shading!

Victoria said...

Gorgeous work..beautiful art as always...stunning! Wishing you well and all the best..hugs and sparkles..keep shining!
Victoria

Cameron said...

Oh, Jamie....you have been missed!!
What a weird coincidence about hip and bones...eerie, in fact!

Hope you are doing better....physically and emotionally!
Lotsa hugs, My Friend,
Cameron

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Fascinating work! Perhaps you could do this for a living? Then you never need to work a day in your life! God bless you! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Nicola said...

Lovely illustrations!! You always make them pop off the page. Sorry to hear about work, hope things get better soon! Take care oxoxo

Mary C. Nasser said...

Gorgeous work!
I love the bone images combined with text!
Your photographs of the work are wonderful!

All the best,
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Geckostone said...

The bones are wonderful! I think your drawing them is actually healing them!!!And never worry about ranting, I can relate big time!!! Hugs, Deb

ger chouinard said...

I so get the workplace rant, no apologies needed. LOVE your work! Hope all is well with your hip, just had both of mine replaced. Been out of work for 3 months and just headed back yesterday. I miss painting already :( Have a great weekend.