Saturday, March 26, 2011
"I always thought it was wrong to copy ... no ... you learn by copying." Unknown
I am a magazine addict! This mornings sketch is the result of a collision between my desire to read a fabulously fun new magazine ... Where Woman Cook ... and my desire to ramble through a morning sketch! What to do ... sketch and read! So here it is ... one blissful morning sketch done in my studio ... while happily snooping through a tiny New York City kitchen in my new magazine!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
"One word frees us of all the weight, and pain of life ... that word is 'love'. Sophocles
In all honesty ... this is an afternoon sketch! Today was a busy day ... with an agenda all its own ... so I took a deep breath and went along for the ride. It was almost 3:00 when I finally sat down in my studio ... brain tired but needing to create ... so I reached for paper and pen and began to doodle ... just like the morning sketch exercise ... only I forgot to set the timer! That meant I needed to decide when to stop. Found out, I missed the BING of the timer and that last burst of energy that comes moments before it sounds ... but even without the timer and the silent energy it adds to these sketches ... this was a fun sketch to create ... I felt refreshed ... and I do love its quirky personality!
Posted by mary ellen mckenzie at 7:17 PM
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
"There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein fascinates me! Last year, I was thrilled to discover a book at Barnes Noble filled with old photos and stories about his life. It has now become my habit to slowly explore the pages of this little treasure chest of Einstein history with a sketchbook and pen. Today ... I enjoyed this little ritual for my morning sketch!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Look what I discovered at the library ... Animals of the Bible, this is the very first children's book to be awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1938!
For those of you who may not know ... the Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to a freshly published children's book. It was named in honor of Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) ... a beloved 19th century English illustrator whose work brightened the path for children's literature!
Animals of the Bible was illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop (1891-1980), another beloved illustrator in the 1930-40's. Her simple pencil and wash drawings seem tame compared to the brightly colored, graphic illustrations of today ... but as I turned the pages ... I knew that this book has been a special friend to many children! So, after a 40 year love affair with children's books, discovering this delightful little bit of Caldecott history ... (and a new illustrator too) ... has been a thrill for me!
(A few of my favorite children's book illustrators over the past 40 years have been William Steig, Ludwig Bemelman, Tomie de Paola, Alice & Martin Provensen, Eric Carle, Arnold Lobel, Margot Zemach, Laura Cornell, Lucy Cousins and Beatrix Potter. But, hands down, my all time favorite is ... E. H. Sheppard ... whose simple pen and ink illustrations brought Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends to life!)