New Sketchbook

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at 9:19 AM
Do I really have to finish the last one before beginning this one? I might wait till Sept. 1st to begin this I've a bit more sketching in the old one first! I got a great idea from one of the blog artist I discovered this morning, Lee-Roy. He followed Martha's instructions for rebinding a moleskine planner but also said he had pre-cut pages that he had sketched on to rebind later. This sounds like a great idea for me who likes to pack light. I can take the pre-cut pages and then rebind when I get home.

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I put in a few glassine pages with the watercolor paper.

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inside front cover and back covers with clear envelope to hold blank postcards
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Finished sketchbook with bookbinding cloth and reptile paper for cover

Monday S&T

Monday, August 27, 2007 at 8:19 AM
This past week has been fun and exciting in our family. Yesterday my niece Allison got married to her sweetheart Charles and they became Mr. & Mrs. Charles Jones. We have all been hanging out together at my sister's house helping put wedding favors together, practicing makeup techniques and in general being a family. The wedding went off beautifully and a good time had by all......including my husband Rudy.
My show and tell this week is Rudy; the love of my life. Allison and Charles have a one year old; Aidan who just loves Rudy but tolerates me. Yesterday Rudy dressed the little boy for his parents wedding, he danced with him in his arms, he even took him to the men's room for diaper changes. Rudy will someday be a great grandpa! He is also a great dad and him and my Amy have this private joke between them: he dances to "I like big butts...." for her whenever she comes to visit. Yesterday she asked the DJ to play 'Baby Got Back' and we coerced him to dance. Please enjoy as we all did.


Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 8:26 AM

Lily, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

During the conferance yesterday I got a bit bored and spent a little time sketching.

Could it get any hotter?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 9:46 PM
Could it get any hotter?
Could it get any hotter?, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

I attended a nursing conference today and as I was leaving the building these 3 very good looking firemen were finishing up an emergency call. I couldn't resist flirting and soon was posing for this photo with them. I of course told them my husband was a cute firefighter also. Ah, this surely made my day!

*as a side note: No, they are not male strippers! LOL. They are from the City of Ontario, California Fire Dept. I have such respect for these men who daily face challenges in this metropolis: saving lives, fighting fires and in general helping keep all of us safe.*

In Mama's Arms

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 5:12 PM

In Mama's Arms, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Another rendition of Devin in water soluble graphite on 1/2 sheet Arches 140#cp watercolour paper.

I took this photo of him as he lay quietly in his mother's arms watching a Sesame Street video, which he loves. He was not going to give me the time of day as I tried to coax him to look at me to get some photos. I love this little boy!

Last Page

Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 3:41 PM

last page2, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

RAM life drawing session: August

Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 9:57 AM
Didn't care for the model this month at the Riverside Art Museum's monthly life drawing session. We've been in a heat wave the past week and I think that contributes to the blah feeling of not wanting to do much of anything. This sketch is done with a copic marker while some of the others are done in water soluble graphite or charcoal.
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male nude, copic marker

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Monday, August 13, 2007 at 8:26 PM
"Devin", water soluble graphite in rebound sketchbook

I am really enjoying the water soluble graphite sticks. This is a sketch of one of my other little ones, Devin. Unlike Nicole whose mama can't be with her all the time; Devin's mama rarely leaves his side. He is such a vocal little man who entertains us with his jabbering. Him and I share his Cherrios in the mornings; me pretending to steal them from his tray and he laughs when he has caught me plopping one in my mouth! Both of parents are wonderful people and I enjoy them as much as their precious little boy. They have had so much to deal with this past year with his illness (leukemia) and still have a long battle ahead of them. Their love and constant vigilance with their son is beyond admirable. Often we only think of the children going through cancer but in reality, this is a disease of a family.

Monday's S&T

Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 8:55 PM

July2007 081, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Well, here is the finished window paintng. Ok, so she kinda looks like me! I finished it just in time because shortly afterward we got an admission into that room. The little girl thought it cool.

Hardly working

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Hardly working, originally uploaded by mmvgonzales.

Sent from me and my cool iPhone

Don't tell on me.....hehehe....It's Sunday morning and I'm at work with only 2 patients for the 12 hour shift. They are still sleeping and so I donned my princess tiara (I keep it in my locker) and set about painting a "princess room" for a little girl whom I promised next time she came in for chemo I'd have a room done up for her! I'm deciding on the face....hummm; perhaps a self portrait?


Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 8:18 PM
"Nicole" watersoluble graphite in rebound sketchbook

I am early on Monday Show and Tell

Sunday, August 5, 2007 at 6:09 PM
I'm going to jump in early for Sandy's show and tell Monday because I work on Monday and my day is un-godly long. This past week has been a bit difficult but life goes on. So today Rudy and I went into Pasadena, California for the afternoon because it's the last week of the Maynard Dixon exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. I love his work and especially the era during the depression. I have been fortunate to have seen some of his work over the years at other museums but today was treated to working sketches as well. My favorite piece I must say was this graphite sketch of Charles Lummis. I studied it carefully and saw the care he took in rendering the face with all it's subtleties and then contrasted that with the bold lines of the clothing and form. For an instant I imagined I was peering over his shoulder as he drew this.
The rest of the afternoon we wandered old town Pasadena and I treated myself to new art supplies at Dick Blick, then to lunch at Gaucho Grill which is my favorite Argentinian restaurant where we had Sangria and empanadas! A nice way to end an otherwise bad week.

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