Wednesday, October 21, 2009

found sketch

I find these loose drawings done on any scrap paper... usually forgotten that I've done them. This is Dan at one of my coffee shop haunts here in Vegas. Done in biro pen, i just love biro for some reason..think it picks up even the faintest lines that I want draw.
Think I might later digitally paint this, loose watercolor and chalk are favorite brushes. Digital has an image problem. Some folk think the computer does the work:(

Friday, August 7, 2009

Moss Landing,CA

Moss Landing,CA, originally uploaded by sazmadsenart.

Plein air drawing in pen of "Moss Landing" in CA

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Portrait life drawing of Sarah (2001)

This was a pencil study of Sarah back in 2001 playing in a local park in Ca.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Red Smitten Kitten

Red Smitten Kitten....print available on canvas.

Last year I sold a load of Digital Hearts Paintings onto Canvas.With added Hand painted Gold outlines.

Than I remembered this little Acrylic painting. The original "Red Smitten Kitten"sold but good news is Giclee Prints onto canvas and edges hand painted available:) 5" x 5" $50...

8"x 8" $75

*shipping approx $10 extra
Oh! they come without that nasty necessary watermark!

Lynx Ship,Monterey Harbour,CA

This is a sketch of "The Lynx" as she first arrived last year in Monterey harbour. Several sketch were made ..The first one was when she was sailing in... a tiny scribble on the back of my bank's Overdraft statement!! The ship's captain of the Lynxs bought It!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Little Jewels Collection..."The Heart"


Tenderness, originally uploaded by sazmadsenart.

Client Commission,later digitally illustration developed

Mission Ranch,Carmel,CA

Mission Ranch,Carmel,CA , originally uploaded by sazmadsenart.

Miss Carmel, especially areas like Mission Ranch.
Watercolor Sketch,plein air.
7" x 10" Oh! available for sale btw...framed this look lovely and I'm tempted to keep it. I'm guessing a 11" x 14" framed and matted. I could do that if wished...$550 Framed.

I did a few of these..have to dig them up from God knows where?!:)

Monday, July 6, 2009


_Coffee-at-Borders-web, originally uploaded by sazmadsenart.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Silver scrap into something:)

Ring and Pendant from silver scraps. Little bit limited due to torch size and other equipment. Been a long while since I've done any metalwork or soldering. Funny because that's all I did for 3 years straight ( degree). I really did feel clumsy to begin with, especially soldering...this was so automatic to me at one time. Hey it's all riding a bike:) And I managed to solder the thinnest, tiniest piece with out unsoldering and melting other parts at the same time. ( Without any "Rouge" or protection stuff for those vulnerable parts. YES!!!!!!:) It was a make or break point in the project so that is a definate happy YESS! Dance round the room type of YES:)
* should mention this is how Silver looks before finishing ...filing and polishing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

bench Bench BENCH:)

O.k nothing to really shout about. Especially to those out there who have a full jewellery studio up and running. But after not soldering a piece of metal for some years now ..I really had to start up something. Even with the smallest torch and tinyiest "pickle"pot. So with the scrap's I have I decided to make do and see what will happen.

Started a couple of items...then find out what u immediately miss!! It's amazing what u need really ...rolling mill, vice, bench to hammer on, DECENT TORCH!

But the's here...hopefully the ball will start rolling:) One day ..the studio!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

HI Five about the illustrations:)

The other day I had all fingers and toes crossed that I sent the illustrations correctly to the graphic designer for a clients children's book. She rang me and told me they were lovely!!She'd been in the business since 1982 and may even have further work:) It's very difficult when working alone to gauge the direction and quality sometimes. Dear Family always tell u it's great but that doesn't mean it makes it in the professional world. This color version is for my own portfolio.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Love this book....

For all inspiring artist and illustrators...anyone infact. I've always been a big fan of the sketchbook because it truly is where it all starts. The everyday meanderings are put down on paper :)
Titled "The Illustrated Life" by Danny Gregory.

Show 50 artist/illustrators and designers private sketchbooks. FAbulous ..$19.99

brooding beauty: 9 things for artists from NeoCon 2009

brooding beauty: 9 things for artists from NeoCon 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My youngest a few yrs ago

Couldn't resist including this image.One of the worst side tracking things I can do is to look through my's then ...the kids photo's creep in .Then u realise all the different events you've recorded over the last few years with these amazing little human beings:)
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Finish & Sent:)

O.k I finished the 50 ( in B& W only) illustrations. Phew. It's in the Mail to the client's graphic designer. I'm all fingers crossed that I saved all images at the right dpi, file sixe etc and they are going to come out o.k. Hoping the graphic designer doesn't think ...WHAT?!!

This is always difficult when u start new venture/self -taught and u realise is the the correct "procedure"?? Sure could 've made things easier for myself at the beginning. Many of the illustrations were first drawn too large for my scanner. Sure I photographed them and downloaded them. Though when it came time edit...white space and getting the right contrast became tricky.

O.k we are going to find out in next couple of days....:)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Always Ideas going on..

I started this idea a while ago about self publishing a small book on my efforts as an artist between being a Mama to 4 kidlets. Almost impossible!

I really early on in my "career" as a Mama had difficulty realising that the time I had, had to be channelled towards the children and not my own arty passion. Visions of being an fine art oil painter or one of a kind precious jeweller had to take a back seat for now. So the children's world opened up to me with the amazing talents of children's illustrators...could I do that? I ended up trying with the first book " The Dragon's Gift." written by Tom Allen.

So where am I now...developing more illustrations for another self -publisher. We'll see.

But yes I miss jewellery & enamelling.It's not to say I can't do it now. But finances & time are the culprits. ( may'be I don't manage my time efficiently...quite honestly do I need to be perfect?..I can't. :)
Funny I haven't looked at this cover Idea for a while ..and I want to change things!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Light at the end of the tunnel!!

Seriously ...getting to the end and the energy revs up for the last 7-8 illustrations to go:):)

There was 50 in total!!!!
All had to be b& w though.
Couldn't resist this version for myself.

Monday, May 25, 2009

King Kong on T.V

My eldest son hanging out in the coffee shop whilst I'm try and figure out ..actually the last illustration shown here."I know a secret ..Ha ha ha"

Became interested in him when I became stuck on drawing hands.

I know a secret..ha ha ha

"I know a secret..ha ha ha."

1 of the 50 illustrations...48 hrs to finishing editing.Why am I here!!

..kind of like this peculiar guy illustration.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Once in a while I see somebody that I just have to draw, this lady at a local coffe shop became my pen study ...later digitally painted.

Begining a daunting commission for a freind...Michelangelo "The creation of Adam " hands...

Cannot get the hands wrong and I'm still not that great a painter!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Danny boy

Took a coffee moment and gave little Dan a piece of paper. I began to realise as I sketch him MUCH HE MOVES. Well he is 3 1/2yrs old!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Right now I'm slowly working with what I have..... So here's a little Pair of 14ct Gold Filled Crochet Earrings. Can't wait until I get casting and get that torch...rolling Mill... pendant drill...polishing motors..:)

Some good stuff on another Items .Thinking Valentine...6" x 6" little Acrylic Paintings/Illustrations. Based on my Cat theme. This one sold today

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Many canvas to go

I'm so not a painter at this time. I mean Oil paintings. Really quite hard without guidance to get this to a reasonable level. But hey, have to start some where. So I have this idea of producing at least 50 5"x 7" oil paintngs onto canvas. These are all painted "Alla Prima" basically means in painted in one go quickly. This suits me anyway as 1) I usually paint better and 2) Kids!

Now my kids are awake ,have to stop typing for now. But this is my "Lemons" attempt and I can see flaws ..I might just touch up those later