Thursday, October 11, 2012


'celestina' ~ graphite and watercolors in stillman and birn 'gamma'

no, i didn't throw my 'daily book' out for the pocket moleskine!   no way!   the paper in a stillman and birn 'gamma' is so much more versatile than the paper in a moleskine sketchbook - in my opinion...

i think that i haven't been clear about why i'd *need* another book for smudgy faces.   it's because i like to use paper with a smooth surface for them, especially when they're small.   you can have more smudgy detail on a smooth surface. 

 'etta' ~ graphite and prismacolor pencils in pocket moleskine sketchbook

  i lightly erased the left side of etta just to see what would happen, and i think  it made her more interesting.  i'm endlessly fascinated by how the heaviness of a line affects everything about a piece.  and, re: erasing,  i can't say enough good things about the triangular eraser that i mentioned in the last post.  i no longer erase half of the nose when i'm erasing the mouth...

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18 comments:

  1. I've never had luck in any moleskin....I'm off to see your sketchbook link. So nice to see you, Lynne...love your art as always. xo

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  2. your ever sweet and innocent smudgy faces make me think of little woodland sprites, wee folk I'd meet in a walk in the deep woods of northern Minnesota, the kind that are most often found hiding under layers of new fallen leaves; a yellow and golden patchwork quilt that keep them warm all winter long

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  3. i love how you extended that sweet affirmation to us all... and i so agree about moleskeenas... xox

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  4. I am such a fan, and I love your 'smudgy faces'!

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  5. wonderful and i missed a post i suppose i thought u were out wandering lol any way love the little book and the sweeties cute as usual hope u are well my friend...

    hugz bev

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  6. Interesting fortune, Lynne - xxoo, sus

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  7. Certainly does make a very interesting face softening the line with the eraser (and especially leaving the other side with the darker line). Love the hue of green in the dress too...very citrus.
    I have found one of the moleskins that serves my purpose well...takes quite a bit of abuse. Carnet de croquis sketchbook. Look for the mauve label and check it out next time. Doesnt have as many pages as their other sketchbooks, but much sturdier and quite smooth (should be nice for smudgy faces).
    I am still to find one of the type you use over here...may have to buy one online and have sent over. You have me intrigued.

    Love your little sprites.

    Jacky xox

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  8. I love your smudgy faces!

    I also love a journal with really good paper. I wish watercolour journals were done in portrait format more often. The Moleskine ones for instance are all landscape :(

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  9. Oh, I'm in love with 'etta'. Really loving all your new work. ox

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  10. I love Celestina, she is so magical.xoxo

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  11. Celestina. Celestina. Celestina. Magical she is.

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  12. Lynne...your art is awesome and so are you. I hope you NEVER stop blogging because I would miss you horribly...so much so I would have to come out to CA. :) These are wonderful! Wonderful! And you need to put it all in a book so the world can have your wonderful art. I shared your blog on Twitter again this week. Hope you don't mind. But you have so much to share.

    xoxo

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  13. hello Lynne,

    yes different journals for different styles or materials in art. i have continued to do one of 'Lynne's' styles in one book only, i think of it as the Lynne Hoppe journal ;-)
    even though my art looks nothing like yours and i do different things to it. it is fun and makes me smile and think of you. love seeing your art here.

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  14. Lynne! Etta just stole my heart and melted it right on the spot. Where my heart was is a warm place that feels like melted honey wax. Oh Etta my dear sweet heart!!! She is lovely. Just like you dear Lynne! Have a special day, art friend! N. xo

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  15. Celestina looks like she is dressed up for a new adventure! Lynne, she is just lovely, and the red leaf surrounded by the pale (azo green?). Soon we will be off on another adventure, I am ready!
    Happy river walking, painting and dreaming...
    roxanne

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  16. Celestine is lovely! She looks like she's celebrating all the beauty of Fall. And Etta looks very pensive. Lightly erasing part of her face makes her look like she's just stepped out of a daydream. :0)
    xoxoxo

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