Drawing for Pleasure

I had fun last night sitting at my desk with a bowl of nuts. I drew them in ink and then colored them in as if I were working in a coloring book.

nuts still life

©2014 Carolyn A Pappas, Nuts in Their Armor. Pen and colored pencil on bristol board, apx 3 x 7 inches.

Winter House (working title)

pen and ink snow scene

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter House (in progress). Ink (with watercolor to come), 7 x 10 inches.

Above you can see that I finished up with the ink, which represented the bulk of the work with this piece. I decided to crop an inch off the height of the picture which puts more emphasis on the trees in my opinion.

Then I went in with washes of neutral tint (almost black) and ultramarine blue. To me, this picture represents the kind of gloomy feeling that winter can have. This is a very New England scene. The trees are ominous, and I arranged them to meld together in the center to form a mass of trees. It is not recommended to let trees become overgrown like this directly next to a building as I have seen trees fall on houses a number of times. But I didn’t get the particular feeling that this house was being cared for very nicely.

Now, the only thing I need to do is come up with a better title. Winter House is too plain and I’ve been hoping to think of something better, with no success. Please leave me a comment if you can think of something to help me out!

deerfield ma snow scene

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter House (working title). Ink and watercolor, 7 x 10 inches.

What I'm thankful for.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, I’ve been considering what I’m thankful for as well. To be honest, I can’t pinpoint one particular thing. I am just generally thankful that God has been taking care of me this past year. It feels like the world is falling apart these days and I’ve been kept safe and all my needs are met.

pen and ink winter

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter House (in progress). Ink (with watercolor to come), 8 x 10 inches.

I’m so happy to be out of work for the next few days. It’s a real blessing and a chance to do some quiet things around the house during the daylight hours when I work best. I’ve been putting in some more time on my pen and ink snow scene. I put it down for a few weeks and now I’m back at it. I hope to have it finished soon so that I can move onto some new things.

More progress, and some thoughts

pen and ink drawing in progress

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter House (in progress), Ink (with watercolor to come), 8 x 10 inches.

I was able to work some more on my pen and ink winter scene. I am working from left to right, for fear of dragging my hand through the ink, which would be disastrous. I was on vacation this past week, just staying home and doing mom and house things. It was a nice break from my regular daily life and I got a lot of thinking done.

I also got a lot of organizing and purging done, as well as some work on my projects. I have too many going on right now, so I am going to slow down once I finish some up.

The weather is beautiful around here. We had the boat put into storage for the winter and I changed over my bed to my flannel sheets and duvet cover and my new wool blanket. This past week I have been sleeping with the window open and my winter bed and it has been perfect.

moon sky water tryptch

Moon, Sky, Water. Photographs ©2013 Carolyn A Pappas.

Winter House, work in progress

work in progress drawing

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter House (in progress), Ink (with watercolor to come), 8 x 10 inches.


I have a few projects in progress right now: my handmade 2014 calendar for my cubicle at work, my daughter’s handmade birthday card, and this pen and ink (with watercolor) winter landscape. My progress doesn’t look like much, but I have put a lot of work into it already.

It is rare for me to include any kind of structure or building in my landscapes, especially not as a focal point. The picture is definitely an experiment and I’m hoping that the feeling I’m trying to convey comes across in the finished product.

Deerfield Orchard in Winter

Working on this piece reminded me of that bitter cold feeling from the depths of winter. Even though a lot of people complain about winter, I think it can be really beautiful outside and it is my favorite time of year to be holed up inside working on art. This was the perfect little drawing to get me back into my routine.

new england winter landscape

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Deerfield Orchard in Winter. Ink and watercolor, 4 x 6 inches.

Winter Orchard in progress

Here is a view of a pen and ink drawing I am working on at the moment, inspired by a scene I saw in Deerfield, MA after a snowstorm. I loved the layered look of the rows of dormant apple trees. I am planning on taking watercolor to it once I finish with the pen work.

artwork in progress

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Winter Orchard (in progress). Ink on coldpress watercolor paper, 4 x 6 inches.

Running Dry

I sketched these tulips until my pen ran out of ink and then I picked up a colored pencil and used that until it needed sharpening. Then I went to bed!

pink tulips

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Pink Tulips (8-13-13 sketchbook). Ink and colored pencil.

Circular Blue Abstract

This mini abstract sketch came about after I bought a large plexiglass triangle with a four inch circle cut into the middle of it. Useful for drawing right angles, circles and straight lines, it looks like something you might see in The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. I bought it at The Guild during my recent visit to Northampton.

blue abstract painting

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Circular Blue Abstract. Watercolor and colored pencil, 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

The next #twitterartexhibit is coming up!

The next annual #twitterartexhibit will be held in Orlando, Florida from March 20 through April 11, 2014 to benefit The Center for Contemporary Dance’s Special Needs Classes. The official Call for Artists hasn’t been released yet, but the details will be posted later this summer.

If you are an artist on Twitter, you are welcome to participate and now is a good time to start thinking about what you’d like to submit. Visit this website to learn more.

Here is the piece that I have prepared for the exhibit: (I’m glad to get this done early in fact!)

hens and chicks

©2013 Carolyn A Pappas, Hens and Chicks. Ink and watercolor, 9.5 x 13 cm.

This was a total experiment as I was going for something more colorful and illustrative than I normally do.

I hope all my friends from the USA have a lovely Independence Day tomorrow. I’m getting excited already!