Sunday, November 29, 2015

puppy happiness and thanksgiving

linocut art puppy gallery juana
puppy I linocut in turquoise by juana almaguer

Happiness is a warm puppy.
Charles M. Schulz

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I drew this puppy many years ago and painted it in a series of colorful, watercolor postcards. Recently, I revisited the drawing and made it into an unlimited edition linocut titled, Puppy I.

There is something about a puppy that means instant smiles and warm hearts.

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving just passed in the U.S.A. and I am thankful for much in my life. Of course, family and friends are at the top of the list. And the list is quite long when I think about it!

I've been doing quick figure and body parts sketches most mornings while I have my coffee, and this hand fit perfectly with my gratitude for the freedom to express myself.

In the coming weeks, I'll be working on a monkey linocut for the year of the monkey and my New Year's cards.

wishing everyone well and joining sunday sketches

Sunday, November 15, 2015

female figure art

gallery juana figure drawing
female figure drawing on page from a building trade manual

As I was thumbing through my old copy of the "building trades blueprint reading" manual, I caught sight of this page with the bones of a building. I knew it would go well with the figure drawing I had just finished. Using pencil and pen, I drew the figure on the book paper and then adhered it to watercolor paper. I used powder pastels, acrylics and gesso for the background.

This is the first in my latest series titled, centered woman.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly
- that is what each of us is here for.

Oscar Wilde

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