Friday, March 30, 2018


this was a week full of creative adventures

and also I cooked a big dinner for a friend's birthday.

i'm pooped and going to give myself a day off.  but only

a day because I have many weekend plans.  



here are a few daily coffee shop drawings.







and continued charcoal love





I did a few monotypes, first applying inks to 

a paper.  after letting it dry, I ran it through a press 

with an image.  finally adding collage.






I worked on this large spring abstract painting.





finally, went to the santa monica hanger artists

open house.  I found it odd that many of the artist 

studies were not open but did enjoy the trip.  my 

apologies for not having the artist names for these pieces.







this is gus.  his mother has a studio next door.  her work is below, 

the pencil birdhouses.  gus just returned from  painting his way through a 

multi country tour.  his  mother said that as a student in college, gus 

was on his way to being an attorney.  when he mentioned that what

he would do when he had enough money was to pursue art, she said,

why wait?  what a refreshing outlook as a parent.  It turned out to be a good 

decision for gus.








each activity had its unique and interesting 

aspect for me to ponder and learn.  as you probably 

can guess, I try to squeeze as much in my life as I can.

thanks so much for joining me this week.




this posting is linked to a weekly art community,
 paint party friday hosted by kristen and eva.  






27 comments:

  1. I can not even image that you get tired as you are always doing something wonderful and inspiring. I so enjoy your portrait work. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much John! I think the same of you.

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  2. Wow, you have been been really busy and painted super art. Love all and enjoyed your lovely style to work.
    Happy PPF and week ahead 💕

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    1. Thank you Sirkkis! It was a particularly full week.

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  3. Irene, you are a woman of many talents! Personally, I love the beautiful realistic charcoal portraits best. I can't imagine how you get such wonderful drawings done. You are so gifted.

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  4. Beautiful work Irene, thanks for sharing the exhibition.

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  5. Again I wish I lived in an area where I could just go to an exhibit. Your are is always so lovely and inspiring. I am trying to work with charcoal but having a hard time with it. I think I am not loose enough. Your abstract spring captures it perfectly. Happy Easter.

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    1. Thank you for your generous comments, Nicole. I find charcoal to be a very tight process. I wish I were looser. haha

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  6. not only have you created a fantastic variety of art pieces but you also got to enjoy others art as well! Nothing like seeing the uniqueness of other artists works. TFS and happy PPF!

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    1. I do enjoy seeing how others create! I am glad you do as well!

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  7. I really like your line style - coffee shop drawings are simple but we can see what you saw, spring painting is full of 'new' - energy, colors...Thanks for sharing other artist's art too!

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  8. I love your portraits! And the first abstract is wonderful! The quick sketches are also great...they were fun to see! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. What an interesting post... loved that the mom encouraged her son to follow his dream!! Great photos and love your portraits!

    Peace Giggles

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  10. Good squeezing this week again Irene!
    A very productive week indeed. Miss you.

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    1. Hello dear Jacki, thanks for visiting. I always love to see you here. I miss you too!

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  11. Wow, so many different pieces ... Love your collages! And your sketches of course :-)

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  12. Definitely love your coffee shop drawings AND those faces of yours!! ♥
    Happy Easter Irene!
    xo Michelle

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  13. You had a busy week, Irene!! Love seeing all your new work.

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