Sunday, January 5, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A day at MIM (Musical Instrument Museum)

Back in early December, on a trip to Phoenix, we had the option to tour the MIM.  Most everyone thought it would be boring (for nerds only!) so there were only three of us taking the tour.  Our guide was an older gentleman who obviously loved his work.  It was one of the best tours I've had, and the museum is amazing!
Musical instruments, costumes and accessories from all over the world, and from ancient times to modern hip-hop.
I had planned to relax and sketch, but the tour took up most of the allotted time.  So I hurried and did several, adding color later, and taking photos of everything else that I had time for. (Didn't want to miss the bus!)
Here are my sketches from that day,  a variety of things that caught my attention.
I wish I had a full day to enjoy all the displays!  Definitely worth a visit if you're near there!
Lunchtime view of a closed terrace (at the hotel)-
we brought 30 degree temperatures with us from the northeast!

Bagpipe (Torupill) made of wood and cowskin from Estonia

Skaltrumma from Iceland (I think that's correct)
The drawings represent a map of the world

Flamenco costume on a wire frame

Pre-Easter carnival costume from Sardinia

Mohawk Indian headdress made from turkey feathers and deerskin

Friday, January 3, 2014

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale - an afternoon lunching, walking and enjoying the tourist traps.
Horse sculpture in metal

Old Adobe Mission Church

Scorpion Sucker - This scary snack was a perfect gift for a sister who loves unique and scary things!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Do you love New Years Day? The idea of starting fresh, putting 2013 behind you?
In 2013, maybe you didn't do your art every day or even every week?
Didn't finish that one piece still sitting in your studio?
Didn't organize your 'stuff' like you planned?
Didn't connect with friends and family like you'd hoped?
Have regrets?
Reset, reset, reset!
The fact that I sat around and watched non-stop Twilight Zone shows instead of
finishing this sketch means I could really use one of these buttons in real life!
Did Rod Serling ever write an episode about a drawing that comes to life?