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Sketchy Mondays – “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius…

Heather Carr pen sketch doodle Marilyn Monroeand it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous, than absolutely boring.”

 —Marilyn MonroeHeather Carr pen sketch doodle Marilyn Monroe

I’ve been seeing quite a bit of Marilyn on the news-stands lately..  It’s the 50th anniversary of her death.  Since she was on my mind, I did these sketches in bed the other night.  I kinda like them, but I have this masochistic tendency to draw in pen without sketching things out in pencil first, forcing myself to live with/work with my mistakes.  I like to think it’s a small act of bravery, and not just psychological torture.  It’s good to learn to let go.  I’ve heard Jesse Reno say something to this effect many times: how can you be brave in life, if you can’t even take a risk on a piece of paper?  So true.

Marilyn Monroe was one of my biggest childhood idols.  She, and Juliet Capulet (of Romeo and Juliet).  Yes, I idolized two suicidal women…  And Darth Vader.  I really wasn’t a dark child though, I swear!  Perhaps it was their headstrong-ness…

I loved watching Marilyn’s films on late-night t.v. with my grandmother, while eating popcorn doused in butter, and hard candies.  We both adored her.  Marilyn was funny, talented and smart.  And a deep and thoughtful person, who didn’t want to be dehumanized by fame.

What’s not to love?

Sketchy Monday – Faces From My Sketchbook

Heather Carr sketches faces drawing doodle pen sketchbook man woman

Well, once again it is almost midnight and I am just now getting to my Monday post, but better late than never!  These two are recent doodles from my sketchbook, scanned and then filtered with Snapseed.

Heather Carr sketch sketchbook pen woman doodle

By the way, I finished my Alice in Wonderland street piano!  Yay!  I’ll try to post some pictures of the finished piece later this week.  Blogging is a bit more difficult in the summer, with my children at home.  🙂  Can’t wait to share it with you!

If you haven’t seen the work in progress, you can check it out here:

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 1

Alice in Wonderland Street Piano Progress 2

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Doodles

Alice in Wonderland Brainstorming Doodles

More Sketches – The Mad Hatter

Heather Carr 2012 sketchesMore Alice in Wonderland brainstorming doodles for the upcoming street piano painting project.  I usually don’t start drawing until 11pm or midnight, but sometimes good things come from being only half-awake… You can see more of my Alice in Wonderland late-night sketches here.

Sketchy Mondays – Alice in Wonderland – Piano Painting

Heather Carr sketches 2012

Hopefully in a about a week I will begin painting a street piano for the city of Shoreline.  I haven’t met with anyone to go over the details yet, but I’ve decided I’d like to make it Alice in Wonderland themed if they’ll allow it.

Heather Carr sketches 2012

So I’ve started playing around with faces and symbols related to Alice.  No serious drawing, just doodling, mostly with (non-erasable, doh!) pen.  Just to get my head in the right place.

Heather Carr sketches 2012

More details on the piano soon.

Heather Carr 2012 sketches

Sketchy M…idnight – NYC – Sketches From an Airplane

Heather Carr sketch 2012Well, so much for sketchy Monday… as it’s almost midnight now!  Thought I’d share a few sketches from my recent trip to New York City.  The two at the end of this post were done on a rather turbulent plane, one with pen.  I know… the crazy risks I take with art.  😉

Heather Carr sketch 2012

I love all the stuff on top of the buildings in nyc.  BTW, if you haven’t noticed, sometimes I like to add a filter to my sketchbook images….

Heather Carr sketch 2012

I don’t sleep much there.  at all.  nope.

Heather Carr 2012 sketchWonder when I’ll be back.

Heather Carr sketch 2012

Sketches, Air Travel and a Brief Hiatus

Heather Carr 2012

Hi Everyone!  Sorry my posts have been a bit erratic.  I’ve been super busy working on commissions… and being a mom.  I’ll be wrapping up 3 big paintings and enjoying some time in NYC during the next few weeks, so I thought I’d leave you with a few turbulent flight inspired sketches.

I’ll be back in the second half of June with lots to share!  See you then!

Sketchy Mondays

Heather Carr 2012 Art

Something that is sketchy can also be described as incomplete, fragmentary, vague, imprecise, imperfect, hurried, and hasty.  All those things could describe my various sketchbooks too.  I often draw when I’m half asleep and totally depleted from my day.

Heather Carr 2012 Art

I love looking at artists’ sketchbooks, even when they aren’t fancy, but just fragments of ideas captured on paper.  So, I’ve decided to try, once a week, to share some sketches from my books.  I hope you enjoy them!

Heather Carr Art 2012

If you are looking for an interesting book on artists and their sketchbooks, check out An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory.  Love this book!

Heather Carr Art 2012

Heather Carr Art 2012

Thanks for stopping by!