Category Archives: Sketchbook

Stormy Sea

Stormy Sea by Karen Gadient, 2015

Marker and ink drawing from my sketchbook, scanned to add digital elements.

I’ve discovered that sketchbooks are a great place to keep your art; you can always scan to share and it’s easier to store stacks of mixed media and watercolor sketchbooks rather than racks of canvas and boards.

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Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire by Karen Gadient, 2015

Friendly Fire. Scanned sketches combined with color painted digitally. Sketchbook piece, but a fun art experiment worth sharing.

Try it out yourself. Test your idea with an experimental project. See what works and what doesn’t. Then move forward or move on. ― Richie Norton

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Dynamite Speedway

Dynamite Speedway by Karen Gadient, 2015

Dynamite Speedway. Scanned markers, acrylic, and digital work.

Art therapy piece, just for my own restless mind. This one started as a digital doodle and eventually got more layers of scanned traditional media added to it. I’ve been doing a lot of experiments in mixing media; it’s a lot of fun.

Psycho-therapy is rather amazing—something like stirring up the bottom of an aquarium—chunks of the past coming up at unfamiliar angles, distinct and then indistinct. ― Robert Lowell

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Filed under Acrylic, Art, Color, Creativity, Digital Artwork, iPad Art, Journal, Marker, Mixed Media, Painting, Psychology, Quotes, Sketchbook

Brainstorm

Brainstorm by Karen Gadient, 2015

Just a colorful abstract I made while playing with discarded layers from years-old artwork and random doodles.

Much like keeping writing journal of scenes and dialogue, I like to play with various art tools and see what happens.

There’s a lot of pressure on artists and writers to produce, publish, and sell―but I think it’s also important to create things for enjoyment, to experiment and explore, with no pressure or judgment, and keep your passions fun. :)

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Underpinnings

Underpinnings by Karen Gadient, 2015

Pretty much a doodle gone crazy. Okay, many layers of doodles. Every now and then, I do some ‘art therapy’ to let my mind wander and relax, just for myself and not for prints―this is one of those. :)

Hape a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Desert Vista

Desert Vista by Karen Gadient, 2015

Since I had some friends ask to see one of my graphite watercolor landscapes, I’m posting this one (because David likes it and he makes me smile―plus he’s the one who drives me all over the place to see pretty things). Mind you, I’m no landscape artist… I’m just someone who has seen many miles of desert here in Arizona and I like to keep some of it in my sketchbooks. :)

Have a great week!

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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Filed under Arizona, Art, Graphite, Journal, Landscape, Nature, Sketchbook, Watercolor

Experimental Art: ‘Color Falls’

Color Falls by Karen Gadient, 2015

Sometimes my art experiments don’t end up as I’d hoped―but they’re still colorful and interesting enough to share… so I’ll post these ‘sketchbook’ experiments for you here. This one was a mix of scanned watercolor and ink plus digital doodling. Hope you’ve been having a good March!

It’s not an experiment if you know it’s going to work. ― Jeff Bezos

Prints and products featuring my artwork: Fine Art America and Society6.

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