Monday, November 10, 2008


I finished!!! Thank you for inviting me to join you, guys. I hope you like it.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Never say never

I felt that we are lacking some action in our rainbow, so I decided to start with Gustav's book. I haven't had any specific idea to develop. I took one of the photos that I made this week in the streets of Tel-Aviv with lot of graffiti and it was my inspiration. I wanted to take it to a little bit more abstract direction, but didn't succeed. "Never say never" was real caption on one of the walls.
Marty, now you won't be bookless!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Who will take Jim's place?

Does anyone wish to invite a reliable and talented artist to be orange?

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Voracious Monster Strikes Again!

In between trying to clean-up my desk, install the new kitchen (for someone else to enjoy) and paint my flat (also for someone else to enjoy)... My monster was born. It was inspired by Gustav's free style and radial shapes. I'll send it off to you soon Marina... anyone heard from Jim? Do I have to kick-butt again? I am really a big softie, really!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Gustav's Moly has Arrived Chez Moi!

Today I received Gustav's Moly (sorry for pestering you A LOT Gustav), I'll be getting to work soon, thanks!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Emma's Book of Beasts

I just love elephants.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

My entry in Marina's book

Please click on the picture to see it larger.


Marina's book so far.
I think the colours look really good together. The protective spray I used turned some of my violets a little pinky!

Click on the image to see all the lovely details.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Beastie Ball!

Emma's book is off to San Francisco. Wish it were me.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Getting things done now, slowly but surely. Hope you like it Marina.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Got it, got it, got it & got it, sent it & got it.

I received Emma's book today from Marina today. I'm psyched! Emma is sneaking up on the silly Frogs. Not sure which Marina likes better the bear or the beer. There appear to be some drunken imaginations going on in that image, though I'm certain it's the ravings of a exceptionally creative mind. What to do? I think the raccoon deserves a rest. Maybe ducks. Maybe squirrels. Maybe all of them.

If you haven't read "Wind in the Willows" lately, I recommend it. The book is lovely. I will try to write a dvd of the recorded version of the book. If I succeed, I will send it along with the package and y'all can make a copy of it. Listen while you draw.

Again, I have 4 books at my house. A little overwhelmed. I'm getting back into moly_x again after an accidental month or more vacation.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Blue Bear

Here is my entry to Emma's moly.
It was challenging for me, because usually I don't draw animals so much. I hadn't any brilliant idea for my drawing. Yesterday I decided to take some animal that fits more ore less blue color and to go for it. That's what came out. And from now I love to draw bears!

Emma, I hope you like it!
Anyway, it was fun for me!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Here's my entry added to the right of Marty's.
If you'd like to see this in better detail, simply click on the image.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Check in, where are you at?

Hello All,

I am posting this just to get an idea of where everyone is at?
Who has which Moleskine, where are you at with your own if you haven't sent it off yet...

Post a comment please.
Thanks, look forward to hearing from you all.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I'm so happy!

Hey, everybody!

I got Emma's book!

It's great to wait all the week and finally to get the package!

Emma! I love it! In real I love it even more! Awesome layers of color! So much inspiration for me!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Color Balls

Hello, everybody! I was a little bit busy this week. My unfinished Blue was waiting for me all this time. Yesterday my daughter brought wonderful blue pages that she painted with finger paint from kindergarten. Then I got an idea how to finish my Blue. I made some circles with a hole puncher and dispersed them on my drawing. That made the theme: Color Balls. Please feel free to add in your drawings balls in any size and material, but only in YOUR color, of course! Also I made some kind of Sign In page – so please add some doodle in your color there!

Marty, sorry for the delay, I'm going to send it!
I'm waiting for Emma's frogs!
Have a wonderful day full of all rainbow colors!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Red-so far

hola, hello, bonsoir folks -
I am a WEE BIT behind, as I have been away in France (see Marty's post regarding my brush with Moleskin Mecca on the main Flickr page) and been doing an Open Studios event here. However, I have started my red pages, and do still have a bit to do - should be done by end of next week to send to Jim.
JUST received Samantha's - but am not going to open it yet!!! I'll wait until I have finished my pages!

By the way - I have just redone my website, so I'd love you all to have a look and let me know what you think...

Friday, June 20, 2008

I'm feeling lucky today.

I just received Marty's Marvelous Moly and Emma's from Moly-X13 today.

Marty, wow. There is so much energy in your brushstrokes! I like the shininess of the paint— it's all just so cool. It smells good too.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Blue....started today

For a long time I couln't find somthing cool (blue) to draw. So I decided - today I'm starting! Now when I have Marty's very usefull guide (in case I'll spoil the pages) I can be brave!

I'll continue to work on this a little more, I think.

Oh, just wanted to say - this is a very beautiful banner! Great job!
(Marty and me have switched colors, but it dosen't matter ;p)


My bear is complete.
When I was a little girl in Istanbul, I used to love seeing the dancing bears. Then I became aware that the bears were unhappy and often abused. It was a very sad realisation, and I had dreamt of rescuing them.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I'm scared to post mine...

So, after seeing Samantha's most recent post, I freaked because my frogs look just completely crazy and infantile next to it, but I guess I can't be paranoid.

oh look! A monkey!
I believe my Moleskine has a theme : The Beastiare (The Beasts : animals)

I think I saved it...

Here it is so far. Layers of various violets in gouache, prismacolor and ink. I'm having a hard time getting the little girl's face less cartoony, but it's getting there. I so badly want to throw some gold embroidery on the bear's vest!

Monday, June 9, 2008

My Tortured Moly

I had a nice ink drawing of an anatomical heart that I messed up. Then I decided to cover it up with a tonne of solid gouache. It didn't look good, so I wiped it off with a wet sponge.

I took a weekend break from my maddening moly and saw the most beautiful movie, The Fall. If any of you haven't seen it, you should— I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Anyhow, I remembered something from my childhood that I wanted to draw, and now my warped and wrinkly moly has a purpose. This is the first "layer", if you will. I thought I'd share the process of this entry that began so frustratingly. Hopefully it'll all work out in the end.

Saturday, June 7, 2008


The theme is "Smoke". I hope you all enjoy it. It came out a little more audacious and cartoony than I had hoped. I was aiming for something a little more sultry. I actually did the "smoke" twice. Ended up cutting the book apart and putting it back together with some spray adhesive, covering up the first version.

Here it comes, Szaza, aka. "Violet".

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Does this look right?

I know this seems silly, but I want to be speaking the same language as y'all. What does your dog say when she barks? What does the rooster say when he crows? What color is your rainbow?

I don't want Samantha or Marina to get angry with me for getting too close to their colors. Could get ugly.

the colours of the rainbow

in response to Marty's plea about what the exact difference was between blue and indigo, I have been googling the very best scientific websites for the very best images to make it clear.
Blue ranges from a pale turquoise to a decent electric blue, cobalt even!
Indigo appears to be a mixture of blue and Violet, so a kind of purplish tinged blue
Hopefully these images will help!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

the rainbow exchange/Moly29

hello everyone!

so excited to have this rainbow colour coded exchange up and running.

the idea behind this particular exchange is for each person in the group to use one colour from the rainbow to create the work on their 3/4 moly pages. No theme as such, but just to use the colour...and that colour only - no black!
here is the final line up and exchange order:

Jill - Red
Jim McBride - orange
Gustav Klim - yellow
Emma - Green
Marina - Blue
Marty - indigo
Szaza - violet

as ever, it would be great to have a bit of blending between the colours when the work is exchanged.
if we all have our Molys at the ready, shall we begin?
How shall we co-ordinate everyones addresses - all email to Marty, or me, or emma? What is the best way?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Welcome to moly_x_29!

This group, founded by Emma Kidd (France) and Jill Calder (UK), is an extension of the Moleskine Exchange. This blog will follow the adventure of a group of artists around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.

Each artist will set off with a small Japanese (accordian) folded Moleskine. Creating a drawing, collage, or painting, then send on to the next artist. Each artist will draw on a couple of spreads (3-4 pages) then send it on to the next artist. When the artists book is filled, it will be returned to the owner with images created by artist around the world. Each artist has a month to make an entry. The outcome will be a pleasant and surprising adventure, as artists are encouraged to interact and merge their art with others.

The concept:

1. The artists start with the Japanese fold Moleskine - Name, address, email address written in book.

2. Each artist gets 1 month to make a sketchbook entry, and mail it to the next person. The order is listed to the right.

3. Each artist will do 3-4 pages each round.

4. Artists are encouraged to interact with other images in the book. Please be respectful.

5. When the book is full, when one side of the unfolded book is filled, the book will be sent back to its original owner. That artist may continue by buying a new book and sending it to the next person.

6. If a person decides not to continue, she will simply keep her book when it comes back to her. She should email all of the participants to say she is not going to continue. We will decide, then, if we want to find a new person.

7. Please communicate regularly via email. Let each person know that you have received/sent the book. The goal is to have a dialogue. Any comments and questions are welcome.

This moly_x_project was begun by Marty Harris, Minnesota, USA.