Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Merry XMas everybody!
Thanks to everybody who brought a smile to my face the past year. (I hope I didn´t forget anyone.) Anyway have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your time off.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Updates to Self-Portrait & Place Molys

Here are my additions to the self-portrait and place molys!

Yay! And they're off!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

‘What’s in your Moleskine’ Contest Deadline 11/14

Promote yourself and moly_x. Enter your fabulous moly_x entries.

Moleskine, the heir to the legendary notebook, wants to know what’s inside your Moleskine! With over 140 different formats and styles, there are many different ways to use a Moleskine—to sketch, write, watercolor, reflect, collage, collect mementos and as photo albums.

In celebration of creativity and imagination, Moleskine is looking for readers to share photos and comments about their Moleskines. Email pictures of what’s in your Moleskine to with the subject line “MOLESKINE.”

Five submissions will be randomly selected to receive a Free Moleskine Pack of Notebooks. The pack will include a Pocket Ruled Notebook, a Pocket Sketchbook and a Pack of Plain Kraft Pocket Cahiers.

We’ll post the images on an upcoming post announcing the winners! Also check out our Facebook Company Page to see the latest entries. Entries must be submitted by Friday Nov 14th.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Leah`s moly again!!

Cantina Band of Star Wars, they are having a party now! yay

(It looks little bit empty I`ll see if I can add something else....)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Leah´s moly

Last week the download of the pics from the digicam to my Mac did´t work. Today somehow I managed to get the pics on my hard drive.

Here´s Leah´s moly "Enter the Carneval":
Leah´s Moly_x_20 "Enter the Carneval"

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Leah's moly "Enter the Carneval"

Leah´s "Enter the Carneval" moly
When I hear Carneval, I immediately think of the Carneval at Venice. About 12 years ago I drove all night with the bus to Italy to spend the day there during carneval season and taking the same bus back home to Germany that evening. I loved it.
I had actually planned to draw the masks full white, but can you imagine that I haven´t got a white!!! I checked out the tons of colors my kids have and they also don´t have a white. But I like it like this too.
I took a picture of the complete moly too, but somehow my mac doesn´t recognize my camera any more. So I can´t download the pics. I´m not sure why, I haven´t had that before. Any ideas?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lee`s moly "Place"

  I finished my entry to Lee`s moly this week, the sand lizard is moving to a big city! woo!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Lee´s Moly

Lee´s Moly 20
I´m finally done with Lee´s Moly and sent it off to Joyce today morning. Of all the 4 Moly Exchange groups, this one has been the biggest challenge for me. I have great difficulties adding art to delicate and wonderful drawings like Lisa´s and Martha´s scenery. But now that I´m finally done with it, I´m okay with the results.
I continued Lisa´s landscape in light colors in the background and drew a colorful tree in the foreground.
Lee´s Moly 20

Lee´s Moly 20

Lee´s Moly 20

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Leah's moly "Enter the Carnival"

"Enter The Carnival" is on it's way to Germany!! I must say I had a lot of fun with this one. I love carnival character's costume the best of all costumes. Perhaps it is just me... but I swear there is always a creepy clown guy lurking in the shadows when ever I go to the carnival or circus...

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been working on the past month!! :) Cheers!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Martha`s book "Place"

I feel that it`s been awhile since last time I received Lisa`s book, the pass few weeks I`ve been crazying busy and even didn`t have time doing my drawings seriousely.

so I was very happy when I found this in my doorhall, Thank you Kerstin! I absolutely love the stamps!! Thank you so much for taking my impudent request :P

The theme of Martha`s book is "Place", I myself love city view so I definitely add it to my entry.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lee’s Moly

Finally ready to send Lee's moly to Kirsten! This is a little vacation spot my family visits every year. Bayhorse Lake is about 8 miles up in the mountains near Challis Idaho (a 4.5 hour drive from Boise where we live). Motor boats are not allowed on the lake so we take our raft out and/or fish from the docks. The fishing was fantastic this year and you can't beat the quite of the lake and mountains. I thought it would be fun to show a contrast to Lee's and Martha's tropical beaches. ;-)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Leah's Moly

This month I got to work in Leah's moly. Her theme is "Enter the Carnival". Great idea: this was sure fun to do.

I used an Ultra Fine Sharpie for the drawing this time around rather than my usual fountain pen, and the same watercolor pencils that I've been using, for color.

Trumpetvine Travels Sketchblog

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lisa`s moly, selfportrait theme

This is my entry in Lisa`s moleskine, I KNOW , it may looks kinds of creepy, but I think it`s better to express myself in this way, well... that`s me. :)

I use pencil drawings compose with little bit traditional chinese brush painting style.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Beach in Martha´s Moly

Martha´s Moly_x_20

Martha´s Moly_x_20
This one was fun to do and turned out completely untypical for me... the light colors, using water color pencils, white space, etc. I do prefer the opposite, but I think it goes well with this moly.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Moleskines that went out this week!

I just sent off my second and third molys to Lee today. Here they are:

1. Myth Moleskine: I added the mermaid and fish.

2. Pop Culture Moleskine:
I got distracted and gave Catherine another head, which might not have been in keeping with the theme.

Click on the images to go to full-sized details.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Martha'a Moly "Place"

My addition to Martha's moly. My place is the school carnival that that I took the kids to last Friday evening. I tried to keep Martha's lovely mountain range in the background, yet incorporating a bit of Boise's backdrop. Thus the flat topped hill with the cross on it. This "hill" is called TableRock and on top of it is a huge cross that is lights up every night so you can see it for miles around. That is my son, Alex, in the foreground throwing the football at the target. There were a lot more people everywhere, but I found it much too difficult to include them all since they moved around too fast. I am sending this off to Kerstin today!
Here is how the two places look together. :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lee's Moly

I just completed my contribution this month to Lee's Moly and now it's on the way to Lisa. The Hawaii idea intrigued me, so I decided to keep with that and printed out some of my previous beach sketches for reference. I included some little critters too, to tie into Lee's wonderfully playful motif.

I've been experimenting a bit with how to best add color to this paper (blogged about that here). Last time I used watercolor pencils, but this time I combined those with regular Prismacolor colored pencils of which I have many. I think I prefer the results with watercolor pencils alone: I'll go back to that next time.

Trumpetvine Travels Sketchblog

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Selfportrait ready to go out!

Lisa´s Moly_x_20
Finally I´m done with Lisa´s Moleskine.
Sometimes I have difficulties with self portraits (specially those showing teeth), then I don´t know how to use pencils for drawing (except for outlines). And the biggest difficulty: Lisa had left out the first set of pages by mistake. I filled them up, but I can tell you it was really hard for me to fill the page with the borders of the next artwork on the right side. It is much easier when the border is on the left side and you just continue drawing it. I was very unhappy with it, but now I added some paint, some glitter and paper and now it is okay. :)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Kerstin`s book ready to go

I haven`t send Kertsin`s book to Leah yet because I think I should wait to her less busy then finish the first book.
Leah, but if you think it`s okay then just tell me, I `ll send off the book next week!:)


Sunday, May 11, 2008

My drawings on Kerstin`s book

I never draw about mythology, so it would be a great experience and practice to me. I started to draw Kerstion`s book after one day I receive her book, first I just drawed a piece, then I add other items alittle bit in next few days(but I think it looks kind of messy :-O)

gonna send to Leah next week!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Lisa´s Envelope

Lisa´s Moly
Lisa´s moleskine for the moleskine exchange group 20 has arrived. I just had to show the pic, as the envelope was huuuge compared to the tiny moleskine. :)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008


I was inspired by a sketch I did recently at the Domaine Carneros winery in Napa and decided to use an expanded version of it to start off my Moly.

The book's theme is "Place", but feel free to interpret that loosely or ignore it. Also, if you'd like to interact with other art in the book please do so.

I included some of my cards in the back pocket: take one, and if you'd like add some of your own.

Here are the front title and sign-in pages:

Trumpetvine Travels Sketchblog

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Carnival Theme...

My moleskine is going to have a carnival theme; there are the first page and a half. It's shipping off today!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Almost done...

I'm still working on my first entry. Need to work on the shadows in my face a bit more, the wings, and finish the background. I will have this done and ready to mail off to Kerstin (in Germany) tomorrow. I kind of messed up on the pages however. I thought I was opened to the first page as I started roughing in the figure, however I was one whole spread off... so this is actually pages 3 & 4 you see here. I am hoping Kirsten or someone else will fill in the first couple of pages. If not, then I will fill them in the next time I see my Moly (5-6 months from now). :)

Where is my Moleskine?

Here you can check out the current position of your Moleskine:
  • (1) Joyce (Occam`s razor), Taiwan - no moly
  • (2) Leah Felicity (leahfelicity), USA - working on (2) and (?)
  • (3) Martha (trumpetvine), USA - no moly
  • (4) Lisa (rightside), USA - working on (1) and (3), sending off (4) and (5)
  • (5) Kerstin (blackvampire), Germany - no moly
Please comment when you send off or receive a Moleskine. You will always have access to this post through the link at the top right corner.

Monday, April 28, 2008

my moleskine index

Well...,just as I said in this little post-it note, I don`t really set a clear theme in my book, just feel free when you get my moleskine ;)

About my first entry, I did some little sketch from the late night tv series..., you know, sometimes they give me many inspiration ;p

Can`t wait to see other`s work!


My moly to go

I just sent my book to Leah this afternoon, look out!

First exchange coming up this week

We have only 3 more days to send off the Moleskines. A lot of us have already posted some scans here and the work has been fantastic and fun to look at.
As it is our first exchange, it would be nice if everybody could comment here, whether you have sent off your moleskine, if you are going to be late or maybe even have left the group ;), etc. That will help the whole group to keep up to date and to organize changes quickly.
  • Joyce (Occam`s razor), Taiwan - on its way to
  • Leah Felicity (leahfelicity), USA - sending soon to
  • Lee (piechocki), USA - ?
  • Martha (trumpetvine), USA - sending soon to
  • Lisa (rightside), USA - sending soon to
  • Kerstin (blackvampire), Germany - on its way to
Please also tell us when you receive a moleskine!

Friday, April 25, 2008

End Pages....

Oops, forgot to add the other photos. ;-)

Getting Closer.....

The theme, cover, and end pages are time to work on my three pages and send it to Kerstin on Monday...

I used to draw & paint self portraits all the time as a way to express difficult emotions. Sometimes it makes me feel very uncomfortable, but who better to draw than the one I know best. When I see photos of myself I usually that what I really look like?...with self portraits I get to portray the emotional part of who I am, which ultimately makes me look quite different than what the camera captures. So the challenge I give to my fellow Moly X 20 group is to introduce and express themselves though their own self portrait.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ready to leave Munich

Mail Art
A lot of you have already sent off their Moleskines. I´m also ready with the Moleskines for the 3 groups of the Moleskine exchange".

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Reminder: Only 1 more Week!

Hi everybody, we have exactly one week now to send off the Moleskines with our artwork. Will everybody manage to do that? Are there any questions which have to be answered?
So far all the updates with scans of some moleskines have been great. I can´t wait to see your art in real.
Please post your progress here to keep the group updated.

PS: Everybody please accept the invitation to the blog. Otherwise you won´t be able to post your entries here.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

I got my moleskine today

Yes! I got my moly today, but I still struggling in my entry, there`s no idea come to my mind these days, I`ll be pretty busy about my application for university until August, it`s been a long time since last time I went to bookstore to search some art books or magazines..., but don`t worry I`ll send my book on time.

Have fun ;)


The blog...

Hey guys, does anyone has any idea about the blog? I`m thinking to add some widgets to the blog, maybe a cbox, links picture or twitter?
How do you guys think?

btw, I just saw this incredible drawing from gabi campanario , this is a really great idea!

Have a very nice weekend to everyone.


Thursday, April 17, 2008


If there are any questions regarding the exchange just post it in the comments or maybe also write it as an extra post if it is something which may concern everybody. If it is more private, you can also send us an email.
Joyce is going to be the second administrator of the blog. We are doing this together to insure that one of us will be online so we can help you out (when needed). Sometimes I´m not online (Saturday, vacation, holidays, etc.) and then it is nice to know that there is someone taking care of any issues. Thanks Joyce!

BTW: This Friday afternoon till Monday night I won´t be online. I hope to come back to lots of new images here. (Just kidding!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Moleskine Sketch

Gabi Campanario (whose art I admire) has drawn a wonderful drawing of the Japanese fold Moleskine. On it you can see that if there are 6 participants and if you start with the first pull out page, everybody gets the chance to draw 2.5 pages twice in every Moleskine. That means all the moleskines will be completed at the same time.
I think it will be nice to keep this in mind, but it doesn´t matter if one uses a bit more or a bit less space. I also like the idea of using half pages. That makes the blending easier.
What do you think? Do you want the art to blend in your Moleskine? Or do you prefer to have each extra? Will you have themes? Or will you leave that open for each artist?

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mythology Moleskine


My husband needed a centaur pic, so I drew this here and I think I really like it. My Moleskine will have the theme "mythologie".
I do not care too much about everybody having to do this theme. Feel free to add what you feel comfortable with and use whatever colors or other stuff you want to.