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San Francisco, CA


Monica Loos

art / design / paper goods

selling original art, art prints and paper goods based on paintings and designs made my monica in san francisco, california.

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little bits from my studio, my home, my life, and my brain

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365 Days in my Kitchen: 281

Monica Loos

Three Tomatoes in a Bowl

Today's kitchen drawing is inspired by the *live* creativebug class I did today, along side my boys: bling contour drawing! In case you are unfamiliar with it, the main idea is that your pen/pencil never lifts off the paper and your eyes never look at your paper. You do not know what your drawing looks like until it's done. This, of course, was a simple and super quick pen drawing to which I added a little color via pastels.

365 Days in My Kitchen: 056

Monica Loos


This guy, and two others, sits on a "living art" piece on my kitchen wall. Several years ago, I painted a plywood board white and, using Mod Podge, adhered long paper leaves cut from an old super-sized calendar I had onto the board. Drove in a few nails I thought were pretty good looking, and hung the tillandsias using wire. Takes up some of the previously empty wall space. Here is a photograph:


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365 Days in My Kitchen: 001

Monica Loos

Inspired by the super amazing Lisa Congdon (artist, illustrator and teacher from Oakland CA), I've taken on a self-imposed challenge of making a sketch everyday for the next YEAR. I spend more time than I'd like to in my kitchen. Yes, the kitchen is a place to gather and feast; for family and love and friends. And all that is great! It is also the place for crumbs on the floor, spills on the table, sticky pans and things that do not belong in the kitchen (read: soccer balls and dirty socks). But, I I spend much time in our home's kitchen and as I do love food and kitchen tools, I thought it the perfect place to find the objects for my daily sketch. Today is day one, and I think nothing would be more appropriate for the first sketch as a cup of coffee. Here she is.


from the sketch book: drawing blind

Monica Loos

yesterday, i stumbled upon a sketch book from a uc berkeley extension drawing class i took in my pre-family days and am so happy i did! i had forgotten about the countless number of "blind" contour drawings i'd made! this is such a fun way to train yourself to draw what your eye is seeing and not what your brain is telling you you're seeing. that brain does sometimes get in my way. how to (and i encourage you to): after picking your subject, pick a starting point on your object and corresponding spot on your paper (ex: top of lamp, top of paper). put your pen on the spot. you will not look at the paper again until you are done with the drawing - no peeking! with your eye you will slowly follow along the edges of your subject, moving your pen on the paper in sync. when you're finishing eyeing and drawing the object, you're done and you make look at your paper. how did it work out?

here are some of the drawings from my sketch book:


1. chandelere   2. floor lamp   3. windsurfer   4. lockers  5. nested pans   6. fruit on cutting board   7. camera   8. dad

add as little or as much detail as you like. as you get the feel for it, you are sure to be pleased with the results. i wouldn't mind printing a series of these and framing them for a wall display. i'll post a photo if i do.

give it the old college try!