I have been in between contracts with work, and while I am about to start a new one this week, I was taking the extra time I had last week to explore a drawing direction I wanted too follow. I took my older drawing style and gave it an update. Here are two of the larger pieces that I did.

I will say that make these have been a nice break. I love to draw and to feel the ink and paper. It is giving me a chance to explore white space and hints of color. Any time to push the boundaries of composition is great to take advantage of.

"Supernova" 12" x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper

"Supernova" 12" x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper

"we are all stardust" 12" x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper

"we are all stardust" 12" x 12" mixed media on watercolor paper



Chairs & Cocktails: Gin & Sin

I love mid-century modern everything. The lines, the commitment to the design, the colors, and even the cheese. I have been doing an ongoing series of digital artworks of MCM chairs and then adding a mid-century cocktail to go with it. Who doesn't want a swanky and somewhat ridiculous cocktail on a chair of lines and presence?


Digital sketch of the “Malibu Chair” by William Haines Designs, circa 1950’s.
When a chair is a perfect welcome note for sinful behavior, you have to find the perfect lounging drink.

Sit back and sip the cocktail, Gin and Sin. And not without salt. What makes this chair and drink sing with sin? The lines? The overt “lounginess” of its width? It’s low slung height? And what about that drink? Slightly pink, a little salty, and oh, so very, very sweet. Serve it in a martini glass with care, if you dare, as it is surely going to spill onto that white fabric.

Gin and Sin ~ not without salt
1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup
1 oz lemon juice
Add all sinful and sour ingredients to a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass, orr serve over ice. Either way you are on your way for a perfect lounge session.

My mid-Century modern drawing mood

My drawing of this 1950's Mid-century modern Parisian cocktail chair inspires:

The Book: Catcher in the Rye

The Drink: Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy

2 tablespoons honey
1 cup hot water
6 tablespoons bourbon
2 3x1/2' strips lemon peel
2 cinnamon sticks

Mood: Chill with a hint of zest

Digital Drawing ©2017 Beth Ortman

Materials: iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate app