Monday, November 27, 2006
This is an oops sketch. I didn't work my way across the drawing in a measuring sort of way and as a result, the carton ended up too long. But, to show that the sketch is not precious, I went over the lines and made corrections and even am posting it! The point is to draw, and I did, and learn, and I am.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Someone in the Everyday Matters group mentioned that she carries photos of things she wants to draw with her, so that when she has a spare minute, she can get some drawing done. I think it's a great idea, and when I had some time recently to draw, I realized I had this photo of a saddlebill stork, native to Africa, so I drew it. (It gets its name from the yellow "saddle" on its beak.) I had been working on a science scavenger hunt at the zoo for my science students and happened to have it. Otherwise, what a random photo to have along! Now I am carrying other photos...
Friday, October 13, 2006
Jenny and I volunteer at the wildlife rescue center, which takes injured or orphaned wild animals, rehabilitates them, then releases them back into the wild. Sometimes we have to wait until the next feeding, especially with the squirrels, so I've been taking my little sketchpad and drawing some of our patients.
This snapping turtle sits in the bathtub in water as he waits for his shell to heal. He was run over by a commercial mower, but the man operating the machine at least had the heart to bring the turtle in. We're not trained to care for snapping turtles yet. So we watch from afar. He's about 14 inches in diameter. Not a small fellow.
We had tickets for game 4 of the National League Division Series, Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres. I had not been to the new stadium yet, so this counts as going someplace new and drawing there. The foul pole down the 3rd base line was in front of us, but it was still fun to be there and we could see fine.
Challenge 11--Draw your phone. I was late to get a cell phone, but now I love it.
Challenge 37--Draw some keys.
Challenge 39--Draw your toothbrush.
Challenge 13--Draw your glasses. I had my nose practically touching the page as I did this one. I'm blind as a bat without them.
This was a no-brainer. The Arch is our most famous landmark. It is fun to go up, as long as one is not claustrophobic. And another landmark is the Old Courthouse, where the case started that led to the erroneous and later corrrected Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court. I drew this from a magazine cover. Convenient!
I volunteer at the testing room of the learning center at the girls' school. Kids can come in and take tests with modifications for their learning styles/test-taking styles, etc. Mostly I sit and read while they work. Sometimes, when I'm sure I won't get caught, I sketch them. This young man is very polite. He shall remain nameless.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
This is a grande iced tea, a wonderful cold drink when it is so hot outside.
I have heard of people doing nice things for our troops, but this is a first for this Marine mom.
Erik's baseball cap was sitting on the swing out back, so I drew it, then later added the color with colored pencils. I think the color adds a lot. I should do more sketches with color, methinks. And yes, (sigh), those are graffiti tags on his hat. Graffiti=art that gets the artist in trouble.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
The next sketch is looking north towards Pine Point. Jenny and Rachel are fishing. I have always loved to paint and draw the rocks on the beach.
This is the same scene without the boat or fishers, done in the style of Dufy. It was fun.
Rachel and Jenny on the dock, fishing.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I used to be a faithful letter writer, and then we got email. I still write a "real" letter once in a while, but not too often. When I think about mail and letters I think of my grandmother Lillian, who was a country gal but educated and she would write the best letters that made me feel she was right there talking to me. When she got into her eighties I started saving them (and regretting all the old ones I had thrown away over the years) and now that she is gone they are still alive with her wit and love and down-home observations of life. I'm so glad God gave her to us for so long. She lived to be 101.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
It made me a bit unnerved, to tell the truth. Enough thinking. Just draw. Secretly.