Category: Omm… Occasional Manga Mania

A great white and a wrought iron leaf, not much in common except that they were my drawings today.  After reading through Irene Brady’s books and blog this week, I was encouraged by the fact that she finishes some parts of her travel journals after the trip.  We had been too busy on our Rocky Mountain Park trip hiking and too exhausted in the evening for me to sketch in my travel journal while we were there.  So, my trip journal has been sitting around unfinished waiting for me to add the drawings I had wanted to put into it.  Well, I guess it is never to late and I did promise R2 to do a drawing of a shark pulling our travel trailer.  Our F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab, besides being a mouthful to say, is huge and a tad intimidating, plus ours is white so the kiddos nicknamed it The Great White Shark.  Like I said, R2 requested a cartoon of The Great White pulling our trailer so it made the perfect subject to pick up drawing in the trip journal with. (Sorry Alex for another shark drawing! I just read your shark comment when I got on to post this. Hope you find this shark a bit friendlier. 😉 )

2011Feb013

The wrought iron leaf is from a table we have in our sun room.  I was looking for something to do a direct ink drawing with for today and the table whispered that it wanted its story told…  It was the table DH’s grandparents set up house with and we were given it when we got married.  Once upon a time I believe it was black wrought iron with a glaring yellow top, but it has been redone several times over the years.  When we got it, DH’s dad had painted the iron cream and put on a soft peachish marble top to match our kitchen and we refinished the chairs in upholstery fabric that was mainly peach with slubs of sea foam and cream.  That was over 20 years ago and now it sits in our sun room for the kiddos to work on.  Some things just last forever. 

2011Feb013b

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Well January is finished and so is the journal of daily drawings that I made for the month.  I really like the book I used, The art of watercolor, 180 gsm A5, 5.75″ X 8.50″.  It took a pretty wet watercolor wash with little to no buckling and the paper was thick enough to prevent show through of dark colors. The only draw back to working in it was being limited to one type of paper and format, although I did like being able to make two page spreads across the gutter.  I think this month I’ll just do maybe a drawing or so a week in a journal so I can use other papers for the rest of the time.  I did todays drawing in a new journal, the Venezia by Fabriano 90lbs , 6″ X 9″.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite fit onto my scanner.  I’ve run into this problem before and am thinking of researching a new scanner since mine is ancient anyways…..  Any recs for a larger format scanner?  The good thing about mine is that as a flatbed, it tucks away into the computer keyboard slide out tray of the rolltop desk where I let my laptop and printer rest.  I can pull it out to scan and then tuck it out of the way when i’m finished.  Do they even make flatbeds anymore?  R1’s new set up is a big cube shaped all-in-one.

2011Feb-001

 

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I had a fun time on the phone for what felt like hours arguing with the Dell rep.  I just got in R2’s new laptop and they had messed up on it.  He ordered a KC Royals Fan special imprint for his laptop– a KC Royals logo on a royal blue background.  His computer arrived with a lavender/purple background.  When I called Dell they said it was not a Dell error since I had ordered it online without a salesperson helping me.  (I’m still trying to figure out what that has to do with the computer being purple instead of blue.)  Who cares if the paint job is not the same as the one they show online, they say it’s my fault not their QC dept.  If I wanted it fixed, I had to pay a 15% restocking fee, the computer is over $1000 -eeek!  This after paying extra for the custom logo to begin with!!!!!  Grrrrr, I’m still frustrated!

2011Jan-028

 

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Today our sermon was on Jesus as The Good Shepherd.  I'm in a fluffy mood, so for my drawing ewe get a chibi sheep.  (I know baaaaad puns!)

2011Jan-023

 

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Judging by the look on R4’s face, I think I was talking a bit fast when I explained how to diagram a sentence.  Don’t worry, he got it eventually and cranked out his homework, LOL!

2011Jan-021

 

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We’ve had our first snow for the year.  R1 and R2 went out and shoveled the drive to surprise DH when he got home. I guess they hadn’t gotten enough of the snow, because after DH got home they grabbed him and R4 and went out to play.  Meanwhile, R3 and I stayed nice and toasty warm inside.

2011Jan-010

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It had snowedthis morning and more is expected tonight.  Driving was still OK, but the trucks were on the job.

2011Jan-009

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Yesterday the kiddos were downstairs when I did my yoga tape so I got a little extra ‘help’.  R3 kept me talking and giggling during tree so that I got all wobbly, much to her amusement.  Then in crow, R2 came up behing me and gave my tush a litle push and I tipped over, next while breathing in half lotus with my eyes closed R4 snuck up nose-to-nose with me to surprise me when I opened my eyes.  We all had a laugh during the time when you are supposed to be saying Om.  I sub in what we jokingly call the ‘pirate’ mantra, rrrrrr, to fit my faith and sense of humor.  R4 started pirating then the rest joined in and it quickly degenerated from there.  It sounds like they were a distraction, but it was actually quite fun and we had a lot of laughs.

2011Jan-004

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Day two of exercising and sketching.  R4 took a break from homework and watched me draw my little chibi alter-ego.  It’s always fun to draw with the kiddos.  They help me to problem solve and I think they get a good idea of the process of drawing.  One of the kiddos asked if every drawing in this book will be a chibi in a yoga pose.  I dunno but, for today it’s Warrior with braid loops…….

Jan2,2011

 

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A New year, a new beginning.  It’s been way, way too long since I’ve exercised.  Once upon a time I was really into it, but then one overextension in a lunge and my knee went Zing!!!  After a long recovery, everytime I tried to get back into the habit I would either over do it and get my knee to yell at me or get horribly sick.  This year I am forcing myself to go slooooow.  Today was a yoga tape that once upon a time was so easy I almost got rid of it.  I’m glad I kept it because it was perfect for today not so easy any more but not too hard either.  I can’t believe I’ve lost so much flexibility.  I used to be hyper-mobile and could literally flop into Chinese splits, no problem.  Gee, it is so easy to lose things bit by bit and never realize how much you prize them until they are gone.

Jan12011

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