Category: Out ‘n About

I managed to make it to Starbucks before the incoming blizzard.  This sketch is a two-for:  the last daily drawing in my journal for January and a coffee shop watercolor for Jane LaFazio’s Joggles class.  I did this with Noodlers ink in an old Esterbrook pen. On this paper it wasn’t permanent and smeared with the addition of watercolor, maybe because it is a book of watercolor paper and the sizing kept it from bonding with the paper.  Any way, I like playing with pen and watersoluble ink so it wasn’t that big of a problem…..


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For Jane LaFazio's Joggles class this week we were supposed to sketch in a cafe or coffee shop.  I'm a tea drinker and was starving after a night shopping, so I decided to go to Panera instead.  I got my food right off the bat and settled into a booth to sketch it.  I wasn't even finished drawing when one of the employees, came up to me to say they were closing.  Ackkk!!  (The server was really very nice and said I could stay until I was finished, but I didn't want to be impolite and keep the staff from closing.) I slopped some paint on and gulped down my dinner.  The lettering and story were added at home.


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Vacations took up a lot of our time this year even though we really started preparing for them last year.  We decided we wanted a travel trailer so we could go camping.  Next thing ya know we are proud owners of a Trailmanor Trailer. It’s a really cool trailer that folds down flat like a popup then does this origami transformation to become a nice hard-sided full-sized trailer.  We even bought a nifty Expedition to tow it with.  Unfortunately, we found out that once you get six bodies, our gear, and the trailers hitch weight loaded up we were going to overload the SUV’s weight limit, ACKKK!!  Lots of research later we decide on a Ford f-250 Superduty.  The only problem was last years model didn’t have a shoulder belt or headrest for the kiddo sitting up front in the middle.  Those are pretty important in a crash so we decided to wait for the new models which would have it.  Long story short, we got the truck less than a week before our first trip.

Lots of stress leading up to the trip with a new vehicle and never having towed a trailer (read about our comedy of errors in the Murphy’s law pic below) before but I snuck in some time to bind a spiral journal for the trip.  The zutter binding tools are awesome!!

My journal, Stonehenge paper with some colored pastel, charcoal sheets in the back.  The cover is a sheet of scrapbooking paper over Daveys board.


Some pages out of the journal……..





I don’t usually paste photos into my journals but I had used a copic marker onthe otherside and it bled through so I put two pics by R2 up on the left side.  I love the jellyfish, he has an eye for photos.


My youngest, R4, helped with that one while we waited on the rest of the family to ride a coaster. He helped me draw the squirrel from memory then he painted it!!



Our next trip with the Trailmanor, to Rocky Mountain National Park, went much smoother.  I’ll post a few peaks of it as soon as I finish it off.  I was too busy hiking (and gasping for breath) to do much drawing so I wanted to go back and do a few drawings from photos we took.

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I’ve been away from the blog and not posting for most of the summer.  There were two main reasons for that – the kiddos ball season and our vacations.

We were pretty busy running the kiddos around and watching games, but that’s not the real reason I didn’t post anything during ball season.  You see, I got this ‘great’ idea to use my time sitting at the games to draw people since it’s an area I need to work on.  Unfortunately, when you try to learn something new sometime your initial efforts stink.  Mine did,  definitely not fit for public viewing.  I should have realized, kids playing ball move–a lot.  I was reduced to doing composites of players, blah.  Then I tried doing gesture drawings.  I love looking at gesture drawings in books, the lovely flowing lines, rhythm.  Mine looked like preschool scribbles.  Still, I struggled on and here are some of the ones that are ‘public viewable’.  One small problem with them is that they are all graphite and my scanner hates that and barely shows the image.  I tweaked them to show up on the screen but I prefer the softer look of the originals.

The first is of R1 umpiring a game, ’bout time I put it up since my sketch of R2 umping has been up for months.


Next, a few random victims…………..




Then there were gesture sketches and if I got bored I always had my feet…….



 I did get in a few color sketches like this one.It was done while hiding under a picnic shelter waiting for the game to be cancelled….





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R1 and R2 both got summer jobs as umpires this year.  I was waiting around and got to see a t-ball game R2 was umping.  The little kids were soooooo cute!  They looked like tiny bobbleheads with their batting helmets on.  I tried to get a little practice sketching them but they were so wiggly that I gave up.  I did manage to sketch R2.  He says it doesn’t look anything like him and unfortunately, I agree! LOL!  Still, it was practice and it burned up a little more of the Reflexions sketchbook ( nasty paper, only good for pencil work IMHO).


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Today is the last day of  Every Day in May and my drawing is a bit anticlimactic.  We spent all day just running around like crazy.  I managed to get in a very quick sketch while we were sitting at the Noodle Company.  Just a quick scribble of a nearby chair to end the month.


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Only one more day to go for Every Day in May 2010.  With Memorial Day and the family grilling out, somehow this water tower seemed appropriate. (LOL)


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I’m playing catch up with my EDinM posts, again.  I wanted to get in a few sketches of people, but I decided to try practicing with Manny first…


Since it has been sunny we managed to get in some ballgames….




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Today I intended to sketch another little old church.  I got carried away with the tower and didn’t have room or time enough for the rest of the church so this is just a sketch of a bell tower.  Actually, now that I think of it since it had no bell, is it a steeple??


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Normally DH takes R4 to his baseball practice, but hubby had stuff to do for work so I took him to it.  I brought along my sketchbook so I could get in some practice of my own– drawing people.  We were the first people there so it was easy to set up my folding chair and get all nice and comfy with my feet propped up on the side of the bleachers.  While the boys were warming up and playing catch I managed to get a sketch that remotely resembles a ball player.

2010EDinM023a After that, they mainly had pitching and batting practice.  I tried to get a handle on sketching the batters, but didn’t have any luck.  Working on the foreshortening in their stances and the changing batters was hard enough, but then this other parent, who had been sitting at the far end of the bleachers, plunked down right in front of me!!!  Grrrr!! So I sketched him, take that Mr!!  LOL!!!


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