Month: May 2010
My second oldest son, R2, had been out with me getting in a bit of driving practice and when we got home we found this little guy in our driveway. I got out to shoo the bunny off the drive so he could pull the van in. Mr. bunny really wasn’t very afraid of me. He just hopped off a few feet into some grass under the maple tree from my last post. He seemed pretty content to sit there watching us watch him. This was too good to pass up. My son has been playing with a new lens for his camera and so he took a few pics of the bunny for me. I think it was fun to combine our hobbies and draw from one of his photos.Read More
I didn’t get to post yesterday, so I’m doubling up today. This is the courthouse tower on the city square just around the corner from where I found the log cabin I drew for the twelfth. I only did the tower because it was impossible to get a place where I could park long enough to draw and see the whole courthouse. When I found a decent place to park, it had buildings blocking the body of the courthouse. Actually, it was no big deal as I was just interested in the clock tower really.
We planted Japanese Maples (I think) in our front yard a few years ago and either I am really unobservant or this is the first year for them to make seeds. I found a little green whirligig seed pod on the drive today. I’m pretty sure we’ve never had them before from our trees, but when I looked at our little tree it had tons on it. I plucked one off the tree, along with a leaf, to draw tonight. I wonder if a tree has to be so old or big to make the little seed pods??Read More
We had a short break in the ongoing rainstorms so I went out driving to an older town south of us looking for neat buildings to draw. Just off of the town square I found this log cabin. It was getting late and I was losing the light, but how often do you run across log cabins?Read More
I’m still working on my problems with drawing buildings. I really love old barns so when I saw this one with a convenient little pull off nearby I couldn’t resist. I pulled off and parked the van and started sketching.Read More
R4 didn’t feel well so we sent the menfolk off to church without us. The house was quiet so I picked up one of my Native American flutes and started noodling around playing a few hymns on them. When one would wet out I went on to the next, until I came to this Quena/ NAF hybrid. Somedays I wonder if I’ll ever get the hang of the embouchure for this rim blown. When it works it sounds lovely, but getting it to work…..
I was planning to draw another building tonight after dropping the kiddos off for their teen devo, but it was pouring outside. Instead, I came home and did a quickie from a picture on the WetCanvas gallery.Read More
I didn’t get to sketch a building, but I did do a little still life with a prop. This is an old Kewpie doll knockoff. My son, R2 (No, not the Star Wars droid! All the kiddos names begin with Rs so we have R1-R4.) said it looked like a little piggy. I agree.Read More
My EDinM entries for the fifth, sixth and seventh are doing double duty. They are my contribution to an art journal round robin that I am playing in. Planning and drawing for the round robin has been keeping me pretty busy, so I'm going to let them stand for my EDinM entries for the days I completed them on.
The theme of the round robin is Journey to the Imagination. Any time I start a drawing project my children ask if I am going to be drawing chibis. No matter what I draw, they like the manga the best, especially my chibis. So for the first spread I did my little chibi alter ego reading the book, The Scarlet Pimpernel and imagining herself as the heroine, Marguerite. The text is from the Gutenberg Project. I played with it in Photoshop then transferred it onto an inked spread in the book using Sheer Heaven paper. I added in the colored chibis then finished off with some Twinkling H20s paints. I wish the scan had caught how the Twinkling paint shimmers and shifts colors….
On the sixth I worked on a spread that was inspired by a poem that I love, The Stolen Child, by William Butler Yeats. I borrowed a line from the poem and changed it a bit to issue an invitation to an imaginary realm.
For the last entry, I drew a firebird since I'm fond of firebirds (obviously XD). and because flights of fancy are imagination in overdrive. I did this on crumpled masa and pasted it between the other two spreads.Read More
I was over by Unity Village after dropping off my children for a teen devo, and I thought that it would be a lovely place to draw. The campus is so lovely, but a lot of the visual goodies were roped off due to what looked like construction. I found this little Hobbit-like house sunk partially into the ground with an incredibly tall chimney and couldn’t resist trying to sketch it. I sat on some steps and got to work. Thankfully it is a pretty safe place because I zoned out while I was drawing. Some people came down the steps and were walking past me before I even knew they were there. That was a wake up call for me to pay more attention to basic safety rules.Read More