Category: Out ‘n About
After I dropped our older kids off at the teen devo, I drove over to sketch in a little old, historic downtown. Someone had converted this filling station into a barbecue joint, of all things! DH and our youngest son were with me. I sketched and R4 did homework and DH did stuff for his job. I’m surprised a policeman didn’t stop by– I was scribbling away on a pad, DH was ploinking on a computer and lugging paperwork back and forth from the back of the van– we could have been plotting rather nefarious deeds, LOL!!
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
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
I really have problems with perspective and buildings so today’s sketch is a building, of course! I want to be able to sketch interesting buildings and get the flavor of a place when we go sightseeing onto the pages of my travel journals. I know the only way to do this is practice so……….. Putting myself into tourist mode, I drove over to an interesting little old church in our town. I parked across the way from it and working over my steering wheel drew and painted this little sketch. It’s not perfect, but it is a start.Read More
When I took the kiddos to the zoo recently, I thought the biggest obstacle to my getting in a few quick sketches would be them getting bored waiting on me. Instead of them getting impatient, they were a dream to be with and it was the other patrons that ended up frustrating me.
The day wasn't a total loss, we got to get out of the house, get some exercise, see some cool animals, and enjoy each others company. Plus with everyone carrying a camera, I have lost of photos to draw from. I hooked my laptop up to the TV and tried to do a quick sketch of the poor gorilla. It was really easy to see on the big screen and the colors seemed truer. Now if I could only figure out how to keep my laptop resolution from changing and rearranging my desktop icons each time I hook up to the TV, I'd be set.Read More
I went to my youngest son's baseball practice this afternoon and saw this little tree over by the shelter house. I decided to play with my brushpen and do a quick sketch of it. A fun way to spend a practice.Read More