Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dance of the zippers

I did two items for the scavenger hunt tonight. One was the first thing I see in the morning. That is my dog Penny. She sleeps next to me and usually has her head laying on some part of me. Sometimes it is on my shoulder and when I open my eyes, her beautiful face is right there.

The other item was a zipper. I did a drawing of 4 zippers. I wanted to have several in different colors. I have 14 items finished and one challenge done. The hunt still has until Dec 3. Not an eventful day today. Just some housework and a long nap with the dogs. Hopefully tomorrow will be more of the same. With some sketching of course.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


Well after dinner yesterday I didn't think I could ever eat again. Wrong. I ate my regular dinner tonight. How sick is that? When you eat too much, you shouldn't be able to eat again until your body uses up what it already has. lol
I worked on some scavenger hunt items today. Here is one of them. It was for a piece of jewelry. I decided to do a cross I have with stones. I used Inktense pencils because they have a more ink look to them. I thought that would look more like jewels.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Here kitty kitty kitty

For the WDE this week I did the cat named Possum. Most of the photo refs were scenery of wooded areas. I didn't want to do trees as I had just done one not long ago. And I have been wanting to do a cat face. I would like to do one to practice colored pencil. But this one I did in graphite. I was pretty happy with the drawing. Not perfect but done in a two hour time frame.
I believe tomorrow is a new scavenger hunt post. I still have 5 items for this one unfinished. I may be able to get them tonight or tomorrow.
Tomorrow is another Thanksgiving dinner. My cousin's house this time. There will be about 20 people there. Another day of stuffing myself to beyond full. Tastes really good but sure is miserable after. Yesterday was turkey tomorrow will be deep pit ham. I have never tasted that so will be looking forward to trying it.
Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak." Mark 14:38

With a full stomach.

Today being Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., I have eaten until I am stuffed. Very nice dinner with hubby's sister and husband. When we got home, Penny, our lab had chewed up the insides of a new pair of house slippers I bought to replace another pair she had chewed up. We left her too long and she was bored. Filled her time with chewing. She is just a year old. Still a puppy at heart. When you scold her for it, she looks so hurt. And then she just starts wagging and is happy we are home. I really don't think she has a clue.

Here is a picture I did yesterday (5x7). I finally scanned it tonight so that I could post it here. I will be doing more of these. Just a perfect size for gifts.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Judy1957's daughter Maggie

I finished the Weekly Challenge tonight of Judy1957's daughter Maggie. Judy is the Moderator this week and chose the reference photo of her daughter. You can see the drawings here:
I also posted some more items for the scavenger hunt. I did todays on black cardstock that I bought last week at Michael's. I used white Prismacolor pencil on all the items and the same brand of red and green on the teabag.
It is getting late here and I was up late last night. Still have to load the dishwasher before going to bed.

Monday, November 20, 2006

WDE 11-17-06

I finished my drawing for the WDE site. I did the elephant. I seem to be stuck on animals lately. I didn't take much time on the elephant. About 1 hour.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Late night, early morning

Depending where you live, it is early morning, or maybe late night. I am still up at 1:30 am. I need to get to bed as I have a hari appt in the morning at 8:30 and at least a half hour drive in heavy traffic. The hair dresser has moved this past month to the farthest area from where I live. Before she moved I could make it across town to her shop in about 15-20 minutes.
I have been playing with my Derwent drawing pencils again. I did a picture of KC our Golden Retriever who passed on about 3 yrs ago. I am not really happy with the picture but will probably not do it over. I want to give it to my husband for Christmas. I have done several pencil drawings of her that I liked much better. On this one, the black I used to get the darks of her eyes and nose just look a mess. It got waxy and didn't really look black. Maybe I will try to burnish those two areas.
My bird is behind me in her cage wanting me to talk. She keeps asking me "What are you doing". Of course even if I told her, she would still ask again and again and again.
Well I can't stay awake much longer. I just wanted to get something posted for today.
I worked on new pieces for the scavenger hunt which started today. A pretty good list. I have 5 items finished and 5 of them are already posted. Hopefully tomorrow I will work on my WDE drawing for the week. And I still need a Christmas card for another forum. I haven't a clue what that will be. I am not good at making something up from my head. I would like to do something that is more spiritual instead of something that shows commercialization. But a spiritual picture is even harder to "imagine" from my mind. I thought about a child praying but would need a ref picture. Also a fireplace with a burning fire, but ...I could do a candle still life but sounds boring. I will have to think awhile longer. It has to be posted by Dec 15 so I have a bit of time.
Well time for some beauty sleep (if only that were possible). Tomorrow, strike is another day.
Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all! Romans 12:16

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Last of the trio

I finished my last of the 3 dogs for the weekly challeng on WC. This one is a mix breed named Zipper. I wasn't as happy with this one. I don't think I did this one justice. I was happiest with the husky. It is fun seeing everyone's drawings. Even the different mediums. I did all three drawings in mechanical pencil.
I have drawn animals for several years now. My accomplishment has been that I am now doing them freehand. Formerly I used a graph. I have no problem with graphs or people who use them. It makes it much easier to get ears, eyes, etc in the right places. And believe it or not, you can still make a mistake with a graph. But I was tired of drawing all those lines and then having to get them erased off of my drawings. Sometimes it was impossible to take every little bit off. It also caused smudging.
I am so much more satisfied with my drawings now that I can do them freehand. Such a freeing feeling. I still cannot measure. I have to just start at one spot and work at it until I get what I want. I might use a ruler to measure a dogs muzzle length but I just can't seem to do the lines or measurements most people use to get the proportions right. It just does not work for me, so I will stick with what does work for me.
Sometimes my measurements might be a little off but if the drawings please me, that is a plus. I also tend to do more line work. I tried to develop that more fully, but have found my style is more for the linework. It just seems to fit me better. Some things I can extend the tonal values but others just seem finished to me without. I seem to like the fact that I can get a likeness with just a pencil and some lines.
Looking forward to whatever new challenges face me next week. I am ready to start a new landscape in pencil and also to try another animal. This time in colored pencil. I wish to be able to do the fur of animals using the colored pencils. If I can make fur with pencil, I should be able to make it with colored pencils.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A husky named Sage

Tonight I did the second dog for the weekly drawing forum. The dog belongs to WetCanvas member She-She. The drawing is from one of her photos on the Reference Image Library. I now have one more to go. It is a mixed breed and short-haired. I hope to get that one done tomorrow.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A new Monday.

I finished the last of the scavenger hunt for this week. There were 7 less items this time. I didn't do two of the challenges but may later. Tonight I concentrated on the weekly drawing challenge. The photo refs were 3 different dog photos. I was going to draw all three (head shots) on on page but later decided to do each individually. I finished the sheltie tonight. Two more to go plus the WDE drawing for the week to be done.
Penny our lab is getting settled in finally. She still chews but mostly her own toys. She unstuffs them all over the house. But she has stopped tearing up any papers laying around on tables. She also does not panic when I leave. She is so happy when I get home but now knows I am coming back.
We have had her now just over three months. The change in her is great. She is such a wonderful dog that I can't imagine not having her. I am so glad she came to us. We have great patience with dogs, and she needed someone like that to get her over her trauma of being abandoned. We both feel if she had not come here, that she would have been shuffled to a few more homes. It would have ruined her spirit.
As a 1 yr old dog now, she has a zest for life. So happy just to have a ball or a chew toy to toss around all by herself. She is so happy. Loves to eat, sleeps hard, and very loving. Thank you Penny for coming into our lives.
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.Revelation 3:20

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pencil landscape

Yesterday I did another landscape. It was from a reference photo from the WDE last week. I saved several of the photos that week to do. This is the second one I have done.
Yesterday started another scavenger hunt. #17. Wow it is hard to believe that I have done 16 of them already. This one has 19 items 7 less than usual. Plus 3 challenges. I have already finished 10 plus one challenge. I think this one will be finished fast for me. That's ok as I plan to do more landscapes.
I still have several Christmas presents to do plus some genealogy work for my sister-in-law that I want to get done. Also I want to do a picture using the reds like Al Jones for a Christmas present for my husband of our KC who is no longer with us. I want to take my time on that one and make it special with mat and frame for him.
Thanksgiving is not very far away. About a week and a half. My cousin and her husband will be doing some deep pit meat. We will take a turkey over there to have done for us too. We will have Thanksgiving dinner with hubby's sister and brother-in-law and another dinner with my cousin's family the Saturday after. Just what I need, more food.
It seems I am doomed to repeat my early dating and marriage time in the age when I should be cutting down my food intake. When dating my husband, we started celebrating holidays with both our families. Fortunately (or unfortunately) , my family had their dinners at noon, and his family had their dinners around 6-8 (his mom procrastinated and was the slowest person when getting dinners ready).
His mom was always at the bank at 5 minutes to 3 when they closed at 3. On Friday nights, closing time was 6. His mom showed up about 15 minutes before closing. She never even started to get ready and pick up the check and dep until late in the afternoon.
I remember one Christmas Eve, we were all gathered around to open our presents. His mom just got home and was in the bedroom wrapping the presents she had just bought. Why bother to wrap them when they would just get ripped off half hour later.
But I ventured from the subject. We ate dinner with my family at noon, and ate again with his family in the evening. Two big dinners. And both insisted we eat dessert and the works. That is one day we were stuffed all day. But it kept family harmony with both sides, and our parents never felt that we gave preference to either side. Made for nicer relationships. But not on the body. We now carry way more weight around than is comfortable. And now we have swung full circle around and are going to eat two meals. Makes me groan at the thought. Will be tasty but........

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Colored Pencil Landscape

I just finished a colored pencil landscape. I used a photo reference from WC but didn't note the person who submitted it. I thought it was the photo I got from my friend Jean but soon realized that hers was from Oregon and had water in the background. I will have to do hers later.

I am relatively happy with the finished product. It is one of my first done with colored pencil. I did use a little watercolor pencil for the background but did the rest of the picture with dry colored pencils (prismacolors.) I have recently gotten several tins of Prismacolors from ebay. Having fun trying them out.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Weekly challenge

I finished the deer scene for the weekly challenge. So everything that I needed to accomplish this week is done. I even finished the Scavenger Hunt today. Another doesn't start until the 9th. Maybe they will post early this week.

Bible study was tonight. Only one more before the holiday break. Then starts up again mid January. By that time I should be doing taxes.

I worked yesterday on two small watercolor pencil drawings. One is some roses with a white background. The other is a scene with mountains and trees. I am getting a little more comfortable with the colored pencils. Not good but comfortable.

Monday, November 06, 2006

WDE Wishing Well

Today I worked on my entry for the WDE for this week. I chose the picture of the wishing well to do. I first sketched the scene, then used dry watercolor pencils. After I finished that, I added some water with a waterbrush.

I was happy with the way the drawing turned out. I am getting more comfortable all the time adding some color to my drawings.

I ordered from ebay some watercolor Prismacolors. I haven't tried them yet. I did receive them today. I tend to like the Derwent watercolors. But I like the verithins better for dry work. They seem harder. I will try the Prisma watercolor pencils tonight and see if I like them as well.

Jesus replied, "You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”Matthew 22:37-38, NLT

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Scavenger hunt still life

I did a still life with some of the scavenger hunt items tonight. I like the way it turned out. Most of the time when I try to arrange a still life, the items don't look like they belong together. This time it was different. Of course most of them are food related so maybe that is why. I really liked the arrangement any way.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Egg Cup

The new reference photos for the colored pencil monthly drawings were posted yesterday. I decided to do the egg in the cup. This was my first time joining in on the colored pencil site. I am finally getting comfortable with doing colored pencil drawings. Especailly as I used wc pencils and added a little waterbrush to blend the colors. Then went over the drawing some more with the colored pencils dry and did some burnishing.

I still have to work on the weekly drawing challenge. It is a herd of cows. Well about 5 cows standing in a row. I will try to work on that today.

I also want to do the sketchcrawl for the drawing and sketching thread. It is any time over a week. I still have several days to participate. I may just do some drawings around here but at least I will participate.

I am also reading and looking into some ACEO cards. I would like to do those. I have done several for practice and would like to explore that more thoroughly. I have always liked cropping and doing just the eyes of animals. And a lot of my self-portraits have been bits and pieces of me. I think those kind of crops would make good ACEO cards.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Start of a new month

Well here it is November with Christmas just around the corner. Yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Hubby brought home a card and cake. He has started doing a few little things like that in the last few years. He has never been a romantic but he does make an effort at times. I enjoy getting cards from him as he finds ones that have really nice sentiments. It is surprising to read them as he isn't very vocal about his feelings other than saying "I love you". The cards he buys are the only way I know the depth of his feelings.

Here are a couple of watercolor pencil paintings I have been playing around with. Trying to get my feel of working on landscapes with the watercolor pencils.

I have been adding some color with the pencils for quite some time now and have been satisfied with my attempts. I just did pencil drawings for years, so the color I have been able to add at times, is very pleasing to me.

It is funny how I can manipulate the regular pencil to draw and make things look as they look in real life. But adding the color is more of a chore. That seems strange to me as we see in color. It should be easier to do the color.
It seems foreign to me that my dogs are able to see only in black and white. It seems so limiting. And why do dog toys come in all sorts of beautiful colors? For the owners apparently. Since it is not color that attracts them, what makes them choose one toy over another from a basket full. I would love to know what goes on in my dog's minds.
Well Bible study tonight and I haven't even started to answer my questions. So today that is the first thing on my list. It is a little cold here this morning and we don't have our heater ready yet, so curling up in bed is very tempting. But that won't get my study finished.
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.Psalm 119:77, NLT