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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hunting Around the House Sketches and Photos

On with Scavenger Hunt 448  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1403801
I sketched yesterday and today in the big sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen.  I was standing at the counter in the kitchen, on the stool for the outside seat and shoes.  The others on the kitchen/dining table.  Challenges from this Hunt are to use your non dominant hand and do continuous line drawings.  It is enough challenge for me to just sketch!

Number 7 - 11, water, from the kitchen (compost pot), something you cook with (colander), shoes, and outdoor seat.

Number 12 - 17, tube, camera, used to create (pastels and paper), drink (I'm sort of addicted to the V8 Fusion drinks at the moment), food (pineapple) and something to eat with.

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I have a new addition to my studio.  Our friend, T (Thresa) paints and renews old furniture, makes jewelry from odd things like bones, and other fun artsy stuff.  She had a chair that is perfect for my studio.  I had been looking for a comfy seat for me to sit and contemplate and for a visitor to sit in.  Inspiring, too.  Pretty nifty find!

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The birds were out again this morning.  Purple Martins found the house finally.  Not sure if it is a good thing, we haven't seen the Eastern Bluebirds since and they are so pretty.  The Martins are noisy and protective of their world.

The Martins were not happy with me on the porch.  The mud swallows (cousins) had lived there and it took ages to get them to quit building there.

 Upside down bomber, ha.

 They stay busy in the mornings.

The one on the right has a piece of something to put in the apartment.  Not sure if it was a stick or food.

The Cardinals have a hard time eating from these feeders and usually eat what falls on the ground.  Guess their rounded beaks are too short to go in the small holes.  They do try once in a while.

This Ladder Backed Woodpecker has figured out how to turn his head.  He used to try eating upside down. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hunting from the Porch

Cloudy in the west and looking like rain,
My damned 'ol slicker is in the wagon again.
Come a ti yi yippee, yippee yay, yippee yay.......

Thinking of my mom when the sky is interesting.  We had bubble gum clouds last night and regular rainy looking sky today.

Note to Regina:  The big tree is getting fuller.  :)

I sketched on the porch yesterday afternoon, such great weather. 

Number 3, landscape - nothing new here
Number 4, flower - same old geranium
Number 5, from the garden
Number 6, fence

 And the porch and my sketchbook.  I have sketched these things so much, I should be able to do them with my eyes closed.  Good practice doing that, too.  :)

Some storms predicted for this evening, probably just enough to interfere with baseball.  Texas plays Texas State.  We are Texas fans but Larry did go to Texas State and we have big bucks invested there, too.  So ....  Gene will wear his TS cap and UT shirt and I will wear a pin from TS on my UT shirt,  but ....   It is still Hook 'em Horns, though, for tonight!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Art and Wine Fundraiser

What a great combination!  Art and Wine!  Get to the Colony this Saturday and have some wine, buy some art and support the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center and the Lost Pines Center for the Arts in Smithville!  Should be fun and some good artists showing their work.

After, you can scoot on down to The Bugle Boy in La Grange for some good music.  The Ragpicker String Band performs on Saturday.  http://thebugleboy.org/events.php?status=active

The poster and promotion are from:

Debbie Denny Media Solutions
926 Main Street
Bastrop, Tx 78602


Contact Debbie for assistance with your promotions and advertising!  She is enthusiastic and easy to work with.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Hunting Labels - Sketch

I sketched in the big sketchbook with a Micron 01 and then added colored pencil.  Not my favorite as it takes a long time to do colored pencil correctly.  I did it as quickly as I can.  Smiling.  These are for Scavenger Hunt 448.

Number 1, a bottle with a label
Number 2, a jar with a label

The salsa is a favorite from Albuquerque and the wine is a new one to try, a gift from Brandon.  It is from Chile so is bound to be excellent.  I liked the label for the sketch!  Different!

The Longhorn baseball team is still pretty flat.  There doesn't seem to be any excitement this year for some reason.  They have lots of talent, as usual.  They just don't get it together as often as we would like.  We are not fair weather fans, though.  We go to as many games as we can.  They are in Lubbock this weekend to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders.  We should have gone, but can watch on TV.  Tech is broadcasting somewhat like the University of Texas Longhorn Network which is with ESPN.  Tech is with Fox Sports.  Anyway, I am happy to be able to watch.  The Horns lost Friday, 13-6 and won yesterday 7-4.  Tech is in first place in the conference and in the top 10 nationally.  Maybe the Horns can win today and knock them down a notch.  It would sure boost their spirits!  Hook 'em Horns!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Water Everywhere and Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders - Photos

We have had another half inch of rain today. There were big booms of thunder that shook The windows. The sunset photos and Gene down by the lakes was on April 18.  You can see the water pouring over the spillway.  You may be able to tell that our house is up the hill from the water so it would have to rain much more to flood us.

We have to laugh at the squirrels here.  Gene got these "squirrel proof" feeders and they have really frustrated the squirrels for quite a while.  This morning we found one that has figured them out.  Gene says squirrel proof bird feeders are an oxymoron.

When I went out the back door to take the photos the squirrel jumped down but it only took him a couple of minutes to climb back up and start his meal again.  You can see him at the bottom in the first photo and then happily eating just a couple of minutes later.  Ha.

A new Scavenger Hunt starts today.  I need to go check the list. 

Come on over and play with us.  The Scavenger Hunts keep me sketching!
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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill