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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Ink Yogurt

 "Yogurt" was an item on the Scavenger Hunt.  We happen to have some from our local H.E.B. grocery store.  Very good.

Number 8, yogurt - sketched in the ArtStreet sketchbook with the set of Zig Millennium 05 pens.  Tried writing with white Gel pen but the blue wasn't quite solid enough.  Fun anyway.

For Hunt 56

The yogurt is from our local H.E.B. grocery.  H.E.B. is a Texas company.  I've mentioned them before.  They support the community and have their own brand is usually comparable to name brands.  You can order by mail if you need a Texas item.  They have good recipes and ideas.  Folks complain about lack of items on the shelves, but I can only imagine how much worse it would be if they weren't such a good company.  Our family hasn't had to do without anything we like to eat.


Monday, February 06, 2023

Outside Digital Sketch

About 9:00 a.m. it looked like a nice morning for the porch.  I took my iPad and coffee and talked Gene into going out as well.  We were out for about 30 or 40 minutes and moved back in.  The wind came up and it is very uncomfortable out there.

Of course I was not in the mood to go get a sketchbook or pastels and easel so just opened my iPad and sketched in the app, Brushes.


Number 7 outside - I've sketched all the scenes I can see from my chair.  We did take the white covered trailer to Roger's grandson in November which left a new "bare" spot.  The big cedar or juniper tree is more visible now.  The grass is not that green, but it isn't brown either.  Hmmm,  how to show that?  Maybe next drawing it will come to me.  Any ideas?


Sunday, February 05, 2023

Dust and Ink

I went to town a couple of days ago to get groceries after the cold weather.  I stopped off at the Tough Cookie for a latte and some avocado toast.  So good.  I'm trying to be gluten free again and that is a good place to have gluten free bread and sweets.  They are situated in an old building down by the river and are planning on moving up to Main Street soon.  It will be harder to find parking but they will probably get more walk in traffic.

Their decor is the old wooden walls and floors of the original building.  They have art and lots of odds and ends decorations.  The art is abstract at the moment.  I sat and sketched but I was thinking about the shopping with it being the first day most of us were out and about, Friday and almost the after school hours so my mind wasn't really on sketching.  I made the list this Hunt so wanted to get started.

Number 2, healthy - food at the Tough Cookie is healthy.  The bread machine on the back wall is huge and was working hard mixing up something!

Number 3, jelly or jam - I substituted the jars of cookies

Earlier on Friday at home I sketched in the ArtStreet sketchbook with a Micron 02 that is about out of ink and nib so it gave some texture to my sleeve.

Number 1, buttons

Today, I sketched at my footstool in the living room with a Micron 02 (in better shape) in the ArtStreet sketchbook.

Number 4  thumb and Number 5 xylophone using a sub of X-acto knife, really a box cutter.  Any substitute if you don't have an item should start with the same letter is the challenge on the Hunt.  There aren't too may Xs and I sure don't have a Xylophone.  I wonder if anyone does or will find on in a store to sketch.  Hmmm.  I hope so.

We worked on reconciling our checkbook.  The program we use was corrupted so I'm starting over for the year and it has not been easy finding something that we both can use.  I was using Quicken for my art and it doesn't work on my computer and I don't want to have my stuff on line so....  My mind went blank so I decided to play in the dust instead.


Number 6, potato - I wiped off the blue paper again and used a variety of pastels.  I only spent about 30 minutes wipe off to finish, but that got me "sane" again.  I can zone out in a few minutes with the pastels in my hand.

I don't mind recycling the paper as I always have a photo of the sketches.  If I kept them all we would be accused of being hoarders.  My studio is crammed full as it is.

 This was my board and paper, pastels and set up.  Pretty messy but I feel at home there.

A few photos during the cold spell.  Thank goodness we never lost power or had damage like folks in Austin and farther west.  We were mainly just cold.

Ice on the tree by the mailbox.

And the mailbox, you can see some saggy trees in the background.

And a panorama of the frost yesterday morning with the trees all upright and happy again.

Sorry for such a long post, hope you stuck around for the end!






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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


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