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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sketchy Sketches

Sometimes it is harder to sketch than other days.  Today was sketchy for me but I did sit on the porch and sketch so that is good. 

 For Scavenger Hunt 678

Number 1, season - I sketched the geraniums again with the new pens and added some other marker/pens that Joanna had given me.  They do not have as fine a point but worked well together.  These type pens tend to bleed a bit through the paper.  You will see that in my next sketch.

For the Southwest-Western Challenge on wetcanvas, in the big book with a Micron 02.

These are from Jenna's photos.  I'm not into birds so I will blame that on the weird turkey.  I have a hard time seeing the shapes on deer and sheep.  I wonder if it is a mental block or lack of practice on those animals.  I do like her dog.  He was sitting there enjoying the sunset or sunrise.  So cute.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Too Much Info and a Sketch

This post will probably be too much info but what can I say?  It was Mothers Day and stuff happens.  Our adult Texas kiddos came out.  We had lunch of Gene's famous brisket and roasted veggies and salad.  We visited, played Telefunken, opened gifts, and had dessert.  It was a fun long day.

I made New York Lindy's Cheesecake from McCalls Magazine.

Photo of me and Jennie.


Joanna brought fun-time cookies from Haley Cakes & Cookies in Austin.  They make beautiful designs.

Telefunken a progressive rummy card game.

I got some fun gifts:

My new animals for my stuffed zoo.

24 colors of drawing pens!

After everyone left, I tried out the fun sketchbook that you can flip upside down and open either way.  The book is 8 x 10 inches.

I sketched a plant/flower for Scavenger Hunt 677 to use as many colors as possible from the selection of 24.  Not very successful, about 9 of the colors were dried up.  They have nice long nibs and the other colors are nice.  I could not find the company online to exchange them.  Guaranteed 100%.  I did find the same pens on Amazon but they were out of stock and Joanna didn't get them there anyway.  So, so much for the guarantee.  It will be fun to have some different colors in pens anyway while they last.  :-)  So much faster for sketching in the big book than colored pencils.  The kiddos know what I like.

I also got and old Apple TV from Larry so we can watch UT baseball which I stream on my phone for away games.  Local games are on TV on the Longhorn Network.

I will get a new to me, hand me down iPad from Jennie (and Brandon) to upgrade there.  
Visited with David by phone.

So as the old saying goes, "A good time was had by all!"

We are so thankful to be in pretty good shape for old folks and have a wonderful bunch of kiddos to take care of us.  Yay!

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Mothers Day, Flag and Sketches

First of all, Happy Mothers Day to the mothers and all the children of mothers!  It is a beautiful day here and our adult kiddos will be here for lunch and maybe a round of Telefunken (Rummy card game).

I did sketch yesterday in the big book and on my iPad for Scavenger Hunt 677.

Number 4 metal - spur
Number 5 glass - cup
Number 6 cylinder - fireplace match holder
Number 7 wooden - bowl
In the big book with a Micron 02

Number 8 plastic - cup from New Orleans
On my iPad with Brushes (digital, and obviously free hand)

I am proud to be an American and proud of our country and all the good we have done in helping during disasters and wars.  I'm proud of all our good ordinary hard working citizens.  I appreciate different ideas and opinions.   We all have more in common than you might think, right?  

This old song by Johnny Cash says it all:

Ragged Old Flag

Homefront, Too

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Garden Tool Sketch

Usually I go through the list and sketch the things that are closer to hand.  I'm lazy to get up and actually do the Scavenger part of the Hunt.  It was nice on the porch so I knew Gene had the hedge clippers in the garage so I wouldn't have to go to the shed and look for a tool.  I had the garden tool nearby or at least easy to get to.

Number 3, garden tool - hedge clippers in the big book, sketched with a Lamy pen.

Another glitch is that I have sketched just about everything that is close at hand.  I  really have to think and search to find things I haven't sketched.  It really doesn't matter as each sketch is different anyway, but may be a bit boring.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

May 4th Be With You


May 4th Be With You

I couldn't resist.  Our granddog, Chewie.

Thanks, Jennie.

Porch Sketching

Cloudy, cool, sketching on the porch.  What could be better?  Not much.  We are getting some rain which will be good for the hot, dry summer.

The big book still has lots of empty pages so one more done.

For Scavenger Hunt 677

Number 1, Plant or flower - we have some Mexican Hats, Paintbrush and dandelions.
Number 2, seasonal - hummingbirds at a new feeder Gene bought.  Cute, it has butterflies, little red crystals and bubble glass.  The hummers are coming!

The morning is cloudy.  The lakes have risen just a bit.  Fingers crossed for some more rain to fill the ponds/lakes.

The plan is to reintroduce my studio and ideas about how I think about painting.  Coming soon.....

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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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