Sunday, August 31, 2008

Challenge #21 Draw something antique

This is the text on the back of the card.

This is a drawing from an antique stereoscopic card I bought at a postcard, stamp and stationary show. It is a kind of creepy image because the little girl and her doll look like each other. I think I made them creepier than it really is.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Challenge #52 Draw a dog and journal about your dog relationships

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I didn't journal about dogs directly onto the page of this challenge as my first dog story is too sad. I remember when I was about three or four when my dad brought home a dog. I have two memories of this occasion. I actually remember seeing the dog in the back of the car and, sadly, I remember the day I found him/her (don't remember which sex) dead on the basement floor. Since my attempt to draw from memory was less than successful and that this is a sad story I decided not to try to draw it. The next dog we had was when I was in high school and my mother brought home an Afghan hound which she named Barkus. The problem was that she worked and my sister and I were in school and Barkus proceeded to destroy everything in the room he was kept in, including eating out the back of the sofa. We found him a better home. I am not sure I am a dog person. I always wanted a cat but my mother believed that cats would sleep on your face while you were sleeping and kill you. I didn't get my first cat until I was about thirty. I haven't been without one since and I still very much in love with cats and still alive.

I like dogs, other people's dogs. Somewhat like other people's children. I am planning a series of "other people's dogs". I thought about getting a dog. I really wanted a King Charles Cavalier for awhile. I realize though that fantasy and reality are too different things and will continue to be dogless for now. Besides, Chloe says: NO DOGS! So what the cat says, goes. So this is the first in my series of "Other People's Dogs". I hope you enjoy the series.

This is how beautiful Venus is. I am not sure my drawings did her justice. Venus was my first pick for other people's dogs as she is truly one of my favorite dogs. I love seeing her. She is very, very special.

Unity of Beaverton really is at the corner of 5th and Angel. Just in case you thought I was making it up.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Challenge #44 Draw (another) stuffed animal

Well, our ladybug saga has come to a happy end. The ladybugs thank you for following their journey.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Challenge #10 Draw Your Hand

This seems like cheating. I'll do another hand later.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Challenge #119 Draw a rock

This is my version of obos (see below). This is with apologies to my rocks. They are beautiful rocks and I didn't do them justice. So something else to add to my list to improve on: cats and rocks.

"Being an unusual configuration, it is obviously from the hand of man. Further, if it is knocked down, it is easily rebuilt. They can be anywhere, mostly in gardens and parks. Obos is a destination, a sanctuary, a shrine, and a focal point that reminds us that we work with our hands. We are builders and what we build is sacred. Obos may appear inconsequential and be unnoticed by casual passersbys. It's a private tribute to something higher, something we might be striving for but find difficult to attain. Approach obos with a relaxed, curious mind. It can help with answers to questions not consciously asked. Obos gives pause, a contemplative thought or a new direction, a respite from clutter, a rededication to our struggle and an affirmation of the value of our personal effort. Obos is the carrier of a golden secret. Obos is like art itself. Obos is a joy to build." --- Taken from "Painter's Keys".

Monday, August 25, 2008

Challenge #4 Draw your mug

I use all my mugs as pencil and pen holders. This mug really has dimensional lady bugs on it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cat toy challenge #7

This is the last cat toy post for now. Hope you enjoyed them.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Monday's drawing/cat toy #6

I am finding drawing my cat very challenging. I have been using photos. It doesn't help that the photo is mediocre. I did this challenge first in pencil (upper photo) and then did went over it in pen.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Cat toy challenge cont'd

This cat toy is from Fat Cat, Inc.

(Click for better view and to read Chloe's lastest input.)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Todays drawing tomorrow

I have decided to post a day later. Right now until I get a scanner that works (mine is broken) I am going to do my drawing at night, which works for me, and then photograph in daylight and upload the next morning. So today's drawing will be posted tomorrow morning.
Thanks to everyone who has visited.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

6 - Draw your favorite well-loved object ... or a childhood toy

I don't have any toys from childhood. This is one of my cat's toys and I think I like it more than she does. I don't think she has played with this one.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Challenge #173 Draw something from memory

This turned into two pages. Drawing from memory is definitely not my thing.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Challenge #133 draw a peach

I found this to be difficult as I am not trained in colored pencil. I am taking a class in October that I hope will help. Until then I'll just muddle along. Wish I could capture just how wonderful these smelled.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Challenge #151 free choice

Good Fortune

The fortunes in the cookies were:
You should be able to undertake and complete anything you desire
Your luck will soon be at a high point.

Challenge #93 draw an egg carton

This challenge was a lot more difficult than I though it would be. I plan to do this challenge again as I hopefully improve over the year.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

challenge #11 Draw your glasses or sunglasses

This was a very interesting challenge for me because the glasses I chose to draw were ones I wore in the past. It brought up all my feelings about not being cool. I remember thinking, at the time, that the sunglasses were cool, but I don't think they are. The thread about my hair is another story. I need to get a haircut but have not been able to find a hairdresser I like since I moved here eleven years ago! So I haven't had a decent hair cut in eleven years. So that is it for today.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Challenge #89 Buttons

I am not very happy with the results today. I feel like I am in a drawing rut. I did a lot of this in pencil first then used colored pencils, fine line markers, and a bit of water color pencil. the bright yellow and bright orange backgrounds are water color brush pens from jet pens (