Friday, June 26, 2009

Sketchbook: Girl Throwing Rocks in Water

We've met our friends at the pond and gone fishing with them. Our kids love thier kids and much fun is had by all. Their daughter is only two and justs loving poking about at the water's edge.

Shortly after this sketch, I was engrossed with drawing something else and the three littlest ones were inventing a game where they were naming various things as fishing lures and then tossing them in the water. They had alphabet pretzels, blades of grass, little flowers - all replete with brand new names.

One item that they loved tossing in, they called "smokers" - boy, they sure loved those. I should have looked up sooner. "Smokers" are a new lure made of cigarette butts. There were about 9 or 10 of them merrily bobbing on the water, waiting for the fish to come biting. I paid better attention after that one.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sketchbook: Brothers Fishing

I really enjoyed capturing these two as they bent over the fishing line, clearly the older boy advising the younger one on some casting technique. I really wanted to capture that movement and connection.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sketchbook: DeWitt's Pond

My family has recently gone crazy for fishing. It started with my middle daughter, so determined to learn how to fish, she saved birthday money a few years ago to buy herself a "Dora the Explorer" fishing rod. This had hours and hours of use fishing in our backyard wading pool.

This year at Christmas, my husband and daughter received fishing gear and we have been taking all the kids along on these little excursions (much to their collective delight). I don't have a fishing license, nor do I have any urge to stand still that long, so my role has evolved into child wrangler/snack provider/ sketchbook operator. It has suited me just fine.

This is our local fishing hole, more like a man made squarish shape carved out of the prairie, the kids think it is the most magical place ever. I've been picking out beautiful little vistas to capture on paper.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sketchbook: Waiting Room Chair

I inevitably run out of people to draw in a visit. Or people are on to me and sitting in all sorts of awkward poses trying to look natural and secretly wondering if I'm drawing them (you can always totally tell). This prompts me to pick something inanimate. In an office, it usually means something industrial and ugly. This chair is one such subject.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sketchbook: Woman Reading, Unfinished

I wish this woman had not been called for her appointment so quickly - I was just starting to hone in on her details. She was deeply engrossed in her magazine so she was hardly moving. I thought the half finished picture would give you an idea of the mid point of progress in a sketch like this.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sketchbook: Woman Working on Computer

I had another appointment at the dentist so again had my captive subjects. I am starting to really enjoy waiting rooms. People are so unaware of what is going on around them that they provide very easy targets. This lady had interesting hair to draw, it was cut in layers and that posed a unique challenge. I was using a nice thick 05 Micron this day, I love that heavy line.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sketchbook: Fence and trees

I really like the simplicity captured here. Sometimes you just note what you need to note and then you move on. What attracted me to this subject was the lines to the trees (which did not yet sport leaves) I kind of wanted to see if I could convey the different textural differences just by making different types of pen strokes. I think I did that.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Painting Study: Two Girls Reading

6" x 6"
Acrylic on Masonite
One thing my family loves to do is frequent used book stores. Both my husband and I have strong urges to linger in these musty places for long periods hoping to find a few treasures. Our kids have happily embraced this tradition.

One system we have devised is a rule that the other two kids have to read a small story to our youngest (who isn't reading yet) while everyone else browses. This has worked beautifully as the older two are quite generous in this respect (they enjoy the story as well), our youngest gets two stories read to her automatically, and we catch a few more minutes to browse the titles.

My two daughters have this tendency to cuddle up in these situations. They are quite close despite their three year age difference and they do not seem to mind being in close proximity to one another. Often times they are cocooned on the couch watching tv or in in the lower bunk bed playing with paper dolls.

When story time fell to my middle daughter, I was not surprised to come around the bookshelves and see them huddled together in the girliest pink floral chair I'd ever laid eyes on. It begged a picture and a painting. I literally could not get my mind off of painting this little scene all evening after taking this. It had to wait two days, but I am not disappointed with the results.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sketchbook: Wheelbarrow

This sketch was another "sitting, waiting for the kids" sketch. I usually have nothing directly to draw so I take something, anything in my vicinity. I was immediately attracted to the strong lines of the handles on this wheelbarrow, although I'm not totally sure I got the angles all right, but that doesn't usually concern me greatly when I'm whisking off a bunch of quick sketches.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Painting Study: Garden Tulips

6" x 6"
Acrylic on Masonite
These tulips are sadly gone the way of the Alberta wind and rain. I snapped the picture about 2 weeks ago and finally had a chance to put it down in paint. They actually aren't from my garden, but that of a good friend.
My tulips are a screaming bright red and totally don't suit my house. I keep thinking I will dig them up and put in a variety of colours, but I never do and every year I have an intense red welcome to spring. I kind of love them. I have a few pics on file that may make it to a few studies in the next few weeks.
(I kind of agonize about how I should describe a picture like that - is it a landscape? Is it a still life? I kind of refer to both when I get a chance, because I really can't make up my mind. I'm sure that "technically" it is a landscape, but I say "Bah! Keep an open mind!")

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sketches and Paintings to come

Hello there! I know, I know, there was a blip in the posting parade. Summer has my painting time jammed in amongst outside family time.

One positive is that my sketchbook has been getting a workout even though my blog has not. So, I'm going to be posting a series of sketches and paintings during the week for a few weeks. Not so many articles at the moment - I want to soak up as much sun as I can!

Check back tomorrow for my latest auction.