Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Corner at the Cottage

This weekend I was able to grab a few minutes to try and draw a corner at the cottage. It is incredible how wonky this drawing is, but I do feel like I can really remember how this corner looks now. That makes drawing a wonderful memory tool for me--I tend to have a terrible memory.

It was very shadowy in the room, so I could not see details of what I was drawing.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Just wanted to let you all know that I have not forgotten my blog! I have not done much drawing lately, because I have been very busy getting ready for an adventure. We are hosting an exchange student from Thailand this year and she is coming this weekend! We are very excited to finally meet her in person. The last couple of weeks have been busy -transforming our son's room to a room suitable for a girl. We have also been working on his studio apartment which he is renting from my parents. I have been doing lots of painting---but all with interior latex! I am going to take my sketchbook to the airport with me, to do some drawing while we wait.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

On the Porch

We live in an old victorian, but I think of it as a victorian cottage....because it is not as big or fancy as the ones you think of with turrets and lots of curlie Q's. It does have some fish scale siding in the gable ends, but that is about it.

My favorite places in the summer are the porches. There is a tiny one on the front and that is where I was sitting to draw this. It has been so hot lately that only die hard porch sitters like me sit outside.

And yes, our house really is bright yellow. It has white trim and a pretty green on the porch floors and foundation. People looked shocked when we first started brushing the color on, but after it was all done we got lots of complements.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

EMC #24 Blueberries!

I drew this at the lake...very quickly, because I was feeling guilty about not helping in the kitchen. I colored it after I got home. Those berries were good!!

When I returned home I read all the posts regarding challenges. Personally, I find them helpful. I am just drawing what is around me on a daily basis, and when I "draw" a blank on what to draw, I like having that list to spur me on. They are common everyday subjects and I enjoy seeing what various artists produce from the same simple suggestions.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Looking toward the lake...

This side of the cottage is a well used path because it is between the lake and the clothesline...I was sitting under the clothesline to make this drawing. We had beautiful days while I was there-blue skies and blue water. We have a very narrow yard on this side but a wall of greenery gives both houses some privacy. The neighbors have a trumpet vine growing way up in the tree. We can see the humming birds on it from the upstairs window-very pretty!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Back to the Real World

I am back from Michigan. I had a great time but did not have as much time to draw as I would like. I was entertaining my high energy sis-in-law: go, go, go. We had fun though. Since it is late tonite I will scan some stuff in tomorrow.

Check out these wonderful drawings done at Chalk the Walk on the bluff in St. Joe. I don't know the artist's names, but hopefully since they were drawing at a street festival, it will be ok to post some pics from our day.