Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Walking Errands...

I did about 3.5 miles today walking my errands before I head off to work. I stopped to draw the giant rubber ducky. We have rubber duck race on the river on Father's day to raise money for The Boys and Girls Club. They dump thousands of rubber ducks....and catch them down stream with a net. If your duck wins you could win some pretty big prizes. I don't like this drawing, but the subject matter was one of the ugliest intersections in town. Thank goodness our church built on one of the helps it look better.

Then I stopped on the deck attached to the suspension bridge to draw this bench and the cottonwood tree behind it. I love to sit on this deck above the river....kind of like a treehouse. I think you can tell by the drawing that I like this subject matter much better!

Louie and Colleen

Here is Colleen and Louie. Louie really needs a haircut! He is a standard poodle...about 75 pounds of poodle. He is 10 and has a little arthritis these days. He is the best dog I've ever had....loads of personality and fun....and sometimes a little too smart for his own good!

You can see a couple more of my drawings from today here.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Biked 10 miles...

in a very very stiff wind....was fun on the way back with it at my back though!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Biking again....

10 miles. Sorry about the posts w/o drawings, but I am posting anyway to keep track of the days I exercise. Drawings to come, promise.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

aakkkkk. No drawing again!

We did bike 12 miles again tonight though. I was going to make a drawing of my bike, but by the time we got back it was getting too dark. Planning to take a morning ride tomorrow....and I will probably be by myself and can stop to draw where ever I please.....

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Life IS Art

My sis-in-law told the editor of Impromptu magazine about all the daily sketching I've been doing. The editor thought it would make a good story and she assigned a writer to do a story about it. It tells about how I started making drawing a regular part of my life after reading Danny's website and book, and how it has enriched the quality of my life. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure there was enough there to make a story...but it turned out pretty well. This magazine is circulated to homes in the Kankakee/Joliet area. I don't know how long this will be up---if the Impromptu Magazine gives me permission, I will let it stay.

Monday, May 22, 2006

No drawing but....

we did bike 12 miles today. Hopefully a drawing tomorrow. As you can see by my "pedalpower" name, some of my summer miles in my shoes are bound to be on a bike.

Sunday, May 21, 2006


This is the front wheel of my husband's bike. Bike's are complicated to draw! We went 10 miles today on flat land.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Walking in Chicago

I walked so much today that my feet are killing me. But I sure had fun. I went by downtown by myself, so I could move at my own pace. I am putting a charm bracelet together for our exchange student and needed a couple of Chicago really does not take a large excuse for me to spend the day in the city. I got a new little watercolor kit on sale at an art supply store across from the Art Insititue. I wanted to go into the museum, but sort of hated to spend the day indoors.

Things have been kind of crazy around here lately and I have not been doing a lot of drawing. I felt kind of timid at first, but then I really got into the swing of it. I love letter stamps and now I have 3 different sizes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

3 Miles....

but no drawing because I walked with a friend and it was night. I will try to a drawing walk tomorrow.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Challenge 66 on my walk

I walked in the drizzling rain again so my fire hydrant drawing got smeared in a few places. I stopped in at the library to make a sketch out of the rain.

Monday, May 08, 2006

A Walk to the Park

Walked and mowed the lawn today....I count the lawn as exercise too! I haven't been doing so well with everyday walking. I'll have to start fitting it in. I have started walking to's not very far, but every little bit counts.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mississippi Palisades

Yesterday I spent the day by the Mississippi River where my husband is working for a couple of weeks. The Mississippi Palisades State park is a beautiful place. This is a spring that you pass just as you enter the park.
I hiked a couple of the trails and spent the day drawing while my husband was at work. The wildflowers were beautiful. Drifts of trillium and bluebells sweeping down the hillside. While I was drawing I was so still that 2 deer walked right up on me. I took some photos too and will add them to this post if they turned out well.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

May 2 Walk.....

I walked in a different town yesterday because I went to visit my hubby who is working near Savanna, IL for a couple of weeks. Savanna is a river town....I love being by the water. I spent the day drawing and walking the hills in the Mississippi Palisades State Park, and then after supper I made this little drawing on a walk in Savanna.

When I get home from work I'll post the drawings from the park at Draw Daily.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Corner Drug Store

Today I took Louie with me so he could get some exercise too. He used to looooves to go for a walk, but can't go as far as we used to because of arthritis. When I got home I tried to color it because I liked that red awning so much, but I really did not know what I was doing or how to make it look like night. Some colors were showing because of the street lamps, but there was also a lot of grays going on. The building is made of brick that is shiny white glazed. I'd like to take a watercolor class someday to learn some of this takes a long time to reinvent the wheel, er, watercolor.
It was drizzley weather but nice and cool for walking. We walked about 2 miles.