Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Houses . . .

This afternoon's wild thunder led to the current deluge that's making indoors a comforting refuge.

But these past few days have been made for outdoor indolence. . . hammocks, books, barbeque, Kir royales on the patio. . .
and quiet observation. . . .

occasionally translated onto the page . . .
Again, I reiterate that I don't show my sketches because I think they're "all that," but because they're a record of my pleasure at taking a chance and trying something new.  My artist GF, who taught the Illustrated Journal course I took, did a Drawing a Day project a few months ago, and I thought I'd try the same approach for a while. At an entirely differently skill level, obviously.

But I'm pleased to see that I've captured (for my own eye, at least) the yew tree's characteristic twist . . . I have so much more to learn about drawing AND painting . . . but I'm having fun!

13 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a drawing a day. A sketching course would really be something to try. It sounds as though your plan to truly relax is working out. Do keep it up!

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  2. You're in such a gorgeous locale. How nice that you have some time to enjoy it.

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  3. What great discipline to sketch a drawing a day. I love that you share your work with us - it's encouraging.

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  4. Pondside: hope you get a chance for some serious relaxation too -- it's quite lovely!
    Nancy: It's best in the summer and I'm really happy to find time to just sit and savour it.
    Lisa: You know it!
    Lorrie: I can't imagine keeping up such discipline, but it's a good exercise for now.

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  5. I'm ready for something new...I took a watercolor class in University and loved it. Maybe I should try again. It is wonderful to be able to create.
    It's definitely time for something new for me! Only 5 days till I get to "my" island for the rest of the summer and I can't wait.
    Have a terrific day!

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    1. Islands and summer . . . somehow they seem meant for each other, no?

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  6. your garden looks so lush :)
    great inspiration for sketching - i'm wondering about a sketch-a-day challenge soon ... or some kind of create daily project

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    1. I loved your cat sketches -- will be checking your blog regularly to see if you show more sketching. .

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  7. I greatly enjoy your paintings, and the fact that they are at your (ever-changing) current skill level enhances the enjoyment.

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    1. Thanks, Marsha -- you can tell it's an enjoyable process, the sketching, right?

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  8. Glad to hear you're getting in some relaxation time. The pleasure you feel in capturing what you see in your watercolors come right through.

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    1. I'm so pleased to hear that, Susan -- I really do have fun and I'm happy that the sketches convey that.

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