One for the Sketchbook

My Boy Reading the Star Wars Encyclopedia
Hi everyone,
I don’t have a heck of a lot to share with you this week. I decided to take a week off of painting and do some much needed yard work and gardening, and the weather was nice, too, so I took advantage of that to get my quota of Vitamin D. But, I did do this little sketch of Jacob last night that I thought I’d share. It’s been a while since I posted any sketches since I’ve been painting pretty much full time. 
It’s been really nice to take a break, actually. I feel creatively re-charged, and I feel like painting now instead of sitting in front of the easel every morning with that feeling of dread, wondering when the creative juices that make painting fun, if not easy, are going to start flowing. It’s been a while since it hasn’t just felt like work. Anyways, back to the easel on Monday. I have a commission of a particularly complicated but beautiful tree I need to finish. I’ll post pictures when it’s done.
Cheers!

Feeding the Pigeons at St. Stephen’s Green

I finally finished another travel journal page. They might be coming a little slower these days. I’m super busy with a lot of other things, but I’m determined:) This was just a sweet scene that I captured when I found the park. It was such a beautiful place, a veritable oasis in the middle of a bustling city. There weren’t that many people, and the ones that were there were really just enjoying the day. I wish I could go back and sit by the water.

Watching Go Diego Go

Just a little something from this morning:) My daughter stays home from pre-school on Mondays, and she loves Dora and Diego…an opportunity to get her to sit still. and I love this pose…especially the feet:)
I decided to overcome my fear of drawing in ink, and grabbed a ballpoint for this one. ( A blotchy ballpoint at that!)  Consequently, neither image looks anything like her. She was quite unhappy with her face in the first one (she loves to pose, but she’s quite the critic) so i tried another…it doesn’t look much like her either…she wrinkled her nose at it, and didn’t say a word. Attitude! LOL!!  It does look a lot like me, though…I guess a few little glitches shows up the family resemblance.
I almost have another travel sketch ready, and I’m posting a bunch of ACEO’s that I’ve been really busy with the last few days, too. They’ll be active on ebay tonight…
Cheers, all!

Sick Day

Sick Day–for Sketchbook Project
My poor little munchkin is home sick today. She’s so miserable, with a headache and fever. I hate it when their sick because I hate to see them suffering. But it gives me an opportunity to draw a stationary child which doesn’t happen very often. Here, she’s watching Night at the Museum 2, and barely cracking a smile at the funny parts…awwww….

Fishing for leeches

Fishing for Leeches — Sketchbook Project

This is from a photo of my kids at the lake this summer. My husband has a band, and he was hired to play for a wedding near Tatlayoko Lake, at a ranch way out in the middle of the wilderness…Bracewell’s Lodge. We were given this rustic cabin on a leech abundant lake to stay in…no electricity or running water, with mice running over us in the middle of the night…but it was still a blast. The kids had so much fun, and instead of being grossed out by leeches, they were fascinated by them…so much so that they were obsessed with catching them, which is what they were doing in this picture. 

The Boy–My Little Couch Potato

My Little Couch Potato — for the Sketchbook Project

Here’s Jacob…I know…my kids again, but there’s a reason I picked Boys and Girls for my Sketchbook Project title…I have one of each, so I figured there would be lots of inspiration to “draw” from:) 
My son is not the typical 7 year old. He loves math, won’t sign out anything but science and craft books from the library, and he loves reality T.V. No cartoons for him, except the movie kind. Ever since he was about 3, his favorite shows have been the extreme sports channel, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and the National Geographic Channel. Today he was watching Austin Stevens Adventures in the Great Bear Rain Forest…where we live. We see grizzlies all the time. Before the flood, there were days where we were almost late for the bus in the morning, because we had to wait for the bear to leave before we could.

My Little Artist

                                                     My Little Artist — Sketchbook Project

My little darling Rhiannon, from life this morning after breakfast. As soon as she sees me sketching she jumps up to get her crafty stuff. She has to be creative if I am…I love it:) Except she cut a piece of construction paper into at least a million tiny little pieces today, which I had to clean off the floor…oh well, it’s worth watching her enthusiasm, and also, it’s a way to get her to sit in one place for a while, if not totally still.