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September 17, 2006

EDM Challenge #83: Draw Water


I have never sketched/painted water, and don't believe that my skills are up to it yet.  In addition, the only outdoor water I saw during the challenge week was the muddy brown Thames in London and it looked gross.  I did accompany my 21 month old grand daughter to her first swimming lesson at an indoor pool and decided that was going to have to be my sketch for this challenge.  You have to look really carefully to see the small patch of pool water on the bottom right!  The beautiful blue color of the water was of course due to the colors of the pool tiles and walls.

London Visit - Part 4: Thurlow Street



I sketched the roofline of 3 houses on Thurlow Street, near the V and A Museum, while we stopped for a cup of coffee.  The number of fireplace chimneys on each terrace house in London is impressive and I wanted to remember the great roofline.  The sketch shows houses at #13, 11, and 9 (from left to right).  The photo shows the fronts of the same houses (L to R #9, 11, 13).

Return to London


We just returned from our second trip to London to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and two small grandchildren.  The foiled bomb plot in London occurred since our last visit so the Heathrow restrictions were now in place.  Each passenger is allowed ONE bag that is no larger than 45cm x 35 x 16 (18 in x 14 x 6.4).  No liquids or gels of any kind are permitted, even tube lipstick.  My bag contained my sketchbooks, journal, a pencil case with a pencil, eraser, and Zig Millenium pen, a book to read, my camera and card reader, jewelry, my wallet/passport, Filofax, kleenex, gum, and a comb.  My waterbrushes and watercolor paints were packed in my luggage, thus the JFK airport pen/ink sketch which I intend to leave that way as a reminder of this terrorist-shaped period in our lives.  It was amazing to me yesterday to see the large table full of confiscated items at Heathrow, and the number of passengers who arrived with 2+ carryon bags.  We heard that the restrictions will be lightened this week which is good, because we need to bring the Halloween costumes for our next visit!

 Back to work tomorrow so I will post some of my sketches from the trip slowly over the next week.

September 3, 2006

Wet Canvas Basic 102 Class 2: Creativity


This Wet Canvas exercise in creativity encourages the artist to move from realistic to abstract in a series of 4 sketches.  I did it earlier this year using an image of household scissors.  This time I sketched a small art piece of seagulls that my now-grown children gave me on Mother's Day when they were children.  It now "lives" in the center of a round table in my office at work.  Each of these sketches were done quickly in my office because my day was full and I needed to do my "sketch-a-day" at work instead of at home in the evening.  Sketches 2-4 were done in a Moleskine watercolor journal with a Zig Millenium pen and Winsor-Newton tube paints in 3 colors (yellow ochre pale, Payn'es gray, and burnt sienna).

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