Art in my Sketchbook – Part 2

yesterday I started the Sketchbook Revival lessons

The first lesson is with Danny Gregory who is the founder of Sketchbook Skool. He had us find an interesting shoe to draw and we had to gather up a variety of drawing tools, like markers, pencils, crayons, pastels, watercolour, etc.. Then he timed us as we were drawing our shoes and we had to change our drawing implements about every 30 seconds. It was actually a lot of fun. Here is my finished piece.

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Our second teacher yesterday was Carla Sonheim. I’ve taken dozens of classes with her and love her style. Her lesson was based on one-liner drawings where you quickly draw and object with lifting your pen off the paper. We had to draw cats, flowers in a vase, an elephant and a toilet.

Then we had to pick our favourite drawing and create a new drawing but this time we didn’t have to make it all in one line. She also encouraged us to use bits of paper to collage into our books and draw one of our characters around the paper. Here are some of my cats and my elephant.

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We were also encouraged to add some colour to our final characters.

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One Resolution: More Art in 2021

….on day one I’ve started to draw from my new book In Bloom by Rachel Reinert

I’ve tried this before where I wanted to make art every day of the year. I made a lot but I didn’t quite hit 365 drawings in 2018. This year I won’t beat myself up if I miss a day or two but I’m going to give it another go. My husband gave me a book for Christmas that I asked for and today I cracked it open and drew the first two flowers featured in the book.

I’ve discovered over the years that I’m very much drawn to flowers in my photography and my art. I always believe there’s more to learn so I’m really looking forward to drawing and learning more about flowers.

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January Squares – Day 1

…thanks to Becky B for hosting SquareUp

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It’s the new year and with it comes Becky’s January Squares challenge. This month the theme is UP. You can interpret it anyway you want…looking up, uphill, upbeat, uplifting, etc. or the word ‘up’ can be part of a word like cup, tuppence, supper, super, etc.. The only rule that you have to follow is that the photo must be square.

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30 Day Creativity Challenge – Day 1

…Happy New Year everyone!

Lorraine over at All About Words is encouraging all of us to get creative with her 30 day creativity challenge. Today I did something that I haven’t done in awhile and that is bake a cake from scratch. I was going to a New Year’s Levee today and it was the perfect excuse to pull out my new Kitchen Aid mixer and try a new recipe that I saw on-line.

Everything went very well until I tried to remove the two cake pans from the oven. As soon as I opened the door the rack fell and the pans slid sideways. I managed to remove the pans but the cake batter from the larger pan oozed out onto the counter. That could only mean one of two things; the oven wasn’t working or I accidentally turned the oven off when I put the cakes inside. Luckily it was the latter problem. I re-re-heated the oven and started again.

Thankfully the second time the cakes came out perfectly. I iced them with freshly whipped cream and put raspberries and blueberries on top. As a final touch I dusted them with icing sugar.A4895866-CCF9-4F1C-B149-185C0704BB9A

Eleven Day Hallowe’en Challenge – Day 1

….thanks to Granny Shot It Photography for hosting this short 11 day challenge

Have you seen any unusual or good Hallowe’en decorations in your neighbourhood or in your travels? These two shots were taken up in Sringwater at Harris Farms. IMG-4077
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London – Day 1

……settling in

We arrived at Heathrow one hour earlier than expected. I actually managed to get some sleep on the plane so I wasn’t a complete zombie when our son picked us up. We had a quick coffee and then took an Uber drive to our accommodations. It took about an hour to get there but it was a wonderful introduction to the enormity of London.1348_DCEB_5537_47_E5_867_C_820_D84_D1_E30_F
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After unpacking we walked to the corner convenience store and bought a few things to make a light lunch. Josie kindly made us eggs and toast. I had a quick power nap when I finished eating.

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Our son, Brendan, came by later in the afternoon to walk us over to his flat so we we would know how to get to his place in the next few days. Both Azadeh and Brendan made us a wonderful meal to celebrate our arrival in London. A great way to start our vacation.18223136_EB07_4_B00_979_D_9_F0_F64_ABC323
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Dinosaur ‘in the Pink’

….thanks to Becky B for starting off September with a new September Squares Challenge

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square.

My first entry is from the ROM in Toronto where I saw this ‘pink’ dinosaur. As you can see it wasn’t really pink, just lit with pink lights. My granddaughter wanted to know what happened to his head.IMG_3857

March Squares – Day 1

thanks to Becky for hosting March Squares

I’m combining today’s challenge with Evelyn’s Collage Challenge and my 365 days of art (day 52).

Week 8 of the Collage Challenge from the book The Collage Workbook by Randel Plowman is Reassemble. This week we were to take an image and cut it into squares of the same size. Then we were to reassemble the squares into a new collage. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of the original picture. It was an animated penguin.

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