I really like Cat 16. I don't know why really. But I think he's cool. See below:
So, I've not been the best at creating this summer. If you read my last post I mentioned this. But I'm going to change this -- I am going to start today.
What am I going to do?
I am going to give myself a 30 day challenge, and I will post each of my drawings from these 30 days even if (and they will be) very bad. I don't care.
I probably won't post one a day even though that sounds like the best plan. I will post them in bunches most likely because of where my life is right now.
My next 30 days are set to be crazy. In this time we need to sell our 38 acre place; move; get our two youngest enrolled and attending a new school; get our two oldest off to separate colleges; pack and unpack an entire household (including 4 1/2 horses, three cats and a dog); and somehow get caught up on all the bills including tuition for three college students (my husband is attending college online while he works full-time and his a full-time dad and husband and basic hero). It is daunting but God has called us to this move and He will work out the details.
Okay, so what is my challenge?
Simple...I am going to sketch a cat every day. I am going to start at a different place on the cat too. I have found when I draw a cat I usually draw the ears first then the head and then body. Things change if you start somewhere else. I have noticed that when Quentin Blake draws people he starts with the feet -- he goes toes to top. I often go from top to toes. And I may use my non-dominant hand some weeks. We shall see.
What about you? Maybe give yourself a 30 day challenge and see what you come up with .
I haven't been drawing much except for morning doodles -- which usually is my coffee cup and whatever else happens to be on my table.
Two days ago I broke my favorite coffee cup (and it was a copy of a different coffee cup I broke). Yesterday morning I realized how much my coffee tastes better when the cup fits in my hand the way I like it too.
Since the last time I've posted, I've been busy with kids this summer: a child graduated from high school, another came home from college for the summer; another has an ongoing infection I'm treating; we've officially told the world that we are moving by the end of the summer to Dupree, South Dakota. My husband will be the full-time pastor at a church there (plus, have another job...the small churches in our great state often employ bi-vocational pastors). I've resigned from a small newspaper writing gig and I'm trying to keep my kitchen stocked with food while five of my kids are home for the summer.
The drawing above is my 10 year old dog. His muzzle is white now. I don't like thinking he's passing middle age already. I don't know what I'm doing with my doodles, my drawings, my stuff as I call it. I am thinking about the best way to contribute to my world with art and writing and ministry (also thinking about what to offer on my other website). So, I'll keep thinking and studying and drawing and writing.
And we'll see what happens in the the near future.
Have a lovely, lovely day!
I haven't been drawing too much lately but when I do it is usually in my journal with one of my fountain pens. I either use a disposable one or my white pilot fountain pen. The pilot one has a converter inside it. I can't do the pens that have to be dipped into ink. That takes practice that I don't want to spend time on. So, the ones I use work great for me.
The following three quick sketches were done in the morning while I sat with Pete as he drank his hot chocolate coffee and I drank coffee. They aren't great but I enjoy drawing these kinds of things. The objects were in front of me on the table. Usually my table is a mess. Sometimes it is clean -- maybe twice a week.
This is just part of my table this morning.....I think the rest of the table is messier than this part. It has been clean in the past -- cleared off even.....when will it be cleared off again? I have no idea.
This is my five minute sketch from this morning at breakfast of my husband Shannon. He (rightly) said often my quick sketches of him are not flattering. So I tried to do a flattering one this morning. This looks like him quite a bit and gets his expression. Shannon is a good man.
The one above is from this morning while Megan ate her breakfast. I don't know who the little girl is but I think she is cute.
The one below is a quick sketch I did the other day trying to figure out what to draw for the Humane Society silent art auction.
I sketched Annette in about 20 seconds today in my journal. My sketching has been pretty limited the last week or so. Not sure why - -guess I'm getting busier with school stuff. I hope to have a new page on this website about some resources I plan to offer. They are in the test stage right now. I think they are a great idea and will be a great help but sometimes the idea is a lot better in my mind than in reality. So we shall see.
I sketched a bunch of cats for a possible watercolor painting I hope to do. It is going to be of . . . . yep. Cats.
My little bald girl reminds me of my Maggie. This little girl loves her bald head because she can shine apples on her head.
And the bike picture is just silly.