Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In honor of my son Cole who left for St. Petersburg this morning, I did this sketch of the cathedral that graces all the postcards and travel brochures for Russia. I liked it better before I added colors--it got a bit "circus-y". On the other hand, it is a pretty wild building!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
There are entire art books written about how to paint crystal and glass reflections, and people who love that kind of painting. I am not one of those people. So, I can't really explain why I felt compelled to try and sketch the empty cake plate and its lacy shadow today. I think maybe I was feeling guilty for having not done a single productive thing all day and thought I should challenge myself. Mainly, it just confirmed my earlier statement--I am not one of those people!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I had enough just-past-ripe bananas to make a banana birthday cake today. One more day would have been better, but birthdays don't wait.
(the new "distressed" look of my journal pages is compliments of Cash, the mini-lab who is a frequent visitor around here, and as I have now learned, an avid chewer. )
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I picked this little branch from a crab apple tree I pass each day on my walk. It is laden (what a good word!) with big, shiny red apples. These are the eating kind, not the ornamental sort. Since the tree is in the yard of a vacant house, I may have to try my hand at crab apple jelly.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Even though I was hot and sweaty in the muggy air, walking the dog this morning I noticed a subtle shift. A group of geese gathering, but not the family groups of early summer. The road under all the oak trees littered with smashed acorns. I noticed the abundance of berries and crab apples on the trees instead of the garden flowers. And the Sunday paper was fat with back-to-school fliers. And some squirrel or chipmunk left this cracked walnut on the step.
Friday, August 14, 2009
I spent a wonderful week with my parents and family at their home on Lake Michigan. I intentionally stayed "technology-free" all week (the decision helped along by the dial-up internet connection and lack of cell service--my, how quickly we become spoiled). I did keep up the low-tech painting though. It made me realize that it is becoming a habit, even in non-habitual places.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I am just in love with my blackberry lilies--I keep pointing them out to family members who happen by and they look at me with a look that says "yeah, we saw them the last time you pointed them out". Anyway, I can't get enough of their beautiful, tiny, speckled blossoms and the twisted remains of the old blossoms.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Dean brought home a big bag of lemons (gotta love Costco !) that needed to be put to use.....some people would think of lemon chicken but I went straight to the dessert options. I made some wonderful sweet/tart lemon bars......and had enough lemons left to paint while they were baking.