Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gosh I Draw A Lot in One Week!

My week started at Starbucks, people in line ...

... and people on their lap tops ...

I also spent time on Sktchy app where we draw people who upload their photos to be drawn. As you know I look for the bit off the side of the box if I can find it and this one was a real winner for me!

... Then another morning out, this time at that NEW Starbucks that took forever to OPEN just a few blocks from where we live ....

... But open it did. This guy really had BIG HAIR!

I love the window light as it was great for drawing. The whole place is really well lit. However, the music is coming out of speakers in every corner and it's a bit LOUD. Husband goes there to drink coffee and read and he finds it hard to do the reading. Because the music is so loud people are talking loud to be heard over it so you hear all their conversations ... We love the proximity to home, and I am seriously thinking of asking if they'd consider lowering the music a tad.

The next day we went instead to our favorite one in Dixon, it's large, a big table for me to spread out my art supplies on, great view of all angles of the room to draw people in many different areas ... right in front of me ...

This couple for instance are sitting clear across the room from where I am sitting!

They were sitting lots closer ...

And she was sitting across the room, but with a different background ...

And she was seated to my left not that far away.

I do believe this is a different day, same place, back wall.

Yes same couch different people, different day.
Lady with constantly moving arms!

To my left again, in those over stuffed burgundy chairs.

And in the back once more.

I got a new book called Lettering Ledger and it allows you to copy letters from the bottom and gives several pages to draw on in the book. I'm having fun with that.

A Selfie after mailing in my ballot and finding they gave me an "I Voted" sticker so in the art journal it went.

Meanwhile back at Sktchy again. Way outside the box, this woman's photo was!

Love her hair!

Fancy lettering on this page!

And giving the New Starbucks a second chance. No, I have not asked about the music yet. Next time.
We did not stay long, hence just two drawings there on this day.

And finally (below) Thursday, at Barnes & Noble Café for quiet coffee and drawing. I really do go into the zone when I draw and will let that be my excuse for the misspellings on my pages that seem to appear. Never mind that I never was a very good speller. But only one out of five words not bad, huh?

I wonder if you recognize her? She was the "Cook Book Lady" earlier on. Not sure what books she was looking at today. But she worked hard and took notes.
I'm pretty sure she knows I am drawing people there.
I guess she doesn't mind.
Hope not.

She on the other hand, didn't have a clue.

And after those three women left I got up and changed to their side of the room and drew this woman sitting right across from me. She was busy on her phone and reading her book.
I think we may have made eye contact once, but I don't think she knew what I was doing.
It's been a productive week. I love drawing. I'm enjoying perfecting my lettering.
I enjoyed drawing folks both in life and from photos.
I also gardened; gave veggies and fruit to neighbors.
Worked parts of two days at my Day Job.
Sat in my garden and read books.
Life is Good.
I wish you a Creative Week. A happy Paint Party Friday (tomorrow),
and thank you for visiting my blog.
Your comments keep me Drawing!
See you next week.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Week of Drawing on Sktchy App, Portraits from Photos; Urban Sketches, Family and Garden

This past week I drew every evening (almost) using photos that folks upload on an app called Sktchy.
I look for interesting poses and especially enjoy drawing hair!

Especially nice is getting feed back from those I drew and finding that each one liked them.

Drawing this group was fun too. A real challenge.

Another compliment was being asked by a group member to request me to draw them after seeing how I drew others!

During the day I spent mornings out and about drawing in coffee cafes, per usual.

And this happens to be the last page in my tan paged journal I started on October 1 and finished on the 17th. Fifty drawings in 17 days, but who's counting?

And even though these pages look a bit tan, they are actually white and are the first pages in my next Travelers Sketch book.

And as you can see I am devoting lots of room to practice Creative Lettering.

You won't be surprised to know that our youngest of five grandchildren is also quite artistic. We got this photo of her in action this week!!! Don't you just love those walls!

And finally a snap shot of my garden from where I sit on my new rattan love seat next to the redwood trees. We planted this in mid August and have been enjoying watching it grow. The flowering plants get bigger and the vegetables continue to produce. I love walking through it and eating my way from one end to the next. (green beans, peas, bites of spinach, cherry tomatoes; I pick the cucumbers to take inside to make salads and the zucchini to cook for dinner. I also have been feeding three neighbors. It is so peaceful out there, so relaxing, my little bit of heaven at home. I'm happy to share it with you here.

Now I wish you a creative week ahead. Thank you for coming by and leaving your comments. You know they are what keeps me drawing!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Musical Week with Lots of Postive Moments

Let's start my week with a contribution to Inktober prompt "Lost", also posted in "I Love Creative Lettering", showing, admitting to my being directionally challenged, which I am! 

I love this quote! Because I've been guilty of doing the crying, but am getting better at enjoying the moment and trusting that there will be more moments ... And enjoying the other moments in between even if I find myself enjoying them by myself!

A very fun day full of moments, musical moments and moments full of drawing opportunities, happened last Saturday when we went to the annual El Cerrito Free Folk Festival.

This guy wound up sitting next to me when he got done performing on the open mike stage and he SAW THAT I WAS DRAWING HIM, yep, got caught in the act. Well, he loved it! He asked if he could photograph it! I gave him one of my new artist cards I told about in last week's post. He agreed to sign this drawing. It was an exciting moment for me. Then I drew the next guy singing and Shawn's woman friend said "It's awesome!" It's nice to get positive feedback about what we are doing in life. 

Here's another story for you. I drew the lady in the yellow dress at one workshop, then wound up sitting next to her at the end of the day at the last singing event we went to, which happened to be Shawn again singing in a trio. Suddenly this women looking down at my feet exclaimed "My God, you have tiny feet!" I was a little taken aback as I'm not used to people exclaiming over the size of my feet. 
Later, after we were walking back to our car there she was again staring at my feet. To tell you the truth her feet didn't look that much larger than mine. But I guess she found mine to be unique. (They are small, my husband calls them hooves!) tee hee.

I love this woman. I see her at all the music festivals we go to. She has the sweetest smile I've ever seen! Her eyes twinkle when she smiles. It's a joy to see. I enjoyed drawing her.

It was fun listening and learning about songs in Yiddish. 
My dear late uncle Harry loved the Yiddish language, so of course I thought about him while listening to this music.

Some was in Ladino from Sephardic Judaism.

It was a great day full of great moments.
Hopefully we'll go again next year.

Then I continued my drawing in coffee cafes.

And I continue drawing for I Love Creative Lettering ...

And Inktober, prompt "Jump" ...

Inktober "Transport"

Inktober "Hidden"
Drawn from Sktchy photo.

And I'm back to Sktchy site drawing portraits from photos and I used it for Inktober "Worried". 

Sktchy and Inktober "Scared"

And for "I Love Creative Lettering".

And finally done today at Starbucks, two guys I've drawn numerous times before ...

... Two new guys talking in American Sign Language ... I wish I'd remembered more of what I'd learned a few years ago, not that I wanted to eves drop on their conversation, but it would have been fun to recognize some signs I'd learned. 

And lastly, a lady in pink! 

It was a good week full of good moments. I hope yours was too.

Now let's head out to another Creative week! 
Happy Paint Party Friday
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, as they keep me drawing!