Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day and the day Before and the Day Before that and so on ...

 My husband and I worked together as a good team this Thanksgiving. We cleaned the house for a week (it needed it badly); we shopped for food (he for the meat, me for the veggies); we each cooked our own favorites (he the turkey meat; me the 2 squashes and onion dish, the asparagus, mushroom, onion, zucchini, garlic and spinach dish topped with roasted almonds; the twice baked yams stuffed with fresh cranberries, dates, orange zest and orange meat relish. Our one guest, my brother, brought a pumpkin pie for dessert. It was all delicious.

I was to draw veggies for Every day in November prompt #26 so this is what I drew:

 I received a gift this week of this one beautiful persimmon and my very first thought was I must draw it. I used General Pastel Chalk pencils.

Again, in EDiNov there was a prompt #25 with a "kid on the beach". I chose instead to draw from a photo of my twin grandkids running on a different beach!

The next three ink drawings should be in reverse order. It was a few groups of people who seemed to be studying something very seriously and then coming together to compare notes. You'll recognize the gal on the left here in picture #1 alone.

Prompt #24. I loved doing this one. It was "A Window Display" which I changed to "Window Dressing". Same thing right? But I took it a little bit further!

Prompt #23 was "Poppy". This one reminded me of a trip I took in Israel in 1961 with my soon to be first husband and when we got out of the truck with our group we were in the middle of a huge field of these delicate red poppies for as far as the eye could see in either direction. It is truly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Last Sunday we went to the Pure Grain Bakery where I drew the people there. I do enjoy giving them things to say and think.

Prompt # 22 was "Pattern"

I know this was Starbucks from the red cup!

This one was fun. He kept changing positions so I drew him in two of them (same guy) and I could hear him talking so I just wrote what I heard him saying...

Same day at Starbucks ...

 ... and here! You can tell it was a warm day. One guy is wearing shorts.

Prompt #21 is the "Ford House" museum in Mendocino, CA. Been there many times.

Prompt #20 "Butterfly" I wrote the poem about the Jewish Ghetto by Pavel Friedmann around the butterfly. Children in the concentration camps in WWII in Germany drew lots of butterflies on the walls. They knew they were going to die and they hoped the butterflies would take their souls out of the camp.

A quiet moment at Starbucks on another day.

... and people talking together on the same day.

It's Thanksgiving Day today. I hope this finds you well and healthy. I hope you had plenty to eat, and people's company to enjoy. We kept it simple this year. Just my husband, my brother and myself. We ate well (as mentioned above); we talked and reminisced, we played cards, and we enjoyed good food. We have much to be grateful for. I hope you do too. Be safe where ever you are.

Have a creative week. I sure hope to as well.
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.
They really do keep me drawing!
I am grateful to you for that!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Twenty EIGHT Drawings This Week and my Blog is Eight Years Old.

I just realized my blog is EIGHT YEARS OLD! (started in 2007) I want to thank everyone who has kept following me all these years! And those of you who have come aboard along the way.
I hope we will all be around here in blog land for a long time to come. I love sharing my art this way! Thanks again. It's your continued support and inspiration that keeps me drawing.

Keep an eye on the gal on the far right of your screen. She will show up again this week towards the end.
The gal on the left you met a week or so ago. You can always scroll down further in the blog to find her if you so wish. It seems many of us are regulars in these coffee cafes I make into my art studio(s).

I seem to be able to easily complete three drawings plus coloring per session! I remember when drawing one and going home to color it in the same amount of time was a big accomplishment!
A lot to be said for practice!!!

Yes, the guy on the lower right is in the drawing above this one as well! Some people get do-overs or repeats!

Cherries was the prompt in Every Day in November for day 13.
I wish this was true all of the time everywhere!

At Starbucks my main "art studio" of late, on a day I only did two??? Oh dear, I must be slipping.

We must have been hungry as we left Starbucks to go to the Nugget grocery/deli for lunch. I drew these two guys not with each other .... but close ...

... and this sweet family dining together!

Day 14 Gazebo. Every day in November. My best childhood friend, Patty, who lived across the street from us had a gazebo in her backyard. It was full of grapevines. We could eat them when ripe. I don't think her mother made wine, jam maybe. Probably. We liked to play in the gazebo.
I used some gently used oil pastels I found at a thrift store, set of 24, for $2.99 (they normally sell for $50, I looked it up!)

A third place I draw on occasion is the Pure Grain Bakery, a German Bakery, downtown where we live. Watercolor.

Day 15 was "Whiskey Bottles" for EDiNov. This also fit the prompt of Patterns at my other blog:
Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens", a place where everyone is invited to draw and post.

We are still at the Bakery here.
And I am using white Sharpie to make the hair pop on the gray paper!

... and here!
Day 16: Stairs. I wanted to draw a spiral staircase, so here you are looking down it from the top.

Last Sunday I went to Marin College to an Art Marathon where we drew live models, some clothed like these and some nude. You can see my drawings of nudes in my Life Drawing Page, located via the SIDEBAR of my blog. Not everyone likes seeing nudes so I gave them their very own page and I add to it every time I have the opportunity to do live figure drawing. I think I have around 75 now. I just started earlier this year.

Fully clothed folks hang out at Starbucks where they get drawn by me, while posing without realizing they are posing for my art journal.

Staff Meeting in Back of the Room.

This one had a fun story. The gal on the right and I arrived at the front door at the exact same time and fell over ourselves trying to let the other go in first. Finally I suggested we "go in together" and we did.

Day 17: Lady Bug Every Day in November (pen and colored pencils)

Day 18: Chihuly Glass: Water soluble colored pencils and water brush.

Another drawing day at Starbucks. One guy sleeping!

I'm always trying to fix people up in my cartoons.

And sometimes there are some very serious discussions going on there too!

Day 19: Havana. Have I mentioned before that I love drawing old cars and trucks? Done with red Micron pen, red & black Faber-Castell markers.

And today we went to Barnes & Noble Café again, just where this blog post starts out. And I did draw the same woman again. Check her out.

This guy was drawing I finally realized. And I so wanted to introduce myself. But he was way deep in the zone so I decided not to disturb.
Next time.

Last but not least this duo of mom and daughter was there. The MOM was COLORING in an "adult coloring book"! How fun is that?

Thanks again for stopping by, for leaving your comments. I appreciate it all. It really does inspire me to keep drawing! Have a peaceful and creative week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Art Journal in Gray, 3 Coffee Houses Full, & Every Day in November: Days 7-12!

My week began using my new Strathmore 80# Gray paper and white gel pens. I am really enjoying drawing on toned papers (last week it was tan). It's fun to seek out white haired people to draw now.

The first two were done at Barnes & Noble Café. You'll notice one woman got into both drawings just because she wore a white jacket!

The following day we were in Starbucks café and I did some quick drawings of people standing in line ...

And then focused on couples sitting across from me. I was at a big table "hiding" behind my turned off iPad and back pack so as not to be found out by these unsuspecting models. Again, the guy with white hair got to have a white gel pen hair appointment!

Same day and dad and daughter enjoyed breakfast together. I think it was dark where I was sitting as I was not aware of grabbing a yellow pencil when I colored his face. So we are taking bets on whether it's what his daughter is saying to him, a too tight belt or jaundice that is causing his yellow skin issue.

My friend, Janice, suggested I try doing one line contour drawing for my people in line folks s I did here. They do seem to flow better than the line of people I showed you earlier.

Another day, same Starbucks, found these people clear across the room from me where I could not be privy to their conversations, therefore "The Quiet Zone"...

Sitting closer to me was a couple I have drawn before, the woman alone once and I am pretty sure her husband too. Then this lone cowboy sauntered in, I found him to be rather dashing in his sports jacket, cowboy hat and boots! So was determined to get him into my art journal!

On this day I went alone, my husband having a friend to meet in another town that morning. It was raining, I remember, and I chose a Starbucks close to home. The two women with the child have been there many times before. They were right smack in front of me, and I drew them unsuspectingly to them, (I think). Superman sat behind them.

I was there a long time. They had changed out all the furniture for some reason, no more big comfortable chairs, just small tables mostly, one long table, but in a new place toward the front. I sat at a small table and drew folks as they came in for their drinks. Most of these people were there one at a time, got coffee and left before the next person came in. Therefore, a scrambled page of loners.

However, this foursome sat right where the two women and child were before they left. So I drew them while they were discussing something important. They signed some papers and left, but were there long enough for me to get them drawn. I colored them after they left.

This couple sat on high stools at a high table in the middle of the room. They were very kissy. She kept kissing on him. I turned it in to a bit of a cartoon. But I'm not opposed to people kissing in public.

This woman took over that table in front of mine after the group of four signed their papers and left.
She saw me drawing and called me on it. "Are you drawing?" she said. "Yes, I am", said I. And then I lifted my art journal to show her I was drawing her. She did not recognize it as such. She got up to come over to look more closely. She said something like "nice" ... I asked her to sign it to prove it was seen. She did. Then we both got back to our business of the day.

I continue to draw to  prompts in
Everyday in November
The first one was a train.
I chose to draw a Super Speed train, called the Bullet train in Europe. We took trips on two such trains when we were traveling there last year. They go over 200 miles per hour.
But you don't really notice the speed. I could still draw the people on the trains.

The next prompt I pretty much copied from the photo offered of this plate of peppers and peas!
I didn't feel the need to doctor them up in any way. I enjoyed practicing the use of colored pencil shading. I was pleased with how it turned out. Something different to do.

This prompt from a photo of a sunset in Alaska. Mine is more pastel than the photo. Everyone in the group seemed pleased with how  I had done it.

This prompt was flowers. I went way outside the box by collaging a photo of our youngest grand daughter and quickly giving her a bed of gel penned flowers to wear and dance around in.

This long horned ram was fun and probably the drawing I spent the most time on.
I took my time sitting in my recliner drawing it while remembering seeing rams like this walk by our car in Custer State Park in South Dakota a few years ago!
I'm quite enamored by these creatures.

And the most recent prompt Day 12, was a photo of a  church. I turned it into a synagogue, as that is where I was raised and where I find myself most comfortable, as I am Jewish!

And that ends my drawing to this date. I will draw more tomorrow and probably the days following,  and they will be posted next week.

Thank you for visiting my blog this week! I appreciate your coming by and your comments. They are my inspiration to continue drawing!

You have  a Creative Week where you are!