Yesterday we walked the Berg, Berghausen castle, and I had the opportunity to sit and draw this one small part. What a joy it is to be here. A place my husband lived, literally in the guard house, as an infant with his German mother, before his American military father could send for them to come to the USA. They were "displaced persons" because of the war housed in the castle with others in the same situation.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Today we met two wonderful women, women I felt were close friends since joining up in Sketchbook Skool. We met them in their home in Salzburg, Austria. They took us around their beautiful city. But before setting out on our tour Jutta gave me a piece of the most delicious, moist cake I've ever eaten letting me know she'd made me a vegan cake! We spent time over tea and cake sharing sketchbooks.
And tomorrow we will spend another day with them at the Koingsee Sea.
This was done the day before yesterday in Weissenburg, Germany. I enjoyed sitting outside drawing these colorful houses in this charming mid evil city.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Sketchbook Skool. Suzanne drew these wonderful portraits of me. The top one is her way of seeing me, my spirit, I believe! I think it is the exuberance I embrace in life. Although you will not ever probably find me riding such a "bike" I do feel the wind in my hair and that I am riding through life on a wonderful wind full journey.
Suzanne did the portrait of me when we were all doing portraits of each other. I love her style and how she uses shades of colors that highlight my face and eyes and hat and hair. I feel that this painting too exudes ME in all aspects of myself.
These wonderful treasures reached me in this awesome map envelope that Susanne made herself!
I also loved the inside packing she used to protect the paintings. A Bran Cereal box written in French! Now THAT is worth saving too!
Thank YOU Susanne! I could not have been more happy to receive this wonderful gift you sent me.
I love the quote you painted by Picasso too. It is a credo I have lived by most of my adult life. As I continue to imagine and create a wonderful life for myself !
Happy Paint Party Friday! I appreciate your stops by my blog and the comments you leave mean the world to me. I will pass on your reactions to Susanne's art to her for you if you talk about it here.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Excited and looking forward to the third class I will be taking in Sketchbook Skool.
I drew Danny Gregory talking about third semester called
"Storytelling". One can take any of the classes in any order they want.
Some I believe start this month and some in October.
Check it out at SketchbookSkool.com.
I like to think that my blog tells a story ... the story of what I am doing in my life ...
For instance I drew these folks at a Starbucks late last week ...
... and then a couple of days later I drew at another Starbucks in our home town ... where I found these girls studying from books and laptops both!
A few days later found us at the bank where we had to wait a while to talk to a representative. These folks were waiting too. So I drew them. They were not together, as they appear in my drawing. I started with her, and she got up and left before I even got to her face ... then he sat down and I made him fit on my page making them look quite familiar with one another. Sometimes I do match making in my art journals.
I draw just about everywhere now. This day I was on the phone at my desk at work so I drew on a piece of copy paper and used the ink pen I found there to draw some of the things on my desk while I talked and listened on the phone.
Yesterday was the birthday of three of my grandchildren! Our grand daughter in Oregon, turned 21, and the twins turned ten. We had the good fortune to be able
to be invited to a family gathering here, starting with picking the kids up from their school in the afternoon and taking them to their house where we gave them our gifts. It was fun seeing them made happy with simple things like a glue gun! (I thought my grand daughter was going to become unglued over that gift she was so excited!) And ski gloves and playing cards and art and maze books. They are easy to please.
After they opened their gifts they had to finish their homework, which gave me a good opportunity to draw them. They are getting so grown up ... we remember back to when they were born pre-maturely, and taken from their mom, my daughter, by Caesarian birth, weighting a mere 2 pounds (him) and 3 pounds (her) respectfully. Now they are fully formed, bright, happy, talented kids who are stars in so many ways!
Such joy they give us as grandparents. We ended the evening with a lovely dinner out at a Japanese restaurant, the kids choice; and later back at their house a home made German Chocolate cake made by their dad, that looked good, but we just watched them eat it.
Happy Paint Party Friday! Thanks for your visits to my blog. Your visits and comments warm my heart more than I can say.
You might also enjoy peeking in at my other blog, Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens. A place where everyone is welcome to join in the fun drawing to a theme that changes every two weeks.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Friendships are everything to me, and I have made some really great friendships since starting Sketchbook Skool. Susanne lives in Canada and she drew an awesome portrait of me riding a Vespa in Paris! So I drew her standing by a Frida painting in Mexico!
These flowers are mementos of bouquets my best friend from childhood, Patty, gave me last year.
We are drawing flowers this week and next at Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens! So it was fitting to do these and my choices evoked lots of great memories for me of my dear friend.
We are in readiness for a trip of a lifetime, planning to pack small, as we will be walking a lot so will be carrying everything on our backs. I am trying to keep this to a minimum of clothing and art supplies, and am averaging around 18 pounds right now.
My dear husband is reading travel books up the kazoo! I drew some of them to color when I am on the plane!
Packing is a big deal when wanting to travel light. Just how few clothes can one get by on?
I have narrowed it down and narrowed it down again.
My 18 lbs. contains toiletries (tiny containers of shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, (DH can pack the deodorant), tiny tube of tooth paste, manual toothbrush, hair brush;
All clothing is packed in three small cloth cubes, rolled for optimal space saving.
It all fits in one 40L backpack.
Clothing consists of: Pants: two pairs of nylon long pants with zip off legs, (one to wear, one to pack. They wash and dry quickly); One pair of outer waterproof pants for rain; one pair of black tights. Jackets: One thin, lightweight down jacket with a stuff bag; One Polypropalene rain jacket with hood with a zip in pocket pouch; 2 long sleeved hoodies of light wt. materials; one long sleeved T-shirt; one blouse Polypropalene wash and wear. One set of long johns for warmth and to sleep in; three pairs of nylon underpants, three pairs of sox. One pair of Mary Jane Keen dress shoes; and hiking boots to wear. Camera, art supplies. Important papers, $, etc.
It gives me peace of mind to know our house will be being house sat, as well as our cat.
Our house sitter will be home around the clock too!
I think we are almost ready!
Work out, get in condition to walk, and walk and walk carrying my
worldly belongings on my back!
I can do it!