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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Every Day in June Winds Down, I go Drawing on Mare Island, in Copenhagen, and Close to Home too!

 
Every Day in June winds down with numbers 27-30:
 
 

#26 "Night Lights" reminded me of putting my little grand daughter to bed and making sure I leave a little light on for her in her room.
 
#27 "Something You Collect" for me meant all the friends I've made since making and sharing my art on line. This particular friend, Carmel Campbell, and I were Skyping with each other and drawing each other, while I opened a big box of gifts she'd sent me for my birthday: What do artist friends give each other? ART SUPPLIES of course!!!
Thanks again, Carmel. You are a gem!
 

 
#28 "Spit Shine" reminded me of how my mother used to 'clean me up' if we were out in public and she saw a smudge of something on my face. She'd moisten a tissue with her spit and dab it on the offending spot to make me more presentable, I guess.

 
#29 "Vacation"

 The memory of the first vacation I took my self on at age 19 to Mexico. I went alone. Traveled by bus. And really did sleep all night in that hammock on the beach in Acapulco. Breakfast was freshly caught fish, re-fried beans and homemade tortillas from a small locally own kiosk on the beach. Yes, I was quite adventurous in my youth. People I met along the way looked out for me and I had a safe journey.


 
and #30 "Religious Icons/Imagery"
 
was done last Sunday when I was at a Meet Up with San Francisco Sketchers and a Nature Journal group from the City on Mare Island, in Vallejo, CA. Mare Island is a now closed Navel yard.
People do live in the grand old officers homes!
We hiked around the island, looking at Osprey's nesting and flying over head; and later in the day visited this St. Peter's Chapel with it's beautiful Tiffany Glass stained glass windows.
I'll show you more of that day later on in this post.
 

 

Also this week I did another Collaborative Drawing. this time with Sketchbook Skool Klassmate, Ditte Neilsen, from Copenhagen.
I donned my new Rainbow Cape, in commemoration of the Supreme Court Ruling for the legalization of Same Sex Marriages in all States in the United States of America.
I am very proud of my country today because of that!
 
 
So I flew over to Copenhagen and Ditte drew this wonderful page and sent it to me to add to:
 

I had fun coloring it and adding myself into her scenes she set for us.


Thanks Ditte for playing along with me; and for your wonderful sense of humor!


Meanwhile, back at home in California, I dropped into the Town Square where I heard loud, blues music being played and sung!
Lots of people sat and watched while others got up and danced! It was a fun Saturday Morning!



Later that day we had lunch again in Winters, yes, you guessed it, at the El Pueblo Meat Market and Deli. My husband really LOVES their hamburgers! The fish tacos are good too.


Sunday morning we stopped at Starbucks, and Fred ran in to get his coffee. I stayed in the car and drew this old ford pick up across from where we were parked.



We went to Vallejo and onto Mare Island and gathered with the San Francisco Sketchers and the Nature Journal group. We went on the nature hike, which felt fine at the time, but my legs are still screaming from all the hill climbing I did that day. The day right after I was shuffling around here like I was 140 years old!

I drew these folks looking at the Ospreys in that big nest on top of that tall tree on the right.


I met a lot of really nice people on this trek. Mel, the guy in the dark shirt below here, is a science teacher, he was there with his bird watching wife, Pat. Mel told me he always had his students draw each other the first day of class, to teach them observational skills. He seemed interested in taking up drawing himself, so of course I told him about Sketchbook Skool. I hope he joins us there.



That weird looking open structure is a boat called "The Spirit Boat". I don't have the rest of it's story, sorry. We stopped in the cemetery and I drew one grave stone. And then I drew Linda, an artist I had met at the Fort Mason Life Drawing Marathon back in January. It was fun talking to her again.
She's sitting in St. Peter's Chapel drawing one of the stained glass windows like I did and posted above in my EDJ drawing collection.


It was my birthday last week. I had a great time. My son, in the little sketch on the right was down for a Grateful Dead concert and my daughter who lives in the Bay Area gave him and a friend of his a place to stay; she also invited us down for dinner the night of my birthday. I was so surprised to see my son there, who'd come down from Portland, Oregon! On Monday, Dan and his friend, Rocco, met us in Winters for Breakfast at the Putah Creek Cafe before they headed back home to Oregon.


 It was
indeed a very, very happy birthday!
 
Well, that's all my art from this past week since my last posting!
I hope you enjoyed your visit here.
 
Have a creative week.
 
Enjoy the art at Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketchers via the icons on my sidebar.
 
Sketchbook Skool has new klasses starting July 6th.
Check them out at this link.


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 Bragging: I finished two art journals this month: One handmade by me, 30 pages of ledger sheets for EDJ, 5" X 8.5"; and 49 of 50 pages in another 5" X 7.5" hand made art journal I found at a thrift store. Started 6/5/15 ... one page to go.

29 comments:

  1. Hello Lynn, Happy Birthday to you!
    Wish you luck, health and always
    enough money in your pocket :))
    I tried to count the candles on your
    birthday cake - you must be close
    to 100 :))
    You sure had a lovely week and I
    like your drawings very much :)

    Have a wonderful day
    Tinna ✐

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    1. Tinna, I first made this card for my uncles 95th birthday! So 95 candles. I won't need that many for another 21 years! I hope I'll get to post it again then!!!
      Thanks for your good wishes!

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    2. Now it makes sense ;)
      Just too bad I've already commented
      on this one. Now you won't come to
      my place I guess ;)

      Have a great Sunday!
      Tinna ✐

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  2. Happy Birthday, Lynn!!! Looks like you had a special birthday week...and documented most of it. Love the sketches from the island and the one of the stained glass window. How special that your son came down and he was there to celebrate too.

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    1. Thanks Joan, yes a very special week for me! Glad you enjoyed my drawings.

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  3. All fun sketches. I do love the people on the nature walk. Really excellent sketches young lady!!

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    1. Thanks dear friend, fun seeing you here!

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  4. Well this great and entertaining post cheered me while eating my breakfast. Thank you

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    1. Bon Appitite! Happy to brighten you day, Polly!

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  5. Wow, you have been busy. What a great blog post and love seeing all your drawings Lynn.

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    1. Thanks Ann! I doubt I'm any busier than you with all your drawings of William alone! I think we both just love to draw!

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  6. Way to go! Just checking in so you know I paid a visit. Jesse AKA: Joan

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    1. Hi Jesse, thanks for coming by! Hope you'll be back next week too!

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  7. Happy belated birthday my friend! Sounded awesome! Love your rainbow art, so happy your country! Thankfully we've had that law in place ten years now! All of us were so thrilled for you! I forgot to add the art I made for it! Wonderful artwork...wonder if you were a bit dehydrated and that's why your legs were so sore? You may need some electrolytes! Take care in the heat my friend drink lots!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. Thanks for your sweet good wishes! Yes, I'm jazzed this Equal marriage law finally passed! We were so behind the times! Thanks for the hydration tip! I am so lax regarding drinking water, it hadn't considered that. My calves ached for three days! Are ok on day four! Happy creating!

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  8. Wowsers you have been a busy art bee this week with all your sketching.. I enjoyed the way you draw people and the stories they told through your art..
    Happy PPF
    Sandy :)

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    1. Thanks, Sandy, I'm glad you like my art stories from real life! The essence of an art journal, right?!

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  9. Fun fun pages today. Always love your sketches. They have tons of personality and that makes them so viewable. (Is that even a word?)

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    1. Sure Erika, viewable is a great compliment! Thanks. Fun seeing you here again!

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  10. Loved your drawings this week, Lynn. I laughed when I read about the spit shine, because my mother did the same. My daughter says I did too but I just don't remember it.

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    1. Faye I'm pretty sure I spit polished my kids too! It's so darn convenient! Thanks for coming by!!

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  11. Beautiful sketches from someone who loves life!

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  12. Wonderful sketches, Lynn. I just love the little one sleeping in bed in the first sketch. :)

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    1. Thanks Alexandra, these EDin July are all from my imagination!

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  13. Lynn, you are just down right awesome. What a fun series of art and I especially like the stories that accompany them. Cheers-Darlene

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  14. I am loving seeing your life in pictures. . . friends, family, places. Wonderful diary. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  15. Your sketches are so much fun. One can tell you really enjoy what you do. :) Thanks for always sharing with us and putting a smile on our faces. :)

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