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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Every Day in August Ends, ED in September Begins, and I Still Go to Starbucks to Draw!


I thought I'd get your attention with this "Imaginary Animal" I drew for Every Day in August! Don't be afraid, she doesn't bite!


I'm really enjoying this new hand made accordion art journal a friend made for me. The pages are white and square, which I thought might limit me, but since it's accordion style I can just keep going beyond those parameters as you can probably make out, and add people as I go ...



For Every Day in August again, we were to draw a cartoon/story artist's work we liked and I am a big fan of Lynda Barry's work. I have several of her books, this was taken from "Big Ideas" and I got a kick out of realizing that she wrote it when she was 27 in 1968, which makes her exactly MY AGE today! What a hoot!


My doctor sent me for a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine! Have you had yours yet? I drew these people waiting for injections in the same area before my name was called!


Meanwhile back in the accordion art journal people were waiting in line at Starbucks to get coffee and tea I imagine on Saturday ...

and I show you this one so you can see the continuation of the first page in this book from my #2 picture shown to you today!



Again, Every Day in August asked for a favorite Holiday Memory! I loved Halloween as a kid. Patty's mom always dressed up as a witch and made wonderful parties for us. She made carmel apples, popcorn balls, and we got to bob for apples in a bucket of water, and even try to catch some in our teeth hanging from strings from the ceiling (the apples, not us)! It was great fun.

But when I took my own child to her house on Halloween when he was just four and the witch answered our knock she scared him to pieces! That was the last time I knocked on her door for Trick o Treat!


We went to lunch in Benicia last week and happened on to a Jazz ensemble to enjoy while eating and drawing there. They didn't seem to mind that I was drawing them. Maybe they were too into their own zone of music that they didn't even notice me.



The final prompt for Every Day in August was to draw in the style of Lowry. I had never heard of this artist so I looked him up. He draws skinny long people dressed mostly in black. And they rarely if ever smile. Every one in the group thought I captured his essence in my drawing. I think I got the dog right!


This was the day Fred ran in for coffee-to-go and I drew from our car. See the steering wheel in the lower left corner! The guy in red was alone at first and seemed rather uncomfortable. I don't think I had anything to do with that. I was just starring at him! But he made a call and shortly thereafter a young woman came to sit with him and he was very happy to see her. Obviously he felt safe again.

The other couple came later and sat on his other side, but they fit better on my page here. They chatted away with great abandon and were not aware of me drawing them from my car.


Continuing along in the accordion book on yet another day at Starbucks, these folks were all very busy in what they were doing and none noticed me at my table across the way drawing them. I keep stressing this so those of you who think about drawing in public, but haven't yet got up the courage to do so, will realize that most times no one has a clue you are drawing them. They could care less, really!


Same day, just further down the page, as new folks came to take the chairs of those who had left before them. Again, you can see just how focused they are on what they are doing! They will not know YOU are there! Go draw them at YOUR Starbucks!


And last but not least #2 prompt for Every Day in September, was "Bling"! I am such NOT a bling person at all. I do not own a diamond. My wedding band is a $12 silver band bought in a craft store at the mall all those many years ago, because when we married we were poor as church mice!
These are drawings of jewelry I own and like. The top is a pendant I wear on a silver chain containing turquoise and a few other gem stones, given to me by my best friend, Patty, made by an artist.

The earring is one of a pair I found at a flea market years ago. They are delicate silver and a blue gem stone. I like wearing them.

If you think you'd like to draw EVERYDAY of the month using prompts set up by a group leader you can find Every Day in September in Facebook. We just started so you will have no trouble catching up at all.
Plus there is no pressure to do them all. You can start on day 2 today or wait until tomorrow, but don't wait too long, I'd love to see YOUR ART there!

Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments mean a lot to me, they keep me drawing for sure!

Wishing you a Creative Week!

28 comments:

  1. You have been busy Lynn...your journals show just how busy! I had to look up your Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, never heard of that before, heard of the flu one though which a lot of people have here. Your LS Lowry painting was very good too, you captured the stick people well.

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  2. hubby's parents bought us our wedding rings since we couldn't afford any (got simple ones so they wouldn't be a lot of money)

    has any one actually noticed what you are doing? Not even once while drawing? people notice all the time when I do in public, so makes it harder for me to get away with sketching secretly lol

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    1. A couple of times only have people actually come up to me and said something, always positive. But really, are you aware how UNAWARE people at Starbucks are of others? They are on their phones, or laptops, they are texting, or writing papers, or reading newspapers!!! They are not looking at ME!

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    2. lol I've never actually been into a Starbucks, not a coffee fan. but it does look like that when I walk by, people being very very anti social :p

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  3. I love the accordion sketchbook with the Starbucks people. What a fun journal! Great collection of sketches from your week.

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  4. Love your creature Lynn! Good to see you creating like a dynamo still X

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  5. It is always fun to see what you have been up to. Love your made up animal.

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  6. So happy to see you still out and about drawing up a storm. Thanks for the name Lynda Barry. I looked her up and love her style.

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    1. KellyYes, she is a very funny artist/cartoonist/graphic novelist. I have a small novel she did of memories I think from her childhood and some portraits. Am not at home right now to give you the name of it, but will if I remember later. I enjoyed it.

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  7. Wow you sure are a Flash....and I too have always loved Halloween and have many many good memories around that! Funny about your son being so scared! Love the necklace Patty gave you! So much eye candy! Love your whimsical monster...so cute! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  8. So much to see and so much has happening. Your art is wonderful, and it expresses your own dynamic nature. Great !
    Happy PPF xx

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  9. Yes, Lynn, you indeed got my attention with that wild animal! Your people look so natural in their poses. I love seeing who you have chosen to paint each week. I like the idea of the accordion book although I've never seen one. I can see where you could just keep adding stools with people on them till you tired of sketching. Happy PPF!

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  10. Hi Lynn, I have truly missed your fun and fanciful art. You are a delight.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  11. I just adore your artwork. It is truly fun to see. I giggle every time. :D Thank you!

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  12. I haven't visited in a while and always love how you capture your vignettes!!!!!

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  13. Your sketches are amazing! I especially like the ones you did in Starbucks of all the customers.

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  14. well, yes, that animal really got my attention ... ;-) Love your work this week, it's like going on a tour with you along all the places you visisted this week ....

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  15. Lynn, I so love seeing your life every week. I got a kick out of the witch drawing, My mom used to do that and she did scare some kids, it was so much fun. Have a great week.

    Kate

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  16. Love all your fab art! So great to see life in your sketchbooks. The animal an tne witch are specially funny!

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  17. Oh, I looked at your illustrated life and sighed with delight and admiration for your skill to fluidly move the pen on the paper, vow!

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  18. You've been busy! This week my favorites are your whimsical and very colorful beast, as well as the delicate lines in the drawing of your beautiful silver jewelry. Blessings, my friend!

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  19. Drawing every day and drawing in Starbucks, what a treat and what an idea. I don't think this would work in Scotland, people would come up and want to know (in a friendly way) what you were doing (I might try it one day and make new friends).
    Your drawings are terrific, love the variation of dress and hair-styles.

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    1. Sheila 77 I highly recommend you do try. But mostly at Starbucks people are either on their iPhones, iPads, laptops or talking to someone else. They may NOT notice YOU at all. But if they do, which only happens to me on the very rare occasion, it is always positive... so far anyway.
      Glad you are enjoying my peeps! Do come again.

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  20. Fantastic creativity. thank you for sharing

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    1. You're welcome, thanks for stopping by.

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  21. These are lovely sketches. The scenes are so alive with little details, colors. I felt like i visited the places you have been.Thank you for sharing these pages.

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  22. Love the man in the white shirt waiting impatiently/patiently with his hands in his pockets at Starbucks, and your dangley earrings! have a good week, Lynn.

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  23. Loving the Starbucks people. They have rearranged our Starbucks and it would be quite difficult to draw. However, there are tables outside. . . The Lowry people are great, I hadn't heard of it either. Always love your chats and your drawings. Blessings, Janet PPF

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