Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Ike didn't do much to Dallas. Just a little rain.
My brother and sister-in-law, who live in Nassau Bay, Texas, drive to Dallas today. They stayed in a hotel near Houston Hobby Airport during Ike and had planned to return home today. But there is no electricity in Houston and they cannot get to their home due to flood waters, so they will come to our house until they can return to Nassau Bay.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
My husband took these photos.
The first 2 pictures show the sea wall, which was built after the Great Storm of 1900. The sea wall was breached well before Ike made landfall.
The next picture shows the hotel where we stayed. Every room has a view of the gulf.
The next 2 pictures were taken at dawn from our balcony.
The final 2 pictures show the typical waves in the gulf. Nothing like what we are seeing on the Weather Channel.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Happy Birthday to my mom, Esther, who is 79 years young today. She was born in 1929 in Kitchener, Ontario, and now lives in Vernon, New York.
This is a painting of a statuette named Angel of Faithfulness. The statuette is dressed in traditional Eastern European or Russian costume, carries a chicken and a basket of eggs, and has wings. My younger son Christopher saw her at a Hallmark store and begged me to buy her. I did, and she now sits on our kitchen table. Christopher insists that she face him while he eats.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
For this challenge, I stalked my three cats and filled pages in my sketch book with drawings of cats. The drawing above (Jake) is the best drawing of the lot. I have always enjoyed drawing from life, but I mainly draw still life (for obvious reasons). This challenge encouraged me to stretch a little and draw living, breathing things. Here are some lessons I learned during this challenge:
- I cannot sit in my favorite chair in the living room and expect our three cats to come and pose for me. In my mind, I give them food, water, medical care, and a clean litter box, so they should be more than happy to pose for me. Cats, however, seem to see the world differently.
- I need to follow the cats with my sketching equipment and sketch what I can. Eventually, they will settle down and I can get a complete drawing.
- I will get many, many partial sketches. Only a few will be good.
- I need to build drawing from memory skills, so I can sketch the main idea and fill in the details after the cat moves.
- Cats tend to repeat the same poses, even if they do not hold any one pose for long. I can start a number of different poses and then go back and add to them when the cat returns to that pose.
- I create the best drawings when I am relaxed, am concentrating, and am not too concerned about outcome. The more I relax, the more I observe.
- I have great admiration for artists who lived before the invention of photography and who convincingly depicted living, moving animals. They had amazing observation and drawing skills.
I used both a 6B pencil and a Micron .05 pen in my sketches. Here is one of my pen drawings of my cat Max. I like using different mediums for variety, but am more comfortable with pencil. I will try additional mediums in the future, such as water soluble pencil and ink.