This illustration was fun to draw on the old book page. The text gives an interesting background. I added a piece of tape along one edge and cut the other edge in a decorative shape. I drew the pansies with colored pencils and shaded them in various colors.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Continuing with the August artwork, I present the silly, rounded bluebird. While this drawing is far "less realistic"than others that I've worked on, it offered the chance to work on shading and highlighting. The simple curved lines and shapes are rather soothing.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Labor Day is next weekend, the unofficial end to summer. It's hard to believe another season has passed.
I was caught outside returning a shopping cart in a giant parking lot when the winds picked up and the rain began to pelt down. Cars were driving erratically, like they do in any parking lot, but with the quick weather change, it seemed worse. A driver saw me cautiously waiting by the carts and stopped his car, so I could cross safely in the rain. That little act of kindness was so appreciated!
My friend and I were taking an art class together. She has no art experience and is very insecure about her process. The instructor was careful, patient, and thoughtful with her. It made me feel good to see my friend be able to set her feelings aside and enjoy the process. I was grateful that we had such a great instructor.
My dear friend called me up in the late afternoon and told me she had a rough day and needed a burger. She wanted the biggest, juiciest, greasiest burger we could find. At first, I thought she wanted me to cook her one! She laughed and asked me if I knew a place where we could go. I hesitated, and told her I did, but it wasn't going to be pretty. She told me that was exactly what she needed! So, we went to a place called "Dead Bob's". And the burger hit the spot. The funny part of this is that the burger is almost bigger than my friend!
Since I spend so much time in the sun playing tennis, I'm always looking for proper sun protection. I also have to be diligent about seeing a dermatologist for any skin spots, etc. I asked about sunscreens, because the latest news report showed that few drugstore sunscreens were effective. He suggested two: one for my face and one for my body. He warned me that because of the ingredients, they would be pricey. The run around $35 per bottle. I decided to give it a try and bought a bottle of each. So far, the sunscreens have prevented any burns in the August sun and I have no skin reactions.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
The rare but beautiful bird, the Atlantic Puffin, was spotted in Rye, NH on August 2. This is highly unusual as puffins breed in Iceland, Newfoundland, Norway, New Zealand, and at times, as far south as the islands in Maine.