Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reid State Park, Maine

A distant point of land

Some rocks just below where we were sitting.

A guy sitting on some rocks a little ways away.

My husband and I went to Reid State Park yesterday. We like to sit on the rocks and watch the water and birds and people. I took my sketchbook along and did 3 pictures using a ball point pen. I started with a micron pen but it was so windy the ink dried up before it hit the page.

#3 is the first time I stuck a person in a picture. This guy held still long enough for me to sketch him in quickly.

Real rocks are more difficult to draw than imaginary rocks.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Thank you very much John P. for this award!

Imagine my surprise when john.p at told me he gave me this award for my blog. I haven't posted in ages and my drawing is need of further practice! I'm pleased and the timing is great. I have a significant birthday next week and have been feeling old and decrepit (from time to time anyway).

The rules of acceptance are:

1. Put the logo on your blog. 2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. 3. Nominate 7 other blogs. 4. Add links to those blogs on yours. 5. Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

So, I nominate the following blogs for this award because they make me happy when I look at them.

juj at

jeff (trout bum) at

casey at

doug at

woolgathering at

andrea joseph at

lin at

I've been away from blogging (and drawing) for a bit but I'm reinspired. Thanks John.p

Sunday, May 18, 2008

ED in May 12-14

#12 Birdhouse nailed to the side of the barn at Nezinscot Farm in Turner. Done from a photo taken last summer.

#13 A sheep peeking out from the window of a van. Drawn from a photo take spring of 2006 at Sheepfest in Denmark, Maine. It was the annual local sheep shearing. Three unshorn sheep take up the entire back of a pickup truck. Three shorn sheep take up less space than one unshorn sheep.

#14 Colored Pencil. I felt like playing with letters and coloring. So I did.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

EDinMay 9, 10, and 11

Day 9: I spend a lot of time drawing large things smaller. This time I wanted to try drawing a small thing bigger. So we have a gigantic paperclip. Tried to pay attention to the reflections on the paperclip but it's awfully narrow.

Day 10: A Clothes pin. 'H' added after the fact. That's what happens when the mind goes faster than the pen.

Day 11: My trusty Boy Scout knife. Had it since I was 10. Girl Scout knives didn't hold a sharp edge worth a darn. This one has seen a lot.

All done with brown micron pen.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

EDinMay 7 & 8

Shirley suggested that I should love my shoeblob. She made a good point, so here it is. It did make me laugh after all!

And also here are the bad scissors (they are bad because they don't cut worth beans).

Thank you Shirley. :)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

EDinMay 5 & 6 (and 7 & 8 sort of)

Day 5 - whimsical houses. Those were done in brown micron pen.
Day 6 - a binder clip that was holding open the sketch book. Used a pilot razor point I think.

Day 7 and 8 were.....not good: lopsided scissors and shoe blobs.

I'm not givig up though! Well, maybe I'll give up drawing shoes.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

EDinMay - three days worth plus TWO challenges

EDinMay #2: Last summer I took a bunch of photos at the granite yard. This is one of them. They do all sorts of keen things with the granite there.

EDM 165 and EDinMay #3 - the front of our house. This is also from a photo - it was raining and there aren't leaves yet in reality and I didn't feel like drawing or ignoring trunks and branches. The house doesn't tilt - I couldn't get rotate to work in photo editor. The house is dark brown. The trees are assorted greens. The roof is blue. An aside: we had 4" of rain Tuesday, it rained all weekend and we STILL have snow.

EDM 41 and EDinMay #4: a landmark of your town. My town doesn't exactly have a landmark, but Moody's Diner is pretty famous state-wide so I thought that'd suffice.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

EDM 166 - fish AND Every Day in May #1

I collect knife rests. Then I discovered chopstick rests - which I thought would serve well as knife rests too (and vice versa). The above is a ceramic fish chopstick/knife rest. This is the 2nd attempt at drawing it. The first was in blue ball point pen and was not good. Thought I'd share the better one. This one is done in 0.5 pencil and finger - for smudging. This also doubles as my first Every Day In May drawing.

There may be more fish.......

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

EDM 163 Playing card

I have a deck of cards from Colonial Williamsburg. Here is the king of diamonds. It's a little off, but all in all not bad. The backs of the cards are blank so nothing to draw there.

EDM 18 redux

We live on a hill. All I see out our back sliding door is snow and trees and the dug well thingie. Sometimes there are deer sleeping in the protected area under some trees. The snow pile from snow that slid off the roof is still 5' high or so. We have a pile like that out the front sliding door too.

The only spots we see dirt are some areas of the driveway. Usually it takes until May for all the snow to go away. This year we'll be luck if it's all gone in time for July 4. I am sick of snow. I'm also surprised at how excited I am to see dirt. Hope I can handle the excitement of seeing green vegetation.

Medicine Cabinet - finally

Last summer I got Danny Gregory's book Creative License and began reading it. When I got to the part about drawing the inside of the medicine cabinet I didn't and so I didn't keep reading either. I finally got back to it and am really glad I did. While the composition of this drawing pretty much sucks, the point is - I did it. And I finished reading the book and am very inspired. After a very, very long winter of vegetating, I am very inspired.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

EDM 72 Draw somewhere new

While waiting for someone in a parking lot I drew some of the stuff I was seeing - cars (gassing up, fooding up), the store's sign, some puddles. Things are randomly placed and not as I was seeing them.

More rock doodles

I'm addicted to drawing rock doodles. My husband says if I can draw rocks I can draw potatoes. Maybe I'll try that next. I dunno though, all those potato eyes.....

EDM 5 Bed

Hotel bed at the Hyatt in Atlanta. I was at a conference. It was a nice bed. Lots of pillows. Not a lot else to draw in a hotel room.

EDM 1 Shoes

Two shoes really. I was at a conference in Atlanta and at the end of the day took my shoes off in the middle of the floor and was too exhausted to bother about moving them. So, I drew them. Was too pooped to go into much detail. In fact, I fell asleep with the pen in my hand.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Spreading the joy

I gave my 9 year-old nephew his first sketchbook for Christmas. I guess he has it nearly half full already - he's drawing people and landscapes and helicpoters, to name a few. My brother gave him a perspective lesson and he caught on right away.

Wish he lived closer so I could see his drawings....