The fabric used to cover this sketchbook is a striking black and white print which was designed by my daughter-in-law, Danielle, of Danielle Iseminger Design. She named this print Doodle Garden. It is available at her shop on Spoonflower.com, along with more of her fun designs. Danielle's Etsy shop, Danielle Doodles, features her downloadable coloring pages. Danielle likes to play with ideas for her designs in sketchbooks that I make especially for her. [ 542 more words ]
I have had blogs at one place or another for quite a while. I'm not sure how long, really. I used the blog as a place to journal my creative activities as well as somewhere to refer interested parties. They were just someplace to post when I could, with no pressure. Lately, I have begun to feel an urge to keep a more regular sketch journal as a place to record memories and interesting things in my life. [ 709 more words ]
They say "The tool does not make the artist," and I believe that is true. Masterpieces can be created with nothing but a stick and some sort of ink. But just the right tool at just the right moment is a joyful thing! I love every one of my everyday sketching tools, and they all fit in this little LIHIT Lab Pen case… [ 357 more words ]
The day before my surgery, which was 13 days ago, we spent a fun afternoon visiting sights and shops in Seattle with our son. I adopted a very cute little plant and acquired a pencil sharpener that will fit nicely in my sketch kit. I am healing well, but doing this sketch was a struggle, since my vision and small motor control are still off. [ 35 more words ]
I am feeling a little better every day! I am soooo thankful! And I am so amazed and grateful for everyone who has visited my blog and left kind and encouraging comments. You are wonderful! Blessings to you all! Today I felt well enough to get my everyday sketching supplies out of the carry bag where I packed them before surgery. [ 671 more words ]
One week ago today my husband and I were traveling over Snoqualmie Pass, headed for the University of Washington Surgical Clinic in Seattle. The scenery was gorgeous! I was scheduled to check in at the surgery unit reception desk at 7:15 am the next day for facial reanimation surgery, after three years of facial paralysis. Bell's palsy is a condition that is diagnosed by eliminating all other possible diseases or causes of the facial paralysis. [ 310 more words ]
It is only the middle of February, but Spring seems to to be coming early this year. There are signs of life all around. The pear trees are neatly pruned. And the prunings have been mulched. I love the way the old pear tree branches sprawl out in every direction. They are pruned and trained that way on purpose to allow the sun to warm the inner part of the tree to help ripen the fruit. [ 267 more words ]
It is true what they say about never truly see something until you draw it. Who knew chickens looked so fierce?! And who knew there were so many sizes and colors of eggs? A while back I took pictures of some chickens that belong to a friend of mine. I thought they might make good sketching material and I found their colors intreguing. [ 120 more words ]
On Sunday there was still quite a bit of snow on the ground in our yard. That evening the wind began to blow. When it blows hard you can hear the loose piece of metal roofing on the neighbor's shed roof flap and bang when picked up by the gusts. I woke up in the night to hear the wind still whistling around the eaves. [ 46 more words ]
Deep red roses in Winter add some much needed warmth to cold, dark days. And they make a good excuse to try out my new daVinci Artissimo watercolor brush. I love the juicy washes it puts on the paper! Can't wait to try it out on sketch outings!
There are so many birds at our feeder right now. Snow covers the ground and the juncos, goldfinches and a few chickadees keep busy emptying the feeders I fill with black oil sunflower seeds.
Not long before Christmas I made a small 5x7 watercolor block from a sheet of my new Stonehenge Aqua paper so that I could use it to do small paintings and sketches outside my sketchbook. The new watercolor block inspired me to do some sketches for the children as Christmas gifts, even though there were only a few days left before the holidays. [ 159 more words ]
My giant Christmas cactus has begun its first round of blooming for the season. Normally it blooms again around Easter. It creates a shower of pink blossoms that add a touch of color to dark Winter days.
It is a busy day at my house, but I managed to grab a few minutes to sketch some Golden apples I am cooking into applesauce. We also got 3 inches of new snow last night, so the feeling is a little festive with the smell of applesauce filling the house. It seems like winter already and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet.