Monday, March 27, 2006
We went to the Mission Inn for Sunday Brunch and the weather was great so we sat outside. I love to go there, every spot is a drawing opportunity. I could just spend the whole day ( which I may) drawing different areas. They have inside courtyards, and arch covered walkways with huge wisteria growing over them. A wonderful pool area and several chapels etc. Here is my quick sketch/painting. Normally we have never been disappointed in their food but I must say nothing went right today. Our reservation was wrong and they didn't specify a wheelchair, so they couldn't seat us, so we went to a different area where we were finally seated. Then they had a grease backup, and this carmel looking gooey grease started to creep out of the sewage covers right by where we were sitting, yuck, so they moved us again. Needless to say it wasn't the nicest of visits but we wont hold it against them. I am not done drawing!
Friday, March 24, 2006
I went to a wonderful quilt class in Glendale, Calif. last week. We took Velda Newmans class and learned a bunch of new techniques for achieving specific looks on our fabric. It was a fun day and I think I will use more of her methods in my quilts. I really love her work anyway. She is so nice and down to earth. She was recovering from brain surgery where they had recently found a tumor and had to operate. She seemed to be doing great except she would have a hard time finding the right word occasionally, but I do that all the time and have never had brain surgery. I sat during part of lunch and drew this sketch of items around the room. A friend won 1st place at the show and we worked on painting realistic apples.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Well here in Southern California we enjoy early springs and flowers year round. But I do love the first burst of color that the spring brings along with all the trees budding up to burst open in bloom too. I sat today and decided I was going to draw my iceland poppies, I need to dead-head them to encourage continuous blooms. Since its so nice and warm today, thats my project. The seed heads are almost as interesting to draw as the flowers. Our whole side yard is full of poppies, petuna's and rannacula's that I planted back in November, the yard is full of color. Dianne
Saturday, March 18, 2006
Well, they said it wasn't exactly what they were looking for, so in an effort to give them what they invision I redrew it. I also added color to both just incase they decide to add it. Free stuff is always more labor intensive that the stuff we get paid for!
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Casa Colina:This is the new rehab hospital just opened this last year. They tore down the old one and built this beautiful facility. They now have these wonderful areas for everyone to sit and its beautifully landscaped. It's done in a California Mission style with courtyards and lots of bouganvia (sp). I sat and visited with another mom as our daughters visited for awhile. For being so beautiful, it holds so much pain and suffering, yet hope and renewal too.
We have been going here so long its like a second home, with many friends and family.
This is a picture of my daughter who received a red hat and scarf from my mom for Christmas. She looked so beautiful in it and really loves it. I did the drawing in pencil and the hat and scarf in colored pencil. The drawing really does not do her justice and I am still trying to capture the thing that makes us uniquely us! Whatever that is and where ever it may be. LOL But the fun is in the process.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I was asked by the women to draw a logo depicting their scripture for the womens retreat. I am often asked to design logos or do artwork for the church. I love it, what better gift than to give it back to the one who gave it to me in the first place! It had to be a simple sketch, no color, since the cost of printing color is prohibitive.
I have decided I love chaos! It either makes me feel like I am not the only one out there that has lots of it or I think it makes for interesting drawings, can't decide. I was sitting in the Orthotics office with Jennifer, trying to get her prothestetic leg fitted properly when I spyed the chaos under the exam table! Wow, we all have a ton of stuff we are always trying to find places for! I will probably draw lots more chaos in the future. I will probably be on the hunt for it now.
The little girl sketched in the circle above was done earlier while we sat in the waiting room. She was staring a hole through Jennifer. Kids are always so fasinated by the fact that Jennifer is missing her leg. They are so cute and curious, and often walk right up to her and stare at her missing leg, and touch her and say, "Where did it go" or " Where is it"?? I wish adults could be as open as kids.
Monday, March 06, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Well I haven't played with my watercolors on real watercolor paper in along time. So I decided last night while making dinner I would draw and paint these wonderfully colored peppers I got at the infamous Costco trip.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
I finally made myself do this, I think I always draw parts of myself when I draw other people. My eyes for example, but it is so hard to put it all together and make it look like that person. I don't think I did it this time, I need to work harder at capturing my true likeness. I think I made my face thinner than it is, funny how I see myself!! I wish if that would work on my the rest of me.
I was watching a show on raising giraffee's and this baby lost his mother, as I watched the show its their eyes that get you, those long eyelashes. So I thought I will draw that eye! I did a quick sketch with pastels, I have not used them too often as you can tell!