Monday, September 26, 2011

Breast Cancer Page

I just figured out how to make a stand-alone page  :)   These are at the bottom of the sidebar under "Pages".

My first one is titled "Breast Cancer".

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and immediately had a lot of things to learn and a lot of decisions to make.   The most important thing is to seek God and His help; to read the Bible in order to hear what God says; and to pray.

Also there are a lot of natural things people can do to improve their health.  I wanted to let others know about the books and information that I found most helpful.  Hence, my brief little monograph on breast cancer resources.  I am publishing it here on my blog in the hope it might help someone else.  So, click on the picture of the red rose in the sidebar, and you will see it!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

20 Eggheads

Leafing through my old sketchbooks and thought I would post these "egghead" exercises.  The way you do them is first, make a hollow eggshell by poking a hole in each end of an egg with a pin, and then placing your mouth over the opening of one hole and blowing the egg out through the other hole (over a sink, of course).  Be careful not to let any raw egg come into contact with your mouth.  {Have you ever read an old-fashioned novel where the characters eat or drink raw egg?  (Yuk.) They could get away with that then, but nowadays we have Salmonella.}

Anyway, once you have your empty eggshell, you can mark your proportion lines on it with pencil, making sure you place your eyes half-way down the head.  Then you can stand the "egg head" up by putting it in an empty bottle lid; direct your single light source from whichever way you are interested in studying the shadows from, and sketch at least 20 eggheads.

Here are mine:    :)

I got a little carried away with #4 

I would tell you the name of the book that had this exercise in it, but I've forgotten it, sorry

And here is a weird-sort-of-looking guy from one of my old sketchbooks.... I wonder why he is looking at those planets with such a baleful glare?  And why are those planets so small (or him so big, whichever the case may be)  I have a feeling he's nothing but a doodle  :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Clingman's Dome

Here are the last pix from our short trip to North Carolina:

Some wildflowers

At the Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia.  If you leave hungry it is not their fault!  The food is wonderful

The people are just as interesting as the scenery.

Click on link above to see a 5-1/2 minute video of Great Smokies Mts National Park.
The video shows the view from a scenic overlook on the way to Clingman's Dome; then the view from the Visitor's Center at the foot of the trail to Clingman's Dome ---- we didn't actually hike up there  :)  we weren't expecting it to be so cold and windy, since it had been so unusually hot all during the rest of our trip....  The last of the video shows the ride back down toward Franklin.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Color Wheels

Here are some pages from my sketchbook on color.  I am reading Betty Edwards' book on color right now.  She has you do a regular color wheel, then do tints and shades in steps and arrange the values like a clock, so as to be able to see opposite values clearly --- a useful idea, I think.  I'm not following her directions exactly, as she includes the secondary colors and has both warm and cool red.  I am using primary colors only, but warm and cool for each.

I love cerulean!
 Wouldn't these values be good for a thunderstorm?

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Saw a mushroom in the yard.  Happened to have my camera in my hand!  I got down real low and here is a pixie-eye view of a mushroom  :)

And here is a little mud-daubers nest built onto the screen of our back porch:

This made me think of my box of little "treasures" --- I have an empty mud-daubers nest in there.  It was very fragile and I remember I was afraid it would break when I collected it.... but it didn't!

Can you spot it?  In the lower left compartment, just above the broken lizard eggshell.  How cunning these little insects are!

Nature is marvelous, isn't it?   MARVELOUS meaning "causing great wonder; extraordinary".  Nature is so marvelous, so intricate, so complex, so full of wonder --- there simply MUST be a Creator.  There's just no way everything could have happened by itself.  No.  Way.

Monday, September 5, 2011


N saw a neat sort of spider through the window on the trellis in our side yard, so I went out to look at it and took these pix:

It's quite a large web, with a long zig-zag running through --- very curious.

And here is a climbing rose and some rose hips on the trellis as well:

There was a hummingbird in the front garden this morning;  he was no longer than my thumb, and he went all around the butterfly bush, taking a sip out of each red flower before he zoomed away.  I would have tried to get a picture of him, but I knew he'd be gone before I could get my camera out!