Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lots of Blessings to Count

Thinking about thankfulness.  It seems that the older I get, the more aware I am of how much there is to be thankful for.  For one thing, I don't take good health for granted anymore.  Just being able to wake up in the morning and open your eyes to a new day is a wonderful blessing.  And I am so thankful for my family, and for my home.  My home is such a comfortable and comforting place.  I'm thankful for my eyesight -- it's not as good as it used to be, but it's so wonderful to be able to see.  I can imagine how astounding it must have been for the man born blind in John 9 to suddenly receive sight.  And this wonderful gift is something I have had all my life!  The older I get, the more I appreciate COLOR, too.  Here in Florida the sky is very blue.  Sometimes I just look up and up and up and drink in all the blueness.  I could go on and on; once you start counting your blessings, it's easy to keep adding to the list.  Of course the greatest blessing and the greatest gift is Jesus.
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One special thing I'm thankful for is the interest in art and in creative things which I believe my mother inculcated in me -- it adds so much to life to have an interest like that.  I truly enjoy drawing and painting; I just wish I had more time for it!

Here are a couple of sketches of hands from one of my old sketch books:


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bleah

So far working from photos has not been much of a success...  but I will keep plugging away at it.  If you keep going, eventually something clicks.  I was going to post my painting I've been working on from an old photo, but it turned out bleah, so I won't.

Here is another sketch from an old sketchbook....  my younger nephew.  He did NOT want to pose!  That's why I drew some horns on his head  :)   he was being very difficult about it.  I remember it as if it were yesterday, and now he's married and has two of the sweetest little girls you ever saw, and a third one on the way.  Where does the time go?  It slips away like a coin vanishing from a magician's fingers.




Sunday, November 13, 2011

Painting from Photos

It's hard to find the time (not to mention a model) to paint from life, so I have been looking through old photos to paint from.  Here are some sketches from a photo I am working on:





I'm trying to paint this with acrylics, but am feeling sort of uncomfortable with it.  I like acrylic fine for my whimsical stuff, but I really want to be able to blend better.  So I am thinking what to do...

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quickie Post

Just a quick post.  Here is a little doodle from an old sketchbook...  Click on the link below it and you will see something cute!