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.

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


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!