|Pencil Sketch of Dave, 5x5|
My sketchbook is always handy but until three weeks ago I had never sketched in public. At an auto shop I got my chance; sitting across from me was a great model, my husband Dave. Both our Jeeps were at the dealer (54 miles away) for repairs. Dave's not very patient--he sat for a few minutes, left before I sketched his feet, and returned to a different seat.
I recently bought Corel Draw Graphic Suite X5 (an upgrade because Suite 12 didn't work with Windows 7). I wanted to play with digital paint brushes and colors so I tried scanning the sketch into Corel--the scanner didn't work. We now have a new printer/scanner. Everything's working, thanks to a good friend, Sam Caparatta. Sam and Dave spent lots of time talking with "Tech." We bought a Windows 7 computer in January and it has taken me 10 months and a lot of cussing just to get back to where I was last year. I'm not sure this is progress; it's more like treading water and trying not to drown.
I took a 3-hour linoleum block printing class at
Convergence Art Guild, a real pleasure, taught by my sister-in-law Mary Wilkerson. My
subject was the chair next to my work
station. I added a cat the following day, Halloween, and only needed three bandaids.
|Two-legged Chair, linoleum block, 7x5|
I hope to do more linoleum block printing. My problem is I like the block itself--looks like bas relief , and I'm hesitant to cut pieces away for printing with more than one color. I just read THE COMPLETE PRINTMAKER, a book I've had for years; printmaking is definitely interesting.
|Terry, charcoal drawing, 24x18|
I attempted to draw my artist friend Terry during Thursdays at the Y Art. The easel contraption stood still; Terry didn't. When she appeared too thin, I took the easy way and made her head smaller. She said she had always thought she had a pinhead--ha. She was wrong when she said she lacked a sense of humor--we laugh a lot.
I feared I had missed the autumn colors so I took my camera along when I voted yesterday; luckily, I wasn't too late.
|Kinderton Golf Club|
|Clarksville Marina--3 blocks from my house|
|End of 4th, next to Marina--my favorite. Geese patrol this knoll during the summer.|
And I'm still playing with my Winsor and Newton watercolors--nothing worth posting yet.