Sunday, 1 May 2016

More calendar sketches and groomed doggies

The April calendar sketches are now complete 
but I've yet to take photos of the finished spread. 
I'll do that tomorrow and upload a finished pic in my next post. 


I'm pleased with how it turned out. 


While I've thoroughly enjoyed doing a daily mini-sketch for April, 
I'm not sure I'll continue on through May. 
I am thinking of doing a much simpler monthly spread of doodles instead 
as I'm yearning to get back to sketching in a larger format.

I also found the Moleskine sketchbook paper to be more
than a little frustrating when working with watercolours.



I'm linking up to Sunday Sketches this week. 
You can check out the other participants HERE

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Cody and Jack were groomed in recent weeks 
so I took some 'before and after' pics. 

Cody BEFORE 

Cody AFTER

I forgot to take a BEFORE pic of Jack 
but I did get some AFTER pics.  
You may remember me saying once before 
how much Jack hates the camera. 

Well....here he notices my camera phone aimed at him 

He is not amused, hence the blur because 
he is already on the move to....

EXIT stage left...

That's all, folks!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Calendar sketches and another family outing...

Another week is over and I'm pleased to say 
that I've been managing the calendar sketches daily. 
I've also discovered that it's not all that easy to sketch 
something tiny and detailed in such a small space.
Each square is 3cm which is just over an inch across.


I'm not using specific prompts 
just whatever I feel like sketching on any given day. 
However, some may have meaning  
for a particular day
....others not so much. 


For example, April 9th was a sketch of the gold and blue macaw 
we met at Currumbin...he is pictured in my previous post in case you missed it. 

April 14th is a white tiger cub because on that day 
my Granddaughter, Mikayla, introduced me 
to her new, white tiger cub plush toy. 
She named her 'Snowflake'.

April 15th, I decided to sketch a favourite animal 
of my other Granddaughter, Madelyn. 
She loves Pandas!


April 4th is an 'L' which represents my son 
getting his Learner Driver's Licence on that day. 
Congratulations, Aaron! 

April 13th, is a pig because I have always had a soft spot for them. 
You may actually guess that I love animals in general 
and I plan to paint and sketch a lot more of them. 

I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches this week. 
You can check out the other participants HERE


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Last Sunday, April 10th, was the first anniversary 
of my father's passing. 

We went to Wellington Point for a family outing 
with my brother's family and my Uncle and Aunt
as it holds many great memories 
for us with Mum and Dad. 


The weather was beautiful and we found a nice spot 
fairly close to the water. 


A view of the jetty from a distance

On the jetty




Views from jetty 

Boat ramps 

After lunch and a walk on the jetty, 
we went for a walk out to King Island across the sand-bar 
as the tide had gone out by then. 
Earlier in the day, this was well under water. 

Stopping for selfies along the way. hehe

King Island 

In 1887, King Island was formerly declared a reserve and protected by law
It is home to eight shorebird species and soldier crabs. 
Today, it is classified as a regional park 
and protected by the Nature Conservation Act of 1992.
The mangroves buffer the island against bad weather. 

Walking back to the mainland. 
That is Beau (my son), with Mikayla (my granddaughter). 
Alex (my son-in-law) and my other granddaughter, Maddy 
are following behind. 

The sandbar and a view of Wellington Point

Family selfie on King Island 

Family group 

Me with Mikayla walking across the sandbar. 

It was such a great day 
and I know Dad would have been proud. 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A family day at Currumbin

Hi everyone,

Last Thursday, we decided to take advantage of the great weather 
and headed off to Currumbin for a family day out. 

I thought you might like to see a few pics from the day 
and even an unexpected sighting.

Alex, my son-in-law is down at the water's edge with 
Mikayla and her boogie-board.

Our little spot on the beach.
Michelle in the beach tent feeding Kenzie, now six months old, 
Aaron on his mobile phone, as teens do, 
and Bradley in the green T-shirt. 


The views were amazing! 


Some time after we ate lunch, 
I went for a walk with Michelle (my daughter) and baby Kenzie 
to check out the rocky areas of the beach. 


Amazing rock formations weathered away by the sea

The tide was out so the water level is quite low in these pics.




 Thousands of limpets (shellfish) attached to the rocks 

Now to the unexpected sighting.... 

As we were leaving to go home, 
we spotted Pablo, a blue and gold macaw, 
also leaving the beach with his human companion. 


Pablo's caretaker left him on the fence for us to admire
while she took things to her car 
so we were able to get close enough to pat him.
He is a year old so only a baby
as they can live into their 80's.
Apparently, they can be quite a handful to care for
and can throw tantrums like a child too.
Pablo loves cuddles and lots of attention.


He was stunning and quite tame. 


Blue and gold macaws are not native to Australia and
while I admit it was amazing to see one up close and personal,
a part of me still feels very sad that we have turned these
beautiful, exotic birds into a commodity.

Will we ever learn?

I ended up with a terrible migraine from my heavy backpack
pulling down on my neck.
Bradley and Aaron both ended up being badly sunburned
and yes, they did use sunscreen but obviously not enough.

I'll post pics of our family day at Wellington Point in my next post.
Another lovely day.

Stay tuned...

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