Sunday, 13 November 2011

Day 13 - AEDM & Nablopomo - alpaca, crochet & sticks

it's been a nice, relaxing sunday here.

i spent part of the morning catching up with blogs and browsing my reference photos for a sketch subject. i finally settled on a photo that my son, aaron, had taken back in 2009.

an alpaca....too cute!

alpaca - 13.11.11

i started the sketch using graphite pencil but found i was second guessing myself too much so switched to my trusty pigma micron pen and things went smoothly from there on. i couldn't resist adding a touch of colour with my derwent inktense pencils.

alpaca - 13.11.11

and here is the original reference image.

for some reason, the white alpaca in the background makes me think of The Beatles.
 must be that dashing hairstyle - lol
alpaca reference

to view the creative posts of other AEDM members for Day 13
click here.

i was quite tickled that paula invited me to participate in a task for the artist's way group that she has been hosting on her blog. check out the post here.

thanks, paula! xo

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i also found time today to do a little more work on my striped blanket throw

striped throw

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i think my son, aaron, has caught the creative bug because, this past week, he has been busying himself making various items from paddle pop sticks.

he paints them up himself too...very effective all grouped together, don't you think?

aaron's crafts

aaron's crafts

aaron's crafts

aaron - crafts

i hope you had a nice, relaxing sunday too

~ love, light and peace ~

37 comments:

  1. Your son is very clever and what fun creations...
    I like work which comes from photos as it links back to the artist's life, that says something about you. Your crochet is brilliant...(lovely post! )
    Gwen xx

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  2. Your drawing of the alpaca is beautiful - as is the other work I've enjoyed seeing of yours. What a lovely way to document your day. I'm in awe, too, of your penmanship...just lovely. Your son looks like he's having a lot of fun creating as well. He's been very busy!

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  3. Congrats on being featured on Paula's blog. Nice variety of examples of your work. :)

    Love the alpaca sketch! And once you said that about the white one in the back of the photo with the bangs...all I can hear is "yah! yah! yah!" LOL!

    You do beautiful crochet work. I love the rainbow-colored blanket. And Aaron has really caught the creative bug--and what variety in the items he made. They look great, Aaron!! I never would have thought of a bowl! Wow! Clever. :)

    Hope you have a really good week and your feet don't give you any troubles...or anything else for that matter. :):)

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  4. Your sketch is wonderful! love the great detail in his hair. Also, I crochet too and love the blanket you are making. Such fun colors!

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  5. Being part of Paula's Artist's Way group has been such fun. I enjoyed your guest visit very much. I love your alpaca sketch. He seems very happy. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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  6. Your son naturally has your talent and your throw is lovely and so colourful.
    Sketch is beautiful as always.

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  7. Wow, very impressed with your son's creations, amazing. Love your journal page - and your writing on the page is superb, it really adds to it. I always feel like my writing, not ruins exactly, but takes the pages down a notch - have you taken any classes? I keep meaning to, but I know I'm a very quick painter/journaler so I probably wouldn't take the time to write nicely even if I knew how lol happy sunday x

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  8. Love your sketchbook sketch...beautiful! And your son has definitely caught the creative bug! How fun to see all of his paddle pop stick crafts in a group! Love that name "paddle pop stick"! Congrats too on being selected for The Artist's Way group!

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  9. Wow Serena! Your sketch of the alpaca is amazing! And yes, that one does look like he could be a Beatles member. Ha! Aaron's creations are wonderful. He definitely got his creativity from you. :) Love your bright and colorful afghan.

    My body feels like it has been run over by a steamroller. I'm allergic to the sun so have a rash and blisters on my legs and chest; the ankle is bruised and swollen and aches. Certainly not what I thought would come of this recent holiday. :/ Makes me wish I had stayed home.

    Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

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  10. I just loved this entire post!

    Your journal page is inspiring :)

    Have a great day!

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  11. You have had a very busy art household! Such variety in your creations - from the great sketch to the colorful knitting to your son's popsicle creations. Wow!

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  12. Hi Serena,
    Love the sketch of the Alpaca and your beautiful crocheted balnket. What fun colors you are using. :)
    Tell Aaron that his work is amazing! He really must have a lot of patience for him to do so many things with popsicle sticks. :)
    I love the house!
    Hugs

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  13. Aaron definitely has your creative talent. All his pieces look so bright and happy. Well done!!

    Of course, you know I think the alpaca is great. I wish I had your talent for sketching with a pen. You make it seem so easy.

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  14. Serena, I have to agree with you about the alpaca ressembling the Beatles! Haha too funny! You are the only person I know who finds it easier to draw in permanent ink versus graphite! I'm no where near that!! Love your drawing. Your crochet is coming along beautifully and those stick houses are so cute!! I guess it runs in the family!! All the best :D

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  15. Your drawing of an alpaca is really good. I envy your skill of being able to draw in ink. In my case, I need to draw it in pencil first and then ink it afterwards. I still don't have the confidence of working on something without getting any errors. haha.. i need to work on that. :-)

    happy sunday!

    xoxo
    ida

    http://asplashofida.blogspot.com

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  16. Your alpaca drawing is beautiful, and the touch of colour really makes it! Valerie

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  17. Love your journal entry/sketch of the alpaca. Wonderful!! And - yes indeed - it does appear that your son has caught the creative 'bug'!!!

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  18. your son's constructions are clever- better than leggo. Your alpaca is just a darling! I know some fiber artists that would swoon. Heh, you're right about the Beatles alpaca hairdo, too funny.

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  19. wow - that alpaca is incredible...what a wonderful piece of art

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  20. What a wonderfully creative day! Your sketch along with your own handwriting is beautiful. I also love the colors of your blanket which complement the vibrant work of your son - thanks for sharing!

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  21. Serena...just happened on this today after seeing Arron's popsicle houses earlier... he may be interested in seeing this one...

    http://annwood.net/blog/2011/10/24/playhouse/

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  22. Blimey! That's a lot of creativity going on :)

    The Alpaca is fantastic, and I wish my handwriting was that legible lol

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  23. Lovely post; it's great that your son is busy doing crafts too! :)

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  24. I love the cute alpaca, yeah yeah yeah. And tell Aaron "wow"...the colorful popsicle stick buildings are really cool!
    (p.s. glad your legs are feeling better, too!!!)

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  25. Love that hippy alpaca!! What a great sketch you did and wow to all those creations by your son!

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  26. I love your alpaca and yes I can see Ringo in the one in the back :D You have such a way of colouring the drawing without overwhelming it Serena, I am too heavy handed when I try this.
    Gee, Aaron has been really busy, and he is so clever. I love his designs and colours. Great work
    Lee:)

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  27. There was simply nothing not to love in this post. I especially love the alpaca drawing and the photo of the blond Beatle. Oh, the colors in your crochet project! Stunning. Guess I'd better stop here so I can go back and enjoy them again. :-)

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  28. O Serena, what a fantastic post. Just all the way around. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that this new week is a blessing for you and your family!
    ~Dawn

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  29. I love your post, Mum!

    The sketch of the alpaca looks great! You're doing pretty good with pen drawings! The original photo of the alpacas looks nice, and that one in the back does look a bit like a Beatle!
    Loving how your blanket is coming along! I really need to try and get back into my knitting. It's fun to do, but this time of year working with wool can get hot.
    Aaron's paddle-pop stick creations also look wonderful! He really has done a great job! I especially love the yellow house!
    By the way, all your other posts also are great, I've been enjoying reading them as well!

    Love Brad!
    xoxox

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  30. I just adore everything you do! The alpaca AND the penmanship is fantastic Serena! I love to crochet too, need to get a plan so I can start again now that winter is coming here.
    Your son's creations are great! Thanks so much for visiting, I hope your health continues to improve! Many hugs, Darla

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  31. Beautiful crochet project, the colours are terrific. Now that drawing of yours, gosh, every time I see something you've drawn I'm in awe. It's no different this time around.

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  32. Great link up on Paula's blog and also on your ridiculously good alpaca drawing... you are just whipping up great work piece after piece.. I am in awe xx

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  33. I love alpacas...they are sooo adorable! I love your sketch! Just beautiful. Thanks for the tip on Oxlades. I will definitely check it out! Paula :)

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  34. wow your son is so talented too! I love, love, love your sketch. The drawing is wonderful and I really like the composition. Great stuff!!

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  35. I love visiting to see what you've drawn! The alpaca is beautiful as is the blanket. Very colorful!

    Your son is certainly a chip off the creative block!

    Warmly,

    Tracy

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  36. Your sketch capture the sweet, playful essence of the alpaca, Serena! A secret pipedream I have is to have an alpaca farm...cutenenss and wool to knit and crochet with--how great! Your lovely crochet inspires me to pick up again my ripple throw in my UFO basket. I knit more than I crochet. Although recurring tendonitis in my hands/wrist makes sticks & string time limit just now. LOVE your son's colorful stick village is amazing. Creative mom = creative son. ;o) Happy Days!

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  37. It´s lovely to see all the people coming and going in between blogs. :D Thanks for being a part of The Artist´s Way project.
    Awesome alpaca and cool blanket. Great popsicles sculptures.

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