Monday, 24 December 2012

Painted ornaments

Hi everyone!

It's been such a busy week leading up to Christmas 
and I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.

I have been a little lax with my daily sketching too 
but only because I have been busy painting instead. 
As is my tradition each year,
I painted Christmas tree ornaments for my granddaughters,
Mikayla and Madelyn.


This will be Maddy's first Christmas and Mikayla's 3rd.


Inspired by this post,
I painted some paper-mache gift boxes and used white 3D paint to decorate them. 
I deliberately kept mine more simple and child-like.
It was the first time I'd used 3D paint and I found it impossible to control the flow 
of the paint but I kinda like how it turned out. 
They make me think of cakes decorated with white icing.

A close up view of each
  
To finish the ornaments, 
I applied a gloss water-based varnish 
and white ribbon.

It was Aaron's birthday yesterday....
my baby is now 14!!!

I found this (below) on this page on Facebook
and thought it might be a nice idea for 2013.


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and 
a Happy New Year!
If you don't celebrate Christmas,
may you enjoy a Happy Holidays.
Love to all! xx


~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Challenge completed....I DID IT!!!

YES!!
I completed the 75 day pen/ink daily sketch challenge! 

I can hardly believe that I sketched each and every day 
for 75 days.  I must admit that the time seemed 
to fly by.

There were days when I very nearly gave up but 
I'm glad I didn't. 
I'm feeling quite proud of myself.

So, here are the final FIVE!

Note that all sketches are pencil-free using any or all of the following -

 BIC Pro ballpoint pen
ZIG Millennium 005 pen
Micron 03 pen
Micron 05 pen
Faber-castell Artists PITT pens in F, B or SC sizes




 Photo reference credit goes to MonicaB at WetCanvas.


 Credit for photo reference goes to marcusjroberts at Flickr. 




Credit for Photo Reference goes to rubyblossom at Flickr.

Before I started the challenge, I was lucky to fit in a sketch once a week 
because I never seemed to find the time with so many distractions of daily life. 
This challenge has shown me that I CAN make time to sketch daily 
and I'm loving it!

I feel too that the challenge has helped to hone my skills in observation and 
also in achieving values and tones with only pen.

It may be too soon to say but I think I've now developed a daily habit 
as I haven't stopped yet. 

When I heard the tragic news of the shooting in Connecticut 
yesterday, I reached for my sketchbook to help deal with and express 
my emotions.


And today's sketch below
which I'm also linking up with Sunday Sketches.


I'm now off to watch a movie with Bradley and Aaron.

I hope you're all having a nice and relaxing weekend.


~ Love, light and peace ~

Saturday, 15 December 2012

My heart is crying....

My heart is crying for the victims of Newtown, Connecticut. 
Such a devastating and senseless tragedy.




~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Still sketching daily....

Hi everyone!

I didn't intend to take a week's break from blogging 
but it happened anyway. 
I think, after blogging daily for 61 days, 
I needed a break.

My daily pen sketches continued though 
so I'll post them all below.

#64 through to #70 of 75 pen/ink sketches.

All sketches are pencil-free using any or all of the following -
 BIC Pro ballpoint pen 
ZIG Millennium 005 pen 
Micron 03 pen 
Micron 05 pen 
Faber-castell Artists PITT pens in F, B or SC sizes


This figurine was gifted to me by a friend years ago. 
Quite sentimental considering the figurine's official name is also Serena.



Credit for the seal reference image goes to FatedSnowFox at Flickr


My trusty hairdryer


 My favourite gardening tool!


An energy saver bulb

Another tool I wouldn't be without - my staple gun


A giraffe using a reference image my nephew took years ago

I can hardly believe I have managed 70 daily sketches!!!
Only FIVE more to go and the challenge is completed!!


I'm also linking up with this week's Sunday Sketches.

To join in on Sunday Sketches
Click the graphic below -

If you read my journal entry #68,
you'll know that I hurt my shoulder even worse.
I think it could be rotator cuff but won't know for sure
until I see my doctor.
For now, I'm resting it as much as possible.
Thankfully, it's my non-dominant arm.


~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 2 December 2012

#63 of 75 pen/ink sketches

It was another sauna-like day. 
To combat it, we keep the windows and blinds closed 
as it truly helps to keep the hot, humid air out. 

For my sketch today, 
I decided to sketch the fruit/salad/serving bowl 
that matches the goblet and cruet bottle
I sketched earlier in the series (see below).

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using BIC Pro ballpoint pen, Micron and PITT pens.

I'm also linking up with this week's Sunday Sketches.

To join in on Sunday Sketches
Click the graphic below -



One of the matching goblets



The matching bottle from my cruet set.

As mentioned in my sketch journal page for today,
Brad's friend, Darren, visited and brought a very special gift 
for Bradley.
A photo of Elton John 
signed by Elton John! YAY!!

Brad was SO happy and will be 
wanting to frame that one for sure.

Darren is also a huge Elton John fan as you can tell by his T-shirt
in the pic below. Brad is on the right, obviously.

All in all, it's been a good day despite the heat. 

How was your weekend?

~ Love, light and peace ~

Saturday, 1 December 2012

#62 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Daily blogging seems to be a habit I can't break at the moment.

What the......??


This morning, I woke up at 5am, and it was already quite hot and humid.
Yesterday was like a sauna and I felt so sorry for Cody and Jack. 
Their coats weren't over-long since I'd clipped them a couple of months ago 
but there was definitely enough length to make it an uncomfortable day for them. 
So by 6am, I was scissor-trimming Cody, followed by Jack. 
I figured I'd get it out of the way before the real heat of the day set in. 
Wise move!

I ended up sending the cheap electric pet trimmers back for a refund. 
They just didn't do the job properly. 
Michelle bought the same set and was of the same opinion. 
I am pleased that the company stood by their word and 
were very quick paying the refund back into my Paypal account.

For my sketch today,
I chose one of the combs I use while I scissor-cut. 
They are very handy for holding the hair in place and
also act as a protection shield while I use the scissors. 
No dogs were cut on my watch. ;)

By the way,
the first image is SOME of the fur I shook off in the yard 
from the table protector cloth I used. ;)

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using BIC Pro pen and a wee touch of Micron pen.

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

~Love, light and peace ~

Friday, 30 November 2012

Day 30 - AEDM & Nablopomo - wood plane

I made it to the end of Art Every Day Month (AEDM)
and National Blog Posting Month (Nablopomo)!! YAY!!

I also blogged daily for Blogtoberfest in October.
All in all, 61 days of daily blogging...WOW!!!
I'm feeling quite pleased with myself.

Of course, I still have my 75 day sketch challenge
to complete which won't end until around December 14th.
However, while I'll still be sketching daily,
I don't have to post every day.

#61 of 75 pen/ink sketches

A wood plane
Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using BIC Pro ballpoint pen and a wee touch of Micron pen.


To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.
It's been a pleasure sharing this month with them.

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We put our Chrissy tree up today.
We're a day early as we normally put it up on Dec. 1st
but that's okay.
As usual, there was quite a bit of upheaval because
we had to move the dining room suite back
 into the computer/family room
to make room for the tree.
Beau, #2 son, bought this huge fibre-optic tree
over three years ago.
It's lovely but a tad too big for my liking.


I do love that it's filled with a lot of hand painted ornaments
that I did some years ago.
I need to start painting Mikayla's and Madelyn's
Christmas tree ornaments very soon too.

It's been like a sauna here today...60% humidity.
It's supposed to be even hotter by Monday/Tuesday. :(

I hope you're enjoying nice weather wherever you are.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Day 29 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Wolf


Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, 
man himself will not find peace. 
--- Albert Schweitzer

Today, a topic close to my heart - WOLVES!

Ever since I can remember, I've felt a strong love and connection 
to the wolf.  I have long viewed them as my totem animal. 
Once protected, 
wolves have now been taken off the endangered list 
which means they can be persecuted, hunted, and killed. 
This is SO mortifying to me.

It pains me no end to see humans think that they can go ahead 
and destroy or kill whatever gets in their way. 
Man is the real blight upsetting the natural balance of this planet, 
NOT the beautiful creatures we share this planet with. 
So many animals are exploited, tortured, or killed at human hands 
and it sickens me to the core.
I have been feeling quite down today with numerous things on my mind, 
including the plight of the wolves.

As a tribute, I chose a wolf as my daily sketch.

#60 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketch book 
using ZIG Millennium, Micron and PITT pens.

Credit for photo reference goes to dalliedee at Flickr.

To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.

I am in favour of animal rights as well as human rights.
That is the way of a whole human being.
--- Abraham Lincoln


~ Love, light and peace ~

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Day 28 - AEDM & Nablopomo - sewing machine

Today was another one of those days where I could easily have given up on 
the 75 day challenge. 

I think the humidity caused my arthritis to flare up 
plus my shoulder was also aching. 
Yes, I was feeling quite sorry for myself.

I finally came to the decision that a quick sketch 
was better than no sketch at all AND....
it keeps me in the challenge.
I'm getting close to the finish line now and I know 
I'd be disappointed in myself if I let it go.

#59 of 75 pen/ink sketches

My sewing machine

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium, Micron and PITT pens.

To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Day 27 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Spray bottle

My newest little granddaughter, Madelyn, has been the perfect angel
 for my daughter, Michelle.
She only wakes once through the night for her feed...
gotta love that!
She's such a content baby.
Yes, I popped over for another visit today! 
I just can't seem to help myself...hehehe 

A quick sketch today of the spray bottle I use to mist 
my potted fern. 
Ferns love humidity...me, not so much. 
Actually, I dislike humidity immensely! 
We've been told that we're going to be in for a heatwave 
in coming days. 
SO not looking forward to that!

#58 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Penicl-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium, Micron and PITT pens.

To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.

I hope you're enjoying a lovely week. 

~ Love, light and peace ~

Monday, 26 November 2012

Day 26 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Turtle Dove

The day has just flown by and, 
being that I'm feeling quite tired, 
I'm just going to post and run.

#57 of 75 pen/ink sketches 

A turtle dove

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook
using ZIG Millennium and Micron pens.

Credit for the reference image I used goes to Arno Meintjes at Flickr.
Thank you, Arno.

To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.


~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Day 25 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Quan Yin

Brad, Aaron, and I had a lovely morning at Beau's (son) and Steven's house. 
Steven's parents and sister were there too.
Beau and Steven spoiled us with home-made goodies such as,
cake with lemon icing, chocolate slice, ANZAC biscuits, and 
pikelets with jam and whipped cream. 
DELICIOUS!

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For today's sketch I chose, Quan Yin, 
the Buddhist Goddess of Compassion. 
This little statue resides in my lounge room.

#56 of 75 pen/ink sketches

 Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium and Micron pens.


To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.

Also linking up with Sunday Sketches.

I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely weekend.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Day 24 - AEDM & Nablopomo - A rose

Aaron and I popped over to Michelle and Alex's place this morning for a visit. 
We had fun playing with Mikayla who is still quite enraptured with 
her baby sister. 
Little Madelyn is being such a good baby for Michelle. 
SO precious!

My sketch for today is another rose 
from the rear view.

#55 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium and Micron pens.

Reference photo credit goes to zel6891 at WetCanvas


To check out posts by other Art Every Day Month members for today,
click HERE.


I'm now off to watch a movie/DVD with Brad and Aaron.

Have a lovely weekend!

~ Love, light and peace ~
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