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 ~

Friday, 23 November 2012

Day 23 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Desk lamp

A couple of days ago, 
I managed to fall backwards onto concrete 
and put my hand out behind me to take the brunt of the fall 
and protect my lower back from hitting the concrete hard. 
I felt immediate pain in my shoulder and it's 
been tender ever since. 
If I raise my left arm out from my side, 
I can't raise it any higher than shoulder height 
due to the pain.
I'm taking painkillers and resting it as much as I can.

It's been a bad day for me pain-wise so 
a super quick sketch will have to do to 
keep me in the challenge.

#54 of 75 pen/ink sketches

The special crafter's lamp I use when sketching 
or painting at night. 
I do prefer natural lighting but, sometimes, 
it isn't always possible.

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.

Last, but certainly not least,
may I present to you my beautiful new granddaughter,

MADELYN GRACE HALLMOND.

Here she is with her Mum and big sister, Mikayla.

Proud Uncle Aaron


~ Love, light and peace ~

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Day 22 - AEDM & Nablopomo - rosebud

It's been full-on the past few days. 
I had Mikayla for a couple of days and nights while Michelle 
was in hospital but she has gone home now. 
Yes, Michelle and little Madelyn were released from hospital today. 
They picked Mikayla up from my place on the way home. 
Then, I dropped Abbey, their dog, home later. 
Baby Madelyn is doing very well.

Thanks so much for all the Congrats and Well Wishes! 

I only had time for another quick sketch today....this time, a rosebud.

#53 of 75 pen/ink sketches

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.


I think I'll get an early night as Mikayla woke a few times in the wee hours
 mostly due to going off to sleep too early yesterday evening because she had
missed her nap during the day-time. 
I woke up this morning feeling like I hadn't slept at all.

I hope you're all having a great week!

~ Love, light and peace ~

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Day 21 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Baby has ARRIVED!!

Today, I became a Grandma for the second time,
I am SO excited!!

My daughter, Michelle, gave birth to her second child/daughter 
at 3am today (November 21st) weighing in at a whopping 9lb 6oz!!!!
Baby decided to kick things off on her own so
Michelle didn't have to be induced after all.
Mummy and baby are doing well and Alex, Michelle's hubby, is thrilled.

Mikayla was carried into the ward by her Daddy
to meet her new baby sister.  
It was love at first sight and she quickly became the doting 
and possessive sister. 
Too cute!!

I am so in love with my new granddaughter!!!

MADELYN GRACE HALLMOND

#52 of 75 pen/ink sketches

One pair of the numerous bootees I made for baby.
She was wearing this pair today.

Pencil-free sketch using 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.


~ Love, light and peace ~

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Day 20 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Phone

A quick post and run because I'm babysitting my granddaughter. 
Michelle is in hospital and they plan to induce her in the morning. 
Hopefully, baby will kick off on her own before then.

As you know I've been hangin' by the phone all week 
expecting THE call and that is what prompted today's sketch.

#51 of 75 pen/ink sketches

My home phone

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.

I hope to have good news tomorrow!!!

~ Love, light and peace ~

Monday, 19 November 2012

Day 19 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Another sunflower

It was a beautiful, clear day without storms. YAY! 

My poor sunflowers copped quite a bashing from the weekend storms. 
Strong winds, heavy rain, and even hail wreaked havoc. 
They look so sad, all bent over and drooping. 
I don' think they'll recover.

Luckily, I did take lots of photos during their growth period 
and decided to sketch one from a rear view today.

I can hardly believe I've made it all the way to #50!
Only 25 more daily sketches to go!!

#50 of 75 pen/ink sketches

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.


STILL no baby....sigh
Poor Michelle is officially nine days overdue and will be induced if baby doesn't arrive soon.
C'mon baby....you have lots of people waiting to meet you.


~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Day 18 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Ceramic bottle

I'm doing a quick post and run today.

You can read the info on my journal page below but 
we've had more severe storm warnings 
for the next few hours and into the night.

I want to get this posted just in case 
we lose power later.

#49 of 75 pen/ink sketches

One of the ceramic vessels/bottles in my cruet set.

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

I sketched a matching ceramic goblet at THIS link.


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

Also linking up with Sunday Sketches today.

Must dash.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Day 17 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Mallard duck

We had quite a nasty storm pass through Brissie mid-morning 
leaving 6000 homes and businesses without power. 
It seems that the Brisbane city area copped it the worst. 

I did my sketch early just in case
another storm was on the way. 
We're apparently due more storms tomorrow.

#48 of 75 pen/ink sketches

A mallard duck

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


The credit for the reference image I used goes to
Gary Jones at PaintMyPhoto.
Thanks, Gary.

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

I have a pot of yummy Vindaloo curry simmering on the stove for dinner.
We love hot and spicy in this house.

Still no baby news. :(

Have a great weekend!

~ Love, light and peace ~

Friday, 16 November 2012

Day 16 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Sandal thong

It's been such a hot, humid day which 
totally sapped my energy and has 
left me with a nasty headache despite 
drinking a fair bit of water. 
I feel sorry for Michelle being overdue 
with baby in this heat
...still no news on that side of things.

Today's sketch is one of my new 
sandal-style thongs. 

#47 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.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Day 15 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Shoes

Thanks for all the well wishes yesterday. 
I was feeling much better today and 
I even had the pleasure of baby-sitting Mikayla. 
Still no sign of baby's arrival, 
so Michelle and Alex went to see 
the final Twilight movie.
This baby is sure teaching us 
to be more patient.

One thing is for sure..
My new granddaughter won't have any 
problems staying warm when winter comes 
next year. 

I finished her blanket this week!!


Here it is laid out on my Queen-size bed to 
give you an idea of size. 
Michelle loves it and it will be the perfect size for her 
to snuggle up with baby on those cold, winter nights 
while she's feeding her.



I had lots of fun with Mikayla today and, 
as she loves to paint, 
I brought out one of my watercolour sets. 
Here she is creating one of her masterpieces 
under the watchful eye of her koala. 
I love this little girl SO much!!



Mikayla was wearing pretty pink lace-up shoes today
and they made it into my sketchbook.

#46 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.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Day 14 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Mug

A quick post and run to basically keep me in the daily challenge. 

I'm not feeling well at all so did a very quick sketch 
of my mug, albeit it a little wonky.

#45 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Pencil-free sketch in A6 Moleskine pocket sketchbook 
using ZIG Millenium and Faber-Castell F/05 pens.


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


I hope to be back to form tomorrow.

~ Love, light and peace ~

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Day 13 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Daffodil

As a young child, 
my favourite flower was the daffodil. 
I found out years later that
it also happened to be 
my birth flower for 
the month of March. 

While I love all flowers, 
daffodils still hold a special place 
in my heart.

#44 of 75 pen/ink sketches 

Pencil-free sketch in A6 pocket Moleskine sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium 005 and Faber-Castell PITT Size S (03) pens

Photo reference credit goes to Edmund Williams over at PaintMyPhoto.

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

~ Love, light and peace ~

Monday, 12 November 2012

Day 12 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Sunflower step-by-step

Still no baby news.....
Soon, I hope.

Today's sketch is yet another sunflower 
from a different perspective. 
This time....a wilting one.

#43 of 75 pen/ink sketches

Pencil-free sketch in A6 pocket Moleskine sketchbook
 using ZIG Millennium 005, Micron 03 and PITT 'F' pens.


I decided to show some step-by-step stages of my process
this time around.

To start, I use the ZIG Millennium 005 pen, and pick a spot 
where I want to begin. 
I then continue to sketch paying careful attention to
how each element relates to the next.



I continue with the 005
until I pretty much complete the outline. 
Note that the 005 has an extra fine nib 
so I'm very careful not to apply too much pressure.
I couldn't get by without my 005!
I also fill in a few of the dark areas to help my eyes 
keep perspective.



Staying with the 005 pen, 
I now lightly add in some details and shading
as well as emphasising a few edges.



I now change over to my Micron 03 pen 
and continue to emphasise and define 
mostly the prominent petals and calyxes in the foreground.


With the 03 pen, I strengthen a few of the shadows and details, 
particularly on the calyxes. 
 I also add a leaf and stem.
With the 005, I add more shading to the background petals 
to push them back a bit.
Then using the PITT 'F' which is equivalent to an 05 pen, 
I shade the leaf and stem.   

And that's about it, folks. 
I added some text and my journal page was complete.
(See top of post)

I find my biggest problem is overworking the lighter areas.
This is something I hope to improve on by the time
I get to Day 75.

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


~ Love, light and peace ~

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Day 11 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Remembrance Day

In honour of our fallen soldiers.

An Australian Army Slouch hat
Pencil-free sketch in A6 pocket Moleskine sketchbook 
using ZIG Millennium 005 pen.

As we do each year on this special day,
Bradley and I stood in silence for one minute at 11am
while listening to 'The Last Post'.



~ Love, light and peace ~
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