Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sunday Sketches - Buddha and cockatiel

Hi everyone, 

I haven't had a lot of time for sketching this past fortnight. 

My eyes have been feeling very strained of late.
When I wake up in the mornings, 
they feel so sore and very dry. 
It actually hurts to open them.
I use eye moisture drops 
but they only give temporary relief. 
It could be the change in the weather as 
we're getting some cooler mornings. 

I do love the cooler months of the year. 
I'm definitely a winter gal at heart. 

My sketch this week is of 
the Buddha that sits on my bedside table 

I have sketched this Buddha in the past too. 
This time, I used a BIC Cristal ballpoint pen 
and my LAMY Joy fountain pen
for a little emphasis here and there.
See the date written in the lower left side?
I was going to stop the sketch there
and have it just fade into nothing at the base
but my pen had other ideas. 




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

I almost forgot to show you the finished calendar month 
filled with daily sketches. 
I'm very pleased with it.


I finished the month off with a sketch of my cockatiel, Phoenix. 


He's such a clever boy! 
I taught him part of our choir song last year 
which he picked up very quickly. 
He gets all happy and excited when he sees me.
He loves to chirp in a very high, ear-piercing tone, 
particularly in the mornings around 7 o'clock.
This can drive my sons crazy but I love him to bits!


Earlier in the week, 
Bradley (son) and I went to see Eddie, the Eagle at the cinema. 
We loved it! 
See preview below -
Direct link HERE.



I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. 

Stay tuned for some pics of my travel palettes in my next post...

32 comments:

  1. Cool sketch of the Buddha. I like how you gave just enough of the sculpture's details to keep the design. And I am wow'd by your calendar journal pages!

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  2. lovely work on the buddha Serena, I should get one, so restful and wise! Beautiful calendar too. Haven't seen that movie, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I have a few of the Tibetan-style Buddhas around the house. They are very calming and peaceful. :)

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  3. What a wonderful drawing of your Buddha. I love the calendar, your birdie looks so sweet and happy!

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    1. I forgot to say, I hope your eyes feel better soon.

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    2. Thanks, Lisa. Yes, I hope my eyes clear up soon too....I think I may need a new prescription for my glasses. :/

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  4. Great sketch of your buddha and I LOVE your daily calendar sketches. Will you continue this in to May? I'm sorry to hear you've been having some issues with your eyes and hope they improve soon for you.

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    1. Thanks, Alexandra. With my eyes playing up, I've decided to leave off doing a daily May calendar sketch. It can be quite a strain on my eyes working details into such a small area. I will definitely do a later month of sketches though. It was fun! :)

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  5. what a great sketch of your Buddha! and oh, i love your little calendar images, too.

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  6. your finished calendar look great and I hope your eyes improve

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  7. your Buddha sketch is so calming,, the perfect one to help promote sleep beside the bed,,,I am totally enthralled with the sketch calendar, I love that idea!!Its beautiful,, your bird freind is a handsome one for sure, clever too!
    thank you for visiting my blog today and the kind words, that is a beautiful quote you wrote ,, so true,, ha,, that rhymes!!!

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. Glad you like the calendar and the quote I wrote on your blog post. hehe

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  8. Stunning art, your Buddha is absolutely gorgeous and magical. So beautifully done and photographed!
    Sweet birdie..so adorable! Wonderful calender too!
    So lovely to visit your enchanting world
    Victoria
    Happy SS, Thanks for visiting me too!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Victoria. :)

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  9. I like your Buddha drawing in your journal, but what I'm really enthralled with is your calendar page spread. The detail is just incredible. Blessings to you, your family, and sweet Phoenix the cockatiel!

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  10. Loved the trailer. Definitely looks like my kind of movie. I must see it. :) Love your calendar sketches and the awesome Buddha, too. My eyes have been dry lately for some reason also. Of course, we are heading into the heat of summer, with dusty weather, but they are dryer than usual with my contacts, even though I just put new ones in. I've read that using eye drops too often can actually have the opposite effect so the only time I really use them is when I am on a long air flight as the air in planes can be very, very dry. Wishing you a wonderful new week. Tammy P.S. How could I forget your sweet Phoenix. He is lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. :) I'm sure you will enjoy the movie too. Sorry to hear you are dealing with dry eyes at the moment too. Thanks for the tip about the eye drops. I'll be careful to only use them if I'm absolutely desperate. I didn't want my eyes becoming dependent on them anyway. Enjoy your week. xo

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  11. Divine sketch of the Buddha and love the calendar sketches ~ each one so special and your Phoenix is so beautiful!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  12. Hi Serena,
    Love your sketch of the Buddha. Your bird is so cute. His eye in that photo looks like a piece of Onyx with diamonds around it!

    Hugs

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    1. Thanks, Norma. I didn't notice that about Phoenix's eye until you pointed it out and WOW, it DOES look like a black onyx surrounded by diamonds. Great observation, my friend. Hugs ~ xo

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  13. Well, all this time I thought the birds in the house were Aaron's--LOL! Sweet! There's a special bond with birds.
    Love your sketches. That looks like a pretty good movie! When it comes out on DVD here I will rent it from Netflix. :)
    Have a great week, my friend.

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    1. The budgies are all Aaron's and Phoenix was originally Beau's bird but his female cockatiel didn't like Phoenix so I said we would have him. Beau was fretting over finding him a good home so that took care of that. Initially, Aaron did claim him until Phoenix drove him nuts with the loud chirps every morning. hehe That said, Phoenix chose to bond with me which I'm quite happy about. He is a sweetie.

      I'm sure you would enjoy the movie. It's one of those feel good ones.

      Love and hugs to you xo

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  14. Your sketches are lovely as always. Love your Buddha and the sketch of the Buddha. Cody and Jack are looking handsome and the cockatiel looks adorable and so colourful. Just enjoyed catching up with all your beautiful pictures

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    1. Thanks, Shashi. I hope all is well with you. xo

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  15. Phoenix looks like he is full of beans. Can't wait to see the Eddie the Eagle movie
    #sundaysketches

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  16. Phoenix looks like he is full of beans. Can't wait to see the Eddie the Eagle movie
    #sundaysketches

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    1. Thanks, Emma. I'm sure you will enjoy the movie. :)

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