Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Scribble Picnic - Curly

Hello friends,

This week, Michael's prompt for Scribble Picnic is CURLY!

I just knew I had to sketch my doll, Bess. She was given to me for my first Christmas when I was only nine months old. She is now 58 years old and a little worse for wear after all these years.


Bess was made in England and has the word 'RODDY' imprinted at the back of her head. She is 17" in height. I did a little research a while ago and it seems 'RODDY' dolls were made in the 1950's and are now classified as 'vintage'. She has a hard, plastic body with soft, vinyl/rubber head and arms.....when you squeeze her head, Bess squeaks. She has sleepy eyes too which means they close when you lie her down and open when you stand her up. One of her eyes are a little wonky now and she's lost a bit of hair around the forehead. Her tootsies are a little worse for wear too which goes back to when I was still just a toddler and one of our German Shepherds decided to snack on Bess. Thankfully, she was saved from the jaws of death just in the nick of time...with just a few teeth indents to mark the experience. I've had a lot of different dolls growing up but Bess is the one I chose to hold onto...maybe it was that garish yellow hair?...but I loved her dearly!




I have sketched Bess a few times over the years...this one was done back in 2009


And today's effort. I plan to add another layer or two and blend her face more but I'm pleased to see my sketching skills have improved a bit.

To see what my Scribble Picnicker friends have done for this week, click HERE.
The prompt for next week is TIE IT UP....why not come along and join in on the fun? To find out how, click HERE.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Scribble Picnic: Fill in the blank

This week's Scribble Picnic was a 'fill in the blank'.

Michael gave us the following image to work with...


I had a couple of ideas....key/s or diagonal-slotted wine racks within a cube.  I ended up going with a key, mostly sketched from my imagination.  It's not quite finished yet but almost there. 
Sketched with ballpoint, graphite and ink in Strathmore Toned Gray sketchbook

I'm keen to see what my fellow Picnickers have come up with for this one. To see the entries for this week, click HERE

Next week's prompt is CURLY. To find out how to join us, click HERE

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Scribble Picnic - Flower Bed

Thanks so much for all the well wishes on my hip ailments. I will be attending physiotherapy this Friday which will hopefully help my hip and my chronic back condition. It's been a pretty rough week in more ways than one so the Scribble Picnic challenge has been a pleasant distraction from it all.

The challenge theme this week is FLOWER BED.

I decided to sketch up a flower bed featuring daffodils which has been my favourite flower since childhood. Mrs Katy Koala is watering the daffodils as I type.


To see the entries of other Scribble Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
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Our challenge for next week is a FILL IN THE BLANK...we must create a piece that includes at least 'one square with an X inside it touching each corner'. Time to get the thinking caps on...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Scribble Picnic - Buttons

The theme for this week's Scribble Picnic is BUTTONS BUTTONED (Amended)

I wasn't thinking of the traditional sew-on buttons but rather the buttons on remote control units. Namely, remote controls for garage doors.  This week, our Landlord replaced two of our ten year old, falling-apart, remote controls so we now have brand-spanking-new ones and they look pretty darned cool! 

This is the first house we've had remote-controlled garage doors. I think back to a time when we used to have to get out of the car to unlock the roller door with a key, then manually open it. We're so spoiled nowadays. 

So, I sketched the old and the new.  I love that the new remote has a slide to cover and protect the buttons when not in use. 


I thought I'd also share an older sketch I did of 'Buttons' using mostly ballpoint pens and a touch of coloured pencil. 

To see the work of other Scribble Picnickers for this week, click HERE
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SO, it wasn't until I got to this point of my post that I realised I had misread Michael's prompt which was actually BUTTONED, not BUTTONS. Ooooops, sorry...

I will blame it on a pain-filled, cloudy-headed week. Thanks for all the caring words last week re. my illness etc. I received the results of last weeks X-ray and Ultrasound and it turns out that I have a torn Gluteus Medius tendon and Hip Bursitis. The most recent fall I had was at the local shopping centre back in October last year which makes sense because my hip started hurting in early November.  I just didn't tie the two together and put it down to my chronic back pain instead. I ended up having to go to the doctor because the pain was getting worse and I was developing a permanent limp.  Treatment is anti-inflammatory and pain medication, rest, and some physio...all recommended to avoid getting an Ultrasound Guided injection into my hip...sounds nasty, doesn't it?

On that note, I wish you all a happy week. 

P.S. - Next week's prompt is FLOWER BED, right? hehe

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Scribble Picnic - Curtain

Hello dear readers and fellow Scribble Picnickers.

I've had a miserable week, four days of which I was laid up with a horrible tummy bug.  Not to mention Doctor's appointments, X-rays, and an Ultrasound on my right hip and knee which have been giving me a lot of pain for months now. Needless to say I ended up with a migraine twice this past week, one being yesterday, hence me posting my Scribble Picnic piece a day late.

Now, I'm rushing to get this post done in time before I have to rush off to yet another appointment...this one is for my son, Bradley, to see his Audiologist.

SO, today's theme for Scribble Picnic was CURTAIN.

I came up with a couple of ideas.

First one is just a quick sketch. WHO is hiding behind the curtain?! I did plan on doing a follow-up scene to show their identity...maybe in a later post.


Next one was a little doggy looking between the curtains and wondering, "Are they home yet?" 
This sketch was modelled after my own little fur-kid who does the same thing. Cody suffers severe separation anxiety when I go out and sits by the window looking out for my safe return. When he sees me, he starts barking with excitement and gives me lots of doggy cuddles and kisses....makes me feel like a celebrity. hehe He carries on this same way whether I have been away for the whole day or just five minutes. Crazy fur-kid...I love him so much!

And the coloured version using Prismacolor colouring pencils and a touch of watercolour

To see the work of other Scribble Picnickers for this week, click HERE.
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And now, I must dash off to get ready for the appointment.

I hope you all have a lovely day!
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