Sunday 27 November 2011

Day 27 - AEDM & Nablopomo - Chinese garden lantern

Hi everyone!

WOW! Day 27 which means only THREE more days to go! The month has gone by very fast, ailments and all.

My lower back pain was even worse today. It only allowed me short periods of time at the computer or sitting in general. I will most likely be getting a back scan some time this week.

Anywhoo, today, I decided to sketch a Chinese Garden Lantern which was prompted by the fact that I bought a new shrub for our back corner garden. I went for an Orange Jessamine shrub which is very similar to Jasmine with its little white flowers. We have these shrubs in the front garden bed and, when they are in bloom, the fragrance wafts in through the windows. I love it!

I've always liked the look of these Chinese lanterns in gardens. I don't own one but it is on my wish list.

This was a pencil-free sketch using Pigma Micron pens and Derwent Inktense pencils for colour...oh, and a Uniball Signo white pen for highlights. I liked using the double page format so much yesterday that I went with the same idea today.  It's in my Moleskine pocket watercolour sketch book.

to view the creative posts of other AEDM members for Day 27
click here.

It was a very hot and humid day...a clear reminder that summer is only days away.  I know I'm in the minority when I say that I prefer our cooler months but that's how I feel.  I hope tomorrow will be a little cooler.

~ Love, light and peace ~


  1. Gorgeous! I can imagine how relaxing it would be to sit next to the Chinese lantern with a light glowing from inside it and smelling the fragrance from the shrub. A lantern like you've drawn would be a lovely addition to your garden!

  2. What a beautiful sketch. Sending healing vibes ~~~ your way.
    Stay inspired!

  3. What a gorgeous drawing! I love the way the image spills on to the next page.Terrific composition!

  4. Hi Serena,
    Thanks so much for your comment today. Your sketches are absolutely FABULOUS!! Oh my goodness, you are really talented! And pencil-less too. That is a great thing to do because you have to just go for it and not depend on the eraser. Great work!!!

  5. I'm loving this spread! Absolutely beautiful work Serena. I'm so sorry about your back pain, I hope you have some strong painkillers available until your scan gets done, much love Jennibellie xx

  6. This is another beautiful sketch. Hopefully, while you are working you can take your mind off of the pain. Have a peaceful day.

  7. Hi Serena,
    Sorry to hear you are still having health issues. :( Hope you get better soon.
    Sorry I have been absent from your blog but I have had lots of visitors lately! So today I am catching up. :)
    Love all the sketches you have done, AMAZING! I want to draw like you when I grow up! LOL
    Sending healing hugs your way

  8. I hope you get in for the scan of your back. Sorry you have had such a crappy month off and on healthwise. But---you have persevered!!! We only have three more days--tada!!

    I love this spread, too. I have never seen a Chinese garden lantern and will now have to google that--LOL! I hope you get one someday. And I hope it is cooler today. I am with you and preferring the colder to the hotter weather. Not that popular up here, either--ROFL!

    I hope you have much less pain today. Spoil yourself. Love and hugs!! :):)

  9. Serena, I'm so sorry for all you've been going through with your health must feel so discouraging to you. I'm just amazed at how you've kept up with your AED project through it all. I'm so enjoying your sketches and especially the inktense pencils...have to get me some of those for when I go away this winter! Sending you lots of love and healing thoughts dear friend. (yes, the scan sounds like a good idea).

  10. Love your chinese garden drawing! If you like cooler weather you would love hours - cold, wet and windy November! Valerie

  11. The scent of Jasmine is delicious and haunting, not surprised you bought one! Your work here is fantastic, as always:) Feel better soon!

  12. Ooh, the Chinese garden lantern is gorgeous--and I really like the two-page spread idea!

  13. another great sketch :D using both pages is a good idea. really hope the back scan finds out what is wrong with your back

  14. what a beautiful spread, Serena!! Your work is gorgeous. Looking at your sketch makes me want to be there. :-)
    Thanks for sharing despite the health issues... hope you feel better (and that it's cooler for you tomorrow)

  15. I've been reading and following your progress in this endeavor and hope you will soon be feeling like yourself again. I love your art, your ability is really exceptional. You create such wonderful things!

  16. sending you cool breezes from the west..although later on the week we are supposed to hit the heat!

    love your chinese lantern!

  17. I sure hope your backs feels now!!! Love your 2 page layout here. That shrub sounds wonderful.

  18. I love your drawings combined with your journal notes. Sorry to hear you're in pain, hope that can be resolved. Bunnings? Does that mean you are in Oz? I lived in Sydney for the last 4 and a half years before moving to Munich in July. Must admit I like the cooler weather in Europe.

  19. I just love Chinese Lanterns Serena. Lovely sketch. I hope your back pain goes away.