Monday 30 November 2020

AEDM - Day 30 - Succulent

Hi everyone, 

We made it to the final day of Art Every Day Month! I'm so happy that I managed to post every day. I'd like to thank Leah for hosting this wonderful challenge for November each year. It has been so nice to be a part of this community of amazing women! I hope we will continue to catch up via each others' blogs. 

I sketched a Succulent for the final day.

First a rough pencil sketch. 

Followed by watercolours and black ink pen

The full journal page 

To see what my fellow participants did for today, click HERE.

Thanks to everyone who has visited 
and left such lovely comments on my posts. 
Each and every comment is greatly appreciated.
It has been an absolute pleasure to visit you all too. 

Where to now?

My gardenia shrub is flowering. 
So a couple of gardenia pics to end this post for November. 

Their perfume is amazing! 

Thanks again to all my fellow AEDM participants! 

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Sunday 29 November 2020

AEDM - Day 29 - Older sketches

Hi everyone, 

We are at the start of a heatwave this week so I think the new air-conditioning will be getting a workout in the days ahead. 

Today, (two of my sons) Beau, Brad, and I visited my 85 year old Mum. I usually take a hot lunch and today it was vegan pies/pasties and hot chips/fries. Afterwards, we all played Yahtzee, one of Mum's favourite games and then we sat in the lounge-room and chatted over a cuppa.

It's been a big day and I can't stop yawning. I wasn't up to sketching but I thought I'd share some photos of some of my older sketches.

I sketched this one for an art prompt - Spicy - back in 2018. 
A flavour of Mexico and it just had to be a chihuahua, right?

A Siamese Fighting fish aka Betta fish 
sketched for INKtober 2017 using only inks

A rabbit sketched on tan-toned paper for INKtober 2017 
using pen and inks

A black swan sketched on grey-toned paper for INKtober 2017, 
also in pen and inks

An Aussie Magpie sketched on grey-toned paper 
for INKtober 2017 - black and white inks.

And some people I sketched in watercolours 
for Sktchy - an art community I belong to. 
These were done back in 2016.

To see what others have posted for today, click HERE

The last day of AEDM is tomorrow. 
It sure came around fast.
See you then. 

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Saturday 28 November 2020

AEDM - Day 28 - Fish and Flowers

Hi everyone, 

We had a fun night at cards and I did win a few rounds. YAY! I crawled into bed around just after 2am and was back up again at 4:30am. Needless to say I'm feeling very tired and zombie-like right now (8:30pm) so it will be a photo post today. 

My Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum) is in bloom so thought you might like to see some pics. I'm a big fan of succulents and this beauty is around 13 years old. It started out as a small cutting from my Mum's Desert Rose. After nearly three years, it barely grew at all and never flowered to the point where I nearly gave up on it. 

Then the following year, it just took off and look at it now!

Its bulbous belly has fattened up quite a lot over the years.

In January last year, Aaron (son) set up a fish pond under our pergola 

You can't see it in the pic but there is an aerator (bubbler) in the pond. 

He bought 1 Shubunkin Goldfish and 2 Oranda Goldfish to live there. 

They have grown quite a bit since then. 
I took the following photos a couple of weeks ago.

 The Shubunkin is the darker one with black markings

When they see me coming with their food each day, 
they gather at the edge of the pond 
with their mouths open. 

It's really hard to get decent photos of them as they are 
constantly moving plus the water is very reflective. 

To see what others have posted for AEDM today, click HERE.

See you tomorrow...

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Friday 27 November 2020

AEDM - Day 27 - Pina Colada

 Hi everyone, 

It's cards night at my sister's place tonight 
and that means Pina Colada cocktails! YUM!

We only have a couple of these delicious cocktails early on in the evening 
so the alcohol is well and truly out of my system by the time we head home, 
usually between 1am and 2am.

So that's what I sketched for AEDM today. 

To see what other AEDM participants did for today, click HERE.

I'm sure you all remember the song called Escape? 
It became known more as The Pina Colada Song. 

It's a story of a couple who were both tired of their relationship, 
and decided to look elsewhere, only to discover
that they were meant for each other. 

WOW!! Only 3 days to go! 

See you tomorrow...

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Thursday 26 November 2020

AEDM - Day 26 - Rose

Hi everyone, 

Today, I give you a rose for Day 26 of AEDM

I need to fix a few things I'm not happy with but, 
for the most part, it's finished.

To see what other participants have done for today, click HERE.

I can't believe tomorrow will be Friday! 
Where has the week gone?

I will catch up with my fellow AEDM-ers in the morning. 

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

AEDM - Day 25 - Puffin finished

Hi everyone, 

I'm feeling a lot better. 
Thanks for all the well wishes. 

I did manage to finish the Puffin today.

Watercolours with a little white gouache

To see what other participants did for today, click HERE

Only five days to go! 

I hope you have been enjoying the challenge 
as much as I have.

Stay safe and well.

Love, Light, and Peace to All.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

AEDM - Day 24 - More on Kya

Hi everyone, 

I was hoping to work on the Puffin for posting today but I came down with a nasty tummy bug and it drained me of energy which, might explain why I was so exhausted yesterday. So it was rest and recuperation instead. 

So in lieu of art, you get a photo post today for AEDM. 

Do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? lol

Kya is actually sitting on an empty box that contained a vacuum cleaner that my son bought last week. I cut a hole out of it so she has herself a little cubby. She likes that she can watch me in the kitchen from this viewpoint. I will turn around and there is her little head looking over at me from the end of the dining table. She's so cute!

Kya loves when we buy things that come in big boxes, even huge boxes. 

It is taboo to throw out a cardboard box if I think Kya might enjoy it first. 
She will climb in and sleep for hours.

That goes for broken washing baskets too. 
As you can see, she had this one shredded. 
Yes, she made quite a mess everywhere but she loved it. 

And that's about all for now...I'm still not feeling well.

To see what other AEDM participants have done for today, click HERE.

Hopefully, I will be back tomorrow with the finished Puffin. 

Love, Light and Peace to All.

Monday 23 November 2020

AEDM - Day 23 - Puffin - Work In Progress

Hi everyone, 

It's been a crazy busy day and I'm feeling totally exhausted so, for today, I have only managed a very rough graphite sketch of a Puffin. I plan to finish him up for tomorrow. 

Most mornings we go for a walk around the neighbourhood 
so thought I'd share a few pics of things we've seen along the way.

A local flock of corellas like to play in the park as we pass by.
Corellas are a sub-genus of the Australian White Cockatoo. 
Corellas look very similar — are smaller — and are missing the yellow crest.

The local council have already replaced the street lampshade once 
as the corellas seem to be fascinated with pulling the cover off. 
They unhinge it and then sit inside the light shade, 
until it ends up falling to the ground.

Below is part of our walking path which runs alongside a creek. 
Aaron is in front with his miniature poodle, Scarlett. 
Brad following behind.

A wallaby took great interest in watching us cross the bridge. 

A fallen nest possibly from a storm that had passed through 
days earlier

And the beauty below was actually discovered in my sister's garden shed a couple of months back. My sons, Beau and Aaron, came to the rescue and removed the carpet snake and released it in bushland nearby.  He/she was a fairly decent size — you can compare it to part of the garden hose seen in the lower left side of the pic. Snakes are a protected species here in Australia and, while we have some of the most venomous snakes in the world here, carpet snakes are fairly harmless.

To see what other participants have share for today, click HERE.

I will catch up again with fellow participants in the morning. 
This tired old lady is off to bed. 

Love, Light, and Peace to All.

Sunday 22 November 2020

AEDM - Day 22 - Pelican

I love all birds but Pelicans definitely rate in my top 3. 

A couple of years ago, we got up in the wee hours to drive to The Spit at the Gold Coast to watch the sunrise — an hours drive there. I was so happy to see a pelican there early, most likely to catch his/her breakfast. Thought you might like to see some of the pics I took.

Below is the same pelican in the image above 
after the sun had fully risen. 
He/she let me get quite close.

I sketched a Pelican for AEDM today. 

I did a rough freehand sketch with graphite pencil first, 
then followed with watercolours and a bit of white gouache.

To see what the other participants did for today, click HERE.

8 days to go! 
It's going by quite quickly. 
I will be back tomorrow with another sketch. 

Love, Light, and Peace to All.