It’s been a while since I sketched my son sleeping. He is just about ten now and those moments of him napping only come at times when he is sick. I felt so bad for him because he had a terrible migraine making him sick to his stomach.
There is a little breakfast place in downtown Lake Geneva that is back a few blocks off the main downtown strip. This is the place where all the locals go and its full of old time diner charm. When we go in there we love to sit at the counter and watch all the action and bantering of the locals having their morning eggs and coffee.
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I can’t help myself, I am a people watcher. People inspire me and I love their stories. I’ve decided to take an urban photography class with some friends of mine. I can’t wait. I am looking forward to seeing how it influences the rest of my art. The combination of urban street elements and people for me is the perfect makings of a good visual story. I may just bring my sketchbook along for the ride as well.
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It’s tough being a little out of practice with my sketching. My hand isn’t as sure as it was. Though for me, my hand has somewhat of a spastic mind of its own anyhow. Control and patience with my sketching has never been my strong suit. My hand wants to document things as fast as my eye can take it in and that is just impossible. Therefore, my lines usually have a lot of what I like to call “energy”(or it could be just too much coffee).
One of my favorite places to sit and relax and have some lunch is a little local cuban place near me called Lulo’s Cuban Cafe. They have great food and the owners are really nice.
My poor garden has been feeling the effects of the super hot weather we have been having lately. I believe yesterday was in the mid-nineties. I thought prairie flowers were drought resistant. Even my echinacea are wilting.
In an effort to find something to sketch, my banana fit the criteria.
For those of you who keep a sketchbook, what motivates you to keep sketching? I think for me it isn’t so much lack of motivation but so many other creative things pulling me in other directions at the moment. Your thoughts and personal experiences? Please share…
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This summer was a great summer. It also was a busy summer. Routine was thrown to the wind and having fun and exploring new things was the game plan.
Personally, I was obsessed with my camera. I spent a lot of time with some artist friends of mine and went out looking for interesting places to take pictures. I took so so many that I am still sorting and organizing them. I’ve posted a few here and there on Instagram and Facebook but my goal is to get together some groupings to both sell online as well as maybe exhibit locally.
One thing that got neglected was my sketchbook habit. My poor lonely sketchbook would sit in my bag week by week untouched as I was on to other things. Now that school is back in session and things are returning to a normal flow I have started to pull it out again.
Lately, I have been interested in texture and felt the need to add something more to my sketchbook pages. I found some old scraps of sheet music that looked interesting to me so I decided to try incorporating scraps of paper into my pages. What do you think?
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It’s been a while, but I am back. It has been a great summer and now school is back in session and I am back at the drawing board without distraction. I have had a great but fast summer and even though I haven’t been in the studio much, I have been having some creative fun. Anyone who follows me on Instagram and Facebook has seen I have been posting some of my explorations with my camera. One of those outings was at the Wilmot Flea Market where I found these treasures for a steal.
I am fascinated by animal bones and skeletons and look forward to doing many more studies including possibly a very large format drawing. This study was done with both graphite pencil and powder in about an hour.
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Alex wanted a cactus while we were out shopping at the home improvement store this week. He named him “Mr. Yellow.” It must be a boy cactus.
On a Saturday in April we were out and about and decided to have an early dinner at what my son calls “the castle”. From the outside, the building does indeed look like an old castle and the bar downstairs a dungeon.
My husband used to go here back in the late 60′s and early 70′s with his family and every time we come here he tells be about the Kelsey girls back in the day in their hot pants and tiny shirts. Apparently they made quite an impression on his pre-adolescent mind. I am not all that sad to say the old uniforms is gone.
We were too early to eat down in the bar area and the upstairs has been updated. The old Kelsey’s pizza has also been replaced by a Chicago chain pizza. I think the next time we go back it will have to be at a time we can eat downstairs so I can get some good drawings of the quirky atmosphere. I would love to sit outside and draw the outside as well.