Illustration Friday is a weekly event with word prompts. Although I rarely have time to participate, I think its fun when I do. This week's prompt word is "Swim". And, as usual, I do not have time to whip out something for that word. But, as it is, I already have a "Swim" drawing. So, I'm good to go this time. This is one of my favorite illustrative drawings. I had so much fun creating it. I used graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils, and Prismacolor pencils. Whew!
New and exciting things are coming to Creative Pencils.... more information in just a few days.....
Well, I'll give you a hint.... It involves people who love to be truly creative.
I would love for you to join me for this Siamese Portrait in Tinted Charcoal workshop. I am teaching this workshop at the One Little House online event. Enrollment is currently open and the workshop begins March 29, 2013. The workshop will run through May 24, 2013. But enrollment will close on April 18. While a beginning drawing student can accomplish the workshop, it also offers information a more experienced drawing student can glean. If you have not used the Derwent tinted charcoal pencils yet, you will love using them. They have such lovely colors and are a dream to work with.
Remember you can learn to layer colors and blend them with a blending solvent in this lovely Spring Tulips workshop. This workshop is offered through my Creative Pencils teaching site. You will love working with this solvent for your layers. You will love the rich look it lends to your drawings. Tulips in Colored Pencils is currently open and will remain so through May 24, 2013. Enrollment closes May 1.
Recently, I won this Lottie pin from Manon of Manonpopje's Art. We were both participating in the GYB event from 2BagsFull. It took a while for my pin to arrive as it had to swim the Atlantic Ocean to get here. I just love Manon's art. She just makes me smile! The bonus for me was the card that was included. How cute! It will have to be posted in my studio in a spot where I will see it often. Than you Manon.
Recently I stayed over night at my daughter's apartment. She had to go to work in the morning and I was not leaving until later. When it was time for me to go I packed up all my things and headed out the door. I trudged down the stairs with my bags, out the door, and across the street to my car. But as I approached the car I realized I did not have my keys. I remembered laying them on the bookshelf the night before. Ugh! Now what?! I sent my daughter a text about my dilemma and she wrote back saying she could run home during lunch and let me back into the apartment. Ok. That could work. It wasn't long until lunch. But what to do with myself in the meantime? So I trudged back across the street and back up the stairs to her apartment. I stacked my bags by her door and parked myself there too.
Her wifi does not reach out to the hall. And considering our plans for the 2 days I was there, I had not taken any reading material. So I piddled with my phone until that became boring.
As I looked around where I was parked, really taking in the atmosphere for the first time, I realized I'd seen this scene before. The building is from the early 1900's. There is one main entrance and the front doors to all the apartments are inside with long hallways between. There are large staircases with open railings. This is very very similar to the apartment building that Lucy and Desi lived in, the one owned by Ethel and Fred Mertz. I was reminded of the episode that showed the stairs the best. Remember the one where Lucy wanted to make Desi believe she'd been kidnapped by robbers? I don't remember all of it but somehow she ended up out in the hall sitting on the stairs pouting. And then real robbers sneaked up on her from behind and kidnapped her. Oh, those robbers were so silly and such bumblers. Wouldn't it be nice if the bad guys of today were so comical?
So as I sat there waiting and remembered Lucy and Ethel, it made me think about how very many people had lived in those apartments in approximately 100 years. Only these were real people, not funny people in a situation comedy for entertainment. People whose lives were really lived in these apartments and on these stairs. People whose lives had moved on to other adventures beyond these apartments. I wondered how many feet had walked those stairs and where they are walking today.
I suppose these are the kind of thoughts one usually has when at a
famous historic site where important people have done profound things.
But this is a humble place where people just living their lives have
trod. I find that intriguing. Are there humble places you have found
inspiring as you've thought of its history?
I am an artist / instructor specializing in illustrative pencil art.
My art focuses on the delights of life, mostly on the relationship between children and animals. I teach online drawing lessons through a video format that allows interaction between the students and the teacher.
I have been married to the Poet for over 35 years. He is a gem and we have 2 adult children who are artists in their own right.
Having said all of that, in the end, I am really just a pencil artist "drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes." It is my prayer that my images and my words would inspire you to hope and to know the Author of hope.