Monday, May 21, 2018

Day 230 "Downtown Crossing - Three Views" ink, marker, pencil 9 x 12

Don't you love the city buildings?  Sky peaks through between the vertical facades, while people scurry about down below.  These are three views of Boston's Downtown Crossing area, each from the same point of view, but with different focus.  I always enjoy the dynamic view, buildings shift as I take a step or two in any direction, and people constantly shifting the arrangement on the ground.  It's exciting.  
This is my two hundred thirtieth daily drawing.  Thank you for continuing to look at the world through my eyes.  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Day 229 "Practice a la Charles Reid" ink 9 x 12

I dug out this great book, "Portrait Painting in Watercolor" by Charles Reid from 1973.  It is packed with information, with some step by step instructions for painting individual facial features.  Today I tried painting a few mouths, using Reid's explanation.  Some are successful; some look like plucked turkeys, and the entire page resembles an Escher if glimpsed quickly.  It's a bit odd to see the disembodied lips, but I like and need the brush practice.  Will continue and see where it goes.  If you can pick up the book somewhere, I highly recommend.  
This is my two hundred twenty-ninth daily drawing.  Thanks for taking a look.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Day 224 "Kaiserslautern" ink, pencils and watercolor 10 x 8

My daughter has been visiting a friend in Kaiserslautern, Germany for the week.  She sent back a few photos and this one caught my eye.
I laid in the building in general tones with watercolor, then added ink on top for definition.  I also added a little colored pencil in a few places and some china white pencil. This is my two hundred twenty-fourth daily drawing.  Thank you for seeing the world through my eyes.   

Monday, May 14, 2018

Day 223 "Watching" ink, pencils, marker 9 x 12

We have had a lot going on at home during this past week.  I had a knee replacement, so spent a couple of nights away from home.  When I did come home, we moved ourselves downstairs; friends are visiting daily, lots of flowers are in the house, I'm using a walker, and we're here all day.  We are out of routine and the cats know it. I was arranging myself on the couch with the right collection of pillows, looked up and saw Fred, the Wonder Cat, hiding under some roses and watching all the goings on.  He'll figure it out.
This is my two hundred twenty-third daily drawing.  Thank you for looking at the world as I see it.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Day 222 "Mothers' Day" ink and watercolor 12 x 9

Today is Mothers' Day, my third day home since leaving the hospital after a total knee replacement. My job; rest, exercise, eat well, ice, rest, repeat... Here is a drawing of my day; leg up in an ice wrap, getting up every hour with my walker.  I cut up some fresh strawberries, put some roses in a vase, got a Mothers' Day phone call from Germany where our daughter is staying for a few days, called Nana to with her a good day, made a few friend phone calls, napped, and had a wonderful dinner made by a friend.  It was a good day.  
 

Monday, May 07, 2018

Day 217 "Outdoor Room" pen&ink 9 x 8

We have been clearing out and organizing around the house, and reclaimed our porch recently from all the stuff we had accumulated there over time.  It is now a lovely sanctuary... a couple of sturdy wicker chairs, a new rug, sweet coffee table, billowing flag and that's it.  It is my new space each morning.  I love it.
This is my two hundred seventeenth daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest in the world through my eyes.  

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Day 210 "7:54 PM" 8 x 9 ink, watercolor pencil, and marker

What a beautiful spring day! We got a lot of things done, then zipped over to the Scituate Lighthouse to watch the sunset and the sea.  The water was a beautiful purple under the darkening sky and clouds to the east while the western glow grew more rich.  My eye was caught by the light coming through the window of the house at the water's edge.  There are so many colors in the darks, I want to create an oil painting from this drawing. 
This is my two hundred tenth daily drawing.  Thank you for you interest.