Monday, July 16, 2018

Day 280 "Train a Comin'" 7 x 9 pen & ink with pencil

This morning I drove my daughter up to the T to start her new job.  On my way back, I stopped at an intersection for the commuter rail to pass.  It moves fast, the kind of fast that creates a vacuum so you can feel the air move as it passes.  I like the arrangement of lights, barriers, poles, intersections, and activity.  How complex this one little intersection is, and how reliant we are all on the lights working as intended.   We take some things for granted.
This is my two hundred eightieth daily drawing.  Thank you for continuing to look at my view of the world.

Day 279 "From Wessagusset" pen&ink 9 x 12

Today, my daughter and I meandered our way north along the coast on an errand.  We found ourselves above North Weymouth's Wessagusset Beach, looking out over the Fore River Bridge.  Such a beautiful spot, on a beautiful summer afternoon.  I had never been here before.  After we left, we learned on the news that a police officer and a woman from Weymouth had both lost their lives this morning in a shooting, and that "Wessagusset" was the original name for the Weymouth Colony, as depicted on the Weymouth police badge.  We have prayed for these two families today in the face of their tremendous losses.  
This is my two hundred seventy-ninth daily drawing. 
 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Day 278 "Trivia Time" ink and pencils 9 x 8

Last night we had an impromptu gathering on our porch with a few friends.  A drink and some snacks evolved into pizza and trivia later, that went on, as Trivia can, for hours.  We played in teams, using our friend's original edition, first published in 1981.  So, there are a lot of general knowledge questions, but the 20-somethings among us had no shot at questions about Gerald Ford, Dobie Gillis, Jack Benny, and Jack Paar.  They were very strong in literature, history older than Gerald Ford, science and geography.  It was a lot of fun, and we laughed.  As the game moved on, I needed to get my daily drawing completed, so I drew the corner of the board as we were playing. 
When we upgrade to a newer version of the game, I expect the 20-somethings to crush when the Jack Benny questions become Beyonce questions... but we shall see.   
This is my two hundred seventy-eighth daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest in my visual daily journal.  

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Day 277 "Pre-Game Fenway" 12 x 9 pen, ink, marker

Last night, we went to the Red Sox game, and spent a little time underneath, in the food concourse, before ascending to our great bleacher seats.  You can see last night's post here, drawn at the game, during the inning in which Mookie Betts hit a grad slam.  
I am fascinated by the structural shapes beneath the stadium, light pouring through.  It is a beautiful park.  I loved the evening, and love Fenway Park.  
This is my two hundred seventy-seventh daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Day 276 "Mookie - Grand Slam!" 6 x 9 pen & ink

Last night we went to the Red Sox game, an anniversary gift from our daughter.  It was a beautiful July night in the bleachers, big sky, sparkling air.  We haven't been to a game in a few years, and haven't sat out in the bleachers in decades.  A few observations:  I could see home plate from the bleachers a lot better decades ago.  Social media is fun at the baseball game! We discovered several friends who were at the same game via social media.  I still like to keep score at the game which helps me follow each batter.   The bleachers are more friendly than I remembered them decades ago.  There were no drunken brawls, no one throwing open mustard packets down through the crowd, and no fights!  There was an interesting interference call with two men at the bleacher wall leaning over and deflecting a ball that was going to bounce of the ball.  We saw them bounced from the game.  The wave is still a thing.  
I asked my husband to keep score during one inning while I began a sketch as you can see here.  He got the busiest inning, in which Mookie Betts hit a grand slam after fouling off seven pitches.  Very exciting!!!
The finished sketch is above.  I added the sense of the crowd, and a hint of the ever present red of the Red Sox.  This is my two hundred seventy-sixth daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest.  

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Day 275 "Royal Palace - Madrid" 7 x 9 pen, ink, markers

Several years (just counted, more than several years) ago my daughter and I joined a school trip to southern Spain.  It was a blast, and she got hit with the travel bug.  It was her first flight, and a long one, as tour companies may sometimes provide more circuitous routes to a destination to save some money.  We flew to DC, then to Frankfort, then to Madrid, with a delay or two along the way.  Thank goodness she loves to fly, which we did not know until the moment we took off.  Whew!  We spent a few days in Madrid, moving on to Seville, Granada, Salamanca, Cordoba. It was a wonderful trip.  This is from a picture I took within the Royal Palace of Madrid.  It is lavish, opulent, with these airy curtains billowing while allowing a hint of the view across the courtyard.  It's a nice reminder for me of our wonderful trip.
This is my two hundred seventy-fifth  daily drawing.  Thank you for allowing me to reminisce and for your continued interest. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Day 274 "Brooklyn - Taking a Break" pen & ink 9 x 12

As you have seen in a couple of recent blog posts, we were in Brooklyn recently for a family wedding.  I love the vignettes every where you look, whether a street corner, a great neighborhood taco bar,  or an  interesting sidewalk view
I saw this young man, leaning casually against the edge of the shop window under a tree.  I may add color to this drawing; the silhouette of the man against the lit street behind him is striking.  
This is my two hundred seventy-fourth daily drawing.  Thank you for your continued interest in my view of the world.