Monday, August 9, 2010

Plein Air

Today I sat outside and enjoyed a cuppa with my mom, who's on vacation for the next few weeks. What a pleasant mid morning break it was. I looked over to my favorite Hosta and thought it was looking lovely, as it snuggled next to a sword fern. It's therefore the Hosta's fault that I didn't draw him but instead drew his buddy the fern. Mr. Sword Fern was blowing lightly in the breeze, flirting with me, asking to be captured on paper. He was a good subject. He stood fairly still and curved his thin leaves beautifully just for me. I think his portrait came out wonderfully. ;o)

Sometimes it's just fun to play. In the last few days I saw shooting stars drawn similarly to these and thought they'd be a great start for a zentangle-like drawing. I went retro and added curly cues and flowers to the mix. I also figured out a new technique for using my copic markers! I used the eraser pen as my vehicle to lay down color on the flowers and leaves. What I did was to touch the color I wanted to work with to the tip of the colorless pen then quickly lay down a swish onto the paper. It ended up almost working like watercolors. The medium of movement though isn't water, but instead is colorless marker ink. It left the flowers and leaves with a gradient of color, I love how it turned out!

 So, Kim was handing out Stylish Blogger Awards and I put up my hand for one. :o) I'm going to handle it just like she did. Below are my 5 bad habits and fears and below that are the five places that YOU will fill in for me. If you want this award just leave me a comment and I'll add you to my list of 5 winners! The first five commenters can grab the button and display it proudly. I think you ALL deserve it.

Five Things I Fear / Bad Habits I have:
  1. I have and irrational fear of drowning in mud. I know the chances of this happening is slim and therefore I don't think of it often, but when I watch shows about volcanos and earthquakes I have little panic attacks watching the movement of water and mud over the land. It reminds me of that Star Trek (The Next Generation) episode... you know the one where that black tar creature is left on the planet? I ends up trying to drown Lt. Riker. When I see mud pouring down a mountain side I think of that episode and I can imagine my mouth full of mud, as I drown and choke. Yuck. But seriously strange. Yep. :o)
  2. I'm so forgetful I have to have a constant To Do list going so I can write down the most inane things! Seriously, I would forget to screw on my head in the morning if that were possible.
  3. Because I'm so darn forgetful, there are always little things and piles of things around the house that should be put away. I get something half way put away but get distracted and forget to finish the job. For instance, my wallet is on the table in the living room from last night's Chinese Food order. I pick it up and make my way to my room. As I go through the kitchen I see the new shampoo that I purchased on the counter and think I'll take that with me, too. Hey, kill two birds with one stone, right? Ya, right. *eye roll*  But before I pick it up I think, "Hmmm, I should put that dish in the diswasher..." and that's all it takes to totally derail my trip to put the wallet back in it's home in my purse. Now, I'm loading the dishwasher and cleaning up the kitchen and I've abandoned my wallet and shampoo bottle. And a new little pile of "things to go to my bedroom" begins. Hehehe.
  4. I HATE SPIDERS. Nuff said.
  5. I wholly believe that all the wild animals who live outside must be starving and in need of someone to care & feed them. Now, these animals probably eat better than I do, I mean I live in a perpetually warm climate on the same block as an outdoor restaurant. Every squirrel I see is so fat from all the fries it couldn't run away from a healthy cat even if it tried. Thank God the cats are just as fat and lazy, lol. Because of this belief, I feel it's my duty to feed the poor undernourished creatures. AKA those fat squirrels. It is not unusual to find little paw & nose prints on our windows from all those squirrels peeking in, looking for the nut lady.  :o)
If you would like to receive one of the five Stylish Blogger Awards I have to giveaway, please leave a comment. The first five commenters will be my recipients! You all deserve the award, but I only have 5 to giveaway. I will change the numbers to your URL, so please leave it in your comment!
  1. You
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  5. and You!
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