Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Pages

I am back home from California. My Skoshi dog is doing fine now that the blockage is gone from her intestines and I am catching up on blogging and some painting.

The bee picture was done because my youngest granddaughter has moved beyond truly loving all animals to including some of the insect world. She likes bees now even though her sister and a friend have both been stung recently. There is an avocado grove on the hill behind their house and the owner imported bees which have decided this granddaughter's swimming pool is a good water source for quenching their thirst after a hard day pollinating trees! Anyhow, I told her I'd show her a quick way to draw a bee so she and one of her sisters grabbed their composition book journals and we drew bees and daisies. They did a great job and I wish I had thought to scan in their versions but then again, this youngest granddaughter wouldn't have allowed me to share anyhow - she is beyond shy.

With nothing to do one morning while all the kids were doing schoolwork (being homeschooled), I drew one of the family dogs. This little dog is a rescue dog. She's perfect for my granddaughter and was dressed up in such a cute little dress. I had to try drawing her. Painting her was a bit more difficult but I think I got the gist of her down.

The last pic is of my Pandora kitty. She was sitting this morning, where she could see me, the dogs and the canary, Taxi. I thought she made a simple shape the way she was lying down so grabbed a Tombow pen and quickly drew her. Good thing I was being quick because no sooner than I began and she up and took off for a better spot leaving me to finish without my model! With this pen I just had to add a bit of water to have the essence of a painting. I thought it looked like a Chinese or Japanese sumi ink painting so I added a bit of origami paper and made my date look like one of their little stamps. The writing is a bit of haiku (minus the word Pandora) I made up for the page.

Now I have to catch up with some lessons I am behind on. Hope you all have a good day.


Janet Ghio said...

I love your cat drawing!! I though exactly the same thing when I looked at it-that it looks like a Japanese drawing. Very nice!!

Carol said...

I love it when you tell us about your family. I am glad that your little granddaughter is not scared of bees. I was terrified of them until just a few years ago. It was like I woke up one day and didn't have to run from them. How funny and how silly I was in the past.

My daughter used to put Terry's flannel shirts on her dog when she was little. I was always amazed that Porkey never cared if she dressed him up.

Love your drawings.
xx, Carol

Deborah said...

These pages are great! I especially love the last one with its oriental feel - really fantastic job. I love watching and seeing how much you're improving. It really is amazing to see your growth by leaps and bounds. Thank you so much for faithfully visiting my blog and leaving comments - they mean so much! My daughter wants a dog that she can dress up and hold like the rescue dog in your sketch. Hope I can find her one. First we have to find a home for 2 very large half-goldens - they desperately need a place to run free, which we can't provide. Have a blessed day!