Wednesday, 29 September 2010
After we made our books (Bookbinding Class) We were encouraged to paint in them immediately. In this sketch/watercolor, we picked up some "spent" things in Cathy's garden and painted them. I tried to do a contour-type drawing, but I probably lifted the pen several times :-) We also learned how to paint ribbon for a border. One of my daughters really like this, so I decided to post it.
Monday, 27 September 2010
This is a contour drawing of some of the Peppers and Eggplant I purchased at the Northville Market last Thursday. I had them placed on my Mom's Depression glass (sandwich?) plate pictured above. I learned from a friend that it was made by Liberty Works Glass between 1931 and 1934. The pattern is American Pioneer. I do love having the plate, especially since my Mom probably purchased it from the "dime" store or earned it from gasoline purchases many years ago--it was during the Depression years and I'm sure she treasured it.
Saturday, 25 September 2010
This past Thursday was Market Day in Northville. The Fall Harvest is in!!! All the veggies are so colorful--and I couldn't resist buying these colorful peppers and an eggplant. I put them in a hand-made basket I purchased in Charleston, SC a few years back--and decided to paint them in my new (hand-bound by me) watercolor sketchbook. Also bought some Sweet Italian Peppers to eat--oooh oooh--are they ever tasty!
Monday, 20 September 2010
Since I bound my new book, I've been trying to use it as an every-day record of my visits to wherever. While we were in Petoskey, MI--my husband and I took an extra day and visited Harbor Springs. I saw this house and thought it would make a good contour drawing--which Catherine is often encouraging us to do.
Here's my first try...It's a little crooked, but I think that's the idea! I lifted the pen only to do the windows. Fun!
Saturday, 18 September 2010
This week I attended a Bookbinding Class to make a personal watercolor journal. The nice thing about this is we put watercolor paper in the book and also a few pages of sketchpaper...thus we can use this book as a personal "diary" of sketches/watercolors of things we see or experience day to day. It took a whole day to "make and bind the book." (It has a clear cover on it for protection) That is why there are relections on it when I photographed. The next day, we painted in it--just to "dive in" immediately and take the jitters out of painting in a brand-new book (fearing that we would make a mistake and ruin it.) This book is bound like a regular book, so I can open it up flat and paint right across two pages.
So I printed my first entry...and the book so you could get an idea of what this is all about.
BTW, I used papers that my Granddaughter Laura designed--and it was hard to make a choice between which design to use. :-)
Monday, 13 September 2010
Then we left for Petoskey, MI where I will take a two-day Bookbinding (sketchbook) Class. We watched the Sunset down by the Petoskey lighthouse--so I tried to capture what I could see of it. I'm sure I didn't do it justice. About an hour later, it thundered, lighteninged, and poured rain.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Oh well, we love the coffee and need our "fix" so we buy it anyway :-)