Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Very Thought of You

Virginia sent me a book called "The Very Thought of You."  This little sketch is my idea of the picture on the cover of it.  It is about a girl who, in World War II, was sent out of London to a countryside estate for her safety. Many children were.  It is a whole new perspective on war.  The book is very well written, and is one of the best I have recently read.  It is about loyalty, love, friendship, disabilities, and all kinds of human emotions.  I loved reading it so much, and it is one of the few books that I think I may read again.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


So, is a very little fire, but very pretty.  A gift from my friend Celeste.  It has a label saying "creativity" and a quote "Allow me to explore new dimensions, discover new thoughts, ideas, and emotions."  I've been lighting it when I'm painting.  The painting above is from our sketching yesterday....glimpse of a "bouquet" of brushes arranged by Carrie, a japanese maple leaf, a pencil, a piece of newspaper, a blue alabaster globe from Italy, and the candle firing up our creative spirit.  You can see other results of yesterday's sketching session here.  Just me, Carrie, and Celeste.  Thank you, Celeste...I love the idea of firing up some creativity.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sketch day at my house

It's a lot of fun when you find out that your friends like the same thing you do.  Yesterday, I had a few friends sketch with me in my kitchen.  We all took out our sketchbooks and found that we all had the same brand and size.  They are "Aquabee Super Deluxe" and the size is 9" x 9."  We put them on the table and Celeste took this picture.  The red stickers on three are, I think, on newer ones.  I've had mine for quite a while, and it doesn't have that sticker....but is the same sketchbook exactly.  I especially like that it is made in Beaverton, right next door to me.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First Thursday

Tomorrow night is the opening reception for the Nature in Our City Parks show.  It's at City Hall from 5:30-9.  Above is a picture of the poster.  Hope all those in Portland will be able to attend.  Should be a lot of fun.