Saturday, February 15, 2014

Amaryllis 2014 part 2

I saw a small crack yesterday, and today the bud opened up to this.  It's so exciting to watch an amaryllis bloom!  It should look really interesting tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Watching the Winter Olympics

I wanted to try sketching some of the winter Olympics.  It's not as easy as I thought.  The athletes move with the speed of light, and the cameras keep changing angles and never going back to the same pose.  I tried first with the figure skating, and that was impossible.  Then I tried downhill skiing, same thing.  But I got the idea to do ski jumping when I realized that there were only a few angles that the cameras always went back to.  It worked!  The speed skating worked out reasonably well too.  The snowboarding was tricky.  I had to watch a lot of runs to get what I had in mind.   I only did a few, because it was sort of frustrating waiting for a good pose, and waiting for it to recur. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Amaryllis 2014

This sketch shows my new amaryllis plant from it's start to what it looks like right now. I have to confess that I had planned to only paint the part of the plant that is in the circle....but I have a short attention span sometimes, and already started painting the whole thing before I remembered that. So, a slight change of plan. LOL! I intend to do a few more sketches as the bud opens and perhaps a quarter sheet painting when the bloom is at it's peak. (If I'm not away at a collage workshop in Myrtle Beach when that happens).

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Backyard Tree with Snow

A quick sketch of one of the spruces in my backyard after our latest snowstorm.  In my 300-page Flexi-Sketch.

Monday, February 3, 2014

More Snow

We are in the middle of another snowstorm.  I'm trying to stay warm and dry, but I liked the way my azaleas looked with various sized mounds and puffs of the white stuff.  I got lost a few times in those "puffs", but this is pretty much what my pretty pink azaleas look like during a February snowstorm.