Sunday, February 7, 2016

Souls in Purgatory (and More Sunset Cows)

Double challenge at the gym today: draw moving figures while I myself am moving. Not the best but fast! I was on leg machines and thus had free hands but my whole body was moving.
Later I went to walk at sunset and checked on the cows. They were much more calm than the gym people and I managed to get a good grooming cow to turn into this directly carved print:

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Santos for Imbolc

A group of us went sketching at Tobacco Barn this afternoon. It was as cold as a meat locker in there. One friend in desperation grabbed an old blanket and bought it on the spot so she could warm up. I found the santos and pretended that I was in the Frederick Mares museum in Barcelona.  
Among the holy people were also a rag doll and a mermaid, both considerably less expensive than the saints.  Imbolc was actually a few days ago, but the Virgin Mary especially looked like one that in Medieval times could have been trundled around the perimeter of a newly plowed field in a little wooden cart.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cows in the Really Cold

Cows act pretty much the same in 30 degree windy weather as they do in 80 degree still weather. It was sunset amd a smallish herd was clustered around one of the large sheds in a big field. They were sharing space with some free range chickens.
Two cows came over and stood about three feet from me. Others were loungingand  I got to observe cud chewing up close.

 Many of my drawings were starts only and all were done with icy fingers and very quickly.
I finished up by drawing two sheep. Then I did a quick knife sketch of the cow lounging on her elbow.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Animals in the Rain, One Cow Grooming Herself

First up is Jesse sitting on our back porch looking forlornly out at the rain.

Next are a bunch of cows sitting in puddles in a little pasture down on the farm. I was anout two feet away from them and no one seemed to care as I stood there sketching them.  Why were they all sitting down??
After the cows I moved on to the big wooly sheep, and all of them were sitting in the wet grass. The rain had slowed down to a drizzle, and no one seemed in any way perturbed.
So today I carved these little rubber blocks from yesterday's sketches.  These three were in lovely leisurely positions. Here is my favorite, the grooming cow:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Really the Final Page of Rules for Girls

This is the last spread of the book. Underneath is a shot of the same page with the final text.

And here is the back page with colophon.
Now to make nine more copies--

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Water Carrier

F and I made an interesting order today. A friend asked us to make a backpack for her neighbor to carry two half gallon glass Mason jars of water. Her neighbor gets her water from a spring near her house every day and currently carries a bottle under each arm on her hike to and from the dpring.  We designed it to safely cradle the two large full glass bottles and attached shoulder straps to make it easier for her to haul so much weight.  Today's drawings show the features of the water bottle backpack.