Friday, February 24, 2017

Rainy Morning with Fire

We're all lounging on the sofa.  Outside it's gray and chilly and a little rainy.  Perfect day for a fire.
Bill the bearded dragon is allowed to join us on the sofa.  The dogs and cat take his presence in stride.
Tallis is practicing for his lesson this afternoon.
Eventually some of us slide onto the floor in front of the fireplace for a couple of rounds of Carcasonne.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lovely Chickies and a Guest Blogger

Mike's chickens are diverse and beautiful.  Here are (clockwise from top left)  a Delaware, a Buff Orpington, a Production Red, and a Silver Laced Wyandote.
Above are a big Kosher King rooster and a Delaware plus a goofy drawing of a little hen sitting in a corner of the coop, maybe a Silver Laced Wyandote.
And here's a page of Delawares.
Up in the left corner is a Tic Tac that I drew as a demo for 8 year old Barno, who is starting 100 drawings!
This is his drawing #6.
And his drawing #3.
He likes his drawing #13 because he was figuring out how to depict transparency.  I can't wait to see his #100.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Drawings from around Enfield, including snuggling dogs and a small birdhouse.
Various sketches of Barno
And one of the perpetual xmas trees--

Maplewood then on to Enfield

We went to Turtle Back Zoo near Maplewood yesterday, and here are some highlights:  it's a well-done zoo, with large fields and environments for the animals, some of which are rescues.  In the bison area were four or five beautiful bisons.  This small bird was nearby.

The greater rhea looked like a small emu, and the capiburra like a very large groundhog.  Good speed drawing practice , also practice drawing with a child tugging at my arm!
A sad - looking little donkey in a yard with a few ponies.  Does anyone go to the zoo without children in tow?
One of Nate's favorites, an injured bald eagle. The rest of these are quick sketches from Amtrak waiting room at Penn station.
This woman was frantically reading fb newsfeed and showing outrageous items to her friend, who was hunched over her own phone.
Since everyone nearby was staring at a phone I got lots of practice drawing hands clutching phones and readers!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

On the Road to Maplewood

Airport drawings from this morning, when we were expecting to take off at 9 for our direct flight to Newark on Allegiant.
As we were taxiing the plane suddenly lurched and stopped.  The pilot came on and told us a gauge was faulty and had to be checked.  So we sat for a while , then ended up with all of us having to get on another identical plane.  
Finally in the air and only two hours late getting to Maplewood.
Nate drew and cut out and I sewed this little voodoo doll.  Then Abby drew and I cut out and sewed a mermaid doll.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Tangerine Peel Augury

Today someone brought a bag of tangerines to wonderful crit group.  Gradually little tangerine peel sculptures arranged themselves on the table in front of each tangerine eater.
As I drew them Words popped into my mind and I jotted down a fortune for each person based completely on the configuration of the peel.  A couple of people rearranged their peels while the meeting went on;  so I drew the revised arrangements and did a second, augmenting augury.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017