Pen and Ink...and maybe some paint

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Keeper of the family sketchbooks...

I just realized that I seem to be the one who is safeguarding the discarded sketchbooks of my family members. I really enjoy looking through them.

My sons, Jordan and Josh, kept sketchbooks when I was homeschooling them MANY years ago. Here are some samples:

(He's now 28 years old. These were from probably 18 years ago!)

I think I put these side-by-side to compare his earlier work with some he did in his older teens.
These are some greeting cards he made when much younger.
And some more of Jordan's character studies...
I'll probably share more of Josh's later. I don't think he drew as much as Jordan, but he was pretty good!
Last but not least, my mom's sketchbook has been added to the collection. She only drew a few things in it, but I'm glad it has joined my cherished collection. (And I'll be glad to fill it up!)
The grand collection...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Study break! :D

Yesterday I gave myself permission to visit a couple of blogs during a study break. One blog I've added to my list is Ian Sidaway's Fine Line. His beautiful cross-hatching (or just hatching?) has really caught my eye. I'd love to really scrutinize his work and learn a thing or two, because this is the sort of thing that attracted me to pen and ink in the first place.

I hope Ian doesn't mind if I post one of his drawings here. It will hopefully attract more attention to his blog!

While looking at this series of drawings I also read the comments. One of the gals commented that the clipped yews in his drawings reminded her of The Children of Green Knowe; a story she had read as a child. Well, I just had to investigate that! Of course I found a video version of the story from the '80's and proceeded to spend an hour watching the first two episodes. The story is of a young boy who is taken out of his English boarding school to go live with his great-grandmother in a castle. He discovers that the castle is being haunted by the ghosts of some of his young relatives who had died of the plague many years before. That's as far as I've gotten with the story, but I'm hooked just because I love these stories more for the glimpses inside of interesting old buildings and the beautiful English countryside than anything. So if you're interested, here's where to go...

Enjoy the fall weather. It just keeps changing back and forth between fall and summer here!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

God's latest masterpiece...

Our newest granddaughter, Hazel Jane, was born at 12:30 a.m. on September 5th. She weighed 6 lb. 7 oz. and is 19 inches tall (long?).

And heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere she is!

Smile, Hazel!

We await her arrival home this afternoon to join big sister, Audrey. We look forward to many delightful days ahead for this dynamic duo!

This is the only artwork I've had time for lately. Too busy with school!

God bless all and shalom to your households!

Monday, September 3, 2012

A little virus trouble...

I picked up a little virus on my laptop Saturday morning. I'm using my dear daughter's desktop for checking up on my classes. I'll run to the college tomorrow and the techy guys there will hopefully have me up and running very quickly. Meanwhile, I'll do a little homework in the library.

Y'all watch out for those cyber-boogey men and retain your shalom no matter what the circumstances. Vaya con Dios!