Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Last Try on the Rubens and a Tree Trunk

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments. The specific suggestions were so wonderful and I am thankful again that I am a part of this wonderful online community. I tried to incorporate all that was suggested in making changes to the chin and the fullness of the face. Here is my final attempt, for I am moving on:


And here is a completely different sketch for me. I saw this tree trunk in an old book that I found at a second hand store and felt compelled to sketch it. I don't usually sketch inanimate objects. I have nearly always chosen birds or people. I don't think it is bad for a first try and think I might venture outdoors as these days get warmer and the quality of the light improves and try my hand at drawing something in the yard.


I have a full day planned today. I need to workout on the treadmill, go to Sam's, finish the grocery shopping at Meijer's, make a never before tried dinner recipe, and make time to do some art.
I went to Hollander's yesterday to pick up the papers I'd left behind after the Sunday class and decided to go to Sparrow Meats to purchase some lamb. I've never cooked with lamb before, but have loved any of the dishes I've tried either in Greektown or in other restaurants. I left there with 1/2 pound of stew meat, a leg bone (for the base), and 1/2 pound of ground lamb. I am planning to make Alton Brown's Lamb Stew with Barley for dinner tonight.

I was also a lazy butt and didn't arise until 8:30. That is really sleeping in for this usually early riser. I love to get up just before sunrise, but apparently needed the extra shuteye.
Gotta go! I hope to see you again tomorrow.



  1. You've come a long way with this drawing and it looks really good! I hope you feel good about it (you should!). Good for you for sticking with it! I'm so proud of you. hugs, nancy

  2. You are really getting more shading and details. Love to see the evolvement!!!

  3. You did a terrific job here! You should be very proud of yourself. Hope you enjoy your lamb stew.

  4. I missed all the posts on the Rembrandt's portrait you were doing and the final result is very good. It is good to see all the work giving result. Your tree trunk is very interesting, and I find trees less intimidating than people to draw! Bon apétit!

  5. Great job! This is terrific!

  6. I'm glad you stuck it out, too. You final result is very good. Keep this. Then in a year go back and look at it and you will see how far you have come. Love your tree trunk. I don't do many of them either, but they are quite fun to draw, with so many organic shapes and textures.