Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Art Prize and Sketches

A few days ago, as I was reading the blogs to which I subscribe I found there was a giveaway in progress at Art Hearts Place. It was a beautiful watercolor card. I left a comment hoping that I would be fortunate enough to win it - and et voila!

And I think her business card is also a work of art. 

If you don't already know Barbra Joan and you are into watercolor, you really should go over for a visit. There is a link above.

Now onto some of my personal attempts at growth. I've been eating at least two apples a day for about a month now so what would be more natural than to sketch one. I can't believe I chose a pencil instead of a pen. I spent way too much time erasing and reshaping this one. Next time it is pen.

And a few days ago, I tried those dratted Adirondack chairs again. I am determined to get better at them. As a matter of fact I am planning to sketch the three under the trees in the north yard and make it into a watercolor painting. Practice, practice, practice!

I've found my next favorite workout on the treadmill. I walk slowly for a couple of minutes and then do a slow jog for 30 minutes followed by a slow walk cool down. I also did a bit of weight training on the balance ball. I don't feel sore today, so think I must not have worked with the weights very hard. That has to be a first for me. I seldom do things by halves.

I have pretty much decided the Canson watercolor block is not of the quality that I want to spend a lot of time on, so am planning to cut a piece of Arches and begin again on the boats on the beach with buildings. I also may get started on sketching the Adirondacks under the trees.

The hubster is taking the son to a baseball game this evening and I get Miss 7 (who will be 8 in 5 days) and Miss 6 months here at my house. I think I have the better part of this deal - no long drive, no crowds, a much better view on the tv, and two of my girl tribe to hug and hold and do art.

I hope to have something to share with you tomorrow.



  1. You are the luckiest person I know when it comes to winning giveaways on blogs! Congrats!! Maybe the girls would like using the Canson - they're so good at making art. Yep, I gotta agree - you got the best deal. BTW, the chairs are coming along nicely. hugs, nancy

  2. I like the fact that you ate apples in order to naturally draw one. That made me smile. And oh, I love Adirondack chairs... how they look, but I have heard they are not so great to sit in... anyway.. glad to stop by from CED2011 today!

  3. Julie,

    If you sit in a well made one (wood, not plastic), they are so comfortable you may not want to ever get up.


  4. Your chairs and apple look great! And congrats on such a terrific win :-)

  5. You have nailed the shape of the apple, you could try putting a little bit of shading in to give it more form? The watercolour is lovely...lucky you :)

  6. Congratulations Vicki! =) Luck is definitely on your side. Love those sketches too

  7. The chairs are looking great! Yep, it's all about practice. Glad you are sticking with it.

  8. I love the Arches paper. It is worth every penny. I was amazed to see there is a difference. ( and even more amazed I could TELL there is a difference.)

    We have apples just like that in the fridge.

    WOW... I was glad to leave those chairs behind. SO many angles. Will be watching for your set of 3.