Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This and That

I've changed up my treadmill routine to try to challenge myself more, so yesterday instead of an hour of slow jogging (2.5 mph), I did a 3.5 mph jog for 30 minutes and then 2.5 mph for the last 30 minutes. Great workout! I think I'll try that again today.

I got up this morning and visited the Posemaniacs site as I am wont to do, but I've decided to go to the 60-second sketch instead of the 30-second - what a difference, it felt much longer than 1 minute. For today, the pose was like looking down on someone from a tree - maybe a bird's eye view. Here is what I was able to capture in the minute.

When I was done at the Posemaniacs site, I was thinking about Google maps and I remembered that there was a site that would bring up a random site and I wasted spent about 45 minutes exploring that. It is called MapCrunch. One of the sites it pulled up for me was a cute little cafe in Denmark. I've tried to capture it here.

Then when I checked my email, I had a very nice comment which I followed to the commenter's blog and found out about the Strathmore Online Workshops (thanks again, Cat) and I signed up for a watercolor sketch course with Cathy Johnson that begins on March 1.

I am reminding myself that I should be sketching in pen so I am not slowed down by tentative marks and erasures. Let's see how long I can stick with that.
I am not sure what is on the agenda for today. My daughter may be coming out this afternoon to use the treadmill - my enthusiasm and results are catching, it would seem. I've been thinking about Taco Tuesday at The Bone Island Grille and I think I have the hubster talked into it, but we would go in mid-afternoon. The evening we met a group there to celebrate my baby's 30th birthday, it was too crazy and parking was impossible. I'm not sure how I am going to calculate my calorie intake if we go, but I will do my best.

I also have to revisit The Virtual Paintout site that Lorna reminded me about. I've been there before, but it has been a long time. I should really try again and just sketch the first place I land when using Google maps. I find I look for the "perfect" setting for so long that I lose interest.

I am also working on a tea cup swap with the Watercolour Pencil Buddies Yahoo group and am ready to mail the ATC swap that I am participating in with the Artists of the Round Table Yahoo group, and am still anxiously waiting beside the mail box for my fantabulous delivery, but so far to no avail.

In rereading this post, I think I am getting overwhelmed with all the wonderful choices of things to do and participate in. Is there any way to get a few more hours in each day???

I hope you are finding lots of opportunity to play in your creative space today.



  1. Vicki, you are doing the most interesting things artistically and otherwise to challenge yourself! It's so funny that 60 seconds feels like a long time now. I'll be taking Cathy's class in March, too.

  2. How fun, Barbara. We'll have to compare notes in that class.


  3. Both sketches are really good! Way to go!! I'm going to check out the class, too, although I fear my computer speed is too slow to be able to do it. hugs, nancy

  4. I gave up trying to find places to sketch on google maps, I just spent so much time searching. Nice little cafe!

  5. When I followed the link to Cathy Johnson's workshop, it said I had to have an invitation? Where do I find that?

  6. Busy, busy, busy, with such arty goodness! Great cafe drawing!