Wednesday, June 13, 2012


I didn't have the girls yesterday and my back was still a bit sore, so I spent most of the day in my art room, organizing and playing. I printed out four small copies of the sketch I'd done of Miss M and took a pencil to one of them. I need practice with this so that my shaded areas blend into each other better, but so far I like it. I think the next one I'll try with three shades of tan/brown and see how that looks.

I also discovered and subscribed to a new blog called Jennibellie Studio and watched a video of hers about making a journal from cereal boxes. I didn't follow her instructions exactly, but am on my way to making one. The cover is part of an instant oatmeal box covered in Tyvek, and the insides are from Cheetos cracker boxes, a bit of light bookboard and another cereal box (I forget what kind). I think my next step will be to cover the inside "pages" with gesso before deciding how to decorate them. Then I'll sew them together.

In between these two projects, while waiting for glue to dry on the cover of the book, I sketched one of my favorite birds, the sand hill crane.

This is in an old journal. The running horsemen were already there as were the lines.

I am planning to go to my exercise class this morning and I am taking Miss P with me. I talked with her and her Mom last evening and she said she was going to stay overnight at a girlfriend's house, so I told my friend, Nancy, that Miss P would not be accompanying me. Imagine my surprise when both girls arrived this morning.

I hope to have a fun time with the girls this morning. They are only here until early afternoon. Later this afternoon, Papa and I will go to Miss P's last softball game of the season and pick up some supplies for a privacy fence he is planning to build in the front/side yard.

What do you have planned for today? Are you finding time to do some art?



  1. Hey Vicki - So glad to see you doing lots of sketching here! I love your sketch of your granddaughter! Sounds like you are really staying busy. I hope your back feels all healed up real soon! OXOX Sandy

  2. I do enjoy following your adventures! it's always something at your house, and a lot of art happens, too.

  3. Hi Vicki,
    I LOVE that sketch, can't wait to see more. Also, I hope your back is soon feeling better. I've had back pain myself and it is NO fun. I'm going to check out more of your blog now.

  4. lots going on in your world, grand daughters, building fences, exercise and beautiful sketching, the cereal box journal is really interesting, I made my journal and I said I would never do so again, but this looks great,

  5. You are one busy lady .-) I love your sketch, you caught such a great expression, and great light on her face !

  6. I can't believe I'm so far behind in all the blogs, especially yours! What a great job on the Divine Miss M you did! I love it. The cereal box book looks interesting - I'll have to see it in person, and your crane is really nice. Well done! hugs, nancy

  7. I don't know, I think that the way the shading is done on that drawing looks perfect!