The colors of the fall hydrangea in my garden are splendid. Because I didn’t cut it after it bloomed, the fading flowers pleasantly surprised me with indescribable shades. I couldn’t fully capture the purple-crimson and vibrant, yet fading colors here in this watercolor sketch — just like words, when they don’t fully express the intensity of emotions. My friend has passed away (on my mother’s birthday) and because I am on call for his wife, my dear friend, and their four children, this will be the only post this week. I will try to find the time to post next week after the funeral. Amid this chaotic time, I’m noticing all the more that art is everywhere and it is sustaining.
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This was an informative and funny article in The Washington Post on how three prize-winning caricature artists, Steve Breen, Signe Wilkinson, and Mike Luckovich, view the political candidates — through their art. I found the artists’ creative process interesting and what they had to say was delivered with humor. I like to think, despite the stereotype, that artists think beyond politics and even though the political views of these artists, featured in Line by Punch Line (interviews by Michael Cavna), may be present, they seem to have an objective eye when it comes to their drawing.
This is a fun and instructional illustration by Steve Breen on how to draw Obama. Just think of this during all the debates ahead and yes, you too can try it at home!
I couldn’t help but think of when I first tried my hand at caricature drawing — back in 1983. (This is one for the archives!) I thought it was hard. Well, maybe because I was drawing myself. I drew this for a high school senior photo. (I can’t believe I found it!) I think mine is too flattering….
Whereas, the one my friend Shauna drew of me, below, is way more on target!
I must have liked those earrings!!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous for spending a Sunday afternoon at the National Arboretum. The azaleas and rhodos were in full bloom and everyone and their neighbor seemed to be there enjoying their beauty. This is that annual time of year to make the journey to witness Spring in its full splendor. The only unfortunate thing was that we decided too late in the day to do this and didn’t have enough time to explore. At least for now, we can always go back.
Here are a few pictures I took:
I came across this YouTube video of Japanese style sumi-e painting of a koi and I thought it was pretty fascinating to watch the process; although, it does take about 10 minutes because it’s done in real time.
Upon further reflection on our visit to the Arboretum. I found this interesting flower attached to this leaf and several petals on the ground and I was able to do a quick sketch later before they all dried up the next day.
I can’t think of anything more perfect than pretty flowers to share for this 100th year of celebrating Mother’s Day this Sunday. Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers out there. This day should be celebrated daily.
While on spring break, my boys and I took an outing to one of my favorite spots to view nature and get inspiration for drawing, River Farm Park, which is also the headquarters to the American Horticultural Society.
I drew an invitation to one of their galas, which can be seen here on my website. Anyway, we had been coming here for years so I thought it would be a good break from being indoors. It was a beautiful day, and although the weather was generally still cold, this was an exceptional summer-like, warm day in March. As we all branched out to do our thing, my 15 year old went exploring, I went to draw and little did I know that my oldest was spying on me, taking some beautiful photos for this blog:
And this is what I was drawing:
Valentine’s Day just passed as did my birthday. I noticed these beautiful roses and flowers were in full bloom but starting to fade. I loved how they looked against the colors of the background–a happy accident. They inspired me to do a quick illustration, which became the first entry in my new sketchbook. I had just completed my old one that I started 10 years ago. It’s my goal to do more illustrations on a regular basis. This will help keep my drawing abilities in practice. Coincidentally, this blog should help with that effort…One thing usually leads to another.