Category Archives: Drawing

Card Graffiti? Or Art? Doesn’t Matter as Long as She Smiles.

I wanted to send an Easter card to our little granddaughter (she is just a little short of 2 years old).

Though I love to send cards, the buying of them makes me impatient. I find that most cards don’t really fit whatever situation or relationship I have with the person to receive it – too sentimental, too brash, express feelings I don’t really have, etc. (Why can’t a card just say “Happy – fill in the blank – day”?)

So, I tend to grab the first thing that seems appropriate and rush out of the store. That’s what I did with this card for my granddaughter.

Cute little chick, right? I thought so, too. She likes birds and animals so I thought it would appeal to her. The inside sentiment was fine, too, though I had to amend it to make it from both me and her grandfather. But the overall effect was just flat, I thought.

Well, I got to work. I thought that if one chicken was good, lots and lots would be even better.

Now I am satisfied. I hope these chickens squawk out their message loud and proud!

For the Birds

I swear I drew this person with a bird on her shoulder having no idea I was doing so – on an insert from a carton of eggs, back in December, 2021.

I only realized it after I had finished and looked more closely at the scrap of paper I had picked up to draw on.

There is something to think about here – was I subconsciously influenced by the theme of the insert? The upside-down bird shapes above my own bird, did I notice them out of the corner of my eye? DId I read the word BIRD upside down as I drew, without knowing it?

Honestly, I grabbed this little piece of paper and did this drawing only to test out a new magnifier/lamp that I had recently purchased (By the way, it worked great and it’s really going to help me).

Inspiration and how the mind works and when the pen and hand get involved…oh, trying to figure it out is just…for the birds!

Tiny Pictures Inspired by Paint Names

Every so often I do one of these projects – take a paint brochure and make little drawings for each paint selection, inspired by the name of the color of the paint. This grouping is from December, 2021. The space in which to draw is tiny, and with my eyesight issues which made it hard for me to see details I used a new magnifying glass/lamp to help me. It worked out well and I was grateful.

Window Views

Yesterday, January 9, I participated in an activity of the Plastic Club, an art organization here in Philadelphia. I’m a new member, though I’ve known of the group for many years – and they have been around for a long time, celebrating their 125th anniversary this year.

What we did on this cold Sunday afternoon was assemble our group over Zoom. The idea was that we would use the site Window Swap (with their permission) and choose window views posted on the site for quick sketches.

Window Swap is a site where people all over the world have submitted a view from a window in a ten-minute video. That’s it. Perfect for what we were doing.

We viewed some windows, picked favorites, and then did a series of 5 minute sketches with a couple of longer sessions of 10 minutes at the end. I used a very fine point black pen and did my drawings small, maybe 4″x4″ more or less. After the session I chose the ones I liked and added a bit of color.

Take a look. I’ve put the location in the upper left corner. The Macao selection was a video taken from a train window, so the scenery moved. I drew the various items I saw as the window moved along. The others were all stationary.

Selfie on Notebook Paper

Here is a photo I took of myself in late August, 2021, and a drawing I sketched out, in about a minute, derived from it.

I had been keeping track of my left eye’s progress via selfies (I will spare you the ones in which I look like Ogre Woman). At this stage the infection in my eyelid was improved and swelling was down, though since the cyst was on the underside of the eyelid it’s not surprising that things don’t look too bad here. And of course photos can’t show the damage being done to the functioning of my eyelid and to my cornea, which are the things that translated into loss of sight..

Well, a fuller knowledge all of that is in the future in this photo. But I do think I look a bit worried here. My drawing shows it even more, I think. A view into the state of my mind.

Neighbors Down the Street

This drawing, done in late September 2021, is from the same trip I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts – a visit to our son and his family in Washington DC in August 2021.

These houses are down the street from my son’s famiiy home. The neighborhood is block and blocks of similar yet unique houses like these. I could walk around and take photos of plenty of houses to draw and I hope to at some later date. I liked these particular houses because of their porch and front door features.

Once again, I notice that because of my vision problems at the time, the picture slants up to the right. I did not notice this as I was drawing it but only after I had done most of the picture. Once again, I could get smaller areas right but the larger picture wanders. I have found it interesting to see evidence of my vision issues laid out so clearly in my drawings from this time.

Well, on the other hand, I enjoyed communing with these houses as I examined them as best I could to pull out their personality and put some of it on paper. That is enough.

Gas Station

In August 2021 we made a trip to Washington DC to visit our son and his family. Naturally we needed to stop for some gas. Here you see my husband attending to the needs of our little car Jen McGill (Jen is short for Genevieve, just so you know.

Photo, then drawing. The drawing is 8″ x 8″, done in September 2021.

Another Paint Brochure Assortment

Here is another one of those arrays where I take the name of the paint color and try to draw something to match it.

I did this work in September, 2021. I enjoy doing these little arrays very much, but this one, well, my eyesight problems made it tricky to draw in the tiny squares and I don’t feel it’s my best effort. I do like Painter’s White, though. And that bureau in Antique White is quite snarly-looking, isn’t it? How would you like to meet that fellow in your front hall each day?