Category Archives: Drawing

The Family Home Revisited

You may remember my post on paintings I did for a friend – the subject being his family home.

These two postcards were done as little studies for that project; I mailed them to my friend before he saw the final paintings, in fact before I even did the paintings.

I like the technique I used here. I cut cast-off cardboard (the kind from cereal boxes, etc.) to postcard size; gessoed on the shiny side; painted colors using acrylics; drew the images in pen, using waterproof ink (not dip pens, just the usual drawing pens – I have a whole collection).

I like how they came out. As I said, I sent them through the mail and they got there in good shape. So this method is sturdy and the post office took care of them, too!

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Drawing from Some Drawings

I took some sketches I’d made, here or there, and used them in making these mixed media postcards earlier this year.

Waiting Room Portraits

A couple of days ago I went with my husband to a doctor’s appointment, for his knee. We’ve been to this same location several times and each waiting room experience has been the same as all the others. The crutches, walkers, hobbling people; the same TV blaring in the corner; the dim lighting; the same brown scheme of the waiting room.

This time the room seemed even more crowded than usual. I got out my little notepad to draw, hoping to distract myself. I hadn’t brought drawing materials; I used my little memo book.

It did the job. We didn’t have to wait long and I was content while we were waiting. I find drawing helpful in situations where I feel overwhelmed or pinned in by people – it’s a space in which to escape.

Who’d think a 3″ or so notepad could do so much?

Getting the Hurt Leg Fixed, Chapter Nine

Yesterday another milestone was passed in the ongoing saga of the hurt leg. We visited the surgeon yesterday. Progress is going along very well. The leg has healed nicely and function returning. And – the brace is no longer needed! Fantastic!

A word of tribute to that brace. In the beginning, it was a lifesaver. When you sever your quadriceps tendon, you break the connection that makes your leg work. You can’t stand, bend, or move your lower leg. And of course you can’t walk. Without surgery, this injury will not heal. With surgery, it heals, but it’s a long slow process.

So the brace becomes a lifesaver. With it, the injured person can walk and with its support the knee can gradually begin to resume its function in a safe manner. It is essential.

Now, though, it’s been three months since surgery. The brace was looking a little – disheveled. Its Velcro had raveled a bit (prompting the cat to seek out my husband so that he, the cat, could get in a good chew of the dangling strings. Our cat has a thing about string). The joint mechanism squeaked. A lot. Loudly.

But mostly, my husband was ready to move on. So yesterday was special.

I have two photos – before and after the appointment.

And – I did a drawing of the brace as my husband sat on the exam table in the doctor’s office (from a photo, not in life – this doctor is efficient and we don’t hang around there long enough to draw).

The story is not over yet. Now it’s time to strengthen the leg by walking, swimming, and using it in everyday situations. But what a long way my husband has come. I am proud of how hard he has worked to get to this point.

Hurt Leg Chapters from the past:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Practice With Pen and Ink

I am inching toward my goal of figuring out a regular sketch/photography plan for myself (I hope to do something like my Installment Plan Poetry Marathon. I think I may have said this before?). The weather is getting better and my time is freeing up some now that my husband’s health has improved so much. Keep your eye on this space, as they say…

Anyway, the point of all of this is – last Sunday, April 2, I did a few little sketches while my husband walked around the trail at Victory Park in Plymouth Meeting, PA. It is a typical community park with ball fields, located next to some of the township schools.

It’s about 15-20 minutes from home, but I’d never been here before. I sat in the stands and sketched while he walked. I had a bad cold and didn’t feel up to much, but I wanted to get out in the sunny day.

First I drew this group of adult soccer players packing up their things after a game – they were across the field from me.

Next, I did these drawings of two men practicing lacrosse – looked to me like a coaching session, as the older man shouted out pointers and set up drills for the younger man.

After they left, a whole group of little girls came on the field. Also lacrosse players, I think they were meeting for the first time. They did some warm-up exercises in a big circle (that’s what I drew) and then they divided up into smaller groups to learn skills.

And that was about an hour at this field on a nice Sunday. They are just little quick sketches, but I enjoyed doing them.

A Couple of Sad People, or Maybe They Are Just Thinking

I found these sketches in one of my little notebooks and turned them into artist trading cards. I think I was trying out a pose. Poor little sad people, I hope they cheer up somehow.

The cards were made in December, 2016.