Tag Archives: everyday life

Commuters: Train and Bus


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.

Ladies Doing Things

Here are some recent paintings – I just made them, in fact. They are all 4″ x 4″ and feature ladies in the midst of their everyday lives.

They are done in acrylics with India ink details.


Lady writing a letter, possibly to a correspondent she doesn’t much like.


Lady harvesting some kind of blue fruit, which she will then put in her bag, using a pair of scissors.


Lady carrying a tray of cupcakes, possibly taking them into the conference room at work for a co-worker’s birthday party.


Lady out for a walk being followed by a spotted cat, and she is not certain how to take the situation.

Named and Defined, or Maybe Not

Two paintings from a few months ago. Each one is 18″ x 18″ and done in acrylics on board.

The one named “Bookend” is so called because I think of commuting to and from work as the bookends for the volumes of things that go in in the workday.

“Temptation” got its name from the apples on the table, but maybe there is more to the story than that – I just don’t know.

More Paintings from the Fall of 2015

Here are some more paintings from last fall. These are all 8″ x 10″, done in acrylics on board that I gessoed myself to a slightly rough texture.

Once again, each painting comes from some scene in my life – read the captions to find out more.