It’s A Sketch Date: Daily Art Practice
Happy Monday! Here is an updated picture of my garden. Somethings are still pretty small but others have taken off. This week I have been collecting raspberries and chamomile flowers.
I missed posting last week due to our 4th of July holiday. Hubby and I had a date and spent July 3rd at an re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg (Civil War). The re-enactment took place at the Daniel Lady Farm.
The story is very interesting but I will give you the brief version. The Lady family packed up and left their farm at the first sound of gunfire. While they were gone, the Confederates took over their house, consumed their food stores and used their barn (painting above) and house for a field hospital. One of the barn walls had been blown out by cannon fire and a remnant of the cannon shell still remains. The battle took place on and around their property and when the family came home, they found dead soldiers and animals littered around their farm, dead soldiers in their house and the surgical table setup in their house, along with discarded limbs from performed amputations. Can you imagine?
We saw two military re-enactments while we were there, complete with gunfire and cannons. They first one lasted an hour and it was LOUD. We were 50 feet from two cannons and when they went off they shook the ground. Seeing as it was the 4th of July, I came away feeling proud to be an American but also with a sobering reminder of what was sacrificed so that I could be free. Freedom is not free.
Here is a quick sketch I did while I was standing in the crowd waiting for the re-enactment to begin. The barn (above) was sketched while my hubby and I sat at a picnic table. We both sat and sketched for a whole hour. He used to sketch in high school but he recently told me he would try it again since I was interested in urban sketching. Isn’t that sweet of him? If he lets me, I may share his sketch’s some time as he is very good.
The only new bake this week was these Date Bars from the book, Duff Bakes . It is due back at the library this week so I decided I better try another recipe. Hubby and the boys loved the bars and they were fairly easy to make. This was the first time I made anything with dates and I was surprised at how sweet they were.
I made this Sourdough Banana Bread recipe this week but instead of using all bananas, I added half peaches, making it Sourdough Banana Peach bread. It was a great way to use up ripe peaches and is perfect for breakfast for the children.
Daily Art Practice
Just because I haven’t been around blogging doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating. In fact, I have been painting a lot over the past month. I am not the greatest at keeping up with social media. I think it is a huge waste of time to browse my feed all the time. But I also gain a lot of inspiration from other peoples challenges and art so I don’t want to give it up completely. But I would rather use my time to BE creative instead of DREAMING creativity.
Here are a few things I did this recently.
I am inspired by the Art Nouveau movement so I decided to give it a try. The lady is a photo from Pinterest and the rest is just something I thought would be pretty together. I have never had to do composition so this was good practice. I am struggling with watercolor and skin tones so I gave the lady another try (below). It may require a lot more attempts but I’ll just have to keep practicing.
I did this page in my sketchbook (above) to practice faces and skin tones.
I took a few classes (Craftsy) on Urban Sketching and I really would love to give it a try. For those of you that do not know what this is, it is sketching on location. That is what my hubby and I did in Gettysburg when we sketched the barn. We did so in real life. Of course, you don’t have to complete the piece on location but the idea is to see, hear and smell the things going on around you and to remember every time you see the sketch. It is like a vivid memory.
The sketch below was one of the sketches I did from class. The instructor was on location at a historic library somewhere in Colorado.
Below is a sketch of Union Station in Denver, Colorado. It was also done in one of the Urban sketching classes. I think I enjoyed this style of sketching more than the library above because it uses pen/line drawing.
Lastly, I did this sketch from a photo on Pinterest. I do not recall the location but I just enjoyed the architectural features of the building. This one is done solely in watercolor.
Well, that’s it for art today. I have a lot more to share but it will have to wait.
I am joining the T Ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. Today my choice of drink is Teavana Lemon Ginger Bliss, Herbal Tea With Citrus & Strawberry, Caffeine Free. I don’t drink a lot of bagged tea but these are perfect for the morning when I don’t want to put a lot of effort into anything. I love the ginger in this tea as it gives it a big punch of spice. Seeing as I can’t have cinnamon, I need to get my spice fix somewhere. This is a very soothing tea, especially for anyone with digestive issues.
Happy Tea Day,