Egrets

Plenty of these here in the neighborhood all the time….my faves are the cattle egrets. They chase lawn mowers. You can walk out your front door and find them on your car. And if your driving through interior Florida, the cattle egrets are cattle back riding on the many cows that are grazing on the cattle ranches……

Cool stuff!

Also, my daughter got us a Roomba for Christmas. Today is its birthday because we finally got all the Christmas decorations put away and we pulled it out to get acquainted with it. Chloe and Mack didn’t know what to make of it but they didn’t see to think of it as a threat even though they don’t like regular vacuums.

It went under the chaise as Mack was sleeping and he almost looked violated.😂 He didn’t know where it went but he could hear it.

It works great.

Christmas Art Countdown – Day 16

As I post these on social media, I have been putting the shopping days left to Christmas, too. In one of the responses I received, from a woman in the Netherlands, she said that they only had one day of shopping left since the Netherlands folks were going on lockdown again. My heart went out to her. All I could say was “bummer.” Especially since it is getting colder and with snow in many areas, people won’t even be able to get out for winter activities.

My one offer of comfort is I hope that folks have plenty of coffee, tea and cocoa. This could be a time of trying new things like Afternoon Tea. It doesn’t even need to be fancy, but just taking time to sit down and do nothing but enjoying the tea (or coffee). Put in some peppermint for a treat. Go to the Food Network website for some treat ideas or check an issue of Tea Time magazine. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, I can think of no place better to cozy up to read a good book. I am reading Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year by Beth Kempton. I am also listening to her podcast. It’s very soothing.

If you are getting snow this week, lucky you. It may mean you’ll have a snowy white Christmas.

Inktober Day 18 – Marty

Going rogue today and using my morning blob sketched with ink as my Inktober for the day….I had an assignment to describe a character in 25 words or less and although I had a different one already to go, this guy was very pushy and demanded a chance to be developed.

The dragon is out chasing squirrels….

Manifestos

Each month, Sketchbook Skool does a quick You Tube Live so people can get together and do a “goals” page in their sketchbooks or journals. Morgan, from Sketchbook Skool, times the sessions and she also provides some prompt ideas. It is actually a helpful 10-20 minutes a month.

Here is mine for August:

Feedback time

Folks, I am working on putting a portfolio together and I am taking an illustrator’s workshop. My assignment this week is to take the character in the story and draw up a sheet with expressions for one of the characters. My character is a balloon named Bob.

Here is what I have so far….please, if you know my work well, suggestions are helpful. If you don’t, please scroll through my blog or Instagram to compare this to my other work. Comments would be extremely helpful. The original was done in pastel and then I tweaked it with Procreate. I have until Sunday to submit the piece but I held back to review it a little more.

Two of my grandsons saw it already and were able to guess the emotions. I guess I should have asked the 6 year old what he would add to this. LMAO

After the Storm

We sat in the car by the Indian River as Isaias was trekking north. I sketched this to the patter of raindrops and to “Fluffy” the comedian, being totally snarky about his show in Delhi.

Baby you can drive my car

Another Make Art that sells image. This is a sketchbook rendering that isn’t for sale since it was copied from another image. The idea behind the exercise is to show your skill at drawing various subject matter, in this case, a car…I moved on to add it to a story.

I have also been adding music lyrics…..