Inktober Day 16 – Rocket

The dragonet wandered off without us realizing that he wasn’t here. And having wings complicates things, he can wander pretty far. Little did we know that he was in Cape Canaveral for the latest rocket launch and he thought it would be fun to race the rocket. He caused quite a stir because humans aren’t supposed to know he exists. NASA sic’d their jets on him before they realized he was just a juvenile dragon. We sorted things out with NASA, but they were not amused.

Footnote: if you haven’t been to a rocket launch, watching from Cocoa Beach, the rockets look like flying cigarettes.

Inktober Day 15 – Outpost

The dragonet is still pissed that he had to wear armor yesterday. He flew off to parts unknown so he wouldn’t have to pose for anything today. The prompt is “outpost” anyway. I had to wing it without him.

Inktober Day 14 – Armor

Ok, I told the dragonet this morning that he had to wear armor today. The conversation did not go well…

“D – “don’t want to wear armor! It’s too heavy and hot!!

Me – “ Oh for heavens sake, it’s only for about 30 minutes.”

D – “why do I have to wear ARMOR? Why can’t the Little Witch wear it? Who’s idea was this, anyway?

Me – “Jake Parker’s. The guy who invented Inktober. And the Little Witch is at work.”

D – “I wanna flame him!”

Me – “That wouldn’t be nice. Put the armor on and I promise I’ll sketch you quickly!”

D – “30 Minutes! That’s it! Then I’m going to the beach!”

Me – “ok ok! Shush! Let me get this done!”

30 minutes later….

D – “30 minutes are up.”

Me – (stalling) “not yet.”

D – “I was watching the clock! 35 minutes already!” I’m hot!

Me – “Almost done!”

D – “Now?”

Me – “I saw the big lizards out front. You can have them if you give me 2 more minutes!”

D – “(resigned) “ok.”

I finished the sketch. I didn’t need the dragonet for the rest.

He trots out the door toward the big palm trees out front.

Me – (calling after him) “There’s two really big rainbow lizards. Try to not to scorch the palm tree. And don’t eat the anoles!”

D – (from outside) “Uh oh! I ate a little brown one.”

Me – ( sighing) “Ok but don’t eat anymore!”

I hear a screeching ruckus…

Me – “ What was that?!”

D – (while eating) “ I accidentally ate one of those big mouth ( munch) blue birds.”

Me – (head smack, sighing again) “a Blue Jay? Don’t eat any more!“

He never went to the beach. He’s laying out by the pool sleeping in the sun. He ate two Blue Jays.

Sloth plant revealed

I haven’t been posting these but this week is a little different. It was a sad week but it was also a week where the sloth plant finally bloomed.

Sloth plant you ask? Yeah, what was that plant I called the “sloth plant?” I wasn’t giving this plant it’s given name until I saw flowers! Sloth plant is a dry loving, sun loving, slow growing plant. It’s an 18 month old cutting from a plumeria, aka Hawaiian lei flower, so “ta da!!!” Sloth plant is a Plumeria!

It took 18 months to flower. Lots of sun and patience. If you want to grow a plumeria in the Northeast, you have to have a full sunny window for it in the winter and it doesn’t like the cold.

We had it in a pot and we transplanted it to the front flower bed, where it is really happy! It does get cold here in the winter but I noticed that there are plumerias all over Jensen Beach and my part of Port St Lucie and they made it through the cold nights here, but they would die in a Northeast winter outside.

I want to get more in different colors. They are definitely worth it. So pretty and the flowers last a few days.

Sloth plant blooms
A neighbor’s plumeria

This week’s sketches

Happy Mother’s Day to the mom’s out there…It’s another week during Corona Virus World. I have been spending my time creating art, which is business as usual for me.

We’ve been watching Ozark in the evenings and finished the first season and are in the second season. That series shows how lies just make people dig bigger and bigger holes for themselves.

Here is last week’s dailies….

I took Carla Sonheim’s 10th Year Anniversary class and one of the lessons was “Cheater Blind Contour” drawings which I love and I have been doing some every day.

Here are some:

And here are some combined with my brush pen 5 min timed drawings….. Enjoy!

Tiny Book is Finished!

And it is in the mail with time to spare. I really enjoyed this project and I hope the people who visit it in person at the Brooklyn Art Library will like it, too.

Here is the cover and over the next few posts I’ll share the many spreads that it took to complete this sketchbook.

I decided to go with Chihuahuas since we have two and I needed a change from cats. Many of the tiny portraits are of Chloe and Mack, our fur babies, but many were also inspiration from the Sktchy App.

Tiny Dogs, Giant Hearts cover
Inside Front
First Spread – Chloe