Sketchbook… Tuesday?

Somehow I got so excited about the upcoming county fair this weekend that I forgot to post a sketchbook entry on Saturday OR Sunday. Instead I rambled on about pig chases and vampire cats. My sincere apologies. I will make it up to you with this study from my small watercolour sketchbook:

watercolour sketch of leaves on yellow background
Leaves on Yellow, watercolour on paper, 5 x 7

And I can’t forget to mention… my husband and I were on the front page of our local paper today for entering art in the fair! Gotta love small towns!

The county fair is here! Along with a vampire cat…

I’m entering some paintings and photos in the county fair tomorrow. I don’t think I would have thought to enter except I was told they have a new category this year for professional artists and well, can you really resist participating in a fair? Animals of all sizes, all the best (worst-for-your-heart) food, plenty of lit-up rides to make you want to vomit… and then all the pies and cakes and crafts to oogle. I’m having a flash-back of the fairs I attended each year growing up. The only difference now is that I have to worry about a tooth filling or crown coming out in one of those candy apples…

Here’s one of the photos I’m entering. I took it of my friend’s aunt’s cat. Gotta love cats with fangs! I’m not making fun… too much. I think she’s gorgeous, fangs and all.

And a side-note: there’s an event in the fair called a “pig chase” in which participants can enter in these age categories: pre-school, 5 year olds, 6 year olds, 7 year olds or 8 year olds. I am most excited to attend, for I imagine I get to watch pre-schoolers chase a pig? Or maybe the pig chases the pre-schoolers? I simply can’t wait.

photograph of cat face
Vampire Cat, photograph

Sketchbook Saturday!

Here is a sketch I did the other morning on campus. I didn’t have time to capture the doves cooing maniacally and poking about the puddles so just imagine them in there!

ink and watercolour drawing of trees on ENMU campus
Trees and Puddles, ink and watercolour on paper, 5 x 7"

A morning painting adventure…

I had a wonderful morning adventure in my car which involved nearly running over a meter-long snake (phew, I didn’t) and watching cows, birds, rabbits and stray cats roaming the plains.

Here is one of two sketches I did from the passenger seat, trying not to get oil paint all over the dashboard and armrests! I had to work both canvases quickly before the day got too hot and unbearable. I packed a cooler-bag of ice water but still got a little dizzy in the open. I drove home after two hours and completed the paintings at home in the comfortable air-conditioned studio. I’ll post the other canvas tomorrow…

oil painting of a bird on a fence post in the desert
Bird on a Post, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"

Some love

I just got back from my wedding (insert grin here) and am soon to embark on some travels so I thought I’d try to get a few posts in before the departure! It is a busy time but I have not forgotten about this blog! You can expect at least a few sketches from time to time over the next month and regular posting will resume in June.

Here are some fragile flowers that fell from their bouquet that I couldn’t bear to throw out. They continue to live cheerily in a wine glass, and now also on this canvas:

oil painting of flowers in wine glass
In a wine glass, oil on canvas, 5 x 5"

Owl quiz

I have a quiz for you:

Which owl was I drawing while distracted by my family doing ridiculous things around the cottage, and which owl did I draw with concentration? Winner will be mailed the owls. Haha, maybe.

drawing of owls
Owls owls, ink on paper, 4 x 6"