Day 6 of the Drawing Challenge

Day six of the drawing challenge calls for your favorite book character and specifies, “can’t be a movie” so that one doesn’t just grab a dvd case and sketch a hollywood actor/actress.

I chose Princess Cimorene from the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I’ve only read the first book, “Dealing with Dragons” in which the princess, unwilling to remain in her castle and succumb to an arranged marriage, runs away to become a servant to a female dragon named Kazul. There she is in charge of making tea, cherries jubilee, and doing much of the cleaning. When princes begin to arrive one after another to “rescue” her from her dragon she turns them away – at one point telling a fib about a sprained ankle in an attempt to prevent more potential suitors from making the journey to rescue her. She is quite happy serving Kazul.

I thoroughly enjoyed the young adult book and recommend it to anyone who likes a somewhat unconventional fairy tale or two.

ink and pencil crayon drawing of princess cimorene of dealing with dragons book
Princess Cimorene, pencil crayon and ink, 8 x 10″

Taking a break

I’m taking a wee break from the painting to knit. Yes indeed, got to let the tight muscles of my upper back and shoulders rest a bit and enjoying a stay-cation for a few days. Right now I plan on wearing the shawl I’m making (pictured here beside some chamomile tea) to the closing reception of my present exhibition.

Reminder for those who are in the area: the closing reception is Friday, October, 28th  5 – 6:30 at Runnel’s Gallery.

picture of tea and knitting
Tea and Knitting, photograph

Tools of the trade

I decided to paint some very essential tools to my daily work: my teapot and cup. They are as integral to my art-making process as my brushes. Especially in the mornings when it’s chilly and I don’t want to sit still.

The teapot reminds me of Maud Lewis who is an inspiration and so it is always great motivation to set it near me while I work.

oil painting of colourful tea pot and tea cup
Teatime, oil on board, 7 x 12"