Backfilling the Calendar

I love sketching little doodles from life as I do them. In the summer, however, I barely get a chance to note what is going on much less doodle about it.

I gave myself an hour this afternoon to backfill the calendar with some doodles.

How do I know these are my favorite watercolor pencil colors? They are stubby compared to all the others. The shortest? Orange. I never would have thought orange would be it…not actually my favorite color.

Saturday’s Sketches on Thursday

It’s been a busy week at work, so it’s taken me a good portion of the week to get around to posting these. We’re all on the cusp of enjoying a long weekend, and I’m still reveling in the last one a bit.

Saturday was one of those ideal days when you just float from one relaxing bit of the day to the next, and only the idea popping into your head tells you what comes next.

Obviously, I spent some time in the garden, and I was not alone  🙂

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Now I’m Just Nutty

The squirrels leave all kinds of goodies in my yard, and this walnut shell was a find from the fall.

My neighbor had planted quite a few flowers last summer—something he hadn’t done for a few years. There was a particularly lovely sunflower in a protected corner right up against his house and conveniently outside my kitchen window. I congratulated Bill on the lovely blooms, and he credited the neighborhood squirrel planting committee. They really are very talented landscape architects. Of course they’re dirty, rotten thieves as well, but I suppose it all balances out.

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He’s Grounded

Sometimes I fall into old patterns of trying to arrange my moleskine so several pages reflect a theme. As hard as I try to be more spontaneous and carefree, it falls back to organization. Since I’m sometimes a success at spontaneity and sometime a failure, my moleskine actually possesses a signature…the blend of spontaneity and structure.

This year I took to heart some feedback I received from my former college roommate that my sketches would be ever so much more pleasant if not on ruled paper. I taped plain paper into the weekends. This particular page is on the weekend before Groundhog Day (yep, I’m a bit behind).

I have the urge to watch Caddyshack…hmmmm.

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E.B. White

One of my frequent surfs in the morning is Letters of Note and yesterday there was a letter from E.B. White that was charming, well-considered and written, and full of hope…just the kind of thing worth taking a repeated peek at throughout the year. Spent a collective 15 minutes here and there during the day doing a little sketch of the photo that accompanied it.

My moleskine also serves as one of three cycling journals I keep…they all have slightly different records, and one of them is online, so it’s not as OCD as it sounds. Today I was able to log another outside ride (2nd of the year), and tomorrow I plan to do the same…unusual weather we’re having. But I’ll get up and wind the clock no matter how unusual things get.

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Injured Reserves = Time for Sketching

So after twisting my ankle last night, I all of a sudden had a lot of time and opportunity to do a little sketching. The results in order of completion:

One live and two from photo references. If I could get bugs to stand perfectly still for me, I would have preferred to work from life…oh well.