Showing posts with label pencil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pencil. Show all posts

Friday, May 30, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Pencils, Pens, Pastels, Paints

As most of you know, I love crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Something you may not know about me is that I also love to paint and draw too! I started drawing, like more than just stick figures or people with mitten hands, when I was about 13 or 14. I still have the first picture I drew when I actually realized that I could do it. I drew a picture of Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music using a picture in a book I had for reference. I thought I turned out alright so I showed my mom and she seemed pretty surprised and my impressed. That gave me the confidence to keep going. (Ha! unintentional "I Have Confidence" reference.)


Pretty soon I had drawn through the 12 months of photos in my Audrey Hepburn calendar. 


Eventually I took a couple of art classes in high school and in college. I started experimenting with different media, charcoal, pen and ink, pastels, water colors. Here is a charcoal drawing of Liza Minnelli and the front driver's side corner of a Ford Mustang that I drew for a gradient project in one of my art classes. The majority of my artwork could easily be classified as "stars and cars."

 


My first pastel drawing surprised me when I finally finished and focused on the entire page. I don't think any of the pastel projects that followed have matched it.


Watercolors were fun. I always have to have a large scrap piece of paper next to me so I can test and retest my brush to make sure I get the right shade when I put it on the actual painting. The majority of water colors I've done have been cars. I actually  used graphite backed paper to trace the outlines of vehicles from ads in a vintage LIFE magazine onto the watercolor paper because I just wanted to worry about the painting part, not the drawing part.

I have been itching to get my paints out again recently but I haven't had, or made, the time to be able to do it yet.
I made a New Year's resolution post where I said I wanted to draw some more, which I did...in January. Well, my work schedule is getting a little swapped around for the summer, so we will see what sort of time that may or may not open up for getting out my art supplies and seeing what happens!

I was thinking just now about how I finally get to use my talents to serve others working at a craft store, learning from and/or teaching customers tips and tricks on how to go about certain crafts. Of course at the library, making the canopy, having made book display posters, and story time name tags, and so many other fun things for work!

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Getting to Know You

...And a few drawings I did this weekend. I'm doing excellently with my resolution to draw more this year! 
Pictures are James Cagney, Gregory Peck, Grace Kelly.
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 
No.

2. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? 
I like my cursive better.

3. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
I don't really like lunch meat.

4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? 
Yes, and if there were a third me we would all learn the Andrews Sisters songs.

5. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? 
I just sat here for a whole minute trying to think of a sarcastic answer.



6. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Anything that makes my milk chocolate.

7. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Egg soufflĂ© 

8. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Mountain hideaway preferably in the Austrian Alps.

9. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? 
Happy endings.

10. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? 
The Sound of Music



11. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? 
Um, I have 4 shirts on. I'm cold. The outer most is green.

12. SUMMER OR WINTER? 
Winter as long as I don't have to drive in it.

13. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? 
The Bible and An English Governess at the Siamese Court: Being Recollections of Six Years at the Royal Palace of Bankok.

14. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Seattle, WA

15. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? 
I can wiggle my ears and touch my nose with my tongue!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Short And Sweet

Today, or yesterday now, was a little crazy. I was just getting ready to update my blog. Of course as soon as I sat down my dad called and roughly 6,000,000 things happened at once and I had to start cooking supper. It was awesome. Breakfast for supper. That's simple enough, right? 
Well...
I started with the bacon. I cooked it in the oven which I had never done before. Of course the first batch out I tilted the broiler pan (I didn't broil it, that just lets the grease drain really well) and spilled hot grease all over the oven door and just a tiny bit on the element. The drops that hit the element smoked and I stood there frozen for a moment praying they would not catch on fire. I still had to clean up the good amount that spilled on the oven door. I turned off the oven, and turned on the cold water in the sink. I wiped the whole inside of the oven door with wads of paper towels then threw them in the sink under the cold water. My dad got home a few minutes after that incident, at that point I felt safe enough turning the oven back on and cooking the rest of the bacon. No fire ever occurred, thank goodness! Plus I managed to cook the pancakes on a griddle during this whole ordeal without burning them thanks to my lovely brother running into the kitchen when I called for him and flipping the pancakes for me.
Next, I took out a small sauce pan...I perfectly scrambled a dozen eggs in it.
Then, in a frying pan I started cooking scrapple at a slightly higher than recommended temperature. My dad suggested turn the knob exactly to medium instead of just above it. While I was turning the scrapple some grease popped and hit me just above my lip. There's not much of a visible mark but it does still sting a little bit. I was on the verge of tears at that point and my parents soon took over cooking in cast iron instead of all the little stainless pots and pans I was using. It was quite the experience.

Now I'm doing the sleepy head-bob as I type this, so here is a brief update. So far I've worked a little on two resolutions. Drawing and finishing my wips. I posted a picture that I had started drawing to instagram.

.....the next morning:
 I plan on finishing the drawing this weekend. Then no more drawing until all of the works on progress are complete! I finally started working on the NASCAR blanket again. It's a little wavy and off kilter, the blanket itself not just the image, but it should be fine as a blankie!! I think I've just got 16 rows to go!