Monday, June 25, 2007

To Germany

I'm afraid I haven't been very good about drawing recently. My only saving grace is the fact that I doodle on the back of these postcards I send out. Since I know someone is waiting for the postcard I at least get a little drawing done. On another note this person talked about books so I decided to draw my library card. I enjoy it when the person's profile I get has something in it that gives me an idea of something to draw. This person asked for book suggestions.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Where Have All The Bees Gone?

I did this sketch from a blurry photograph I took a few years ago. It's kind of all over the place. It kind of looks like the bee only has two legs. On the other hand I'm pretty happy with the black mixture I achieved. Really I'm happy that I drew anything at all as I've hit a bit of a dry spell. Sometimes it feels as though there's not enough paper in the world to draw everything I want to draw. Other times it feels like I'm artistically brain dead.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Lavender - To Finland

Apparently there are quite a few postcrossers in Finland. This will be the third card I've sent there in my short time as a postcrosser. On this one I did just a quick little doodle of a sprig of lavender.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

To Japan

I definitely prefer the look of a big, bold drawing on the postcards I send out. It's kind of funny but so far all of the postcards I've used take watercolor fairly well. I know I don't have to do the sketches on them but it's fun to send your drawings off into the world. And I know I would be delighted to get one with a little drawing on it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

How to Make Green Beans

I hadn't sketched in a few days. Just couldn't really get going on anything. Made dinner last night which included green beans. Got to thinking about how some people don't know that you've got to doctor up canned veggies. Thus, this sketch, such as it is.

Monday, June 11, 2007

To Australia

A card to Australia. I've received my first card and it was from Dresden, Germany. It's quite fun. I think I'm going to try to focus on sketching one central item on the back of postcards I send out now. I think I like that effect better.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Soft Leather Shoes

This is my first EDM challenge. I'm thinking about starting at the beginning and working my way through. Not on any particular schedule. Just as I need a little extra inspiration or feel like it could be fun. I tried to capture the distressed leather texture of these shoes without doing so much pen work that it felt muddy. Also, I have to say, it was really, really, tempting to pick up a pencil to do this. I'm glad I didn't because if I had, I would have gone straight to that anal-retentive, obsessive place where every line, every shadow has to be exactly perfect. It's not a very fun place. In fact, I'm trying to expatriate from that place.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

To Finland

Here's another postcrossing card I sent off. I don't know if I'll keep posting them here or not. They do have little sketches on them and might be fun to look back on all together someday. Any thoughts?

Monday, June 04, 2007


Over at my parent's house my Mom has put up an oriole feeder. Apparently they are attracted to grape jelly. Who knew? In any case with the help of a bird book I made this little sketch in honor of the visitors showing up over there.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Recipe for an International Postcard

I really enjoyed the act of drawing this one. I got lost in all the little details. It also has a place close to my heart because about a week ago when I went to the post office to pick up these stamps I fainted. At the counter. In front of about 50 people. Someone called an ambulance and the EMTs hooked me up to the heart monitor and blood pressure cuff and it was all very dramatic and I'm sure highly entertaining for the people waiting in line. I went to the E.R. and got checked out and it was just one of those things - nothing serious - I might have a condition where if I stand for too long my blood pressure drops and I pass out. Sounds like the premise of a bad sitcom to me. In any case, now my husband and family relentlessly tease me that I got over excited about the colorful stamps. Now I have the drawing to prove it.