Tuesday, March 31, 2009

EDM #16 - Draw a favorite tool

If you have ever gone on a long run and experienced
pain from a toe nail, this can be a favorite tool.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

EDM #70 - Draw what you're afraid of.

I drew this because it was on the list. Fear it... respect it.... I actually feel a little sad for the poor black widow spider. I have seen a few on our property and have immediately gotten rid of it.
I can see no good reason to allow it to live and multiply.

Fatalities caused by bites from Black Widows are rare,
but do cause swelling and discomfort and a physicians treatment is highly
recommended since a certain segment of the
population is more susceptible to the venom than others.

Friday, March 27, 2009

EDM #34 - Draw a fall leaf

(For Mrs. Henry Mills Alden)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer

EDM #29 - Draw something architectural

Here's a logo Ive done using a Victorian ornamental gable piece in the design.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

EDM #55 - Draw a doorknob, plain or fancy

I did not realize it at the time, but the years that I spent growing up in an old Victorian home had a tremendous impact on the way I see design. Even the door knobs in our old house were works of art! I created this door knob art using some of the design elements from our old house.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Every Day Matters List of Items to Draw...

Just in case you would like to do your own (EDM) drawings, this is the list I am following.

1 - Draw a shoe
2 - Draw a desk lamp or other lamp
3 - Purses, Wallets or Bags
4 - Draw your mug or cup
5 - Draw your bed
6 - Draw your favorite well-loved object ... or a childhood toy
7 - Draw a bottle, jar or tin from the kitchen
8 - Draw your watch or other piece of jewelry
9 - Draw a bit of "organized chaos" - your messy desk, your table stacked with books, etc.
10 - Draw your hand or hands (or someone elses if you like)
11 - Draw your glasses or sunglasses
12 - Draw what you ate for dinner
13 - Draw your telephone (land line, cell, old-fashioned?)
14 - Draw what you see in the morning when you get up
15 - Draw a tree or trees, leaves or branches
16 - Draw a favorite tool
17 - Draw a musical instrument
18 - Draw the view from a window of your house, apartment, office, etc.
19 - Draw something you've made
20 - Draw something "Dad" - in honor of Fathers Day
21 - Draw something old, antique or vintage
22 - Draw a piece of clothing
23 - Draw your foot
24 - Draw a piece of fruit
25 - Draw a glass (the kind you drink from)
26 - Draw anything you like. If you want to draw a vegetable, that's fine, too.
27 - Draw a book or anything else you want.
28 - Draw an appliance or anything else you like.
29 - Draw something architectural or anything else.
30 - Draw a chair or anything else you feel like.
31 - Draw something you collect
32 - Draw something metallic
33- Draw an eye
34 - Draw a fall leaf
35 - Draw a bicycle or a part of one
36 - Draw out in public
37 - Draw some keys
38 - Draw something related to Halloween, All Souls Day, Dia de los Muertos, All Saints, etc.
38 - month long challenge until end of November 2005 - draw at a museum
39 - Draw your toothbrush
40 - Draw something with folds
41 - Draw a landmark of your city
42 - Draw something you are thankful for
43 - Draw something china or ceramic
44 - Draw an animal - a pet, a zoo animal, a stuffed one ...
45 - Draw your medicine cabinet (the inside of it)
46 - Draw something holiday themed (Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, winter solstice)
47 - Draw a challenge from the past year 1-46 that you didn't try before
48 - Draw something that represents your new year's goal or resolution
49 - Draw your refrigerator interior (and contents) or exterior (and what's on the door)
50 - Draw your home's entryway and journal your thoughts and feelings about "homecoming."
51 - Draw your TV and favorite show playing. Journal about why you like that show etc.
52 - Draw a dog (yours or a friends or anyone's) and journal about your dog relationships.
53 - Draw a mouth and journal about speaking out or holding one's tongue ...
54 - Draw someone or something you love - and journal about it.
55 - Draw a doorknob, plain or fancy
56 - Draw a self portrait
57 - Draw a picture frame and the picture in it. Write about why it's special to you.
58 - Draw a hat, cap or other headgear. is it sentimental? Write about it.
59 - Draw a sign or spring (or fall if you live in the southern hemisphere.)
60 - Draw an automobile or a part of one
61 - Draw a grouping of 2 or more of similar objects
62 - Draw a previous challenge in a different medium than you usually use.
63 - Go on a nature walk, pick up items, draw what you find
64 - Draw your sink - at home, work or wherever
65 - Draw your nose, a friend's or a strangers. Or a pet's.
66 - Draw a fire hydrant and make a journal entry about fire fighters
67 - Draw something Mom - your mother, something that reminds you of motherhood. Journal, too.
68 - Draw your computer
69 - Draw a beverage and write a little about it.
70 - Draw what you're afraid of. Write about it, if you dare.
71 - Draw something representing your favorite sport.
72 - Draw somewhere new. Go somewhere new to you and draw what you find. Write about it, too.
73 - Draw a mailbox and write about the most important piece of real world mail you've ever received(not email - snail mail.)
74 - Draw some clouds and write about them
75 - Draw the ingredients and/or process of a favorite recipe - and journal about it.
76 - Draw some flowers (or colorful showy foliage if you're in the S. hemisphere and don't find flowers in bloom.)
77 - Draw something cold or cool. Chill, people.
78 - Draw a souvenir of a place you've been. journal a bit about your memories of the place.
79 - Draw an ear, or two or three or more
80 - Draw something that makes you happy, and write about it, too.
81 - Draw a streetlight
82 - Draw your artspace - drawing board, desk, studio, table - draw where you create.
83 - Draw a nearby body of water - ocean, lake, pond, river
84 - Draw some bread and write about it if you like.
85 - Draw a store in your neighborhood - inside, outside or both.
86 - Draw a traffic sign
87 - Draw your lunch and journal about it.
88 - Draw something breezy - something that blows in the wind - a flag, leaves, your choice...
89 - Draw a button or buttons
90 - Draw something with wings
91 - Draw an apple
92 - Draw a brown paper bag
93 - Draw an egg carton, with or without eggs in it.
94 - Draw a spoon and journal a little about it
95 - Draw a holiday card
96 - Draw something sweet
97 - Draw a present you have received. Why is it special?
98 - Free choice. Draw anything you like. We're all busy before the holidays.
99 - Draw something that represents a new years resolution of yours
100 - Draw or paint a landscape
101 - Draw a bar of soap
102 - Draw a power plug
103 - Draw some exercise equipment you use.
104 - Draw some salt and pepper shakers
105 - Draw some scissors
106 - Draw something tart or sour
107 - Draw how you get your news
108 - Draw a light bulb or several
109 - Draw a clock you have around the house
110 - Draw something with a flame or flames
111- Draw a bowl
112 - Draw something fresh
113 - Draw a fence and write about fences in your life
114 - Draw something ugly that you love and keep for sentimental reasons.
115 - Draw a shopping cart or basket
116 - Draw something green
117 - Draw something round
118 - Draw hair or something with hair
119 - Draw some rocks
120 - Draw a flashlight
121 - Draw some coins and journal about youthful memories regarding coins
122 - Draw something that includes shade as a part of the picture.
123 - Draw a bell
124 - Draw something yellow
125 - Draw a bird or birds
126 - Draw a sponge
127 - Draw a skyscape
128 - Draw a view through a doorway from one interior room to another
129 - Draw people doing something
130 - Draw some school supplies.
131 - Draw a spray bottle
132 - Draw a chain
133 - Draw a peach
134 - Draw a familiar person place or thing, but from an unusual angle
135 - Draw a salad
136 - Draw something that's alive
137 - Draw something you can turn on or off
138 - Draw something soft
139 - Draw something with a handle
140 - Draw an envelope
141 - Draw something with bristles
142 - Draw something hot
143 - Draw an herb or spice
144 - Draw something square
145 - Draw a fall tree
146 - Draw a favorite food
147 - Draw or paint something made of wood
148 - Draw or paint something soothing
149 - Draw a broom
150 - Draw a candle or candles
151 - Free choice
152 - Draw a nut
153 - Draw something in a plastic wrapper
154 - Draw or paint a lemon and journal about lemon memories
155 - Draw some steps
156 - Draw a sandwich
157 - Draw a towel
158 - Draw a kernel of popped popcorn
159 - Draw a favorite cooking tool
160 - Draw a trophy
161 - Draw something you think smells wonderful
162 - Draw your breakfast
163 - Draw a deck of cards
164 - Draw a camera
165 - Draw the front of your house, apartment bldg., condo, dorm, townhouse
166 - Draw a fish
167 - Draw something that needs fixing
168 - Draw your daily newspaper
169 - Draw a piece of cake
170 - Draw a zipper
171 - Draw some ice cream
172 - Draw something that sparkles
173 - Draw something from memory
174 - Draw a bridge
175 - Draw a basket and what it holds
176- Draw something summer
177- Draw a flag
178 - Draw something red
179- Draw an onion
180 - Draw something in your favorite color
181 - Draw a trash or garbage can.
182 - Draw a truck
183 - Draw something dangerous
184 - Draw a park bench or other outside bench
185 - Draw a cat
186 - Draw something you've always wanted
187 - Draw a fan
188 Draw a peanut in or out of the shell
189 - Draw a shaver or razor
190 - Draw your palette or selection of colors
191 - Draw some paper money
192 - Draw something that floats
193 - Draw a closeup part of something
194 - Draw a baked potato
195 - Draw a fork
196 - Draw a rope
197 - Draw a remote
198 - Draw some noodles
199 - Draw a toe
200 - Draw something lucky

EDM #33- Draw an eye

EDM #13 - Draw your telephone (land line, cell, old-fashioned?)

It's been amazing to me to witness the rise of the telephone. I would have never been able to guess that the phone/cell phone would have such a dominant place in our lives in today's culture. I admit that I am not a huge fan of the phone. I would still rather talk to someone in person if at all possible. Still, phones are pretty cool to draw.

Friday, March 20, 2009

EDM #39 - Draw your toothbrush

Looks like tooth brushing time got a little messy.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Little Girl at Computer Giveaway

This was drawn from a photo I took during one of our computer giveaways to first graders.
She was in the background sitting in this wonderful pose.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

EDM #131 - Draw a Spray Bottle

Razor II

Just a follow-up illustration from the quick sketch on Saturday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

EDM #189 - Draw a shaver or razor

This is a 1960 safety razor I purchased on Ebay. I was pretty excited about getting and maybe a little nervous about nicking and cutting my face with this OLD technology razor. It was not so bad. I have yet to seriously injure myself and the cost of the blades are a lot less than buying blades for the newer quad blade gimmicky razors of today.

EDM #102 - Draw a power plug

I am not sure how many of these power plug adapters we have in our house, but I buy them several at a time because out older home does not have the three prong outlets.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Millard Fuller Celebration

Another in a series of drawings to celebrate the life work of (Habitat for Humanity founder) Millard Fuller.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

EDM Sketch #67 - a quick sketch of mom

67 - Draw something Mom - your mother,
something that reminds you of motherhood. Journal, too.

My mom is an incredible inspiration in my life. She is ALWAYS making sure that others are OK and has always shown me what it means to live a life of love and to serve others. Her love and kindness will forever guide my way of thinking and be a part of who I am.

Statue of Liberty - A work in Progress

Monday, March 9, 2009

Every Day Matters item #37 - Draw Some Keys

Keys are pretty important on my list of every day items. This particular set of keys is especially important to me - at least the key fob that is holding the keys. My sister Rox gave this to me as a gift. She bought this in Ireland in 2001. Rox passed away from cancer in Dec 2008.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

President Harry S. Truman

At different points in his presidency, Truman earned both the highest and the lowest public approval ratings that had ever been recorded. Despite negative public opinion during his term in office, popular and scholarly assessments of his presidency became more positive after his retirement from politics and the publication of Truman's memoirs. Truman's legendary upset victory in 1948 over Thomas E. Dewey is routinely invoked by underdog presidential candidates. Truman has been consistently ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents.
Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Friday, March 6, 2009

Angel in the Rain

This angel statue is located at Springwood cemetery in Greenville, SC.
The photo was taken on a rainy day in late December 1997.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Statue of Liberty - 001

This is a practice drawing for a larger drawing I will be doing.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

214 Belmont

Here's another pen and ink from 1983 in Greenville, SC. I was 22 years old and sketching every day for a few dollars. It was like boot camp for artists. It was very difficult to make ends meet, but I would not trade the experience for any other.

Paradise Lost... at 16 years old

I was 16 years old when I painted this scene for my 9th grade biology class. I was obviously influenced by some of the songs of the day. Remember the lyrics to this Joni Mitchell song? " They paved paradise and put up a parking lot...."

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

EDM Challenge #2 - Draw a Lamp

I try hard to get a sketch in every evening. Last night was a little more difficult than usual. We had no electricity in our house, so I sketched the blue lantern I used to light the kitchen while I listened to my battery-powered radio.