Friday, May 22, 2015

Every Day in May #20—my wallet

I decided to buy a bird feeder a few days ago not knowing I would end up feeding the neighborhood. So many beautiful colorful birds, fascinating to watch and they are very hungry. I realized I was filling the feeder every other day so now a 40 pound bag of bird seed is taking up valuable closet space...
Several days behind, again...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Every Day in May #19

Every Day in May #19—a cupcake
Delicious Gluten-Free chocolate coconut cupcakes for my wonderful Gluten-Free friend Elizabeth from the delectable Gluten-Free Bam Bam Bakery in Portland Maine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Every Day in May—#14, #15 & #18

Every Day in May #18—Lipstick
I never leave the house without wearing lipstick. I even brought lipstick on the 500 mile "Camino de Santiago" walk across Spain. Every morning, for 32 days, I would pull on my boots, hoist a pack on my back, apply my bright red lipstick and set forth on another days adventure. It truly was a Buen Camino!

Every day in May #15—Something I would give/throw away
I bought these shoes for an event a year ago. I keep them because the are so darn cute, but frankly I can’t even get beyond the front door. Extremely high heel, extremely pointy toe and extremely painful.
I have been dragging this bracelet around since sometime in the nineties. Big gaudy rhinestones on a big fake gold band. Did I really wear this…
They are both—OUT!

Every Day in May #14—Something I use everyday
My keys with the "carabiner organizing system" that makes perfect me...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Every Day in May #9, #11 and #13

Every Day in May #13—The last thing I bought
Beautiful bracelets handmade in Maine by "The Ropes".
Colorful and fun to wear especially with my grandmother's gold chain bracelet. Each piece is made from elements of the working waterfront—authentic marine ropes, dock line and hardware. I love them!!!

Every Day in May #11—A hat, cap or headgear

This fabric scrunchie is "running headgear". It is made from brightly colored 1/2" fabric strips knotted onto an elastic band which took hours to make. I twist it around my hair and wear it when I run.

Every Day in May #9—something with an interesting label
Neighbors Meghan Tippit Gaven and her husband own the The Honey Exchange in Portland Maine. Their business is like a “ Honey Bee Hub” supporting local beekeepers who sell their honey, beeswax products, and other products of the hive and educating all of us about the importance of honey bees for the planet. We have hives here in Willard Beach tucked into fruitful “ bee friendly” backyards around the hood. I was given a precious jar of “Ocean Breeze Honey Bees” honey. Raw and unfiltered it crystallized in my honey bear container, but as the jars says, just heat it up and it is delicious!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Every Day in May #7—an envelope

It is not easy keeping up with a daily challenge even though there is a list. What about when you can’t figure out how to draw the seemingly uninteresting subject for that day…

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Every Day in May #6—something with bristles

This designer travel version of my beloved Sonic electric toothbrush goes with me when ever I leave home. It went with me to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the 500 miles across Spain on the Camino de Santiago. I'm pretty sure I was one of the only ones with an electric tooth brush on both adventures.

Every Day in May #5—something hot

My sister, niece and I love these rose scented candles. They are inexpensive so we have them burning in all the rooms—Love them!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Every Day in May #4—bottles of herbs or spices

Bottled and herbal, my favorite Coconut infused Balsamic Vinegar from Le Roux kitchen. I love going in and sampling the olive oils and vinegars—delish!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Every Day in May #2 & #3

Every Day in May #3—Curtains
I've gotten behind...stumped by curtains. I mentioned this to a friend and she suggested prayer flags. I happened to have and hung them on my shutters. 
Day #4...I'm on it...

Every Day in May #2—draw a tree
Sometimes things just turn out a mess…like this Magnolia tree and Forsythia which are pretty much the only things blooming in Maine. But it’s a sketch a day and as Scarlett O’Hara said "After all, tomorrow is another day” ...and another sketch.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Every Day in May #1—Favorite Food

Every year, I attempt the "Every Day in May” sketch challenge except last year when my challenge was to walk every day in May across Spain… 
It is clearly a challenge to draw and post everyday, but the list makes it easier because the drawing subject is already decided. It's great fun to be part of a daily worldwide drawing community as I sit here in Maine watching spring finally unfold.
So here I go again. Every Day in May #1—Favorite Food
Now what tree should I draw tomorrow...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Tucson Desert Museum"

A few weeks ago, I spent a warm weekend drawing in the Saguaro National Park with my good friend the talented Donna Campbell McMenamin. Now I am back in Maine where we can’t seem to shake the grips of winter. Still cold and I'm wearing a parka. Remembering those lovely warm desert days.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A pilgrim friend

There are many reasons for walking the Camino de Santiago, yet I don’t completely understand the one real reason or its meaning and impact on one's life. That is the question I continue to discuss with a Canadian pilgrim friend I met on the Camino, almost a year later.
Maybe someday I will figure it out…

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tools of my new trade

I have temporarily given up my drawing and painting tools for hammers, screwdrivers and drills as my sister and I have been proudly using the garage full of tools we inherited from our beloved late father to do renovations on our mom’s new home. My sister and I looked at each other and said "we can do this” and we have. 
We have installed all new light fixtures, dimmer switches, all new door handles, towel bars and the largest, heaviest TV on the planet onto a wall after finding the studs and screwing in the giant 3” bolts with the longest drill bit I have ever seen…and then we started on the unfriendly Arizona landscape…ouch!
Maybe someday I will draw again…

"The Donna McMenamin Collection"

After a day out in the desert, we spent the evening in Donna's studio drawing, painting and wandering through her extensive art library. A perfect day for two sketching friends.
Donna has more pens and brushes that anyone...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nola the Rhino

Daily sketches 2015—
Sketched Nola, one of the few Northern White Rhinos left on the planet in between working on another portrait illustration for a commercial client. I can't seem to get the latest headshot right, so the are many reversions of initial sketches blanketing the floor around my desk...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

"For the love of dogs"

I started drawing the Westminster dog show last week...then winter got in the way. I picked it up to work on it today between other stuff, but it had been awhile. I think that cute French Bulldog with the polka dots should have won...
Dog drawing so donated to Best Friends Animal Society whose mission is to save them all.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thank you Danny Gregory

Snowed in again—but look what landed on my doorstep.
After many years of a career in advertising, I knew there was something missing in the feeding and caring of my creative spirit. So in 2007, I bought a sketchpad and a pen and started to draw—I was terrible!!! Looking for some guidance and inspiration I walked out of a local bookstore with “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory and read it cover to cover that day. He inspired me to make daily drawing part of my life. Thank you Danny Gregory for inspiring this “everyday life sketcher”.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More snow and another blizzard...

I have been back in Maine for 3 weeks and we have had about 6 feet of snow. They are predicting more snow this weekend—possibly 12-18 inches and bitter cold—I’m so over this!!! 
Between shoveling and working I try to sketch, but I find I am very distracted. So next to my project, I put a piece of paper and sketched things laying around on my work table. 
That's it...except for more shoveling...

Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Un-Dogly Socks Rock"

Mom returned the silly boots that made we walk funny and freeze in my tracks and replaced them with these stripy gripper socks. After a first failed attempt when they ended up strewn along the sidewalk, mom secured them with her hairbands and now they work great. I can walk and run along without limping from the pain infused into my paws by this “un-dogly" cold weather. 
We are so over winter...and white Gouache!!!
We missed a few—time to donate to Best Friends Animal Society whose mission is to save them all.