Monday, 22 August 2016

Sketching and a day trip

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted.  I've been busy with more house decorating after deciding to carry the black, grey, and white accents from my bedroom throughout the rest of the house.  This meant a couple more, very quick abstract paintings and some coats of paint on some ornaments.  I've also been taking Andrea Joseph's Sketchbook Skool class - Creative Hand Lettering. I'm enjoying the class so much and I've already learned some new techniques which I'm very happy about.  I did this class mainly because I want to add a bit more pizzazz to the pages in my illustrated journals.  Some illustrated pages can seem plain and boring but creative lettering will take them to a more interesting level. I look forward to experimenting more.

In a recent blog post, Liz Steel talks about being satisfied with simple sketches which is something I need to do.  Below is a quick pen sketch I did on our trip to Wellington Point yesterday.  I tried to keep it very loose and simple which is very hard to do considering I'm pedantic about details.


And with a splash of watercolour 

I'm late again for Sunday Sketches but linking up anyways. 
To see the work of other participants for this week, click HERE.

Some of my letter play this past week 


And some pics from our trip to Wellington Point yesterday. 
It's one of our favourite family spots.  
The weather was perfect!


I have walked this jetty many times
and it is a part of memories I hold very dear.

The beach side of the point

The sea-breezes are perfect for paragliders

And part of a walking trail that we discovered after all these years.
That's Bradley, my eldest child who recently turned 33...
goodness, where have the years gone???

The Moreton Bay Fig trees are beautiful! 
These ones sit just up behind the beach.

I'll be back soon to share some pics of my abstract paintings...

Have a beautiful week!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sketchbook: Every Day Matters challenges

A quick post for today...

I managed a few pen and watercolour sketches this week

more Every Day Matters challenges 

#2 - Draw a Lamp
This lamp has been through quite a few changes over the years 
to fit in with chosen colours and themes of the moment.
A coat of paint and a change in lamp shade
has really worked some magic over the years. 


#3 - Draw a wallet 
For a while now, 
I have kept all my important cards in an RFID card holder 
so I was able to downsize my wallet to a simple purse-style. 
Much more convenient.


#3 - Draw a mug
My regular mug is quite plain
so I opted to draw my owl mug. 


I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches from England this week.
To see the work of other participants this week, check HERE

Monday, 1 August 2016

Sketchbook: My Birkenstock dilemma

Happy 1st of the month to you! 

My sketch this week for Sunday Sketches is late, sorry. 
I figure it's still Sunday somewhere in the world so I hope it's okay.

Birkenstock sandal in A6 sketchbook 
sketched freehand with a Platinum carbon fountain pen.

You can check out the other participants for this week HERE.

I bought my Birks over two years ago 
at a time when I was suffering with very painful feet. 
I thought that Birks might help due to their design and they surely did. 
They are a very comfortable shoe to wear 
more due to their design rather than what they are made of.


I was then faced with a dilemma when
I became a vegan just over a year later

what to do with my Birkenstocks?! 

My Birks were already quite worn
so it's not like I could have donated them to charity. 
I didn't feel right about throwing them out either 
because I felt that was somehow 
dishonouring the life that once was.
So as some vegans do with their pre-vegan items, 
I opted to keep the sandals until they are completely worn out.

Every time I wear them
I acknowledge with love and respect 
the life that once was.

I recently had my first year vegan anniversary and
I am still fully committed to my vegan lifestyle.

I am also happy to report that  
VEGAN Birkenstock sandals are available 
should I decide to get another pair in the future. YAY!!!

What is a vegan? - "A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals."
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