Monday, June 20, 2011

Behind the Scenes!

Here is the beach at Pleasant Lake, New London, NH. I drew it on my iPad, and it seemed like I was drawing in the dark instead of the bright sunlight. This is because the screen went quite grey in the bright light. So I really couldn't see what I had drawn until I returned home. It is also an odd and challenging art experience because you draw with your finger, which is much broader than the strokes you are making! But it does remind me of finger painting.

Our small lake has one pair of nesting loons, and two chicks born this week. Maybe next week we will venture out in our kayaks to catch a glimpse, maybe. It is important not to disturb the new family.

There will be a 10k run around the lake in July.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Behind the Scenes!

I continue my DRAW-NH! project, drawing all 234 towns in the state. Here I am standing in the road in Marlow. The monument in front of me is unusual because it depicts a soldier from World War l, rather than the Civil War as is common in many towns here.

And my version of the scene. Although I have no aptitude for making three dimensional art, I enjoy looking at and drawing monuments and sculpture of all kinds. I admire the skills of the artists. My paternal grandfather was a stone cutter, brave enough to take hammer and chisel to marble. I spent a lot of time with him and I think my love of stone and sculpture comes from these memories.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Behind the Scenes!

The Rock on Sugarhouse Road

Here is a granite rock, dotted with lichens, and surrounded by ferns. I used to rest by this rock, when huffing my way up the steep road near our house. Now that I am more fit, mainly from striding up this hill, I lean on it no more. But today I drew it. In the background are the rhododendrons, now just coming into bloom, as the lilacs begin to fade. Each bloom is surrounded by flat, shiny leaves.