A Milestone!

Yesterday was my 35th wedding anniversary! πŸ™‚ I guess in today’s world, Hubby and I are a bit of a rarity. My best girlfriend (who was also my maid of honour —Β  and has been married as many years as me) teased me about my 35 years of wedded “bliss”! We had a pretty good eye roll chuckle over that one! For those not yet married, just a heads up: marriage is anything BUT bliss! LOL At least, my marriage certainly has not been what I would ever have called “blissful”! It’s been one growth-inspiring challenge after another . . . challenges that have taken a fair share of serious hard work , teeth-gritting determination, indulgent blind-eye-turning, along with plenty of mutual tolerance, acceptance, patience, understanding, trust, forgiveness, respect, laughter and a deep, abiding love to overcome.Β  No, I definitely would not call my marriage “blissful” . . . but I certainly do think of it as a joy and a blessing, and am so very grateful for the partner I share my life with πŸ™‚

That was then . . . this is now.

Anyway . . . that’s my excuse for being a day late with my weekly sketch post . . . because I spent yesterday in wedded “bliss” with hubby (who is, thankfully, mostly recovered from his kidney infection)! πŸ˜€ So, on to my drawings from last week . . .

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No idea where this came from . . . but it was fun to draw, and coming up with a haiku to fit was also fun.

DSC 133 – from imagination – graphite in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

Alien creatures
observe us curiously.
They find us so strange!

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I don’t know why I persist in trying to do roses from my imagination instead of using a reference! LOL

DSC 134 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

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A couple of weeks ago, Hubby discovered a beautiful patch of woodlands secreted in the heart of the city. Known as Mud Lake, the area is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and birds, and is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Sleepy little Screech Owl – photo Β© Vee Robillard, used with permission.

We went for a walk around Mud Lake one early morning and were lucky enough to see this sleepy little screech owl hidden up high in a tree. He was barely visible in his hidey-hole! We also saw a huge wild tom turkey! I’m sure he’ll end up in my sketchbook some day.

DSC 135 – from a photo by hubby – graphite in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

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On another day, we took the dog for a walk down by the nearby river and got to see so many fuzzy new goslings watched over by their very protective parents.

goslings

Sunlit Goslings

I was lucky enough to find a picnic table to settle myself down comfortably to sketch as the sun went down over the water.

We stayed long enough to see the spectacular sunset.Β My pale little watercolour doesn’t come close to capturing the stunning colours we witnessed that evening.

DSC 136 – from life – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

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This was a bit of an experiment using my Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground for the white areas in this sketch. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but the ground gives a lovely raised texture.

DSC 137 – from imagination – watercolour and white watercolour ground in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

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More watercolour experimentation.

DSC 138 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

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And my final sketch from the past week is probably my fave, a crow, from one of the photos I took while at Mud Lake.

DSC 139 – from my own ref – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8.5β€³ Stillman & Birn Alphas series sketchbook.

Crow sits in the sun
beautiful shades of night
in bright light of day

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I will very likely be late next week with my blog post, as Hubby and I are going out of town this coming weekend to visit friends and likely won’t be back til next Tuesday. It’s still been quite chilly here in Ottawa, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be much warmer by the time we’re back. Have a wonderful, creative week! πŸ™‚

2 comments to A Milestone!

  • Happy Anniversary!! 35 years is beyond amazing to me, I only made it to 10.5 years! Anyway…what a great place you discovered for sketching, I’d love to sit and sketch with you, too bad we are so far apart! Have fun on your mini-vacation!!

  • Thanks so much, Kathryn! I honestly have no idea how we made it 35 years! I think we’re both just too stubborn to give up! LOL Oh yes…I wish we were closer too…would be SO fun to go out on sketching adventures together! πŸ˜€