I Love What Is!

Hi again. To those of you who have been following my sketch posts and encouraging me with your comments, either here or on Facebook, thank you!! Knowing that even just a few people actually take the time to read what I write here and/or enjoy my sketches enough to comment is very encouraging to me, so really, my sincere thanks! πŸ™‚

This past week has been a super busy, but a really fun and wonderful week! Between running errands, hosting my book club meeting, attending my local art society’s Open Studio and then closing the week with a 2 day personal growth workshop, I’m not sure how I managed to keep up with my daily sketching, but I did . . . and this post now catches me up to date, so hopefully I won’t fall behind in blogging again.

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In this sketch, I wanted to try and capture an elderly look . . . but I think it doesn’t work so well when you don’t use a reference photo! LOL

DSC 119 – from imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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In this sketch I was trying to get a translucent effect with the veil, but again, without a ref photo, it really didn’t work so well. And her eyes! UGH! LOL

DSC 120 – from imagination – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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This was a little better, using a photo of my daughter as ref.

DSC 121 – from my own ref – graphite and white charcoal in 7.75β€³ x 9.75β€³ Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook.

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I happened to be in the area that day, so decided to take a little detour to the old Notre Dame cemetery, which is where most of my relatives are buried. Being old and Catholic, the cemetery has a lot of religious statuary. It’s also got a lot of squirrels and crows and very quiet lanes lined with really beautiful old trees.

A tree-lined lane in one of the less lonely parts of the cemetery.

A tree-lined lane in one of the less lonely parts of the cemetery.

I really don’t know why, but despite the somewhat neglected and desolate feel to it, I never get a sense of creepiness from this cemetery, and it has long been one of my very favourite places to visit and just spend quiet time sketching. After a quick “hello” to my Mom and Dad, I parked myself in front of this statue (I literally parked the car in front of it, as it was a bit too chilly to sketch outside that day), and played with my watercolours. It was hard to resist the urge to overwork her, but I think I managed . . . and I ended up very pleased with my results. πŸ™‚

DSC 122 – from life – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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I used one of the photos I snapped of one of the tree-lined lanes as a ref for my sketch the following day. I went a bit crazy snapping photos of the statuary, so I’m sure lots of stone angels will be popping up in my future sketches. πŸ˜€

DSC 123 – from my own ref – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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It was an absolutely gorgeous, sunny and fairly warm day on Saturday, but I was inside most of the day attending a workshop hosted by Unity Spiritual Centre Ottawa and given by Martha Creek, called “Loving What Is”, based on The Work, by Byron Katie. In a nutshell, the workshop teaches that “Pain is inevitable . . . but suffering is optional!” Such a simple truth! It was really an amazing, fun, and thought-provoking workshop that I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend!! Definitely worth spending the beautiful day inside for!

Me and Flirt

Me and my sweet little joy angel, Flirt.

That same day, after supper, it was still so beautiful out that hubby and I took Flirt for a walk down by the river, where I sat for a little bit to sketch a man who was fishing from the shore.

DSC 124 – from life – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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On Sunday, the local Ottawa Urban Sketchers group that I belong to attended the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Open Dress Rehearsal, where they had the opportunity to sketch the conductor and musicians as they rehearsed. I’d really hoped to make it, but as it turned out, part 2 of my workshop was continued on Sunday, so I wasn’t able to go. I look very forward though to attending the next time! So, instead of the musicians I’d hoped to sketch live yesterday, I used the photos I’d taken of the crows I saw at the cemetery for these little watercolour sketches. They were very fun and relaxing to do and I was super pleased with how they turnedΒ  out.

DSC 125 – from my own refs – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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I’m almost done my Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal — only two more pages to fill! So I will be talking about my new sketchbooks in my next blog post, (hopefully) next Monday. Have a beautiful week! πŸ™‚

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