Wednesday, September 23, 2009

#21 Draw Something Old Antique or Vintage

This is my room when I stay at Bald Knob Farm House in Sparta, North Carolina. The home is an old farmhouse and everything in it is antique. The farmhouse sits in the middle of acres of Christmas trees and each time we have visited the weather has been perfect. I love sitting in the bed and just looking at the view around the room and having "girl talk".

Stayed there two years in a row because we (my girl cousins) couldn't seem to get enough of it!

Drawing in bed has it's own advantages and disadvantages as you can imagine!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

#139 Draw Something With a Handle

This is a great bag! Not as big as a book bag. Bigger than a purse and wears like a backpack. Pockets for all your stuff and sturdy! I always seem to have what I want when I carry this bag. For example - I had my sketchbook and pen while I waited in the dentist office for my Mom.

Love this bag! Not unhappy with the drawing either. LOL

Monday, September 21, 2009

#54 Draw Something You Love

The top corner of this page was an excercise in getting the right side of your brain working. Sometimes a short warm up helps me get over the "white page" thing. It certainly didn't hurt. This particular EDM Challenge was to draw something you love and I do love flowers of all kinds.

This drawing was done earlier but not posted and since I got home late tonight and had family here, I didn't have time to do anything new. The family included Mom and she brought me soup and pie. I just added had sandwiches and we had a wonderful meal. Love is good.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

#37 Draw Some Keys

#37 Draw Some Keys
Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
The Every Day Matters group really reminds me that - everyday does really matter! And what better way to celebrate that than by recording small moments of my life in a sketch. I don't do this everyday - as much as I wish I did. I finally decided that the more pressure I put on myself to do something "everyday" the more likely I am to put it off.

I am really good at procrastination - EVERYDAY! HA!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sand and Sea

Sand and Sea
Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
Raining. We need it - but that doesn't stop me from wanting to stick my toes in the sand!

One of the things I loved about living at the beach all those many years, was being able to sit on the beach and relax when things in life got stressful. The sound of the surf and the gulls were quieting. Looking at something at awesome as the surf rolling in tends to remind you to not sweat the small stuff and let God handle the rest.

Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

#233 Your Favorite Drink

WOW! How can I be this frazzled and worn out. I must be way too out of shape. I think I need to drink the coffee rather than draw it! Tomorrow is staff development at school so at least I can sit some of the day and not be on my feet. The weather and my knee are giving me a fit!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

#104 Draw a Salt & Pepper Shaker

Since I seem to be overwhelmed with a lack of time right now, I am going to try just drawing/painting something/anything daily. Maybe trying to make a painting that I liked everyday was just too much pressure to start with.

This little contour line drawing was done at Chili's while I waited for my girl cousins to come and celebrate one of their birthdays. Had a great time and a tiny piece of art to show for my time!

Monday, September 14, 2009

#1 Draw a Shoe

#1 Draw a Shoe
Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
Today I was teaching my 5th grade students to draw from life using their shoe. It had to have laces and if they didn't have one, I keep a box of old tennis shoes in my room just for this purpose. I remembered that the first EDMs challenge was to draw a shoe so after school, I took time to finish what I started. I LOVE drawing with my kids. Watching them "get it" is awesome!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Forest Scene

Forest Scene
Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
This small (4x6) forest scene was done from a photo reference using watercolor on hot press watercolor paper. The details in the trees were added with colored pencil. It seems that I am always short on time - I'm sure this is a problem many of us suffer :o). My home is surrounded by trees and I would rather be outside trying to capture the beauty I see there. Getting home at dark from teaching school doesn't lend itself to painting from life. As nice as that would be, doing something is better than...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Daily Practice

Inlet Scene
Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
This small inlet sketch (4x6) was done after school today. It's hard for me to stop and try to create after teaching all day. I tend to want to finish up my day and stop. Not what I need to do!

I have so many online friends that create everyday. I don't know how they do it, but I am always please to see what they have done when I finally sit down at the end of my day. I know part of that is just discipline and that seems to be one of the places I am lacking. I am going to work on that! And in multiple areas!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Originally uploaded by Connie Vickers
I saw this stringy blue/violet flower on my way out of the drive this morning. Beautiful. Pulled off a piece of it as I came back in to add to my journal. By the time I could get in into the house, the flowers were folding up. Nothing I could do changed that fact. I looked through my North Carolina wildflowers book and finally decided that it must be an Astor. Opposing leaves, star-like petals, multiple varieties...Maybe...Maybe Not...

I felt I caught the feeling of the flower if not the detail. I gave myself an "atta-girl" for at least doing something!