i’m still drawing shells i collected at the santa barbara shore.
how i love walking from butterfly beach to east beach when the tide is low. or from the other end of butterfly one can walk to hammonds or even miramar.
dawn at low tide is my favorite time.
the shells have just tumbled onto the shore and there is no one there to find them.
so.. my sketchbook. just rough scribbles, but they please me.
i just got alphonso dunn’s book PEN & INK DRAWING – A SIMPLE GUIDE. here is a fantastic overview of the book, done by teoh yi chie, another youtube sketching sensation.
a couple of weeks ago i stumbled into alphonso’s very comprehensive drawing videos and in particular a few fabulous videos on crosshatching. the videos are long so i sat with my notebook and made notes while i watched.
i love doing this as it helps to cement the information into my brain better than just watching alone without making reference notes.
for some months now i’ve not been interested in pen & ink drawing, but now, thanks to alphonso, i find myself getting excited about it again.
these roses would make lovely studies in ink dontcha think?
my garden is filling me with rapture at present. the roses are full and heavy. everything under the sun is blossoming.
growing and spreading.
massive pruning and weeding is in order, but i think i’d rather be drawing.
in other unrelated news:
do you watch nashville? were you as shocked as i was about what happened to rayna? yeah, i know that episode aired in late february, but i just now caught up. love that series, both the music and the cast…but WOW. don’t follow that link if you’re a slowpoke like me and haven’t finished the season yet.
there was also quite the shocker in the durrells in corfu. yes, i know. i was behind in that one also. i’m considering reading the trilogy from the 1950’s written by gerald durell to keep me from missing them too much while i wait for season 2 to arrive. if you’ve read them i’ll expect to hear from you!
speaking of trilogies, i’ve begun the elena ferrante books starting with my brilliant friend. her neopolitan novels center around “the lifelong friendship between two women.” i’m listening, not reading because…
i was roped into one of those audible memberships and besides i’ve got too many other things to read read like faithful place by tana french. i’m on the 3rd book in the dublin murder squad series, oh yeah!
fill me in on your goings on. inquiring minds and all that jazz. embellish if you have to. i love a good story.