Sunday, March 15, 2009

March 15, 2009

Anthony and I went for a date today to Chapters and had a Starbucks' treat each. I had a berry chai infusion tea and a lemon poppy seed cake loaf and Anthony had the new coffee blend and an oatmeal cookie. It was a lovely afternoon.

I messed up the saying on the back of my coffee cup. This is what it should have said:

When I was young I was misled by flash cards into believing that xylophones and zebras were much more common.
-- Amy-Elyse Neer (Starbucks customer)

On Anthony's cup it said:

The manual arts have always taken precedence over the fine arts. Remember somebody had to build a ceiling before Michelangelo could go to work.
-- John Ratzenberger (Actor)

Friday, March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009 (EDM# 86 & 178)

EDM # 178 - Draw something red
EDM # 86 - Draw a traffic sign
EDM # 54 - Draw someone you love

I drew the above stop sign while waiting for Anthony. I was picking him up from work, again, as I had the vehicle again.

The inset was later in the evening. We were watching Double Indemnity on TCM and Anthony fell asleep.

I just uploaded a my latest portrait in my regular blog. Please take a look there, or go to my ArtWanted site or my regular website.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March 11, 2009 DSDF Week 25-26 Challenge - Sushi

I had the vehicle today so I drew the above when I went to pick up Anthony and was waiting for him after work. This is from inside the vehicle in the waiting area. Anthony works as a clinical laboratory technologist in the virology laboratory for London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) St. Joseph's Hospital Campus (SJHC).

I saw that the Different Strokes from Different Folks challenge was to draw a sushi reference photo. I really don't have time right now to do a detailed drawing, but I like sushi and and I liked the reference photo so I thought I would attempt it. It is done very quickly (about 15 minutes or so) with pen, ink, and coloured pencil (Koh-I-Noor Woodless). It was a fun little sketch. If I have time before the deadline, I may try a more detailed version (but I am not holding my breath).

Monday, March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009

Later tonight I went to Williams Coffee Pub to meet with my friend Patti for a coffee. Her son, Drew, plays soccer at a nearby school and she has an hour to kill in my neighbourhood. It is always nice to see Patti. Williams has a display of art by Lido Pimiento. Lido's art is light and whimsical. There were soft sculptures and painting on display. We were sitting under the sculpture illustrated above. I thought the work was amusing. You can see more of Lido's work on her blog:

In the drawing above you see the sculpture on the brick wall. There is a black pull-down shade on the window beside the wall (where I wrote) and beneath that you see the reflection in the window of the woman at the next table.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

March 7, 2009 (EDM # 51)

Our friends, who own the comic book shop L.A. Mood, had a special screening of Watchmen this morning. It was really quite good. If you like comic books and/or graphic novels, then you will enjoy this film. We are going to have to watch it a few more times because of all the things going on in the film. I won't spoil it by telling you about it (as tempted as I am).

EDM # 51 - Draw your TV.

We were watching OASIS HD channel. We like that channel. We tend to watch a lot of documentaries and nature programs in our household. We also like movies and Sci Fi (now known as SF).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 5, 2009 (EDM # 23 & 25)

EDM # 25 - Draw a glass (the kind you drink from) and EDM # 23 - Draw your foot

We went to Ben Thanh Viet-Thai restaurant. It is our favourite restaurant. The food is fabulous and the prices are good. Anthony always has the Beef Satay soup (#128) and Alexander and I have the Pad Thai. YUM. I usually have a chocolate bubble drink too.

At home, later in the evening, I put my leg out to rest my swollen ankle. The Beethoven bust sits across the room under the television set.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 4, 2009 (EDM # 213)

First, let me say that both Alexander and I are feeling much better. Alexander is going to take a little longer to recuperate, than I, but with lots of rest he will be up and around in no time at all.

I spent most of Tuesday and today catching up on work so there has not been much time to draw.

EDM # 213
Draw a Microwave

Our microwave oven is white and sits in a white kitchen. You see a partial collection of roosters and chickens sitting on top of my microwave. I collect roosters (and chickens) and have them all around my kitchen. That is a microwaveable kettle, also on top of the microwave, that whistles when the water is boiled. I use it to make pots of tea so I keep it out all the time.

I belong to the FlyLady group. On the door you see my FlyLady sticker. FlyLady is a group to help you get control of your home and life 15 minutes at a time. It has helped me a lot. I find her methods work well for highly creative, extremely easily side-tracked people, like me.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 1, 2009

Today I went to the United States to help celebrate our friends' 35th Wedding Anniversary! David and Joyce have been happily married for 35 years!

Anthony and Alexander could not go, so I got a ride to Farmington Hill, Michigan with Ian and Storm. We had no problem going over the border.

Unfortunately David's father was not able to make it, unexpectedly being in the Cardiac Unit of their local hospital. David spent the morning with him.

Many of their family and friends were there. I finally met their eldest daughter, Allysa, and of course, it was a pleasure to see their younger daughter, Michelle. Both girls are beautiful, intelligent and super kids!

Joyce looked stunning in a lovely bright peach ensemble. She sparkled.

On the tables were "take home gifts" for all the women. The men had lottery scratch cards with their place cards. The women received rose scented soap petals shaped like roses inside a clear plastic heart. They also received a pretty 3-tier wedding cake shaped candle. Both are lovely.

The meal was fantastic. I had steak, cooked to perfection, potatoes, and vegetables. We had cake for dessert.

All in all, it was a wonderful time and I felt honoured to be invited to help share in their love and commitment. We have only known each other a short time, but have become good friends.

I got a ride back to London, ON with Bill and Lottie. Bill and Lottie live right near me so it made more sense to get a ride back with them. It was a pleasant ride. No problem at the border and the weather held out, both ways. It was a lovely day to drive.