Saturday, November 30, 2013
This is a slight improvement over the last one. I suppose I just need to admit that I am on the beginning side of the learning curve with colored pencils. I keep trying to use the same skills as sketching with pencil or charcoal and it's not that simple.
This one was done using the hard charcoal pencil. Whatever my feelings about the medium, I definitely don't like the hard. Attempting to do any shading with it was ridiculous. Maybe that's the point. Maybe you're expected to use them in conjunction with each other.
This one's not great. It's a quick sketch of my little girl Adele. It's quick because she didn't give me much time to do it in. This is with the medium charcoal. I don't like the medium quite as much as I like the soft, but that may just be a matter of getting more familiar with it.
My first experiment with charcoal pencils. I really like this pencil in particular. It's a soft charcoal. I haven't tried the others yet, but this one was fun to work with. The drawing came out pretty well too. Looking at this one I'm kind of proud of the progress I've made.
I successfully made my first gluten free chicken pot pie. The filling needs a bit of tweaking, but over all it was very good. I think next time I'll try smaller pies as opposed to one big one. I'm not sure how I'm going to eat all of this before it goes bad or I'm sick of it.
I spent my Birthday at the Chicago Botanic Garden with family. It is probably my favorite place to go and my favorite place to take pictures. There are many shots I like. The rest of them can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/101523031@N07/sets/72157638219394953/
I'm making a new attempt at scratchboarding. I'm using one of the photos from the packaging as a guide. It requires a lot of focus as there is no erasing and doing it over. It should be pansies when it's done.
This is my first time trying oil pastels on canvas. I don't particularly like it. Using oil pastels to fill in all the canvas is not easy and the texture remains. It also makes blending very difficult. I'm not sure I'll try again.
I spent the day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire with some good friends. I haven't focused on taking photos there in a while. These are the best of the lot. The last one is of my friend's little girl who had the best reaction to a horse pooping at a joust ever.