As YOU ALL know my favorite things to draw are nudes . . .
After retiring I have more and more time but, as you’ve noticed, there have been fewer and fewer posts on CURIOUS. I have a “tendency” to accomplish things when faced with deadlines and commitments. My other “tendency” is procrastination when left to my own devises.
Peggy, my co-collaborator on CATNIPblog, has provided both – deadlines & commitment. She sets up the posting schedule and my commitment to her provides the impetus.
Because Curious to the Max is my first love – been posting since 2009 – I’ve asked Peggy to help me schedule more CURIOUS posts. She agreed (without completely knowing what she was getting into) to help, although I have not relinquished editorial control. CURIOUS to the Max will stay true to: “Curious STUFF that makes me love, learn and laugh”
The Baha’i Faith is the world’s second-most widespread religion after Christianity, spanning the globe and working to unite it. Baha’is have no clergy or churches, gathering together in democratically-led communities and welcoming everyone.
The millions of Baha’is in the world come from every ethnicity, nationality, tribe, age, racial group, religious background and economic and social class. Diverse Baha’i communities exist just about everywhere.
During the month of November, Baha’i Blogging is hosting a post-a-day (or so) something related to or inspired by Baha’i Faith. Because so many of you follow both this blog and CATNIPblog Peggy & I will post our “dailies” here and Sunday “retrospectives” on CATNIPblog.com
the hashtag #bahaiblogging
There’s a phenomena going on in the sketching world called Urban Sketching. People, from all over the world, gather in public places and sketch whatever is in front of them .
You sketch fast, just trying to get an impression rather than an exact likeness. Coffee shops are a favorite place for Urban Sketchers because the people aren’t moving quite as quickly as on the street or a football field.
Doodlewash is a blog I follow – both for Charlie O’s great water-colors but even more for his wonderful stories and descriptions about each drawing.
Today’s Doodlewash post inspired my pome.
Pome by judy
No one catches Santa on the roof
or in the snow sees prints
of tiny reindeer hoof
for Santa’s no bigger than a fly
and reindeer all the size of ants
ferry him through the Christmas sky
I don’t think it silly at all
to imagine reindeer quite so small
how Santa slides down chimney flues
with nary much soot on his beard or shoes
So make your cookies the size of peas
and leave the milk in a thimble please
Limit the weight of gifts and such
to crush an ant
it doesn’t take much
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I know, I KNOW, you’ve missed me this past week (I do NOT want to know if you didn’t). In my life long effort to be better focused I tried to cut down on my computer time . . . browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos, reading the news . . . AND posting. It really worked except for browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos and reading the news.
With all the time I’ve gained by not posting I’ve been gardening and messing around with sketching. I tried (tried being the operant word) to use my new pastels to do a realistic portrait.
The lady I drew (using a famous portrait as a reference) was so ugly I was embarrassed to show her in public. So I just had fun and gave her a cosmetic make-up. The background got to be so ugly and muddied I just cut it away. She’s no beauty either but I had nothing else to post . . .
Now that I’ve posted I’m on to browsing the internet, reading blog posts, watching videos and reading the news.
I’ve been taking a portrait painting class with Peggy Nicols and it’s very difficult. Now I’m inspired to work harder because Carol Cormier taught her FIRST GRADERS to do portraits! You’ve got to check out more great drawings of Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Kahlo!
The journal process is a metaphor for layers and layers of experiences, feelings and thoughts of our lives; Some things covered up; Bits and pieces of others showing through; Each layer enriching the next; Forever creating who we are.
The pages are layered more and more with stacked writing, collage, spontaneous poetry, faux sketching, paint, stencils, torn paper, tissue paper, magazine images, words, tissue paper, stenciling, markers, foil, torn paper, cut paper, scribbles, scratches, doodles and all things creative.
(The colors in the slides are not as rich and deep as the originals — I’m having trouble with iphoto)
Here’s a wonderful expression of feelings. The drawing was done several years ago but it can be looked at again and again. Each time it will “speak”, deepening the understanding of both the past, present and the connection between the two.
See what it says to you about your life, your circumstances. What do the 4 tears on the cheeks represent to you. Where is she looking – outward? inward? past? future? What is she looking AT. And how does that pertain to your life?
Here’s what Maureen said about her picture:
“This drawing was actually done a few months before I got on disability (3 years ago) and shows all the various things I was sad and worried about at the time.
Doing a bit of drawing was one of the different ways I used to help deal with the unknown. The teardrop at the bottom left has an hourglass in it. I’m looking at it and it seems like and old, eaten apple.”
Check out Wendy’s new blog! Here’s what she’s doing in her own words and a few of her scribble pictures. She explains the exercises that YOU can try too!
I just finished a drawing class – The Art of Silliness. Having fun is my #1 drug of choice!
The instructor, Carla Sonheim known as the Squeen = Silly + Queen, gave an assignment to find her a new pet. Since she often had tiny ants on her assignment sheets I decided a Pet Ant was just what she needed.
She gave us an assignment to draw her a new pair of glasses. I decided that what the Squeen needed was a pair of Pet Glasses. (Actually I didn’t have time to draw anything new!)
We got extra credit if we posted a picture wearing the glasses. I ALWAYS want extra credit!