082:365 Pineapple Upside-down Cat

082:365 Pineapple Upside-down Cat

Another busy day. Today was run run run! That’s great, but it means that my drawing feels slapped together to me.

Around lunchtime, I came home to find Mikey looking dead sleeping on the green chair. He was breathing, but his eyes were glazed over and his head and paws looked unnaturally bent, and he didn’t move as he looked at me, except the faintest trace of his kitty-pupils.

But since most of the drawings I do are of Gracie, I drew Gracie in the same position. Maybe tomorrow I’ll try a really observed version of this. We’ll see, tomorrow is running around too! At least I’m busy!

077:365 Red Red Robin

077:365 Red Red Robin

The red robin, in honor of the first day of spring.

Use this song to teach EFL students about seasons, especially spring. And about feelings, and about animals. And just to get them interested.

Used it today, and we folded some origami birds. This collage idea we might use next week.

Here’s the song

077:365 Gracie Takes a Bath!

077:365 Gracie takes a bath.

Gracie was trying to look cute this morning so I’d give him some “coffee.” He rolls back and forth, stretching. Then he realizes that he looks a little silly and pretends that he was just going to take a bath.

Cats are so funny!

Not much else to say today.  Playing with a new technique: Build up color, layer, scratch off, repeat.  Gracie the glowing orange kitty.

076:365 Gracie learns to point & click

076:365 Gracie learns to point & click
Today a simple action by my big ginger boyfriend inspired my post:

I dragged him in to cuddle before we retire, and he was annoyed with all the papers still scattered on the bed, and decided to show his computer skills by trampling my keyboard.

Liberties taken with computer and bedding. My pillow isn’t plaid, and the comforter isn’t plain, but Gracie shows up better on a plain background.

He’s a lovely cat!

076:365 Rocker with Quilt

076:365 Rocking Chair with Quilt

Today was productive, got up early, did what needed to be done, about 20 minutes ago, that I’d forgotten to do my drawing.
076:365 Rocking Chair with Quilt

Gracie and I are already sitting in bed reading and relaxing, so I just looked across the room and sketched the rocking chair.

Sometimes the quickies are the best, and though it is just a gestural sketch, I like it a lot. Doing this kind of line work keeps me on my toes, and I noticed that I’m out of practice with observation. Maybe because I’ve been doing so much fiber and textile work instead of drawing and printmaking for the last period of time. Nevertheless, it is recognizable.

Rocking chairs are nice, and though their wood looks hard and uncomfortable, usually I find them to be engineered right to beat least comfy, if not also ergonomic.

This one, though it isn’t most beautiful one I’ve ever had, filled the need at the time it came up. I had been looking for a rocking chair, since I missed my LA rocker, and kept finding them for $75-$300. Well, at the moment that sounds like more than I can direct to a chair.

Then I went to a thrift store, on a mission to get myself some sheets for the rag rug, and found not only this rocker ($12.90!) but a gorgeous colorful sweater ($2.90!).  Of course I got some sheets too.