Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hurrah! :) It's here!

I got Rosie's book! :) It's so very interesting, bright, colourful and energetic. I can't wait to draw there, but feel afraid also...

So very happy it went well and in a good time. It took 13 days to deliver book from UK to our post office and then a week here for mistakes and misunderstandings. Everything seems very fine now and I deeply wish it will come again as well as it was this time.

Rosie, thank you so very much for a package also! I had never seen so beautiful envelope with all those stamps and even a Queen's portrait!

Marcia, I've checked the status of my book sent to you. It seems like they sent it from Russian border 20th of March. I hope it will come to you soon!

So this is how far I am on unintended collections.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Work in progress, my page in Katie's book.

This is my contribution so far. I'm not sure if it is complete yet and would welcome feedback :)
I drew the initial tree study in situe in your book Katie. This is a bit unnerving in case it got muddy or had some other accident!
The tree is an amazing Crack Willow and shows a wonderful record of its life in colour and texture.
I have kept the colour quite restained and haven't yet decided whether to add colour between the trees.

My page in Katie's book.

Beautiful spring sunshine encouraged me to take Katies book out to a local wildlife conservation area to draw. Following Katie's theme of 'Winter Remembering Spring', I decided on a thread of time and change.
I chose to do studies of an old Crack Willow Tree that has split open showing a colourful record of interior change. The tree splits wider with each season.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First four pages of the series 'Those who live'

It took me several days to collect little sketches from nature, where pigeons are sitting on cables with lean over bottoms. I went for a walk to draw them and brought back several pages covered with pencil trifle pics. Finally I made this 4 pages with a pen, following the poses and characters of native Moscow pigeons ;)

page

Finally all my posting problems are in the past! :) I'm very happy to be with you all and to show my very first picture.
This one was made on a piece of all wallpaper with a permanent pen. I thought of drawing smth introducing my theme ('Those who live') in a delicate way.
This notebook of mine is flying to Marcia right now! Crossed fingers it will come in a good time.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Okay, so I relaxed and finished. I will get it in the mail to Rosie tomorrow.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

So here it is, well most of it the whole thing doesn't fit in my scanner. First I misspelled remember. I glued paper on top of that, then I started to misspell it again. Then I wrote too big and the poem has ended up way down at the bottom of the page.
I am considering drawing in some ivy branches with sparse leaves on it around the lettering. That might tie in with the sign in pages branches. I welcome any suggestions.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

I have my first drawing in my book. I want to do a little writing in it and then I will send it off to Rosie.

a note to Masha

Hi Masha,

You asked who you were to send your book to. On the right hand side of the blog page you will see a box with our names listed. The order of the names is the order for mailing our molys. So you will always be sending your finished pages to Marcia. Rosie will always send hers to you.

Masha, will you please let me know if you get this posting emailed to you.


Telling The Story: moving along!

Here are the next pages, ready to send to Masha.

Perhaps not quite what I'd envisaged, but these are the images I've used.

Greek Dancers on Paros. They were dancing to a beautiful, unaccompanied song.

Our dear friend Graham who is playing the wooden flute that he made.

Lisa dancing the 'Broom Dance', a traditional folk dance requiring energy and rythm!

Eliza in 1997. She is now an internationally known folk performer.

The Bone Dancer at Sidmouth Festival. He reminds us to be kind to our fellow travellers as we are all bones in the end!

Masha, Marcia, Katie, I look forward to whatever occurs,
Rosie x

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I got it!!!!

Your book came in the mail today! It is so beautiful!!!!!!! I have a couple of ideas of what I might do to add to it. First I need to finish mine. I am working on a study and am nearly ready to add the drawing to my book.
Here is the study.

This is from two photos of my mother one in her teens and one a few years before she died. I messed around with the computer doing the composition. I added chair bits, porch bits and ivy from other photos and came up with an image I liked. Now I am working on drawing it. I will do my best to give it life so that it doesn't look like a drawing of a photo.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Unintended Collection: ready to send!

Here's my Sign-in & Title Page:

Here's my first drawing:

And here's some thoughts along the way that I tucked in the back pocket of my moly.  Dear ladies, as Masha has called us, please share your thoughts when it's your turn to add to my sketchbook.

Tomorrow, onto Katie!!!! I'm really excited to see what happens next!

Best regards.  Hope you're having as much enjoyment with your first entries as I have had!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Discovering an unintended collection

I found it in my basement.  Screws, bolts, nuts, O-rings, a chair leg protector that make a collection of found, perhaps someday useful, stuff my husband has dropped on the top of the workbench in the furnace room. I drew this sketch in my carry-with-me-everywhere pocket Moleskine as a way to familiarize myself with the forms, to take a "reading" on what they mean to me.  These objects are about and in appreciation of my husband and deceased father, both fix-it people, people always on the lookout for things that might come in handy for a future project. Besides this sketch, I've started to rough in my 1st 4 page spread.  More, as it unfolds.....