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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Homecoming

Inspired by a recent bout of interior drawings, this week's drawing challenge for the Everyday Matters group is to draw what you see when you first come home. Believe me, I tried several, and found that drawing a room is much harder than it looks! This is the best I could come up with -- the cat sleeping on the back of the sofa in the living room, enjoying the late afternoon light coming in from the opposite window. Other than that, here's an orchid. Not blooming, but an orchid none-the-less.

17 comments:

Lin said...

Your homecoming looks warm and inviting! And your orchid is GORGEOUS!! So beautifully details --even to the moss!! GREAT!

Jen said...

Oh wow Linda I love this orchid. You are really good at drawing plants! And thank you for checking out my blog and your very encouraging comment.
Jen

Teri C said...

I love your homecoming with the cat. Your orchid is GORGEOUS!!

Laura said...

Drawing a room IS much harder than it looks! And that's why I've made myself do this project this month. But, oh, Linda, I look forward to February ;D. I, knowing what I know, really value your room sketch--I haven't even begun to try to do much in the way of light effects, so I am terribly impressed with what you've done. And, yes, the elegant orchid drawing reminds us that you are a fabulous draughtsman/woman/person. Wonderful, wonderful blog entry.

Shelly McC said...

Wow!, Great drawings. Love them both.

Sue said...

Cosy, inviting, simply delightful.

Terri said...

Yes interiors are tricky things, but I think you did a fine job with this. I like your style. The cat is a nice touch too. And the orchid is SUPERB! Well done!

Bonny said...

One question: can I move in with you??!! Just kidding, but your couch and sleeping cat are so cosy looking and I just feel like settling in and snuggling up. Plus your orchid is amazing!! Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

I do believe the cat did pick the best sleeping couch in your house. I love the orchid. It is wonderful.

BSKaren

Dawn said...

Wow, they're both incredible! I'm in awe...thanks for sharing these!

Lindsay said...

What a lovely soft moment you have captured!

Kathleen Marie said...

The pencil sketch "looks" relaxing... A sweet spot for a sleepy kitty.

Your botanical is superb as usual.

Interiors are filled with excess stimuli. It may be that finding the right nook and worrying over limited details could be the biggest hurdle, at least that's what I've found anyway. So, I mantra to myself as I am taking it all in "just capture the essence"... forget the rest. :) Hope we see more. I love your work. :)

karen said...

This orchid is gorgeous - such a wonderful botanical drawing. I love the way you've rendered the leaves so gracefully. Just beautiful.

Eefje said...

This is really one superb drawing of orchid! Did you use graphite pencil(s) for the orchid drawing? It looks awesome!

Marie-Dom said...

Now this orchid is lovely and is going to be even lovelier when it blooms. What a beautiful drawing.
I am in awe of your talent.
MD

Linda said...

Thanks to you all! Evy, the orchid was done in graphite. I used an HB pencil to lightly outline, 2B for the lighter leaf shading, then switched to 5B for the darker area, the moss, and the pot. I don't have Felicity's patience in building up a wonderful progressive range of tone, sorry to say, and IMpatiently did this one in about 45 minutes. Marie-Dom, I'll be lucky if this one blooms again, but if it does I'll be sure to do a painting of the flowers -- they were a gorgeous tiny chocolate brown bloom and much more exotic than what we normally see around here. I thought I'd already posted a comment thanking everyone else, but it looks like it got lost, so I'll thank all the rest of you in a group -- THANK YOU for all your encouraging comments!

Sali said...

Love your orchid...it's inspired me to tackle some of the orchids growing wild in my yard. Beautiful drawing!