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Sunday, March 23, 2008

All Week Long


Last Sunday Diahn and I went out on a sketching expedition. We didn't find any lighthouses, but we did find plenty of dead bodies! After a stop at Jerry's for some essential shopping, we moved on to the McClung museum, with the idea of sketching the latest exhibit, only to realize that the exhibit was not all that ... um ... sketchable. It was fascinating -- an exhibit of forensic anthropology featuring the Body Farm, the first of which is here in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, and which you have probably read about if you are a Patricia Cornwell fan. Fascinating -- unsettling -- and while parts of it are not for the weak of stomach, I would recommend this exhibit especially to anyone in the health care field -- it is an eye opener.

So, we made our way over to Panera -- nothing like decomp to make you crave a cup of hot coffee and a chocolate croissant -- and did some sketching. It has been way too long since I sketched, and it shows!


The realization that my drawing skills have quickly deteriorated, and inspired by Danny Gregory's recent podcasts of interviews with artists about their sketchbooks, I made the decision to try to draw every day this past week. So it was an iPod shuffle and mandarins on Monday ...


Blooming flowers on Tuesday and raincoats on Wednesday -- when you have nothing else to say, you can at least write about the weather...


Accessories on Thursday and shopping trips on Friday. And still, the weather is a topic. Such an interesting life... (let's roll our eyes -- all together now!) I may add some color to this page today, and I might not. It just depends.

Saturday we shopped even more, and then I cleaned the house, which includes a thorough washing up of all the watercolor brushes. I'm ashamed to say that I'd put some of them away dirty...

Well -- I did it, drawing daily, for one week -- maybe next week, too!
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26 comments:

Diahn said...

Yay you!!! Wonderful drawings all week long! I love the blue jeans and little bag - even without color! You rock, girl...

laureline said...

She DOES rock! She's got more talent in her little finger than whole herds of other artists, too! Linda, keep it up---you're amazing, rusty or no.

peachtreeart said...

I like your style...lose but recognizable! :)

Lin said...

SUPER SUPER, LINDA!!! I LOVE your sketches ... but I suppose we never do enough ... GRAND JOB!

Sherry said...

Linda, your daily drawings say lots about what's going on in your life, and what your concerns are even without any words. Very enjoyable sketches.

BTW, Happy Easter!

Lisa said...

Linda, I love your stuff always. It's nice to know that even you sometimes get off the track but that with resolve can get back into practice. Thanks for sharing that with us!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

These are excellent. They are all good but I especially love those paint brushes.

SCquiltaddict said...

lovely sketches each and everyone!!

Teri C said...

Well, what a pleasure to see you doing all these sketches! And such neat ones. I love Tues and Wed, well okay, mon and tues and thrus and fri. I love them all.

Coincidentally, I JUST finished the body farm book! How's that for fate. It sounds like a fascinating place.

Keep up the weekly sketches!

Cin said...

don't you just love flipping through the pages as the book begins to fill? I do with my books and find that a great incentive to continue, hope you will too, lovely pages here!

Alison said...

I especially love the paintbrushes too - keep going - just a few minutes a day.

William F. Renzulli said...

Art is all about drawing. It trains your eyes like nothing else...and it's fun.

Ann said...

Very inspiring, Linda! I really like that raincoat and those brushes - all of these are terrific sketches!

annie said...

What fun to see all your sketches!! I especially like the jeans and the brushes, but I am amazed at all of them.

Larry said...

Your work is so lively and fun!

no way said...

your drawings are great, and really inspiring too! I want to try this now as well. I hope your drawings this week are going well. Keep us posted!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

I'm so glad you're back at it, Linda!

Tami said...

These are wonderful sketches, I could only hope to be as good as you are "rusty". Love the rain coat and the brushes.

africantapestry said...

Your sketches are great Linda..I see alot, except rust...good to see you drawing!
Ronell

littlemithi said...

What a great week of sketches!

thermion7 said...

Thank you for reminding me why I love your page. You do beautiful work!

Felicity said...

Lovely sketches Linda - no rolling eyes here! You make it sounds so easy but a sketch a day is harder than it sounds - congrats!

janey said...

I stay away for a bit and what a nice surprise. What beautiful sketches. I'm glad you didn't do any of the bodies though. I like the jeans best, you really got all the wrinkles and shadows there.

Dee said...

What a great week you've had. Wonderful sketching! Truely enjoy your blog!

Anetka said...

congratulations! I really enjoy your blog, great sketches, great paintings!!!!

brian nelson said...

It has been awhile since I dropped by. I love these sketches! Keep up the great work!