(All sketches are 5" x 7", watercolor, pen & ink.)
I'm nuts about hydrangeas and have them planted all around our house. Despite a late frost which killed off the early buds, they're beginning to bloom with those delectable blues, pinks, and purples that are so gorgeous, they almost don't look real.
You'll probably be seeing lots of sketches of Buckley during these 75 days. He's always at my side and willing to pose/snooze long enough for me to do a sketch. But his fur is so blonde that it's difficult to paint him. He ends up looking like a ghost dog if I don't give him a makeover and add some color to his fur. In this sketch, he's falling asleep on the granite hearth in the breakfast room, his favorite place to cool off on a warm summer evening.
After doing all those details on Buckley's picture, I decided to go a different route on Day 9. I've been wanting to try adding some stamping to a journal page, so I dug out some stamps that I made awhile back from Dollar Store erasers. (I just cut them into pieces with an X-acto knife, then glued them to a small block of wood.) I stamped the border on my sketchbook page, then drew the flowers with a fuchsia Sharpie pen. I added the finishing touches with watercolor. It was so freeing to keep it simple (something I struggle with most of the time.)
I wish I could do this next sketch over. I got carried away with all the detail, and it's much too fussy. But I do like the colors, and each drawing or painting is a learning experience, so it's staying in my sketchbook. I was on my way back from running an errand up the road, way out in the country, and stopped along Tenmile Creek to draw this scene. I'm so glad it's summertime, and I can enjoy moments like this.
Don't you wonder what I'll come up with next? Me, too!