Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sunday Sketches

I was feeling particularly happy this past Sunday as I bustled around the house, cleaning and cooking in preparation for a party that evening.

9" x 12", drawn with a Noodler's Creaper Flex pen and Lexington Gray ink, with watercolor, in an Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook

When I paused to eat breakfast and saw how pretty my plate looked, with bright red strawberries nestled in next to fluffy scrambled eggs topped with cheddar, I grabbed my sketchbook and dashed off a quick sketch.

That got me in the mood to do another one to celebrate my upcoming party. So, after the cooking was finished and the guest rooms were ready, I turned the page in my sketchbook and drew my...

Downton Abbey Finale Pajama Party!

9" x 12", drawn with a black Pitt Artist's pen, painted with watercolor in an Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook

Yes, the fun-loving women in my family have started a new tradition of getting together to watch the premiere episode and the finale of our favorite Victorian drama, Downton Abbey.

This time, my sister, niece, and mother came over, bringing lots of yummy snacks to settle in for an evening of indulgent fun.

Thai spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, chili-cheese dip, "party poppers" (bacon wrapped around dates, Brie, and slivered almonds), and sugary spiced pecans

We played games and ate delicious finger foods. I couldn't fit all the goodies on my sketchbook page!

Chutney cheese ball served with crackers and sliced apples

Dessert was Strawberry Pavlova - vanilla meringue topped with a fluffy whipped cream / cream cheese concoction, sliced strawberries and fresh pineapple chunks. Yummm!

Before the show started, we had to don the proper attire for our pajama party...

and snuggle into a comfy chair under a warm throw.

Then we sat back, relaxed, and, for ninety wonderful minutes, immersed ourselves in gorgeous dresses, flamboyant hats, Georgian mansions, and characters whose lives often seem so much more interesting than our own. :)

A toast to Downton!


  1. Oh my goodness! This is the cutest sketch, Leslie. I receive your blog posts by email but just had to click on over here to leave a comment. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love it all, what a brilliant idea for my favourite programme!

  3. i just love how you can sketch a get together to watch a Tv programe ( which I must say is also my favourite ) look so fantastic. Thanks for making me smile. From now on I will not say I don't know what to paint .

  4. Glad you enjoyed it, everyone. I got such a kick out of painting it. I think I sketched it in about 15 minutes and painted it in 30. I was in the zone, and everything just flowed. I love when that happens!

  5. What a fun way to celebrate the season finale! (Glad you didn't give away any of the plot...I'm a bit behind. lol) Great sketches.


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