#InkTober2017 – Days 6 – 10

Ooooh…. I realize that if I want to show you all my InkTober pieces before the end of the month I better not wait too long between posts!

As a note, I’m not showing you the Sktchy inspiration photos as the copyright stays with the photographer. I can only show you my art. 

Here’s the second batch.
Day 6 – #Sword

Day 7 – #Shy

Day 8 – #Crooked

Day 9 – #Screech

Day 10 – #Gigantic

#InkTober2017 – Days 1 – 5

Last time I was here I was blathering on about showing you my InkTober sketches. Have I done it?  No!

That all changes now. 

I used photos from the Sktchy app as my references. If you have an iPhone or an iPad I highly recommend you download this app and check out the wonderful art being created by all the users. I’m honored to have my pieces included with theirs. 

I will show you all of them… both successes and failures but I’m going to split them up into groups of five… and one last to celebrate Halloween. 

But first, the first five.


Day 1 – #Swift

Day 2 – #Divided


Day 3 – #Poison


Day 4 – #Underwater


Day 5 – #Long

You can’t see that I used pearlescent ink on the flamingo so I took another trying to get the shine. 


Yup… all ink… even the backgrounds. 

Sometimes Life’s Just Busy

Sometimes I’m just busy… it doesn’t mean I’m not drawing. I sometimes just get too preoccupied with other stuff that I forget to post!

My drawing sessions this month consisted of squeezing in a sketch or two whenever I had a spare moment like the week long stretch when I sketched portraits from an app called Sktchy. 

 





I think you can see how more confident I became with my ink line as the week went on.

I’ll share more about Sktchy soon but tomorrow’s October and… October is InkTober! I doubt I can manage daily posting so I’ll be aiming for weekly updates. Stay tuned. 

Fair Warning!

I’ve been sketching at the Hopkinton State Fair longer than I’ve had this blog and it remains one of the highlights of my year. Sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, oxen were all drawn this year… even a dog… well, not a real dog… a CORN DOG!

Here’s this year’s total output!













No llamas, alpacas or swine this year. No cows either but I will remedy that at the 146th Tunbridge World’s Fair in two weeks… Thursday through Sunday, September 14, 15, 16 & 17.

I’m aiming for Friday… if you see me please stop and say hello!

Totality? … hardly. 

Total Solar Eclipse… yeah, but not here.

2:43 PM… 61% of the sun eclipsed here in the Upper Valley. I didn’t have acceptable eclipse glasses so I punched a few different sized holes in a scrap piece of cardboard as a makeshift pinhole device. It took me a bit but I managed to capture a photo. Not a great photo but it’ll do. 


I believe the light dimmed a bit and it certainly had a weird glow but how can you capture that on a page?

I didn’t… instead I chose to celebrate the day by painting what I think of as the essence of a total eclipse… the sun’s corona!


I’ve put April 8, 2024 on my calendar… I’d love to see totality!

Summer Concert Sketching

Ah, summer.

Here in the Upper Valley summer means it’s outdoor concert season and outdoor concerts are perfect for sketchbooking.

Two weeks ago my friend Sonja Hakala, a fabulous writer and photographer, sat next to me at the Chad Hollister concert on the Quechee green. As we listened, I sketched the scene and assumed Sonja was focusing her lens to capture the crowd as usual.

Just imagine my delight when she sent me these great photos of the spread in progress and blogged about it too!

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dana draw 2

dana draw 3

Here’s the final spread… notice the stickers! I LOVE STICKERS!

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Thanks Sonja!  It’s been a great season.

Be Like Mandela…

… be an optimist!


“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being an optimist is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many moments when my faith in humanity was surely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

——-  Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1994)

18 July 1918 – 05 December 2013