We have a new baby in the family, commonly called Addi. She was born on 9/25 to my oldest niece, Kelsey. I have pics on my phone but haven't managed to get them to myself via email yet. Anyway, we picked up my brother (the new grandpa), my mom, then stopped at Jessie's (my oldest daughter) so they could follow us and then drove out to Waynetown, IN yesterday. Such a lovely ride and a beautiful day. In her newborn photo, she looks just like my niece and like my brother (and I was 12 when he was born so I remember how he looked). She was wearing a baby stocking cap at the hospital so I couldn't see her hair until yesterday.
Anyway, in person, I didn't see the similarities as much as I did in the photo. She has quite dark hair (her daddy is a member of the Sioux family), though from what little I could see, her eyes look blue. She weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. (big baby!) and my niece was not diabetic and is super tiny. We left at 8:30 a.m. and did not get home until 9:40 p.m. A long day but well worth it. It was so cool to see my brother sober. I guess he isn't drinking like he used to do (doesn't have the money) and he looks better than he has in years. After we left, we headed another half hour east to see my other niece who was working at Culvers. Oddly enough we just happened to catch her on her dinner break and she started crying when she saw my mom and her dad walk in. So it was worth the extra long day. With my brother in IL and his kids in IN with their mother, he doesn't get to see them all that often.
Kelsey is living with her grandma in a beautiful old home. The day was gorgeous with such wonderful breezes. Darren and Oakley got to jump on the trampoline in Kelsey's grandma's front yard and just had a blast. I have some cute photos of my own grandbabies from that fun time too. All in all a great day, though our poor dogs were crated all day in the basement. We didn't know if the house would get shown or not yesterday so had to take precautions. With my mom and brother in the car, there just wasn't enough room to bring them along. But they survived ok and are happy campers today.
For the ride, I brought along my new crayon book and the crayons and played a good chunk of the ride away. I'm no Lee Hammond (author of that Crayon Art book I showed you earlier), but still, I was pleased with the results. I did a few of her exercises and thoroughly enjoyed myself. If you do any car travel, I would highly recommend a lap desk, a pad of paper, and a box of crayons. The fruits of my labors are below.
120 Crayons in this box and this is all the colors. Love that asparagus color and that Shadow color. Rather like the Beaver color too. Nice to have because of course, the colors on paper don't quite match the saturated color you can see in the crayon itself. Oh yes...I like the Wild Blue Yonder color too.
From this, I went on to do some of Lee Hammond's exercises...
Interesting to note that my scanner did not pick up the green in the rock nor would it pick up the pink ball. Had to photograph this. The paper is not blue colored but apparently the flash on the camera pulled the blue carpeting underneath the paper into focus. Sigh...
Last, I tried the pear exercise, though I did not use a grid to draw this. Just freehanded it. I'm not the best drawer by any means, but I can usually manage a pear. LOL As to the shadows, I'm not sure what the shadow on the left of the pear is but she had it in her drawing so in it went. Also that long crossways line in the background...Wasn't sure what it was in her drawing but I've decided that in my own, it looks like it might be the middle bar of a window reflection/shadow on the wall. Otherwise, I'm not sure its purpose. My mom said she liked my version better than the book version but I have to disagree.
In this piece, I like the Van Gogh-ish look to the crayon strokes in the pear itself. Hard to believe the whole page was done with yellow crayon first (I do not see it at all in the purple shades of the wall).
On my watercolor, I did get the background paneling painted (still need to scumble in the green) as well as the table the toys are sitting on. After blog reading and harp practice this morning, I will be adding more paint. I have to be careful not to rush myself in an effort to "git 'er done," as that always lands me on my proverbial ass. (Sorry.)
Next post should have the completed watercolor and if I can figure out how to get pics from my phone to my email so I can get them on the computer, I'll post pics of Addi, Darren, and Oakley too. Lee worked overtime yesterday and the girls (Jordan and Jayda) were with their dads so I didn't get to see them yesterday.
Celeste, no IHOP this weekend. We try to go every other weekend and make sure one of the weekends we do go is when Jordan and Jayda are with Lee. Jessie's mother-in-law is coming out for a visit next weekend so not sure we'll have breakfast out next weekend either. I love Sandy so wouldn't mind going (we pay, always, as that is how I want it to be) and saying my hellos. Haven't seen her in 8 years! She lives in Washington (state).
We have the Corn Festival going on in Morris these past 4 days and parking is a nightmare. People park both sides of the streets from one end of town to the other and we cannot even park in front of our own house if we are stupid enough to have to leave it. We got home so late last night and no place to park in front of our own place.