Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Inspirations

Inspired by the SCBWI European Union Scrawl Crawl and my daughter's prolific blogging, I decided to sketch and put it up here. Right away. Not after thinking and procrastinating and whatever! It's a Sunday morning warm up sketch of my latest purchase: old buttons. There's a "brocante" (antique (-ish) shop) nearby and I 've been going there for years, picking up odds and ends. It's owned by a friendly woman with a good eye and a great talent for display. And so, here's the sketch:

You may be wondering what a "Scrawl Crawl" is and rightly so. It's a day out, roaming around, sketching from life. I had a wonderful time with Sue Porter and her dog, Maisie; we went to Carnac and sketched the prehistoric stones.

It felt so good to draw outdoors from life, getting out of the attic, away from my desk, the dummy book I'm trying to complete and the computer screen. I got back into the drawing process-- it's way different sketching from life than pulling reference pics from search engines. Everyone knows that but it's easy to get caught up in work and not look up or out. I'm going to try to keep sketching for fun because it is just that.


  1. Lorsque je vais visiter mes enfants en Bretagne je suis toujours aussi éblouie par ces blocs de pierre... Gros bisous à vous...

  2. The buttons are lovely! You have captured them so well. I have a collection of buttons many of which I've acquired through tag sales over the years. Not sure they would be comprehensible if I tried to draw them. The Scrawl Crawl also sounds like a wonderful idea. You've inspired me to do some fresh art things this summer.

  3. Salut Martine ! Oui, les menhirs de Bretagne... j'aime Carnac mais aussi les menhirs et dolmens quand trouve parfois dans les champs ou dans la forêt. C'est mysterieux ! xo Dana

    Hi Lynda! Yes, get out and sketch or write oe whatever. Makes a big difference-- you'll be refilling your well for the winter! Best, Dana

  4. wonderful! the buttons are really cute! great to see a new post here, after I saw your wonderful birds I always had a look at your blog to see more wonderful illustrations :)

  5. Thanks, Trade Your Talent! I really should post more often! I'll try harder.
    I enjoy your blog too!

  6. Taking a break to sketch sounds like a wonderful idea. I really like your sketch of the buttons. It's interesting to see the intricate ones contrasted against the simple ones. All of them are lovely!