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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

EDM-Turnips, Key, Pencil, Christmas Ornament, Oh My!


Mama brought us four little turnips and some greens a few days ago to cook, and the turnips were so pretty I had to try a colored sketch. I left the overhead flourescent light on, so there were 2-3 light sources, which was not the best idea, but I tried anyway, It's kind of a study in purples and yellows, which went slightly awry. Those were white paper towels that the turnips were sitting on. The reddish blob under the front turnip is actually a blob of dried acrylic paint left on the masonite board . I didn't notice it until I started drawing, then the quote, "blood from a turnip," crossed my mind and my paper. One of the biggest lessons learned here is that charcoal pencils don't work that well on smooth Moleskine paper, at least not for me. I don't know which EDM challenge this would fit, but I think it must fit one of them. :)

EDM 37-Keys-This is a brass doorbell key. It has four sides and a round tip that fits through the door into a bell on the inside. When a visitor turns the key, the bell rings. It was given to me by my mother-in-law for Christmas years ago, and I've only seen one other one like it. I love it a lot.
EDM-240-A Favorite Pencil-This pencil is one of the handful remaining from two boxes of a gross each that a salesman gave to daddy on his job in the early sixties. He brought them home to me for school, and I still have a few in my hope chest. All of the pencils had a lumber company ad on them. I have been using this particular one for a long time. The green eraser is so old that it's too hard and slick to erase anything, but it looks good. The pencil has been getting tons of use since I started sketching every day, and is getting shorter by the minute. I think of my dad every time I use it. :) Both were sketched with a black sharpie and slightly colored with wc pencils.


EDM 46-Holiday Themed-This quilted ornament was given to me for this Christmas (2009) a few days ago. My aunt hand made them in a cathedral quilt design and gave mama and me one each when we visited her last Friday. It's special, because she made it for me, but it's made even more special because the red center is made from my uncle's bandana. He passed away at the end of January this year, and he is dearly missed. She says they also make good pin cushions, but mine will remain a hanging ornament, whether I put up a tree or not. I have sketched it 2-3 times, and I printed off a Christmas card, which I'm going to send my aunt in a few days. I think she will be surprised. I love it! :) WC pencil in Moleskine WC book.
Hope something on here made you smile! Thanks for looking! :)

10 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

Wonderful sketches. I love the story about the pencil. Make sure you never completely use it up.

Possum Patty said...

Nice series. I enjoyed your stories, thanks for sharing.

marancat said...

I so enjoyed reading your post this morning - beautiful sketches and wonderful memories.

curiouscrow said...

I enjoyed your post - how lovely that each sketch has such a good story behind it.

Shirley said...

Beautiful ornament and painting of it. I make quilted/textile ornaments every year and never thought about putting a special (family memory) fabric in the cathedral window. I cut up my wedding dress and used it to make lingerie envelopes for my daughter and two daughter-in-laws for their weddings. The small scraps will be perfect for this next year.
Shirley

Ramona Davidson said...

Great job on your sketches and watercolors. I love the lavender of the turnips and the blues and greens of the ornament. You have sketched and painted yourself some lovely memories.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

I love these - and I am wondering what "EDM" means?

Leah said...

beautiful drawings! I especially love the ornament and your favorite pencil.

Carol said...

I loved so much that I didn't know where to leave a comment! The dolls are excellant! Such a sweet story about your uncle and the ornament is such a special treasure! Now I'm off to find a big bowl of turnip greens with cut turnips STAT:)

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