Tuesday, April 9, 2013


In spite of all evidence to the contrary, I haven't actually dropped off the face of the earth, I just haven't been working on anything very post-worthy.  I think I must have a short attention span, because I'm always jumping from one thing to the next, but I guess that's okay.  Maybe someday I'll settle into my thing, whatever that is.  Currently I've had a desire to just work on some sketching, so I did something really hard for me - I started working in a new sketchbook, a really nice one which means I could never get myself to use it before.  My cousin Suzi gave it to me, it's from France and is a great little size and has wonderful thick watercolor paper.  Making that first mark in it was HARD, but I did it, and now I'm kind of on a a roll.

 I've always wanted to be one of those people who work steadily in an honest to god sketchbook, so I'm going to try to keep up the habit, just drawing things I see, or doing drawing exercises like these first two pictures, random pieces of unrelated items, with the spaces just filled in with doodling etc. This is a good way for me to get more comfortable with watercolor too, which I love the look of but have never done much of.

My favorite Frozen Charlotte, another thing I've never been able to use

An old French milk bottle and some flowers from my yard

An angel, either bald or with very crazy turquoise hair



  1. Hi Terri

    Well done you for using your precious sketchbook!

    I love the variety of the work you have shared here....

    The little bird is so sweet, as is the angel (bald or otherwise!)

    Keep it up and thank you for sharing!

    Karen x

  2. What lovely sketches - I just love the angel with that glorious green matching those extraordinary eyes - beautiful. They are all so delicately drawn - well done for taking the plunge into your new sketchbook! At art college a tutor once advised me to always gently rub the side of a thick pencil or a piece of charcoal over the clean sheet of paper or page, then smudge it all so you have a nice faint but grubby background and it is much easier to start work on it! It works for me!

  3. congratulations for taking the plunge into the "good" sketchbook. it's so hard for me to use the good stuff - nothing seems worthy or special enough. but what pleasure can be derived from a book collecting dust on a shelf? we are so silly with ourselves. love that beautiful bird painting.

  4. I too am a 'keeper-not-user' of gorgeous art supplies. It drives me mad because that is what I got them for but in my mind I'm never quite good enough to justify using them!

    Your sketches and watercolours are charming, I particularly like the one of the bird and the one with the French milk bottle. Your angel is super, love the colour tones you've used.


  5. Oh my gosh Terri.... your sketches are gorgeous... I just LOVE them...

    Jenny ♥

  6. Terri! Terri, these are great. I love it that you are steady and disciplined, while also following your heart!
    It took me a long time to forgive myself for getting enmeshed in something for a long time and then... starting something different. We always hear that we have one purpose or one passion that's higher than any other, but I have known many people, myself included, that pick up different passions along the way. And it's a great desire to learn, to create and grow! That's a good thing.

    I'm pretty sure I'm never going to take up sky-diving. So I'll leave that to someone else.

  7. Hello! Very excited to discover your little corner of blogland, I shall return :) ( Crazy turquoise hair! right up my street)

  8. That bluebird! The fish! You HAVE been busy - in your honest to God sketchbook! Have fun and thank you for your sweet comment - I AM thinking of doing UTube soon . . .. hmmmm xo!

  9. Just saw this post and although four years late, I loved it!! Glad you made the leap!


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