Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Part Two...A Couple of Days Late...:)

 First, I taught a zentangle inspired art class...
with my loyal "art partner in crime" my assistant.
The class even came complete with some "goodies"
for class members to take home...:)
looked at endless examples and patterns and designs
and then
 inked, and tangled, and laughed.
Some members displayed their finished art...
I was even able to catch most of the class members before it was
to say farewell.
After gathering up supplies
and returning the studio to pristine condition (lol)
headed out for a special birthday salad luncheon...
...and wine party with my sketchbook art friends...
in celebration of my big day...
and Paulette's too!
 We had delicious food...
and it was all accompanied by champagne...
iced drinks,
and many, many, many bottles of wine.
A gigantic thanks to Barb...who thought up the whole idea
who hosted all of us in her beautiful home...:)
The company was were the views from the patio
overlooking the golf course...
...making it the picture perfect place to enjoy dessert:
 Barbara's famous
 Kahlua vodka chocolate bundt birthday cake,
(Thanks, Charlie for making it...)
Char's chocolate raspberry brownies
"ala Giada"... 
and...yes, there was even more wine...
by some really hilarious stories...
the enjoyable
seasonal beauty of a lovely, late October
Arizona day.
Yes, indeedy...I feel blessed.
It is so rewarding in life to find friends who truly
understand both me and my Muse.
Thanks everyone for the wonderful memories.

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.”

~Stephen Nachmanovitch

Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Birthday...Part One...:)

A little girl...who loved to color and draw...
eventually, after many, many years,
realized a lifelong dream
and moved out west
to Arizona.
that little girl celebrated a very significant birthday last week.
She started the day at Nick's Cafe...
a local diner hangout here in the West Valley.
Then she had a fun day shopping for
sacred hearts from San Miguel Allende, Mexico.
After that,
 a spur of the moment road trip
to Black Canyon City...just north of Phoenix
and the Rock Springs Cafe
for a slice of delicious homemade birthday pie...
(ala mode, of course)
sweetened the day even more.
The weather was spectacular...the beginning of tourist season
here in Arizona...
and the inevitable approach of cold, gray days
 up north.
There was even time for a bit of horseback riding...
before heading back down to the valley...
escorted by a gorgeous sunset.
The actual end of the day came accompanied by
a leisurely swim in the pool
a starlit soak in the hot tub.
(Sorry photos of that!)
I love the simple, everyday pleasures and comforts of home
out here in the great west!...:)
More of my birthday adventures continue tomorrow...
(the artistic side...:)

"A birthday
is just the first day
of another 365-day journey around the sun.
 Enjoy the trip."
~Author Unknown

Thursday, October 18, 2012

There and Back...

...finishing up
my Illinois travels by illustrating the flight home October 6th.
the first drawing
was a "left over" from another trip
but I thought it fit well with the theme of this post
so I added it in.
The last two illos and the photo are all current
and they finally complete my
Illinois sketchbook entries from this summer.
Click on any image to enlarge...:)
On to brand new ventures...
desert style...:)

“Voyage, travel, and change of place
impart vigor.”
(Roman Philosopher, mid 1st century AD)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Guess What I Am Doing Today...

Did you guess flying??? 
I am heading back to Arizona and the warmth of the desert.
It was 44 degrees...breezy and overcast
with a 37 degrees windchill in Sycamore yesterday...
when I talked to my dad in Arizona
he reported dry, sunny, desert temps of 104!!!
I guess one could say
we will have experienced quite a few highs and lows
by the time we land.
These sketches above were done on previous trips
back "home" to the desert...
I plan to continue the tradition on my trip today
as well.
Look for my efforts in a blogpost sometime next week.
Click on any image to enlarge...:)

"The air up there in the clouds
is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.
And why shouldn't it be?
—it is the same the angels breathe."
~Mark Twain

Friday, October 5, 2012

Char's Flower Themed Maruman...

 Char's pages 1and 2...
 followed by Carolle's pages 3 and 4...
 followed by Cindy's pages 5 and 6...
 followed by Barb W's pages 7 and 8...
 followed by Judy's pages 9 and 10...
and then, finally, followed by my pages 11 and 12.
Our books will continue to circulate
amongst our little group until
they return to their owners hopefully sometime
mid January.
At that time we are tentatively planning
a group "show and tell"
accompanied by good friends, our Muses, and some
delicious wine sipping
bathed in the soothing Arizona winter sun.
The life of an artist...what joy it can bring...:)

"My artmaking
 is simply a personal celebration
of the joy of being alive."
~Dean Taylor Drewye

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One More Month Done... an attempt to shore up
all by summer Illinois sketches and zen drawings
the time we leave for Arizona this Saturday.
By the looks of it...
I think I just might succeed!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Warm Apple Cider Donuts...

...accompanied by
sweet, richly bronze...chilled to perfection...fresh cider...
decorated with multicolored apples
flame colored knobby pumpkins...
honking geese
flying in ancestral formations...
crisp fall air scented with the smokey richness
of crackling fire pits...
a simple sun warmed day...sapphire blue skies...
blazing maples
still bountiful with leaves...
dried and golden...softly rustling in the fields...
The tastes, the sounds,
the aromas...
 the colors and sights and the soul filling delights
 of a northern Illinois fall
are once again imprinted deep in my heart.
Gosh, I simply LOVE this time of year!

"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days."
~John Burroughs

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Simple Medical Procedure...

...this time it was Scott's "turn"...
and I took advantage of yet another 
sketching opportunity.
I can definitely assure you that
this was NOT
"drawn en route from Arizona to Illinois...over Iowa"
as that label
in the bottom right corner states...
(that refers to a sketch on the following page.)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Some More Random Illinois Art...

of events documented in my Illlinois Sketchbook...
eating out....
the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics...
...even celebrating with Inboden's award winning Bratwurst.
Squeezing in a recent fashion illo on an old orchard page...
...and finishing up with a bit of zen calendar art...
...inspired by whatever catches my fancy at the moment.
My goal is to completely update
my blog
with all my past and present Illinois sketches and drawings
before we head back to the great southwest
this Saturday.
Always good to have a goal...better still to reach it!

are those frightful things you see
when you take your eyes off your goal."
~Henry Ford