View Full Version : Weekly Inspirational Pictures for Dec 30 -- Jan 5

12-30-2012, 06:03 AM
Here, we go, I've uploaded the first five (of seven) images as attachments, I'll put the rest in a reply post. These photos were all taken by either my husband or myself, I'm not sure with some of them which of us took them. The bird feeder belongs to my husband's parents, who we were staying with last week. The other photos are from a couple of towns with medieval roots that are not so far (15 and 30 minutes drive) from the village where they live.

The tumbledown skeleton of a shed in the one photo was next to what I think is a very sad sight --a narrow valley that is a still-productive apple orchard that has been totally abandoned as an orchard --I think it's been turned into a public park, there's a couple of benches there, but the apples lay in drifts under the trees, it didn't look like anybody had picked them at all this year, and maybe not for years. Most of the trees were on terraces on the sides of the valley, there's hardly any valley floor. (I have a photo of that, too, but it's not so drawing-friendly.)

12-30-2012, 06:07 AM
Here are the last two photos. The shed skeleton photo in the previous post was taken from the same path as in the path photo here, but much farther around the city. The path skirts one of the medieval walls of the city, mostly along the bottom of one and the top of the next, but for some parts (like when it's along the orchard) there's no 'next' because the 'next' is mountain. The other photo is the trunk of a vine of some kind that went on to grow up and over the railing and down the wall it was on top of.

12-30-2012, 07:22 AM
Great photos Mercy, what an amazing place.

12-30-2012, 10:52 AM
wow, what an interesting area!!! thanks for the photos

12-30-2012, 12:12 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention, that's a stork nest on top of that tower.

12-30-2012, 03:30 PM
Thank you Mercy for posting photos for us to be inspired. Great pictures.

12-31-2012, 11:01 PM
Gorgeous photos!

12-31-2012, 11:37 PM
I thought I'd lost the thread, didnt' see it had been made sticky... lol

Had a go at one of the birds on the feeder, he just looked so cute. Dragged out my graphitints for this one.


01-01-2013, 11:10 AM
Happy New Year all.
Well done on the bird, Jacqui.
Thanks for the pictures, Mercy. My goal for the year is to start a sketchbook journal of the places I go and things I see, so this is excellent practice for me.

This was my last sketch of 2012. Hoping to do lots more this year.
9 by 12 inches - pencil

01-01-2013, 01:51 PM
Great bird, Jacqui.

Marvelous landscape, Philip. Tho' I see you left out the litter. :lol:

01-03-2013, 02:42 AM
Thanks, Debby.
I hope some more people are going to have a go at these pictures. Old buildings always have character. Even falling apart they have a charm of their own. It seems to me that there must be a mystery behind that door that's probably best left untouched.

01-03-2013, 02:40 PM
Jacqui, cute little bird there.

Phlip, good door and tree.

Thank you Mercy for the photos. They are not that easy in pencil.



01-03-2013, 04:22 PM
Great sketch of the door, Philip.

You did just fine in pencil, Sandra.

01-04-2013, 12:32 AM
Great landscape and door Philip.
Very creative sketches Sandra, I love how you always give them your own touch.

My version of the doors, in watercolour

01-04-2013, 11:50 AM
Industrious drawings, everyone!
Mercy, these photos are great subjects for this thread. Such a picturesque and fascinating area.
Here's my interpretation of the last one.
c and c always welcomed

graphite, pen and ink
8 1/2" X 11" sketchbook page


01-04-2013, 03:16 PM
Sandra, I love the addition of the insects. They make me smile.
Jacqui, What a difference a little color can make! Cool.
Steven, I like the character that the ink lines add. It's a loose style, but still has clear lines. Nice.
This is my last effort for this group. Thanks again for the pictures, Mercy.
9 by 12 inches - pencil

01-04-2013, 03:53 PM
Jacqui, great door.

Steven, such a lovely pen sketch of the view and the tree.

Philip, like how you focused in on the shed.

01-05-2013, 10:22 AM
Wow, everyone. . . I'd grabbed one to do and came back to see all these wonderful examples!

Jacqui, what an a adorable bird with the graphitints. And the door is cool, love how you handled the wall especially.

Philip, nice graphite landscape and really great job on the doors, you got the perspective nicely (better than in mine!)

Sandra, I agree. . . not easy ones but fun. And as usual you gave them your own special imaginative touch! :thumbsup:

Steven what an awesome combo of pen and ink on that landscape. Those are two medium that I rarely think to use together except when doing zentangles!

I did the doors in bed last night off my ipad in pen, gonna add some color and text to the page later after errands and some more detail on wall. One more page spread left in my S&B Delta after this page is done.


01-05-2013, 04:55 PM
Great shed Philip.
Rainy thanks. Like your pen work a lot.

01-05-2013, 06:42 PM
Rainy, marvelous doors.