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10-01-2010, 11:11 PM
I've decided to finish an Aquabee 6"x9" sketchbook I've had for years but never finished. I love the way it feels and handles, but have convinced myself I must finish this one before buying another. So the timing on this challenge is perfect. Thanks, Robert!

This afternoon I sat out in the backyard LOVING the cooler weather we're having after months and months of temps over 90F, and sketched the spider lillies that have popped up in the yard. Only a few have bloomed so far, and there are many more that look like they are about to open. I just love those little surprises every fall!


10-01-2010, 11:14 PM
Delightful. I expect to see fairies hidden there. ;)

10-02-2010, 12:00 AM
Colorful and delicate - very nice! Glad to see you join in!

10-02-2010, 12:29 AM
THESE are FANTASTIC, so delicate and so well rendered. LOVE THEM!!!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

10-02-2010, 01:46 AM
Leslie, these are beautiful! I remember seeing spider lilies when I was a kid, you've got them so perfect. Gorgeous beginning!

Vivien Maloney
10-02-2010, 02:09 AM
Lovely! We're in Spring now here in New Zealand but it doesn't seem that long ago that I was sketching spider Lillies too. I love them and always sketch them every Autumn. I'll be watching your sketchbook with interest.

10-02-2010, 02:50 AM
your work is beautiful...I can see note cards made with this drawing, just lovely :)

10-02-2010, 03:18 AM
wonderful flowers. Very delicate

10-02-2010, 08:37 AM
Very delicate, good job Leslie :)

10-02-2010, 09:14 AM
Thanks so much, everyone! I'm enjoying browsing everyone's sketches and look forward to contributing more. :)

10-02-2010, 01:49 PM
Hello Leslie. . . such pretty and delicate flowers!

10-02-2010, 11:13 PM
Lovely start and thanks for naming the flower for me, I saw a yard full of them on the way home from Jerry's Artarama today. What great flowers, maybe I need to get some bulbs for next year.

10-02-2010, 11:19 PM
Thank you, Rainy and Margo! Margo, they are the neatest flowers! I cut a few tonight and brought them inside to draw a closer view but got sucked into watching football and reading a novel instead. I hope to do that tomorrow after church!

10-02-2010, 11:21 PM
I just googled them, and apparently they are also called Surprise Lillies. :)

10-03-2010, 12:17 AM
Excellent job on the spider lilies, I like fall orchids too. :)

WC Lee
10-03-2010, 03:25 AM
very nice :)

10-03-2010, 07:16 AM
Ooh, I'll have to look those up! Orchids are amazing. Thanks!

10-03-2010, 08:17 AM
Very nice! I could see this being a greeting card that would do very well in our local markets! :)

10-03-2010, 12:18 PM
Very nice - feels like a spring day~

10-03-2010, 02:36 PM
Thanks, both of you! :) I do usually make cards from my paintings, but not usually my sketches. I'll give this one a try since two of you have mentioned cards. Thank you!

10-03-2010, 08:13 PM
Gosh! So delicate!! :)

10-03-2010, 09:54 PM
Thank you. :)

Joan T
10-06-2010, 11:14 AM
Super job on the spider lilies!!! Can't wait to see more.

10-06-2010, 11:48 AM
Thanks, Joan! I'm working on a quick landscape right now. I'm not having much time to paint- got to focus on my job (homeschooling my son!) instead. :) But I do hope to post more later in the week.

10-07-2010, 08:42 AM

A couple of months ago my family and I spent a couple of hours wandering around in the oldest town in our state. I took a bunch of pictures because I feel I need to practice drawing buildings. I'm always so much more interested in flora! Anyway, here's my first attempt at sketching one of the buildings in that town. The old house had a "condemned" sign on it, which I've left off, and was literally starting to fall apart. It was surrounded by trees... I've left off most of them, too. Well, I guess that's why it's called a sketch and not a finished painting! :rolleyes:

10-07-2010, 09:10 AM
Leslie, love the character in that old house. It looks so simple and reminds me of simplier times. Great trees and grass and I think you did a nice job on the perspective

10-07-2010, 09:16 AM
Thank you, Rainy! :)

10-07-2010, 10:10 AM
Love that drawing. You have me curious now, to go search about the oldest town in Ohio, hmmm.. that'd be a interesting adventure to do on one weekend!

10-07-2010, 10:14 AM
Oh, I'll bet it would be! Maybe we'll see some sketches from that, Rachel. :)

10-07-2010, 10:18 AM
Found it! Xenia, Ohio. It was founded in 1803, the year Ohio was admitted into the Union. :) Ah, I know where it is, about a 3 1/2 hour drive. One weekend, I'll have to go and take pictures, explore.

10-07-2010, 10:23 AM
Neat, Rachel! That sounds like a very interesting weekend trip!

10-07-2010, 10:25 AM

This is an idea my husband had for Christmas cards this year. So I sketched it out to see how it'll work. I think it'll be fun!

10-07-2010, 11:37 AM
Good job on the house, Leslie - and the Christmas card is a winner!

10-07-2010, 11:40 AM
Thanks, John! :)

10-08-2010, 01:13 AM
Nice little house among the trees. Too bad it was condemned.

The Christmas card idea looks marvelous.

10-08-2010, 05:19 AM
Nice work Leslie :)

10-08-2010, 08:50 AM
Thank you, Debby and Jackie!

10-08-2010, 09:08 AM
VERY cute . . . those will be neat cards. nice painting.

10-08-2010, 01:43 PM
Thank you! :)

10-08-2010, 03:41 PM
Beautiful work in your book, your christmas card is gorgeous.

10-08-2010, 08:17 PM
Thanks, Linda!! :)

10-09-2010, 01:30 AM
Hi Leslie

The Old House is BEAUTIFUL, fantastic lines and form!

LOVE the sketch of the potential christmas card - VERY BEAUTIFUL and graceful!!!!

Gentle Hugs, Stacey:grouphug:

10-09-2010, 08:18 AM
Thank you, Stacey! :)

10-09-2010, 08:47 AM
Your cards will be too cute! Nice sketch and sweet image~

10-09-2010, 12:02 PM
These are so sweet :)

10-09-2010, 09:35 PM
Thanks so much, Jeanne and EP!

I do love my chickens. :) They are so fun to watch!

10-11-2010, 10:26 PM

Saturday we went to a raptor show put on by an organization that rehabs raptors and then releases them into the wild if possible. This was a fascinating bird! It's called a Eurasian Eagle Owl, because of its huge size and those FEET! Wow. Their eyes are a stunning pumpkin orange, too. Beautiful creatures!


10-11-2010, 10:35 PM
Great job on the owl! You got that piercing stare down very well. Those talons look pretty intimidating, even with those heavy gloves.

10-11-2010, 10:37 PM
Thank you, John! I really appreciate that, especially from you. Don't those talons look scary?!!

10-11-2010, 11:00 PM
great stuff Leslie!! Owls are fascinating birds, and although they are beautiful their stare is quite creepy ;)

10-11-2010, 11:05 PM
:) They are so interesting. We got to dissect an owl pellet this past spring when we were on a field trip. That was so cool! That day when we were walking from the car to the house my son looked down and saw an owl pellet right there. How funny! Neither of us would have recognized them before that morning. He picked it up and dissected it on the back deck. More tiny mouse bones...

10-12-2010, 02:40 PM
great job on that owl! it really looks majestic

10-12-2010, 06:54 PM
Thank you, Colleen!

10-12-2010, 09:26 PM
Beautiful owl.

10-12-2010, 09:30 PM
love the owl, those feet really are massive.

10-12-2010, 11:28 PM
Thanks, Debby and Janine. Aren't those feet huge??!

10-15-2010, 01:31 AM
Hi Leslie,
STUNNING OWL, just a beautiful drawing!!!!!!

10-15-2010, 01:19 PM
The eyes on the owl are amazing and all-seeing.

10-17-2010, 05:10 PM
I think I can tell from the sketch your fascination with the talons! Super sketch. I love the little hen sketch Christmas card, beautifully conceived

10-17-2010, 05:32 PM
Thank you, Stacey, EP and Xina! I was fascinated with those huge talons. :) My husband had the great idea of putting the mama hen and her babies in a wreath for Christmas. :)

10-17-2010, 06:39 PM
Your husband had the cool idea - YOU conceived the image for us all to see.
Good teamwork I'd say

10-18-2010, 03:58 AM
Love the owl sketch and yes, he has humungus talons, I would hate to be the little mouse he caught.

Joan T
10-18-2010, 01:02 PM
I like your Christmas sketch and that wonderful owl!!

10-18-2010, 10:15 PM
Xina, you're right!! :) He's very creative.
Linda, thanks- I wouldn't want to be anything he caught, either!!
Thanks so much, Joan!

10-18-2010, 11:13 PM

This sketch is of three of our young chickens. I had the photo with me while I was waiting while my son was having some math tutoring. :)

10-19-2010, 12:22 AM
These chickens are just so delightful.

10-19-2010, 01:02 AM
Surfed through everything I missed and was delighted. The condemned house in Ohio has a sweet charm, so does the Christmas card design with hen and chicks in a wreath. These latest chickens are charming. But my favorite is that splendid eagle owl! So magnificent, thanks for including your photo reference too so I could see how accurately you captured her. Wonderful raptor!

10-19-2010, 02:34 AM
The chickens are really well done!

10-19-2010, 07:58 AM
Thank you, Debby, Robert and John! :)

10-19-2010, 08:54 AM
Good sketches! My favorites are the three chickens and the Christmas card. :-)

10-19-2010, 09:02 AM
Thanks, Michelle! You must like chickens, too. :)

10-20-2010, 12:35 PM
The chickens make me grin :)

10-20-2010, 04:43 PM
I'm glad, EP! :)

10-20-2010, 08:33 PM
like the way you tackled this one - fresh and lively

10-21-2010, 09:04 AM
Thank you, Jackie!

These three were only teenagers at the time I took the reference photo, so they were small and their tails weren't very pronounced.

10-21-2010, 05:01 PM
beautiful painting. . . love the colors and the different poses of the chickens. VERY nice.

10-21-2010, 07:35 PM
lovely teenaged chickens :)