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sarales
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!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Oct-2010/63862-spider_lilies_sm.jpg

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

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

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

Gentle Hugs, Stacey

robertsloan2
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.

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

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

virgo68
10-02-2010, 08:37 AM
Very delicate, good job Leslie :)

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

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

poochemio
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.
Margo

sarales
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!

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

Chuckcamo
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 :)

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

WYSIWYG
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! :)

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

sarales
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!

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

sarales
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.

sarales
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.

sarales
10-07-2010, 08:42 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2010/63862-Mooresville_old_house_sketch_sm.jpg

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:

RainySea
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

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

rmcbuckeye
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!

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

rmcbuckeye
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.

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

sarales
10-07-2010, 10:25 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Oct-2010/63862-Christmas_Buff__Chicks_crp_sm.jpg

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!

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

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

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

The Christmas card idea looks marvelous.

virgo68
10-08-2010, 05:19 AM
Nice work Leslie :)

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

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

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

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

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

Beautiful_Butterflies_Studio
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:

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

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

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

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

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

sarales
10-11-2010, 10:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2010/63862-Eurasian_Eagle_Owl_sketch_sm.jpg

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!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2010/63862-Eurasian_Eagle_Owl_sm.jpg

JTMB
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.

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

virgo68
10-11-2010, 11:00 PM
great stuff Leslie!! Owls are fascinating birds, and although they are beautiful their stare is quite creepy ;)

sarales
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...

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

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

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

jmb57
10-12-2010, 09:30 PM
love the owl, those feet really are massive.
janine

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

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

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

christinemlr
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

sarales
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. :)

christinemlr
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

flashviv
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!!

sarales
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!

sarales
10-18-2010, 11:13 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Oct-2010/63862-Three_brothers_sm.jpg

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. :)

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

robertsloan2
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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

virgo68
10-20-2010, 08:33 PM
like the way you tackled this one - fresh and lively

sarales
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.

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

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