Friday, September 22, 2017

This Week

It’s Friday! Time for another post filled with random thoughts and trivial babbling. Because that’s what we like best around here.

First, house news. The spare bedroom/art room downstairs is done; washed, painted, new flooring, ceiling fan, blinds, wall plates, switch covers, outlets and all that fun stuff. Today the most amazing man in the world who also happens to be the handiest will hammer in the quarter rounds, add new hardware to the doors and put back the shelving in the closet. It’s amazing how much work is involved in one little room.

We’ve got the front room left and that’s it for major overhauls. Once that’s completed, we’ll fi-na-lly be able to unpack everything and put it in its place. And we’ll even be able to add a dining table in our dining area that we’ve been using as a TV room. (I’m taking photos as we renovate that I will share in the future.)

We’re almost there. YAY US!



Next…drawing! I am still doing it every day and loving every minute. And I’m thankful to all the people out there, especially the YouTubers who generously share their expertise and encourage people to learn new things. I’ve been following along on these step by step drawing lessons for weeks and all the practice is paying off. I’ve noticed in the past few days that I no longer need to watch the entire video. I freeze the screen and draw what I see. *squee* My goal is to eventually venture off on my own. For now I’m perfectly happy learning from others. Here are some of my latest drawings.





Speaking of drawing, it brings back memories of when my older daughter was 3 or 4. We used to watch a show called Pappyland; an American half-hour children's television series where there was dancing and singing and the teaching of life lessons. But the main focus of the program was about drawing. The camera was positioned directly above Pappy’s paper as he drew, and children (even older ones like me) were able to follow along and create the images he did. Well, my daughter and I, and often a neighbourhood kid or two, would be all set with our pencils and crayons and juice boxes and snacks each weekday morning, and we’d draw along with Pappy. It was so much fun! And you’d be right if you guessed that ours was the most popular home in the neighbourhood with kids. So you see, this isn’t my first attempt at trying to get beyond stick figures. Have you heard of this show? Here’s a video of one episode:



This is getting much too long, so I’m going to stop here. You’re welcome.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Have fun. Be well.

40 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard of Pappyland; sounds like a great show though! What a great bonding experience for you and your daughter, plus the advantage of having friends in the neighborhood! I love your pumpkin drawing!

    betty

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    1. It was a lot of fun, Betty. I wish I could go back and do it all over again!

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  2. You are really doing so well with the drawing, Martha. Pappyland's drawing reminds me of Mr. Dressup here in Canada also - remember his show? He didn't often draw, but when he did, he made it look so easy :)

    Yay for house progress! And yes, there is so much to do in any size room ... all that trim!!

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    1. You bet I remember that show! I watch it when I was a child. I was a HUGE fan. I loved it. And it was introduced to my older daughter, as well. That brings back so many wonderful memories.

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  3. Hi Martha! I love Shroeder!! I aspired to be like him when I was young. I did play piano but have long since had one...that's one thing though in the dream house for the future, a nice piano so I can play the Peanuts songs :) Your drawings are great! I did the same starting out in 2013 (well, I did paint earlier on, but it was just very abstract)...I followed Bob Ross and paused the show to do what he did. It took me a while to find my confidence and I still use prompts and images to help me out. I think that whatever makes you feel comfy, just go for it! I still trace things too, I just love the whole process and I love your pumpkin!! I never heard of Pappyland! What a great way to motivate kids though!

    OMG it is the weekend isn't it??? Gotta hide from the tourists lol! :)

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    1. HAHAHA! I laughed out loud with the tourists comment. I don't blame you with the type of weather we've been having lately. People everywhere! LOL

      I have found a very comfortable way of drawing right now and it's a lot of fun. I've noticed that my skills are slowly improving, which encourages me to keep going. My next step is getting into watercolour pencils at some point. That'll be a real treat! I've always wanted to learn how to draw but never put the time in. Now that my kids are grown up and moved out, and our life has really slowed down, I figured why not give it a go? I'm so glad I did!

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  4. I've never heard of Pappyland. It must have been fun to draw with Pappy. My favorite among your new drawings in Schroeder. You're doing so well.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It was a lot of fun. I think I looked forward to that show even more than the kids did! :)

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  5. I think the pumpkin was the best but the bird was also really good

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    1. I had the most fun with the pumpkin. The bird is my first attempt at...well...a bird. I want to keep drawing more until I really get good at it.

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  6. Great progress on the house. I don't know about Pappyland but your art is really coming along!

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  7. So once you're finished this renovation project you're going to need something to do. So drawing will attract your attention!

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    1. You bet! Drawing is definitely something that'll keep me busy.

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  8. Congrats on your house progress!!! You do rock! I enjoy seeing your drawings! The little bird was so sweet. I can't believe it, but I actually watched a good bit of the Pappyland video. I thought it was really cool how he demonstrated shading to give a shiny effect. And I loved seeing the art the kiddos sent in. I adore children's art. It was one of the perks of teaching I enjoyed so much. Children are not random at all in their artwork. Everything is deliberate and has a reason if you ask them about their drawings. I'm glad that you shared this happy time with your daughter and her friends, Martha! The thought makes me smile!

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    1. We should encourage arts and crafts in young people. They would take a bigger interest in it and expand on their skills. I remember how much I loved my art classes when I was a child.

      Pappyland was a terrific show. I'm so glad I took the time to watch it with my daughter and some of the neighbourhood kids. We had a wonderful time together.

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  9. I was thinking the same thing as Jenny O, above. I loved Mr. Dressup as a kid and then introduced him to my daughter. He drew with the best pencils - thick and black! Drawing was a huge part of my childhood. -Jenn

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    1. Me, too! I was a HUGE fan of Mr. Dressup. I wouldn't miss a show. And I introduced the show to my older daughter. What great memories!

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  10. Can't believe you two are almost done the house work! Way to go you guys! You are SO expert at it now that you'll be looking to do another? Just sayin.....lol
    Your determination and patience is paying off, Martha. yes, soon you will on your own.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. This house stuff has been a long and tiring journey but now we're starting to see the results of our hard work...and it's worth it! It's like night and day around here. Just a little more to go and we can put away our paints and paint brushes. That'll be a happy day!

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  11. Wonderful drawings and congrats on the house!

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  12. Well done with all the house renovations, I wish I could say the same about our house here in the UK. We've been here 15 years and most rooms are still not decorated!

    I like your sketches, keep going!

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    1. We were like that in our old house until we had to sell it! That'll motivate you :) But this one was so dirty and worn down that there's no way we could live in it like that. So out came the cleaners and paint buckets!

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  13. Wow Girl, you never cease to amaze me, u are so gifted. I missed you all, so I'm back. Little by little I find all my favourite blogs, and here I am. Lovely to see you. Oh, my New blog:
    https://photosandtheeverydayl.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Lorraine! How are you, girl? It's so good to hear from you again. I will check out your blog, for sure.

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  14. Good news about the decorating. Your pictures are looking good too. I haven't been around lately but that should change. Just think.
    PhilYorke's dad had no training but he was great at it. The only way you'll discover what talent you have is by putting it out there.
    I can see you've got something. Anybody can.

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    1. You are right! We don't know what talents we have until we get them out there. Either way, it's fun to try new things.

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  15. here it is hot and humid, incredibly uncomfortable I can't wait for snow lol

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    1. It is the same here. We're not in Kingston anymore. I don't know if you know that. We are now in Cornwall, which means I am very close to you. If you are ever up to it, we could meet for coffee. I'd love that.

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  16. Oh my you really ROCK MARTHA!!!

    ABSOLUTELY LOVED THESE CUTE DRAWINGS!

    You learn fast girl!!!!! M proud of you .
    Best wishes for all your upcoming ventures my friend!
    So glad that you are almost done and only front room has remained .
    Yes though these closet ,door or Windows work seem little but take lots if time and energy as i observed in our previous house hubby spent hoyrs and even days over such piecesof jobs and sometimes it seemed irritating to me nut when the job was done i was the one who was mist happy and satisfied and hubby smiled and asked so what you say now? Complete silence in answer with hidden smile lol

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    1. HAHAHA! Loved your story. I feel the same way. I like my home in order and when it's chaos around here, it's very tiring. I'll be happy when we are completely done and we can just enjoy our home. Thanks for stopping by, dear friend!

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  17. Great job drawing. And I can't wait to see the photos of all your hard work renovating.

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    1. Thank you! The drawing has been fun. The renovations...not so much :)

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  18. I love drawing cartoons and writing funny lines but I also really love stick figures and of course, non-sticks as well. Really, it's all great fun. Love seeing your stuff. Keep up the great work.

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    1. Your stick figures aren't just stick figures like mine would be. They are actually very artistic! And they are super cute. I hope you always keep that going!

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