Sketchbook Peek: Fort Washington

Despite having grown up absolutely nowhere near water, I really like lighthouses. I stood in the wind as I drew, a man nearby flying a kite far above my head as the sun started to set. A lovely day, and I’m glad I took the time to draw part of it.

(I also love national parks because I can put the stamp in my sketchbook.)

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Berthe Morisot

There weren’t many female Impressionists, so Morisot’s work was new to me, but I like it.

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Sketchbook Peek: Oxon Hill Farm

It was a windy and chilly April day that I visited Oxon Hill Farm, far too windy to draw the cows in the field as I’d wanted. So I took shelter in this little building and drew the old tractor they had on display along with other ancient technology.

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Mary Cassatt

I adore her hat.

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Marie Bracquemond

I couldn’t find an image of her signature.

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Journal52 – Week 20

The prompt was “food with a face.” I started by drawing broccoli more or less in the style of Ballycumber the BookCrossing logo, and just kind of went from there. The final picture amuses the crap out of me.

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Journal52 – Week 13

I am so pleased with myself for this one. I’d always misheard the lyrics to this song, and with a prompt like mondegreens, I knew I had to go for it. She’s even holding the ELO shield! Come on, it’s hilarious.

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Journal52 – Week 11

This week’s prompt was favorite imaginary animal. I’d thought about gelflings and griffins and then looked up and saw my plush Peep collection, and decided to draw that instead.

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Journal52 – Week 10

The two prompts this week were “emerge” and “what lies beneath”. I decided to incorporate both in my page, plus try out some new pens my husband gave me: Sakura Glaze. Very pretty, but the scan doesn’t do the shine justice.

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Sketchbook Peek: Happy Creek

The day before Memorial Day I was supposed to go on a sketchcrawl at the National Zoo. However, I’d underestimated the traffic-snarling power of Rolling Thunder. When it took me two hours just to get to Arlington, I decided to stay west of the Potomac and wandered aimlessly down I-66 until I stopped randomly in The Plains. After grabbing lunch at the farmer’s market, I stopped in Happy Creek Coffee and Tea and tried their nitro cold brew coffee. Quite tasty, even if I did have a little bit of trouble with the proportions of my glass.

(And yes, I know it says Honey Creek. I fixed it after scanning.)

Because the cafe shares its space with Haymarket Bicycles, there was a gorgeous chandelier made of bicycle parts and coffee paraphernalia. It was quite fun to draw.

So even though I missed the sketchcrawl, I’m glad I still took the time to do a little sketching on my own.

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