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Two June Haiku

Two June Haiku
Peonyglassvase

Peony in Cut Glass Vase, pen drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a long journey

round this peony blossom–

O tiny black ant!

 

 

Bucketlines

The Offending Bucket, pen drawing

My fault–this drumbeat!

Left the bucket upside-down,

And now it’s raining.

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Catching Up

Sunflower Sketch 2

Sunflower Sketch 2

On a beautiful late summer day, I headed to Falmouth to the Tidewater Farm property along the Presumscot River, where there are walking paths as well as some lovely gardens. This was my first visit to Tidewater but will certainly not be the last!

While my friend Diana Johnson sketched some views of the landscape, I plunked myself down on a garden path near a tool shed and sketched a towering sunflower with one massive bloom leaning high above my head. I found myself wondering just how heavy that blossom might be; it was at least ten inches across and loaded with seeds!

 

Here’s the last sketch I did before I headed home. It seems that the shapes of the leaves got simpler and more angular as I went along.

 

Sunflower Sketch 3

Sunflower Sketch 3

(Both sketches done in pencil and oil pastel on paper.)

 

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Sunflower Sketch 3

Sunflower Sketch 3
Sunflower Sketch 3

Sunflower Sketch 3

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Sunflower sketch 2

Sunflower sketch 2

Sunflower sketch 2

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Another Morning Mug

Morning Mug

Morning Mug, oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″, © Sukie Curtis 2014

I begin most mornings with a mug of hot tea (loose leaf Assam tea brewed in a pot, with milk, to be precise), but if you prefer your mornings with coffee, feel free to imagine this mug as your first coffee of the day!

Back in 2007 to 2008 when I undertook to draw in a sketch book at least once a day (and succeeded, except for two or three days out of 365), I often found that my left hand was the best subject around. Sometimes just my hand itself, perhaps with fingers bent to make it more interesting, but often my left hand holding my mug of tea.

I’ve never actually stopped to count just how many times over the intervening years I have drawn my left hand with mug, but I’d guess somewhere between 150 and 200 times! Most often I draw in a “semi-blind” sort of manner–primarily looking at my hand and not at my sketchbook. I find the results of blind or semi-blind contour drawings much more interesting and more alive than more traditional drawings that aim to represent reality with accuracy and in detail.

Here’s an example from November 13, 2012.

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Ink drawing on paper, 6″ x 6″

Only recently have I turned any of these drawings into paintings. The one pictured at the top of this post is the second of two.

 

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Islesford Sketchbook 1

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Islesford sketchbook, 7.7.13, view east into the woods: pen, watercolor pencils, oil pastel

From July 6 to 13, David and I returned to Little Cranberry Island, one of the Cranberry Isles off of Mount Desert Island (home of Acadia National Park). This was our third stay in recent years on Little Cranberry, also known as Islesford, a place David often visited during his high school and college years and beyond with his dear friend Nat Bowditch, whose family has spent summers there for generations. (Sadly, Nat died in 2008, way too young.)

 

Although I usually paint with oils, given the challenges of transporting wet paintings as well as the odors and hazards of paint solvents that might not be fully appreciated in a rented house, I usually limit myself to sketching materials and water-based paints during our visits to Islesford. This year I decided to photograph many of my daily sketches for posting.

 

Here’s the first: a seemingly simply but rather complex to “capture” view of the morning light in the trees to the east of the cabin.

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