Friday, December 19, 2008

Keeping it all together

Everyday Matters drawing challenge #201, draw a stapler. This was done with graphite and colored pencil in my 5.5 x 8.5 inch landscape format journal. I was using a small 5.5 inch square journal for all of my Everyday Matters drawing challenges. I filled that journal when I completed challenge #199. Now I am undecided just how I want to proceed, which sketchbook to use? As you can see, I did #200 in my Moleskine sketchbook. Now this is in my new, larger journal. What I do know is that doing these drawing challenges has been good for developing my confidence with drawing, especially drawing objects from life. Before starting on the Everyday Matters drawing challenges I would have been intimidated by drawing a stapler, or a figurine. Not so now. Oh, I'll figure out my sketchbook dilemma eventually.Marva, over at Pencil-Paper-Paint surprised me the other day with this lovely award. I have 'met' so many wonderful artists through the Everyday Matters group and Marva is very sweet to pass this award along to me.

Peggy Stermer-Cox, another fantastic artist, tagged me earlier this week. One of the rules is that I must list seven unusual things about myself. So my seven unusual things are:

1. I have a lot of gray hair. A lot. After coloring it myself for years I am now trying growing it out. It's a little scary. I might not be able to stand it. But it's kind of fun too, seeing this transformation. What do you all think - color or no color?

2. In between undergraduate studies and grad school I attended classes at the Art Student's League in New York City. Lived at the West Side Y for that summer. Going to the Art Student's League was one of the best things I ever did. Ever.

3. When I tell a new acquaintance that I homeschool my daughter they seem to usually assume one of two things about me. Well, I am neither.

4. My first paid job was at a plant nursery.

5. I really don't like lima beans.

6. Since my daughter out grew them I rarely get to nap anymore, but I still love taking naps when I can.

7. Background music in stores only makes me crazy and I can't wait to get whatever I am looking for and get out of there.

I don't really have people to tag or to pass the award along to (that I haven't previously awarded or tagged) but I will suggest that you visit the sites of these two terrific artists. It will brighten your day.


Owen said...

Such a hip little stapler.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

That's a cool stapler! Neat shape. I enjoyed reading your list of seven. My Dad went to the Art Students League in the late 40s and early 50s. I understand he taught there for awhile. I never went. To me, the Art Students League was like a holy city. Gray hair is good!

"JeanneG" said...

Now I'm curious. What do they assume about you after learning you home school?

Jennifer Rose said...

If I had more grey hair (which is more white on me), I would dye it bright pink :D If the grey looks fine on you, I would just leave it.

hmm 2 things assumed about you homeschooling your kids? that you are very religious and strict? I usually just think that the local schools are really bad and that the person doing the homeschooling can do a better job then the teachers.

Sherry said...

Smiling here to know other people are trying to grow out grey hair. My hairdresser says I won't be able to stand it and she might be right. I could cut it short and lessen the pain. but not when it's so blasted cold. My ears have to be covered! Good luck to you and me both.

Peachtreeart said...

Cool space age stapler!

purplepaint said...

Ann - I love your stapler, mine is just the old boring one. Thank you for your comments on my blog. Marva

Anonymous said...

My guess would be: Christian fundamentalist and Republican

Ann said...

Thanks for the comments!
Peggy, I'm hanging in there - don't want to cut my hair any shorter either.
Jennifer - I have thought magenta might be fun. But really, shy people should not have magenta hair :)
On the homeschooling stereotypes, okay, so there may be three things, but two of them are kind of the same. And you all are half right.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

LOVE the stapler. Gorgeous colours.

Anonymous said...

Say, that's a pretty swanky stapler you've got there. Excellent drawing, as usual.

Happy Holidays!


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