Today I decided to enact a “no driving” day. So, around the house an in my neighborhood, we did:

  • 2 naps
  • 3 walks
  • 1 vacuum
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 church visit
  • 4 hours of painting
  • 2 loads of laundry

Only the painting is really blog-able, though.

I was excited to get to work on the first painting the series I discussed at last week’s workshop.


I sketched it out onto a full sheet of paper (that’s a commitment for me), but even though I had faithfully followed my sketch, I still didn’t like what I was looking at.

i took out the grid lines and started to do my own sketching. One thing I have been working on this year is doing my own drawing. The sketch above was drawn by me, so I felt transferring it wouldn’t be “cheating.” But I wasn’t happy, so I ditched the sketch and drew what I knew from my countless hours of sketching horses.


The changes aren’t obvious, but like the shapes a lot better now. Right now there are three colors on the paper and masking flue (the lightest and most shinny color.) I’m interested in what the next step will be!

I also added a layer onto my kestrel painting.


I’m trying to decide if I’d like to add some rice paper to the kestrel before continuing.