Finally, after having Mokie here for over three years, I’ve painted her official portrait. It’s a 16 x 20 pastel on sanded paper that I mounted onto gesso board.
Here’s what we did on vacation. Mokie was worried at first but quickly acclimated, especially at the hotels. She even thought the elevator was fun in one hotel we stayed at. But she loved the cabin.
First of all, we had never been to Lake Lure, NC before and it is a really pretty place to go. We rented a cabin on the lake and even enjoyed the rainy days.
Above is a watercolor that I painted after we got home, but one of the following sketchbook pages is of the same scene that was done on location (as all the sketchbook paintings are).
It was really thrilling to see this mountain the first thing in the morning. It’s a good thing I painted it then because the rest of the week it played hide and seek with me. One day it completely disappeared!
This little fishing pond was next to our cabin.
The Duck Pond was sort of behind the Fishing Pond. The Duck Cabin is built right over the water. Most of the time that we were there, no one was in residence.
This is the same scene as the first picture posted. It was drizzly so the rain made some nice marks on the painting.
Mokie was tired from all the painting and it was a rain day.
It continued to rain, so here is the kitchen end of the cabin.
There was a large meadow on the property and this mountain was usually visible. Across the roadway there was an area with pear trees and sometimes there were deer to bark at.
That’s all I was able to do there, but I did take lots of pictures and will be posting more from the trip – especially the Flowering Bridge.
HAVE A MOKIE CHRISTMAS!!!
The Mokie Chronicles No. 18 – Discovery is in response to Susanna Leonard Hill’s 2nd annual pretty much world famous illustrators contest [Deadline Today!]:
Of course, Mokie came to mind (when doesn’t she). 🙂
So, without further adieu, Here is Mokienaught!!!!
Is she chasing the rabbit on the moon? or maybe looking for Pluto?
Show,don’t tell; is a writers chant. It’s hard to grasp sometimes and I found this post by Andrew Reynolds that I wanted to share that breaks it down better than most that I’ve seen.
He also said that, when giving a critique, he doesn’t just tell the person that they need to show not tell, but he shows them how to do it with an example. That’s the ultimate show don’t tell.
Andrew Reynolds post on Today’s Author:
Of course this makes me feel like I should show you something so here is some hand lettering I’ve been working on: Mokie grafitti
Lately my main activity has been remodeling my blog/website because I’ve been participating in the Blogging 101 class here at WordPress. I’ve done several things that I thought I wouldn’t do – like change my “theme” and make a new header, not to mention the new “about” page. Still working on widgets. Please take a look and let me know what you think.
In the mean time here’s a sketch I did of Mokie on my tablet while sitting in a doctor’s waiting room, waiting for my husband. I think it was the SketchPro app. It probably could be made clearer somehow, but she’s kind of fuzzy looking anyway. 🙂
The Mokie Chronicles – No. 17 – Happy Birthday Mokie!!!