The Year Of Drawing Adventurously – Week 23: Something Imaginary

Following the chart to 52 drawings this year.

In the next few weeks, the themes all seem to run toward the whimsical. I had to think ahead so I had enough ‘imaginary’ beings to choose from. I love the water, have seafarers in my heritage and can’t imagine living too very far from the sea. And so I give you something from my imagination: a mermaid, floating just below the surface!

The Year Of Drawing Adventurously – Week 22: Family Portrait

Following the chart to 52 drawings this year.

This week was difficult in oh so many ways… It was full of upheaval – we are dealing with a major household repair which has my backyard destroyed. And there are some things happening on a personal level that have me anxious and off kilter. The amount of time I wanted to devote to creating a family portrait just wasn’t there. However, I have something to post this week, a series of geometric figures I created using my late father-in-law’s drafting tools. The figures are some of the most calming and soothing things I draw. And though they aren’t a family portrait, there is a family connection.

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The Year Of Drawing Adventurously – Week 20: Bug

Following the chart to 52 drawings this year.

The scarab beetle was sacred in ancient Egypt. (I am not an Ancient Egyptian, just to be clear). The god Khepri, who was Ra as the rising sun, was represented by a scarab beetle-headed man. Khepri would roll the sun across the sky in the same way the scarab (or dung beetle) would roll dung into a ball into which they laid their eggs so that as the larvae emerged they were surrounded by a food source. (I know, gross, but nature’s recyclers, right?) It was this birth and cycle of renewal that corresponded to the birth of the sun each morning. Here is my scarab beetle: