Rediscovering a Love of Sketching

Over the past few years, my blog has ebbed and flowed. When I first started blogging four years ago, I had oodles of time, so I regularly shared stories and memories. Then I got busier and started sharing photos. Then I got really busy and started sharing… nothing.

But I enjoy this community of bloggers and readers, so I keep coming back, even if it’s not as frequently. Life is different now since the COVID-19 pandemic, and instead of driving around taking photos, my husband and I have been staying close to home.

This has led to my rediscovering a love of sketching. I’m bound and determined to make this season of our life precious and meaningful, so things I’ve been leaving until “tomorrow” are now being done “today.”

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Silent Sunday: The Romanian Music Played in My Heart

In Grade 12, I lived two provinces away from the Romanian Dance Ensemble I had performed with as a child. But the Romanian music continued to play in my heart.

And when asked to submit an art assignment with the topic of my choice, I chose to paint the Senior dancers from the Eminescu Romanian Dance Ensemble. I sketched the figures from a photo taken in Regina, Saskatchewan, in the 1970s.

The dance is called Oaș after a region in the northern part of Romania.

I didn’t get the faces right. People are notoriously hard to draw, at least for me! But I spent a lot of time on the fabric, trying to capture the movement.

And in the silence of the room, the music played in my heart while I sketched and painted.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place (in Chartres Cathedral)

In 1991 I went on the trip of a lifetime to visit a cathedral I had studied in an art history course – Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. Coming from Canada, where old buildings are often no more than 100 years old, it was incredible to visit a place where construction began in 1145.

I was fascinated by the beautiful Gothic architecture and in particular the stained glass windows. This is the West Rose Window. I have a dim memory of standing under it in awe. My little film camera didn’t do it justice, but here it is as I saw it. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd (Travelling Alberta)

I love the topic of this week’s photo challenge from the Daily Post, to “explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden.”

This week my husband and I were travelling through Alberta, and I took two photos that seem to fit this theme. Read more

Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme (Inspired by Magnolias)

Before I moved to the West Coast, the only thing I knew about magnolias was that they were in the title of a very emotional movie called Steel Magnolias.

Then one day I discovered them outside our local library and rushed to take a photo. Read more