Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Car Accidents Can "Set You Back" ! 4-22-08

Well as my title alludes...I was in a car crash a few weeks ago, that's why I haven't posted. I was rolling right along preparing for my classes, going out hiking, getting ready to do plein air oil landscapes again when I got hit by someone who ran a stop sign! Sigh...well, thank God I wasn't hurt worse, my car was totaled and I got out myself but I did take a ride in the ambulance to the hospital. I joked with the EMT's that I guess you need to experience everything in your lifetime. I thought I'd be back to normal again right away but just as friends warned me, the pains and problems might show up later. Yup...they came! I won't go into detail about all the pain and suffering, I'm trying to focus on the positive.

The killer is the weather turned absolutely gorgeous in my area of the world, and I just didn't feel like going out to draw. What I did do was carry my sketchbook with me to the doctors offices, I've never ever been one to 'waste' time sitting around waiting.
I threw my field guide into my small field bag and my sketchbook, my inktense watercolor pencils and waterbrush. So...I nursed my interest in drawing along as I nursed my body and nerves. I even drew a chair while waiting for the Neurologist, chairs you know, are very good to practice drawing skills on. Think perspective!
I have a few pictures that show stages, with more to follow. If you take note of the dates, I did them about one week apart...wow I HATE moving so slow in my work, but I have to be patient everyone says. I am WAY behind on my drawing! I will also upload on another entry about the wonderful two openings I was in at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca. Lots of great photos from those events. So for now...here's some pages from my sketchbook, though unfinished still, please forgive my taking so long!

This last sketchbook page is from a butterfly field guide, it's an Eastern Tailed Blue. I did do more work on it since this was scanned, I'll upload it soon.
I hope to take you on a walk with me this Friday, I'm going exploring with a photographer friend of mine and I will post about it after.

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