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#AprilA2Z Art Sketching through the Alphabet “F”

Hello, Kitten & Dawgs!  I’m delighted you joined me for the next A2Z alphabet prompt.   My brain flicked and flittered with “F” letter ideas. The first thing that came to mind was a fence. The fence needed more, so I added a bicycle but the word bicycle doesn’t start with the letter “F”, so I  penciled in a frog and fox and to make the picture complete I sketched in a bit of foliage (tree), fluffy clouds, and a flowing hillside. Now, that’s not bad for art sketching through the alphabet for the letter “F”, huh?

I liked this so much so I used the general idea to create a card for my mother’s 72nd birthday, which was this past Tuesday.

I used my Kimberly watercolor pencils to trace the image, applying a bit of water on a q-tip I ran it over the watercolors making it look like a watercolor painting.

After uploading Mom’s bday card I noticed somehow I missed shading one side of the fence posts, so I thought I’d try to correct this in Pixelmator. It isn’t purrfect but it helps and then I added a bit of noise to the image giving the picture a grainy texture. I kinda liked it and thought hey this is sorta like digital sketching. I know, I know, I’m getting really flexible with my thinking.

I usually share some Friday Sillies today but since I’m doing this all month I won’t be but I did think of a clever way to give you a dose of laughs with today’s prompt by sketching a funny face.

When I showed this to DH he said, ” When did you do this sketch of me?” I replied, “Before you got your smaller frames.” 😀

I have more “F” subjects to sketch but I’m getting short on time, so I will have to wait until after the challenge ends.  I think I may incorporate a weekly sketch into my blog routine, what do you think, should I do it?

Hopefully, what I share with you every day will encourage you to do something that interests you that you’ve long put off because like me you just don’t think you can. My advice is, just do it! Maybe, you’ll be surprised. I know I was! 🙂



Freak me out, leave a comment! Are you having a funky good time or are you feeling a bit like a fruit loop doin’ the A-to-Z shuffle? Can you help me to figure out what my next “F”  illustration should be? Float me a line in comments with your suggestion!

I’m heading off to link up with other fellow AtoZers and you’re invited to come along.  I’ll see you on tomorrow for the next installment of Art Sketching through the Alphabet!






A2Z Art Sketching Through the  Alphabet post recap:

  1. “A” for Angels
  2. “B” for Boys, little
  3. “C” is for Cows, Chicken & Chicks, and Big Cats
  4. “D” for Dog
  5. “E” is for Elephant, Eagle, & Elk





#WW Autumn splendor and surprise

Something came up, like getting time to spend with my DH for another week, so I won’t be in Blogosphere this week. . A few more days unplugged from the net will do this gal good.  You ought to try it!

Do you remember Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway? While enjoying time with DH this month, I photographed it again. The fall foliage was more glorious than before! Here’s a picture from a different vantage point. One minute, I’m snapping away at this….

DSC_3973and just as I turned around to get in the car this is what I see. My husband shouting, “Shoot! Shoot, now!”

DSC_3977What a nice surprise! I’m not an action photographer. I think I was a little stunned, as a blend of excitement and panic set in. In rapid session I fired three or four shots. I was thinking, if I get one picture that isn’t blurry I’d be a happy girl (as it turned out I got two that weren’t bad), but the sense that griped me as we pulled away was the thrill of the experience. Now, that was a lot of fun!

Sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…

Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

Congratulations,  Lisa!  Now, please be a deer by showing some love by visiting her quaint blog home Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air and leave a sweet comment letting her know that I sent you over.

Let others know you’re in the spotlight by displaying…

Curious as a Cathy

Just a reminder, each week I use random.org to pick a new photographer. I would like the opportunity to put your blog on display. To win a chance in the spotlight, then join the linky party below with your photographic wonder URL.

Thank you for making me apart of your day.Today’s photos are a contribution on several of these fine Wordless Wednesday communities.   Please leave your comments footprints so that I know you came and I will hop over to your place soon. Have a foto-tastic day!

#SWF: Price Lake BRPW in NC

Last Saturday’s drive took us back to Boone, North Carolina where we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I was surprised to see the beginning of nature’s wardrobe change.

Price Lake on the BRPW located south of Boone, NC.

Price Lake on the Blue Ridge Parkway located south of Boone, NC. Linking up with photographers across the globe in Skywatch Friday.

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

The cool evenings and warm days have stimulated an early glimpse of fall’s foliage for the abundant of visitors. If this keeps up, then the colors will peak sooner than expected. Geez, I cannot believe it’s October, can you?

What is autumn revealing in your part of the country?

In case you missed the news, I’m taking a wee break this month. I scheduled my photo post ahead with the anticipation that you would stop by. Let me say, Thank you for making me apart of your day and although, I’m unplugged I will return visits to anyone who leaves a comment.  Until we meet on the other side of the lens next, have a fototastic day!