This is a palace for Momo, the Queen of GarrenLand. Please note the cat flags flying from the top of the castle, as well as the nifty cat ear shape to those parapets (or whatever is the correct term for those pieces of wall that stick up on castles). You will also notice the uniformity of the upward slant to each window. This drawing was done by James, who apparently has also inherited his mother's weird proclivity for always tilting things that should be symmetrical (if you look closely, you'll see all the glass faces and masks I make usually are wider on the right as you look at them and narrower on the left). I am so pleased with this little boy for including some great feline cat-eristics to this drawing. Way to go, James!
This is what happens when Katie "just feels like drawing a house, not a particular house but just what I want to draw." Kate's stylized people are very intriguing to me. Lately, they have developed a few very long eyelashes at the corners of their eyes, and this slight exaggeration does much to tell you about each character. I also really like the towers she added to her house, very magical. Way to go, K-a-t-i-e!
This is my ink pen sketch (yep, Elaine, you read that right...no eraser, just some ink and me attempting to dance with the paper). The sketch is based on the newest bi-weekly challenge photograph at Different Strokes from Different Folks. How cool is that idea? Post a photograph, and then post everyone's different interpretations of that photograph. The previous challenge was a photograph of the Jefferson Memorial at night (and you can see Capt. Elaine's watercolor of it).
I have stood inside the Jefferson Memorial at night and been in awe of the magnitude of what our forefathers created. "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man" is inscribed around the inside of the dome, and reading it is a memory I will always hold dear.
Oops, back to the drawing and painting challenge! Lack of torching does strange things to a glass girl's mind...makes her dabble here and there and everywhere looking for a little creative satisfaction. Nothing has been "just what I wanted," though. Clay is only satisfying if I model it and then pour plaster over it in an attempt to make a mold. I'm so 'skeered I'll have the wrong thicknesses and blow up my clay creation in the kiln that I make things toooooooooo thin and they crack apart before I can even contemplate sticking them in the kiln. Wood, then? Nah, too cold in the garage. What I have suspected before is that I am addicted to the immediate results you get from melting glass. Okay, so you have to wait those hours and hours for the annealing and cooling in the kiln, but you get to see what you've shaped in the flame the whole time you are melting and shaping it.
Sketching with an ink pen is sort of akin to that. Immediate results that you can see growing across the page. No real erasing and doing over (technically, I think you can use an eraser, and I know you can melt in/off globs of glass gone wrong but I have come to enjoy letting the glass decide what it wants to do). Just start making lines. . .lay 'em down one after another, don't pause in the middle of a line, keep the repetitive motion flowing. It was like meditation. Took me an hour and a half because I was stopping to get this or load the washer or empty the dryer or find that. BUT even when I stopped, my mind stayed focused on the feeling of laying down those lines. It was beautiful. I think I'll do it again.