Back in the Saddle

9/17/2009 03:44:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 12 Comments »
We've been to Nashville to see little Clyde, our grandson. He gives me such joy just to watch him toddle about. I love how he swings his left arm when he's on a mission - he's all business then, and knows just what he wants to do. He makes me smile and laugh like no one else can. Here's a picture of him in his brand-new boots (which he loves!).


While there, we took him on a couple of little outings. One of them was to the Opry Mills shopping center to see the fish and ride the merry-go-round. There is a large, shallow pool there filled with stingrays, and for $2.00 you can get a little plastic container of shrimp to use to hand feed them! Of course, I couldn't wait to do it, and since the walls of the tank are clear, the baby could watch from his stroller. The stingrays are very gentle, and most amazing to me is that they like to be petted! I'd never seen them "in the flesh" before, only in pictures and on TV. For the first time I saw their underside, and they have very sweet little faces under there! They are gentle and take the food carefully from your hand. They are very smooth and sort of velvety to the touch. Sadly, we didn't get any pictures of them - we left our cameras in the car, and I didn't think to use my cell phone. ...... I guess I'll just have to go back soon, don't you think?

I took some art supplies with me, but I was busy the whole time doing fun things, and didn't do a single drawing. Also, I put all of my art groups on "no mail", so as not to have so much in my inbox when I got back (there were still 154 of them) and now I feel like I have no idea what's going on. It's sort of like starting out new again. My computer is very slow, both because it's old and because we can't get a very fast connection here in Hooterville, so trying to go back and look at every ones postings and blogs just takes me way too long. I'm waiting for a new Mac computer to arrive any day now (hooray!!!), and I'm very excited to start using it. My sweetie will help me get it all settled in, and I can't wait!

So, in lieu of new work to post, I'm posting an ink drawing from my journal. It was a rather quick sketch on paper that has texture to it - not the best choice for the medium I used, but it was what I had available at the time. After I got home, I trimmed it and pasted it in my journal. I'm hoping to have more time now to get back to my art!

See you soon~

12 comments:

Alex said...

I love the ink drawing :) I know how it's like to draw on a textured surface, I had been doing that for almost half a year. But then I realized that it's got a different personality to it, something quite unique that makes me appreciate it even more. Yes sometimes it's so hard to get an even tone, but it's still a fun challenge. But now I am on the Moleskine sketchpad, it's great too, and it's much easier to spread the colors.

marancat said...

I love the way the expression on the girl's face is highlighted by the plain background.
Your grandson is so cute - mine is a little older but still makes me laugh a lot!

Ann said...

What a cutie!
I love your sketch of the girl. That expression is wonderfully enchanting.

Carol said...

Great Sketch!!! I love the shading on her face and all that hair. Well Done! Your grandson's rain boots are cute and he's adorable in them!

marina said...

Very lovely drawing!
I can just imagine your grandson swinging the arm..... :-)

Julie said...

I love your sketch of the girl and the sweet expression on her face.

Alex said...

Thanks again Nancy for leaving such a sweet comment. I appreciate it so much, and I did show the drawing to my family. :) I don't think my sister cried, but she was pleased with it.

Danielle Combs said...

Love those green rainboots! And your sketch is lovely! :)

raena said...

What a great sketch! I think you did a fantastic job, especially shading on her face. It can be difficult to do with a pen!

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Nancy; What a little sweetie pie. I love the green boots. Your drawing was great too! I am glad you receive so much joy from your grandson, that's what it should be!
Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog. I appreciated them very much. Thanks for visiting.

Peachtreeart said...

I love, love, love dogs! And you Abby seems to be a hit with everyone she comes in contact with. We who have dogs have been blessed with friends for life!

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