Tuesday, August 8, 2017

love a white lily

Flowers gathered from the garden in August. Janice Skivington
I love drawing white flowers, especially white lilies.
Flowers gathered in a couple of vases drawing finished and ready to paint. Janice Skivington

Saturday, August 5, 2017

babies are like flowers

This is hardly an original thought, but as I drew this newborn baby I could not help but marvel at the similarities. Certain characteristics that I love about drawing flowers are the pleasing curves that move the eye and the heart around and around. I have been drawing this baby a lot lately, here and here too.
I am fascinated with her shape, her roundness, her curves, soft and fragile yet resilient. I hold her in my arms while she sleeps and gaze with my drawing eyes.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

flowers and babies

Musings and thoughts from my sketchbook this week. We have a new baby around here, and another one is due any day soon. So Many Blessings.

Friday, July 28, 2017


"A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."
Carl Sandburg

Thursday, July 27, 2017

where to be

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” 
― Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast

I would like to retitle this "How to Be". 
I greatly admired the culture of family and enjoying outdoor time together that I saw while in the heartland of Mexico. The city of Queretaro was dotted with lovely plazas where families could sit together, play with the little ones, visit, or just "be" together.

time slows

Time spent following a toddler around the garden is time slowed way down. All the projects and plans for the morning come to a breathless halt. A couple of sticks found in the dirt, a rock picked up and clutched in a small sweaty hand, these are the largest concerns of the moment.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

the smell of a newborn

Freedom has a scent...Like the top of a new born baby's head"Miracle Drug" Bono, Blender 2004

Monday, July 24, 2017

four and I can roar

This is not the same four year old that I sketched a few pages back. That little sprite with the white blond dandelion fluff hair is a friend's child.
This four year old is my grandchild and cannot sit still to pose for the life of her. I tried to get a quick sketch of her in her favorite position which is upside down, but that wasn't successful for me. So I took a few photos which she was happy to pose for and drew from the photo and a bit of memory of her bouncing around on my living room furniture.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

precious life

My newest grandchild, and her name means "life".