Thursday, November 20, 2014


I just got back from a wonderful, relaxing vacation. Here are some sketches I made. Can you guess where I went?

I tried some new foods. Lots of seafood plus these two things I’d never tasted.

I drew IN PUBLIC….gasp! And guess what? No one stared at me or bothered me at all. It was so relaxing.

I did have trouble drawing people though. Every time I would start to draw someone, they would pack up and leave. I’m not sure if I was freaking them out (by staring) or if it was just time to go…

This is probably the only image of someone I actually completed!!

This is one of the people who left. I had to be quick on the draw!! Fortunately, the lava rocks did not move. I drew them for a long time. This is a hint about where I went!

This is another good hint. The base of this grass house is lava rock. It is really large…I would say you could fit about 100 people inside to keep cool in the shade.

As I was drawing it, a group of school children showed up for a field trip. We never had field trips like this when I was in school!!

Straight out from the grass house towards the water, this was the view. It is an old fish pond built of lava rock.

To the left of the fish pond, there was a crumbling wall of lava. It was “kapu” … or forbidden to climb on.

My last sketch is of a little “bug” made of coconut fronds. This was my prize for pronouncing “Pu’uhonua O Honaunau” correctly! The park ranger was a good instructor!!

Did you guess the big island of Hawaii?? Ding Ding…if so, you are correct!

We also went up to the volcano one day. I didn’t get in any sketching though. It was very foggy and rainy most of that day. We didn’t drive out to the lava flows. There’s something about watching lava destroying people’s homes that is NOT on my list of things to do on a vacation.

I enjoyed the warm sun, pool, several beaches, seafood and local beer. I came home 5 pounds heavier (not good)…but it was great to have one more week of summer before coming home to cold, snowy weather. Ugh!

Monday, November 17, 2014

#10 fashion mistakes

Admit it, we all have a few that we regret. If I documented ALL of mine, I would run out of sketch paper!

Hope you enjoyed my drawings of 10 things about me.

Friday, November 14, 2014

#9 working girl

These are some of the jobs I’ve worked throughout my life. I only counted the “paid” positions. We all know that Mom is the best job but it sure doesn’t pay well ☺

I also left out one where I was only there for a day. It was awful. I was paying a babysitter, driving into the city, and paying downtown parking meters just to WATCH a printer. I had to make sure it didn’t jam. I sort of went to the bathroom and didn’t go back. The printer probably jammed, but I don’t care.

The life of a temp worker is so under appreciated.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

#8 The long and short of it

I know people who have had the same hairstyle their entire adult life. I always get bored and try to change it up every now and then.

Although now that I’ve finally quit coloring my hair and cut it short, I sure like how easy it is to fix in the morning! I may stay with the short and spikey look for a few more years.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

#7 US of A

This is a horrible rendering of the United States. If you live in one of the states I attempted to draw, just consider this your snicker for the day. I wasn’t going for accuracy. Well, not geographically anyway.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

#6 book addiction

I took a quick inventory of the books on my shelves. It breaks down into these categories.

What types of books do you like to read?

Monday, November 10, 2014

#5 pie chart

I should have made this a Pie Chart about Pies. Oh, well.

Friday, November 7, 2014

#4 in a nutshell

I was concentrating on getting my handwriting legible that I didn’t notice I started to skew. Oh, well. You get the idea.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

#3 my hobbies

This pretty much sums it up.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

#2 pets

This is an illustration of pets that I called my own:

Cats (11): Cocoa, Toto, Athena, Pasha, Sophie, Babushka, Abby, Max, Lucky, Lily and Luna.
Dog (1): Dobby
Parakeet (1): Pat
Hamsters (2 + 12): Benny and Lucy. I didn’t name their offspring ☺