Tuesday, July 04, 2006

a bit of vacation

Finally, for the first time this year, I got to take a day of vacation!! Combine that with a regular holiday and a weekend, and voila, it's four days off!! Man, did I enjoy it!!

I went to visit my sister, which meant I also got to visit other family. Sketchbook packed, I spent more than one day just drawing whatever was at hand. My sister loves flowers as much as I do so I took her a bouquet of stargazer lilies. Divine fragrance...

stargazers


Every time I visit my sister, her friend wants me to draw something for him, too. This time I was prepared and did a sketch of his best friend, Babs. He LOVED it!!

Babs

Meanwhile, in my everyday book, I had this sketch of apples to finish. They had been on my dining room table when I left.

apples

On Saturday, sis had to work for a while, so I entertained myself by drawing vignettes around her house.

view from the screened-in

Val winters over some of her plants which means the blooms are sometimes slow. But I do like this specimen in this pot.

hibiscus

These grow in the alley-way beside Val's house.

rose of sharon

and of course I had to take a walk-around and record what is there.

house

down the street is a beautifully-planted property that I couldn't resist taking a few photos of. Makes me want some hibiscus...

neighbor

As always, I stayed longer than I meant to and then had to rush home to recuperate. I had visions of taking a long leisurely nap, but it wasn't to be.

bed

We did have an awesome meal from this place. They've been around forever!!

schmidts

Always, it is hard for me to leave my sister's house and go home. But there will still be plenty to draw when I go back.

birdhouse chimes

And so, friends, I am back for now...

9 comments:

Lin said...

MERCY, YOU MUST SKETCH LIKE A HOUSE AFIRE!!! HOW PRODUCTIVE -- AND EACH SO CHARMING, BEAUTIFUL AND SO WELL DONE!!! YOUR INSPIRE ME, STARR -- I JUST ADORE YOUR WORK!! YOUR GARDEN/FLOWER/VIGNETTE WORKS ARE MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!

Anonymous said...

All of your sketches are wonderful! I like the Schmidt's one the best...it reminds me of this place called Johnny Rocket's in Laguna Beach...I just got back from a week long trip to California...it was beautiful, but very over crowded...I'll stay in Texas!

Debbie

Felicity said...

Phenomenal!

Tami said...

So glad you had a fun time! Your drawings, as always, are awesome! I love your style of drawings!

Tami said...

Question for you: How did you get the logo for Schmidt's over your drawing? I looks really cool with out ruining your drawing.

Linda said...

Starr, you outdid yourself on these pages! Wonderful drawings from your trip -- hope you get another long weekend SOON!
:-)

Laura said...

Starr, these are just magnificent. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed looking at them.

Sue said...

Starr, thank-you I've just had the BEST time visiting your blog. What a collection of riches!

Alison said...

What a wonderful run of journal entries - such a treasuretrove of images.