Staying at Home 9 – Vegetable Beds

Watercolour and ink on paper

Yesterday it was both warm and cool enough to sit outside and sketch for half an hour. We haven’t had many of those and when the weather was right I have been busy gardening. The boards are there to try to keep the animals from digging.

Still #uskathome in St. Catharines.

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Honesty

7″X5″ Oil on board

One more from the garden. We used to call them money plants when I was a child. The seed pods are lovely in Autumn arrangements.

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Fleur de Lis

7″X5” Oil on board

I recently saw a stop motion video of some plants with a comment about “who knew that plants moved so much”. Well, anyone who has ever tried to paint them, that’s who.

I knocked this little iris off while weeding yesterday and just had to bring it inside. There is some disagreement as to whether the fleur de lis is an iris or a lily. I have always thought that the iris is a more likely candidate.

It has been a long time since I painted in oils, and even longer since I was doing my regular daily paintings in this size. I am a bit out of practice but should probably persevere.

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Staying at Home 8 – Humphrey

This is Humphrey. He is taking part in the local teddy bear hunt. Actually I am not sure that anyone else is playing but he has always been a very optimistic bear, ever since he was abandoned in a parking lot 60 years ago and was confident that he would find a home somewhere (he did).
I am not sure why he is wearing two sweaters, one made by my mother and another by me thirty years later, but it is still a little chilly around here, so maybe it is just as well.

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Harriet’s Church

12″X12” Acrylic on canvas

Urban, but not a sketch. This is another I have been working on for the “Small Feats” fundraiser, now postponed indefinitely.

The Salem Chapel, or British Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1820 by African American freedom seekers and was a centre of abolitionist activity. Harriet Tubman was probably the most famous member of this congregation.
It is located in downtown St. Catharines.

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Staying at home 5

#uskathome Ink, watercolour and gel pen

Another view of a window.
I hadn’t intended to include the dog but she insinuated herself. Lighting changed from overcast (with thunder) to bright sunshine while I was sketching.
I would like to thank urban sketcher Steven Reddy for his excellent tutorials. They have helped me enormously to loosen up and sketch without needing everything to be perfect.
This one is actually almost identical to another I did about a year ago. I guess I am running out of things to paint, or at least things to paint with a comfortable place to sit  while I do it.

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