It’s been one of those weeks. You know, the kind of week when your to-do list is a mile long and you’re running on fumes. I’ve been juggling multiple projects, commuting, and grading for the end of the term. After carefully finishing all my requirements, I needed some time for myself. Having quiet time is really essential for me to stay balanced. So what did I do?
Earlier in the week, I found this great vintage illustrated dictionary. It was the first volume in a set of six, and covers A to Ch. There was something so compelling about the illustrations that I had to buy it. There were so many wonderful pictures that I knew would inspire me to draw.
The catalpa is a tree with heart-shaped leaves. I’ve seen trees like this before, and marveled at them. A tree full of hearts! What a perfect plant for me. But I’d never know the name. Of course I was inspired and made this little drawing:
The illustration that really made me purchase the book was of a bluff along the sea. It has a little sailboat hugging the shoreline. I thought it was really darling, and reminded me of Monet’s seascapes. (Maybe I will post about those paintings tomorrow!)
I changed the color of the sails to purple, but kept the passenger.
Then, a chestnut tree caught my attention:
I’m not sure if I liked how this one came out, but it was still fun to do!
Every page I turned brought more inspiring images. I sketched a few more things, but was most happy with this canyon.
I could easily entertain myself this way for much longer. I only wish I had the entire volume of this dictionary! There must be so much more to see.
(Like my drawings? I used a thin tip Sharpie marker and Crayola Twistable crayons. I highly recommend these items!)