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Monday, January 14, 2008

A New Endeavor?

The boy in this pencil drawing is my one year old baby. He has been sick with intestinal distress for about 4 days now. I think he may finally be getting over the illness today. He was very listless over the weekend which had us concerned. Today, two of the other children are home from school with the same thing. The papa had to miss work on Friday and Saturday due to this bug.

I drew this portait by looking at a photo that was taken when I was in CA this past October... when he was nine months old. I am going to be doing portraits of all of our children using pencil, watercolors, pastels and mixtures of those media. I want to then use them as samples to show other parents in my community and perhaps be commisioned to do portraits of their children. I hope I can make a go of it!



  • That is really good. You are so talented.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 1/14/2008 9:47 AM  

  • Thank you, Matthew. You are so kind.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/14/2008 9:53 AM  

  • This is very good, Rose! I pray this new endeavor brings you great joy. And of course, I pray that your family is in full recovery soon and no one else gets sick.

    By Blogger Missy, at 1/14/2008 9:56 AM  

  • Sorry to hear about the sicknesses, although sometimes with children, they can go as fast and as mysterious as they come!

    Your art is very good. I have sketching down in my interests, but I'm more a doodler than anything else. I freeze in front of white paper. Anything of worth is on old envelopes etc., and they all get binned.

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at 1/14/2008 10:04 AM  

  • That is brilliant Rose! You're obviously very artistically gifted. I hope you all get better soon too!


    By Blogger Andrew, at 1/14/2008 10:11 AM  

  • Thanks, Missy. I like to "make things" so even the thought of doing this brings me joy.
    Thanks for the well-wishes for the family.

    Hi Colin,
    Yes, soemtimes, but the baby really could not shake it. He is up now, though, and back to his usual tricks so I think he is over it.
    Doodling on envelopes? Get a sketch book! :~)

    Thanks for your kind words. God bless you.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/14/2008 10:43 AM  

  • Get a sketch book! :~)

    Those are the white pages I freeze at - I know, I know!

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at 1/14/2008 2:49 PM  

  • I love your pencil drawing of little Levi, Rose! I think you'll do very well with your sketches. You're a gifted artist.

    Sorry your baby and other family members have been so sick. I hope they get over it soon and that you won't catch it.

    My youngest son was a doodler too. We homeschooled him and he would draw superheroes having battles all over the margins of his pages when he was supposed to be doing his schoolwork!

    By Anonymous VA ~Susan, at 1/14/2008 8:26 PM  

  • What a cutie! I wish that I was artistic, but I will be in heaven!

    in Christ

    angela :-)

    ps hope your little guy gets better soon! it is always stressful when they are sick!

    By Anonymous angela, at 1/14/2008 11:16 PM  

  • Hi Rose, sorry to hear about all the sicknesses. Hopefully everyone will be well soon.

    Your art looks great! I hope you are successful in your endeavor.

    By Blogger Dawn, at 1/15/2008 12:37 AM  

  • Rose,

    what an awesome talent you have.

    Will you make one of Zane Hodges, please?


    By Blogger Antonio, at 1/15/2008 8:57 PM  

  • Hi Susan,
    Thank you for the comment - coming from you that means a lot after having seen your husband's work.

    This illness is terrible.

    Yes, it is very stressful, especially with vomiting toddlers who can't communicate - you don't know when and where they are going to strike and there is no warning.

    Thanks and I appreciate the well wishes. I have already started on the next portrait. I am excited about it.

    Are you willing to pay? I am not doing any of these for free, (except the ones I do for my own personal enjoyment). If you have the money and a good photograph, I will, of course, serve you. :~) ;~)

    You crack me up!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/17/2008 10:46 AM  

  • Hi Rose

    I can see you have talent, very good Rose. My daughter who is 34yrs old also has done pencil drawings of all our cats. And she is taking an art class in the local colloge this fall. This is the second time she has taken the course which teaches her different styles of art. She has always loved drawing and for here it is very relaxing.
    Hope the little one is doing good!
    take it freely

    By Blogger alvin, at 1/17/2008 10:57 AM  

  • Hey Rose,
    Great drawing! You are blessed with this talent.
    I hope you will get lots of commissioned work!:-)

    God's Grace.

    By Blogger Corry, at 1/18/2008 12:36 PM  

  • Bravo, Rose! I am sure little Levi will treasure that as he grows up!

    While you're at it doing good ol' bro. Zane for bro. Antonio, would you mind doing one of a '57 Chevrolet for me??

    By Anonymous Fifty-Seven Man, at 1/18/2008 9:25 PM  

  • hi rose!

    wow- you have some major skills! If I had a kid, I would commission you do a portrait.

    By Blogger Deviant Monk, at 1/20/2008 9:39 PM  

  • Alvin,
    Thank you. Yes, I find it relaxing and enjoyable. That is one of the great things about drawing - relaxing.
    The baby is still not well. How long can a little one have diarhea? It is just terrible how long this thing is going on.

    Hi Corry!
    Thanks. I hope so too - I looked at your website for an idea on your pricing. Your work is really nice too. :~)
    I can't believe you can do that with RA. AMAZING!

    Thank you! How are you? Haven't seen you or your brother around in so long. I hope you guys are doing well. I appreciate your compliment.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/21/2008 10:28 AM  

  • Fifty-Seven Man,
    I love that story about the 57. Send me a photo and I will do it for ya! You will pay dearly, of course. ;~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 1/21/2008 10:29 AM  

  • Awesome! I'll send one right away!!

    By Anonymous Dearly Paying Fifty-Seven Man, at 1/21/2008 9:22 PM  

  • This is really good Rose. It is odd that you would post this and that I saw this last week in the middle of something the Lord has been dealing with me about. Very good and soft touch. You have sort of awoken a sleeping pencil for me whether you realized it or not. Maybe this is the direction the Lord wants me to go as well, but having studied the portraits at my davinci.com, I realize I have much to learn and a portfolio to work on. I just started drawing a few days ago after a 18 year lapse.

    Thanks...this must have been the Lord.

    Maybe we dont agree on this messy theological situation going on out here and the ambivilance I have toward how you guys are handling this, but this art thing is great.

    I hope you do well.

    Grace upon grace,


    P.S- I have a lot to learn being an amatuer but I think I can gain some ground by learning and getting tips. What kind of pencils do you use. Do you have any tips about finer details regarding clothing and things. You do well with his sweater or sweatshirt. Those are some of the things I am going to have to pay attention to and learn patience to work. Man those guys from mydavinci rock. Some of those pencil sketches look like photo graphs. So much to learn.

    By Blogger Only Look, at 2/01/2008 8:43 PM  

  • Thank you, Brian.

    57 man,
    I love ya brother!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/06/2008 9:45 AM  

  • Your welcome Rose. Do you use a special kind of pencil? Are there differant pencils to get differant shades? Do you recomend any art books on pencil sketches?

    Thanks for your time.

    Love in Christ and grace upon grace,


    P.S- MaCain may surprise you. The Bushes were originally moderates and Reagan influenced them in a more conservative direction. Years ago the Bushes sort of left MaCain in the lurch a bit and I was never comfortable about it. YOu never know. He does have a strong pro life record and seems to have had it from personal conviction whereas the Bushes were originally pro-choice as Mrs Bush is, but later decided to consider the support they would later need in the conservative arena when Bush ran. Its funny how politics works. Huckabee may force a ticket and give MaCain a little encouragement in the conservative market.

    Still...Jesus' kingdom is not of this world. He may give us Obama to spead up the approaching judgment:-) Who knows.

    By Blogger Only Look, at 2/06/2008 7:12 PM  

  • Brian,
    I like HB and 2B, but my favorite is the Ebony pencil - you can get really dark shades.
    I am trying mixed media on my daughter's portrait - pencil and watercolors. I also purchased some colored graphite pencils - very muted earthtones - that I am going to try to incorporate with the regular pencil on some future portrait.
    I recommened a kneadable eraser highly. You can remove specific spots of graphite (without scrubbing) by using one.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 2/11/2008 12:31 PM  

  • Nice work!

    What I would do:

    1) Draw big.

    2) Use charcoal.

    3) Do still life. If you can't get a person, do objects. Good practice for the eye and for capturing volume.

    4) Post in art sites: I post at computerart.co.uk. They have an obsecenity filter. Draw! is a good site too. Avoid eatpoo.com. Some of the sites are more helpful and loving than some others I care to mention!!!

    5) Use a scanner: a digital camera is good for starts.

    6) At some point, you'll need a tablet. Intuos is good. I got a Tosh m200. I covet a Cintique. :p . Drool, drool.

    7) Chris Wahl's site is good. Cap'n Dub is hard to find. The ladies are very helpful across the board.

    By Blogger Anton, at 2/23/2008 5:38 AM  

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