Monday, September 1, 2014

Drawing September

 It's that time to turn the page to a new month despite what the weather is saying. It has been very hot and very humid the last few days-humidity levels at 75% and heat index of 92 F! Not complaining though. I've been able to enjoy mornings and later evenings outside. During the heat of the day I've been catching up on drawing lessons and completing the new calendar spread for my Draw Your Awesome Year class. And look what an amazing spread/ idea JoAnne Sharpe has come up with:

 It's a trompe l'oeil spread! We were prompted to draw a composition notebook within our journal and make it look dimensional. And we're filling it in "old school" style. Remember having to put title, subject,date and name at the top of every paper we handed in? I even wrote out my first day in old elementary school cursive.LOVE this! Linking to Kate Crane's Calendar Challenge , Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Every Day.

 For T Stands for Tuesday with Bleubeard and Elizabeth I'm sharing the paper and a mug of coffee outdoors:

 I had to change mugs because my painty one was on my art table for a drawing lesson. This mug is special because it shows a blue roan English Cocker -and this one looks exactly like our Annie!

 Of course I did some cooking too:

 I made a dish of "Tomates Farcis" or  Stuffed Tomatoes - a tradional French dish in my family. My mom used to make it often and she and my MéMé  taught me how to make this. The tomatoes have been so bad I hadn't made it the last two years, but my mom got me these in Lancaster at an Amish stand. This is an indulgence because it has a sausage, tomato and bread stuffing but it brings back so many fond memories of France! Sorry, no recipe-like typical country French dishes there are no exact measurements :) However, I can share a recipe for this French dish I make in the summer. My cousin in France, Annie, showed me how to make this:

                                                        Tuna and Rice Salad (Recipe at end of Post)  

 I'm linking my summer themed photos here to Inspiration Avenue (theme of "Summer's Bounty").

 And here are two pages I did for the Draw Your Awesome Life class:

 I actually kept putting off this lesson on contours and shadow effects because I didn't think I'd like it or be able to do it-wrong! I really enjoyed this lesson! First we had to crumple a piece of paper and draw the outlines of it by looking at it. Same with a piece of fabric. It was drawn with a water based marker and then depth and shadows were made by using a wet brush over the lines. Next week I'll share my pages from Lesson 7 - my painty coffee mug.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.I'll be popping in to see you too while having my morning cuppa:)

" We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghost."  Henry Rollins  


Tuna and Rice Salad
  2 cups whole grain rice, cooked and cooled     1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh or frozen corn
  one can of tuna, drained    1 tomato, chopped   red wine vinaigrette
   Combine rice, corn, tuna and tomato in a glass bowl. Add red wine vinaigrette to taste. You may wish to add more as it gets absorbed into the rice.



  1. Love your sketches and that notebook page! food looks lovely too!

  2. LOVE your composition journal page, and your crumpled drawings turned out VERY good.

    Happy T-day

  3. I like this dimensional notebook style your achieved and the mug is so nice ..I love all kinds of mugs with animals on it... so sweet - this food looks delicious ( Thanks for the new recipe- never had tuna together with rice -have to give it a go) and this class to take must be great ....

    Happy T-Day Linda!

  4. Love that trompe l'oeil spread!

    The stuffed tomatoes look delicious. I don't suppose you feel like cooking much though in that heat, phew!


  5. Wow, what lovely sketches. And that mug is beautiful. I can tell it's special because of your Annie.

    Last year, I planted six tomato plants and got NONE. Truly, not a single tomato. The nursery where I originally bought them said it was because it was too hot. We DID have a record year, breaking all kinds of heat records. But this year, I only bought TWO plants. I've gotten more tomatoes each day than I can eat in a week. And believe me, I can eat a LOT of tomatoes in a day's time. Wish you were closer, because I'd be glad to share.

    Your recipe sounds good. I've stopped buying cans of tuna, much to Bleubeard's chagrin. I now buy the pouches with tuna that doesn't need to be drained.

    Thanks for sharing your art, your fabulous food, and your lovely mug with us for T this week. BTW, our temps are equally hot and humid, too. And it doesn't cool down much at night, either.

  6. Great sketches. When I first looked I thought that was an actual notebook open for your September notes. Great job on that!


  7. Yum, the stuffed tomatoes look and sound delicious. I have so many tomatoes ripening up in my garden...I would love to try this (I'll Google a recipe). I know what you mean about no exact measurements! I love the crumpled paper and fabric. They look great!

  8. Wonderful new journal page and love the crumpled paper drawings and recipes! ~ happy week to you !

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Hmmm, that tuna dish sounds and looks very appealing for a hot summer day! You did a fantastic job on the journal page, and yes, I remember handwriting all that info at the top of my paper to hand in! Happy T Day!

  10. The stuffed tomatoes sound so good I might have to try them without the recipe :) Your contour/shadow sketches are so interesting. I'd never have thought of that.

  11. Those tomatoes look just stunning. Late as it is I could eat those now! I haven't done any for some time. Maybe I will now.
    Your drawing looks great. Clever thing.

  12. The comp journal page spread is awesome!! Love all the sketches. Never had a stuffed tomato, but they look good. Happy T-Day! :)

  13. HA!! Your art journal spread totally fooled me, lol. Nicely done! Love the tomato dish, looks super delicious.

  14. Wowzers! I love that sketched book in your journal. You have got the dimension just right. Fabulous,
    I also like the crumbled paper/fabric and think it a good practice idea, I may have a go at.
    Thanks for the recipe. The tomato plants I bought this year did well, but the tomatoes were not nice at all :( I shall go back to growing from seed next year:D

  15. ps - many thanks for your comment on my T post - the MANAtea is too cute huh :D

  16. Love the composition notebook spread in your journal...quite authentic looking! I've never heard of the stuffed tomato recipe you mentioned...we used to make cold tuna salad to serve with our fresh tomatoes...yours looks yummy though! and sounds like your 'recipe' is like my dad's for frozen custard- 'dump in' a little of this and some of that and a lot of something else! :)

  17. I think this Draw Your Life is a wonderful class. Wonderful exercise for practicing lines and contours. Your sketches look great Linda.
    Have a great week

  18. Missed you for T yesterday...had a host of reasons I couldn't pull it off.
    Funny I just made my Mutti's style tuna pasta salad with fresh cut tomatoes for dinner tonight...that used to be a summertime weekly offering when I was growing up, but we hardly eat canned tuna much anymore.
    Starting is so often the biggest hurdle isn't it!
    Your sketching and drawings are all wonderful dear Linda.
    Stay cool and oh ah on your quote!
    Happy September to you and yours..

  19. It's a very tasty looking post! And a reminder that September can be a gorgeous month despite or even because if the appriach of autumn.

  20. Love your art work, and the food looks wonderful! Hugs, Valerie

  21. That journal spread is really brilliant - just LOVE it!
    Have a fab Friday and Happy PPF!!

  22. Linda I always enjoy visiting. You are always involved in so many wonderful classes and share such great ideas. The stuffed tomatoes look wonderful. Have a great week!

  23. Lovely work this week, and I love trompe l'oeil!

  24. Fantastic journal page... you've nailed the trompe l'oeil
    There's so much to take in from your post but I'm struggling hearing about your temperatures. We've been in fog for three days!
    Gorgeous food too... I now need to eat ;D
    Happy PPF

  25. This is fantastic. What a clever sketch,

  26. Your food looks awesome and I love the journal page. You have been busy.

  27. Don't you love finding out you truly like something you were hesitant to try. It's what great risk taking is made of!

  28. Lots of great visuals here Linda...glad you are so inspired by Joanne...I recently bought her new book I look forward to reading it! Thanks for sharing all this awesomeness!

    Hugs Giggles

  29. This is a very full blog post. Art and food what more could you want. Right? I love your inky shadows.

  30. It looks like you are getting a huge amount out of the class.... those shadows are fabulous...xx

  31. The journal class seems like a lot of fun, and your spread looks great. The dish sounds very tasty too!

  32. I love that new spread! I really thought I was looking at a notebook! well done! and that technique with the inky shadows looks very interesting.

  33. That trompe o'eil is amazingly realistic, Linda. As to the stuffed tomatoes and tuna salad, they look delicious and are making me hungry. Have a blessed weekend, my friend!

  34. That spread got me, well done! The food looks yummy, stuffed toms were a family regular in our family too.

  35. Luv the art journal, took me back to school days, and that tuna rice, Yum . Thanks for stopping over at my blog

    Much love...

  36. Loving your new sketches and the food looks yummy. Annette x

  37. Your sketches are wonderful, and my mouth is watering. (grin) I would come over for dinner if you lived closer. MmmmMmmm!


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