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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Draw the Curtain, and the Winner Is...

     The first time I remember paying attention to curtains was in high school when I was allowed to choose a new paint color (yellow!) for my bedroom. Then Mom helped me pick out material and sew new curtains for the two windows. I'm pretty sure they were pink with some kind of "modern" flower design! We slept with the windows open in summer, listening to summer night sounds and hoping for a cool breeze to blow through the screen.

     About five years ago I drew these mauve curtains that hang on our half-frosted bathroom window. If I were to draw them now, I'd probably try to make everything a bit darker (or in color) so as to show up better. But, it is what it is!

Thought I should try some new curtains. These remind me of the time my sister-in-law was watching some of her nieces (and nephews?) She couldn't find one of them, until she saw the little one's shoes peeking out from the bottom of the living room curtains!


     The host of Scribble Picnic had a prize drawing a few weeks back. I was pleasantly surprised to hear my name announced as the winner, and thrilled to open the fun package when it arrived. Michael had generously included everything you see here in the photo–an issue of Bella Grace magazine, a package of pencils, bookmarks, a fun pencil box, a decorated egg (how did he know I have a collection of Easter eggs?), a kneaded eraser, a fabulous watercolor journal, two kinds of chocolate (anyone who knows me, knows that's right up my alley!), a couple of tea packets, a notecard made from his original painting (how can I give it up to send to someone?), two different watercolor brushes (that will encourage me to try more than just pencil sketching!), and a lovely personal note. Thank you, Michael, for your generosity, for hosting the Picnic, and for encouraging us to keep stretching our artistic wings!

You can go here to see other curtains hanging around on this week's Scribble Picnic.

27 comments:

  1. Love your curtain pieces and what wonderful gifts from Michael!

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  2. Thanks, Christine, and yes, he was very thoughtful!

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  3. wonderful detail in your curtains especially at the point where they meet the rod! congratulations on the win. joining from scribble picnic.

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  4. Nice curtains. Both are really detailed sketches. Doesn't Michael know how to put a lovely giveaway together?? You will be enjoying these goodies for a long time.

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    1. Thank you, Wanda! Yes, Michael certainly does; and yes, I will. Well, the chocolate isn't lasting very long, but everything else will!

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    2. :D about the chocolates!

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  5. Yes, I love the detail in your curtains. Such nice folds. I could never get real ones to look so nice let alone draw them. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine! It actually surprised me how not-too-hard it was to draw folds when I first tried, especially if it really didn't matter where the folds were, like on crumpled material or paper. A blending tool works wonders!

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  6. there were some funny business with my browser, so I don't know if my comment came through, anyway, I like that they are soft-looking, dreamy, I guess these are done in pencils? great takes on the theme

    have a lovely day.

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    1. Yes, Lissa, these are done in pencil, which seems to be my medium of choice. Thanks!

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  7. Sometimes when you sketch in pencil without color, it allows the beholder to paint from their own memories. These are beautiful curtains, Joeks and how lucky you are to win all of those goodies from Micheal.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Thank you for the thought about pencil letting the drawing be seen in the color of choice of the viewer. I like that idea! I do feel blessed with the goodies!

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  8. Aww what wonderful memories for what's "behind the curtains"! :) It was fun seeing the curtains you sketched back in 2012 to the curtains this week. Wonderful job. Isn't it fun to see how much we grow in our own art over time?

    SO glad you won Michael's giveaway. We had so much fun picking out the items. Enjoy!!

    x

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    1. It's fun how a random prompt will bring back memories. Thanks for your input into the package–you did a great job!

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  9. Sure looks like you got some nice goodies there. nice job on the hook/latch on the window as well as the detail on the window to make it look like glass.

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    1. They Are nice! I almost forgot to include the window latch; thanks, Trina! ;-)

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  10. Congrats on winning the goodie stash! Isn't it fun (or shocking) to look back on your old art and see how much your style has changed?

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  11. Thank you, Paula! Yes, it is fun, and sometimes shocking, to look back!
    I don't have an Instagram account, but saw your sweet painting there–nice!

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  12. Jolene,
    Your shading is amazing. I love the story of the curtains. I can't wait to see you try the watercolours.
    Blessings
    Janis

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    1. Thank you, Janis!
      One of these days.... :-)

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  13. I really loved seeing your changes to your art here and the story behind them. Great job, Jolene. how fun too that your mother made curtains. I don;t think mine ever made a thing! She always worked though as a single mother and such.

    Aww...love that you enjoyed your picnic hamper of sorts. You can frame the card if you want! :) Or put it out at xmas as if from us! Oh and re: the easter eggs- how funny. It was meant to be! I jsut pick out what speaks to me and hope the winner will like it too. thank you for posting.

    BTW, you are remote there!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Michael. My mom always sewed, and taught me also, though I'm sure I tried her patience in the process! Not sure how she fit it in with her full-time job, but so glad she did. I rarely sew anything now, preferring to crochet if wanting to make something, but at least I know I could.
      Great idea with considering the card a Christmas card from you! Congratulations–yours is the first we've received this year! ;-)
      Remote? We just live in the middle of everything! :-)
      Thanks again for the package!

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  14. I enjoyed your curtain memories, Jolene...nice sketches too! Michael puts together such wonderful packages, doesn't he?! I'm sure you will enjoy it. :)

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    1. Thanks, Serena! It's fun when something sparks the memories.
      Yes, he does, and I will!

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  15. I didn't know you were an artist!!!

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    1. Let's use the term loosely! But I do enjoy trying, and seeing what ends up on the paper.

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