Thursday, April 30, 2009

Recent Illustrated Journal Entries

This blog celebrated its second birthday April 17th. Happy belated birthday to the Late B(l)oomer!

It occurred to me that if I wanted to get better at doing travel journals, I'd better do some practicing. So, these are two pages from a recent trip to Madison's Olbrich gardens. I worked from snapshots, and tried my best to keep them simple. I wanted a combination of sketches, in this case of the garden's beautiful Thai pavilion, and information. I only used a Pitt artist pen and a grey brush marker. My next real chance to do travel journaling will be May 9th, when I travel on Amtrak to Washington state.

On a sadder note, my cousin called me from South Carolina to say that my uncle, my dad's only sibling, passed away this morning. Although he had an accent from decades of living in the South, he looked a lot like my Dad, who died in 1983. I counted on Uncle Gene for that resemblance, and for the family stories he knew and was happy to share. I'll miss him.

7 comments:

laura said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Sherry; it is so sad to lose the older generation, our touchstones.
Your illustrated journal looks great--I love the pen and ink drawings.
I look forward to seeing your Amtrak journal! I rode from Philadelphia to Wisconsin via Amtrak in October 08--wish I had thought to try journaling!

Sandy said...

Oh it is so sad to see a generation pass - I feel for you -
This post is fabulous, I love the pen with gray only - facinating place too. Thanks for the comments on my blog and I will look for that orchid book! Hope you have a good weekend and rejoice in the memories you do have.

Kim said...

Oh wow, Sherry, these are gorgeous!

Thinking of you and the loss of your uncle. I can imagine that it's a bit like losing a part of your dad all over again.

Teri C said...

Happy belated blog birthday.

Sad about your Uncle, a whole piece of your life is now a memory, but a happy one.

Amtrak travel is fun!! We also went to Seattle on the train. I will be looking for those sketches.

purplepaint said...

Oh this is an awesome spread!!! Thanks for coming by my blog so I could come to yours. :) Marva

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