This is Notch – I think she may be a first time mother. She has at least 2 babies so she got bold enough to come up to the deck. It seems they get hungry about this time of year. I also see them in the deep winter when the snow is thick. Otherwise, they only visit at night. How do I know? My tomatoes growing on my second story deck keep disappearing.
A combination of things (including Christmas commissions) added to the 2nd half of the month not being a daily, but I still did quite a few, as well as some gesture sketching on the busy days.
Inktober was fun, and I quit worrying about the prompts, but did get a couple more in such as #15 Legend – our own local celebrity cat – Pirate Cat.
I hope to keep up the weekly sketching (not daily – way too much happening in the next 2 months, but I do not want to lose that momentum of sketching. It is excellent for studying a subject and getting to know them.)
Above- our local Cooper’s Hawk, stalking out feeders.
A bit of fan art for James and Margaret – a pair of California Ravens I follow on Instagram and Facebook. @thedailyjames
I love the little Black and White Warblers we see each year. And below is a Summit Lake Bald Eagle – reference photo by Patrick D. Conner, one of our local birders on the Facebook page, Indiana Birdography. You will be seeing more of these in various mediums, as I am practicing to do a watercolor for my nephew.
A gift for a friend was a book that captured the building of her new house and the move day activities in 2016. This book was created through Shutterfly because of the price break on a 20 page hardcover. It seemed a safe way to create my first photo book and I am pleased. And it makes a very special gift.
It is the year for white puppies! Another Westie…
I have always been fascinated by patterns in cloth. They have to be “just so”, but when they are, I fall in love. No, I can’t explain what “just so” is, but I found it in a purse this week and bought it.
Lesson: If you can find that special ingredient, people will willingly part with their hard earned money just to own it.
Our boss bought an old restaurant across the pond from our rented office this year. He then renovated it into a state-of-the-art IT facility with all sorts of amenities, not the least of which is a huge back deck that will be in much use next summer, I am sure.
We moved in Thanksgiving week. This view is looking from the old office across the pond to the back (and deck) of the new place.
I love giving these types of gifts (that capture an important moment in someone’s life) more than any other. It is probably why I have continued doing this for over 30 years.
Earlier this month was the grand opening for a new store in the small town of Hagerstown, Indiana, Every Day Is Christmas.
I had the privilege to work with the owner, Robin, in crafting the brand and logo.
This brand was such a delight to craft a logo for. The owner has a vision for her store that goes beyond offering Christmas gifts all year long. She is building a location where the community can come together, as well as welcome travelers from around the country as they visit small individual holiday stores.
In the back section is The Sidewalk Cafe and classes are being offered in the store where children and adults alike can come and make holiday crafts.
In addition, over the coming years, she will be adding one-of-a-kind local artist’s items. With those items, her vision is to tell the story behind the craft to bring a depth to the gift giving that sometimes gets lost in our harried era.
Christmas holds a special nostalgic place in my heart also, as you have seen by the ornaments and gifts I have made over the years. It was pure pleasure to craft a logo that embodies the joyful whimsy of Christmas, and yet is also classy and contemporary.
Congratulations to a wonderful new store spreading joy all year around!
To link to their Facebook page click: Every Day Is Christmas