I have had blogs at one place or another for quite a while. I’m not sure how long, really. I used the blog as a place to journal my creative activities as well as somewhere to refer interested parties. They were just someplace to post when I could, with no pressure. Lately, I have begun to feel an urge to keep a more regular sketch journal as a place to record memories and interesting things in my life. I love working in a journal, because it can include a story element along with my sketches. And working in a journal seems to free my mind and allow me to express my own thoughts and ideas without feeling pressured from the outside sources. What I put in my journal is my own. Journals are also a portable “studio” and can go where I go. Posting my work from the journal helps keep me motivated. I have been content to work in this way all along.
So, imagine my surprise when Patti Wilson, from Wednesday’s Child2, A Writer’s Observations About Life, nominated my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you, Patti. I am honored and amazed.
Accepting the Versatile Blogger Award includes listing 7 interesting facts about yourself. This part took quite a bit of thought. I lead a pretty quiet life. But here are a few tidbits about me:
- I have been holding a pencil and doodling on various scraps of paper for around six decades. Oh goodness! I guess time flies when you are having fun.
- I have always liked everything small and minimal. Given the choice between something large and complicated or something small and simple – from houses to pets to plants, dishes, to ……just everything! I will always choose small and simple. For me, less is truly more. I can’t deal with too much “stuff.” It is overwhelming.
- Nature and sunshine are what make my heart feel alive. Gardening and listening to birds chirping or wandering along the beach and watching the waves rolling and the seagulls swooping are my all-time favorite activities.
- I love all colors and the way they play together. But if I had to choose just one favorite color, it would be yellow – pale, buttery yellow. My second choice would be a soft heathery green.
- I love stories, but would rather listen to one than read one. Some of my fondest memories are of my father reading stories to my little sister and me as we colored in our favorite coloring books, lying on the rug beside his chair. Now I like to listen to audiobooks while sketching.
- I have lived in five states, two large cities, three small towns and one very small rural community whose only entrance was a wooden covered bridge, painted white. True story! I have traveled to/through all the states in the United States, except seven, and also to Canada and Mexico. Most of these visits were on family trips when I was young.
- I am an introverted introvert! When attending group gatherings I try to find some background task to help with or one person to have a conversation with, in order to reduce my overwhelmed senses. If neither of those are possible, I pull out my trusty pencil and scrap of paper and doodle. Don’t ask me to be in charge of planning group events or doing the cooking, but I will happily clean the kitchen and the mess afterwards!
The second part of accepting the Versatile Blogger Award is to list and link to 15 blogs that you love and/or follow. I hope you will enjoy visiting each one of these. Happy perusing!
My favorite blog, and ideal sketch journaler is Wild Yorkshire – Richard Bell’s Nature Journal
My absolute favorite landscape sketcher/artist Marilyn Brandenberger
Another lovely sketcher is Vicki L. Williamson
A sketcher that is inspiring and encouraging to me is Susan Bronsak
Beautiful sketches Pam Johnson Brickell – South Carolina Low Country Nature Journal
Lots of good sketching tips and supply reviews Tonya – Scratchmade Journal
A prolific sketcher Carol – Carol’s Creative Papers
Another prolific sketcher Sunnyfae – Drowning out the Grey
Inspiring blog about life with ME/CFS – Carola – A New Life, With and Without ME/CFS
A dedicated sketcher Sophie – Sophie Peanut
A creative DIY blogger Melaine Marsh – City Mouse in The Country
Beautiful watercolors Robert McArthur – Watercolor Atelier
Lots of good sketches Tabitha – Tabitha’s Sketchbook
An inspiring sketcher/watercolorist/instructor Brenda Mailey
Some very beautiful, creative photography by Kiki
And thank you again to Patti Wilson – Wednesday’s Child2, A Writer’s Observations About Life, for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. I am honored.