Who’s the Boss?

Picture of unedited photoShe stood her ground.  All three and a half feet of her….. those cute three-year-old cheeks flushed and her big blue eyes locked on mine.  I had just asked my granddaughter, my precious, perfect princess #2, to put something away in the kitchen.  After ignoring my repeated request she firmly stated, “I’m not going to.  You’re not my boss, Mommy is.” I explained to her that when Mommy is not home and Grandma is taking care of her, Grandma is her “boss”. She listened and contemplated, but I could see she was not fully convinced.  I decided I might need to adjust my strategy. Knowing that her daddy and papa where upstairs doing drywall work, I continued, “If you would like we can go upstairs and talk to Daddy about it.” I watched her as she took only a second to think through her options.  “I don’t need to talk to Daddy”, she stated. “I’ll put it away”,  as she quickly headed to the kitchen.

I think the idea of “Who’s the Boss” must have been something she was putting a lot of thought into because the subject came up once more that day. She asked, “Grandma, who’s the boss at your house?” I might have stuttered just a tiny little bit as I answered, “Papa”…….. of course…  😉

I love being a grandma, I love my grandchildren, and I love taking pictures of them.  The picture shown here is of the above-mentioned granddaughter.  Isn’t she a cutie!

I was a little disappointed in this picture because the dandelion puff did not catch the light the way I wanted it too.  But I remembered that I had been practicing using various settings on my new camera and had taken a few pictures of dandelions.  Aha!  I knew I could cheat a little by using the Clip feature in Inkscape to “cut out” the puff from from another picture and paste it into this one.  You can see how much more the dandelion shows up in the picture below. I’m sure a trained eye will know it has been edited, but for my purposes, I was pleased with the results.Photo edited

I’ve written a tutorial to show how I did this simple photo edit. Click here to take a look.

Happy drawing!

Laurianne

A Whimsical Robin

I realize the official start of summer is right around the corner, but up here in the north country it is just beginning to feel springlike. I am thrilled about this…. really I am…. except for one thing. I have a LOT of weeding to do in my flower gardens and I don’t look forward to battling the mosquitoes that often accompany the warm weather.

I’m not sure what signifies spring in the rest of the country, but in southern Michigan where I grew up, I always watched for the first Robin. Seeing that first red breasted bird after what seemed like a never-ending winter, somehow gave me hope. I suppose that’s why someone decided to make it Michigan’s state bird.

So…. in honor of this little host of spring, I’ve drawn a whimsical illustration of a Robin to use for my first tutorial.  (This little guy can also be found in My Free Clipart over on the Open Clipart website.) The simple tutorial will cover using lines and shapes in Inkscape. Click here to take a look at it.
Vector drawing of whimsical birdHappy drawing!

Laurianne

I Love to Draw

I really DO love to draw! I should say…. I love to draw digitally. I’m not much of an artist when it comes to sketching on paper.  But give me my computer and my favorite open source software, and I’m off and drawing!

Speaking of my favorite software, if you haven’t tried Inkscape you honestly should check it out.  It is a great open source vector graphics program and the price (yes it really is free) is definately in your budget!  I use it for drawing and, although it is not a photo editing software, tweaking my kazillions of pictures. (Photography is one of my other addictions.)

Ok, so if you haven’t already, download a copy of Inkscape and get it going.  I plan to show you some ideas but you’ll need the software first.

Happy drawing.

Laurianne