Mid Summer Musings

Summer is now upon us and in fact is almost half over. Oh… this is the season that goes by way too fast. But we are enjoying every minute of it and I trust that you and your loved ones are as well.

I was looking over some of my previous posts and drawings and decided to play some more with this one I created with Inkscape back in April, when summer was still a dream. I love the hymn titled “It is Well With my Soul” , written by Horatio Spafford, and so I added the title to this peaceful scene.

Happy drawing!


Summer Memories and Another Inkscape Tutorial

Today we Skyped with the princesses and their mommy and daddy! We miss them so much and what a joy it is to see those sweet princess faces. I am pretty sure they feel the same way…. about viewing their faces that is.  In fact, they spent a large portion of the time amusing themselves by making faces into the camera. I can’t say that I blame them because they are immeasurably more fun to look at than Grandma and Papa!

Princess number one is counting down the last half of her kindergarten year. She is growing up so fast and is now sporting an age-appropriate missing tooth in her smile, which she displays with pride. Her conversation is filled with important aspects of her life, interrupted by the giggles brought on by viewing the silly antics of her sisters and her on camera.

The best part of our conversation was when the eldest informed us that, “I have been crying about wanting to go to your house”.  While thinking of this precious child crying gives me no pleasure, I am happy that she wants to come to our house for a visit. It is an almost yearly event for their young family to travel to “Papa’s house” for a little summer vacation time, and I am happy that she is forming fond memories of the times we spend together there.

Thinking of summer makes me long for those peaceful sunsets on the lake. To help me dream of wonderful summer evenings, I used simple shapes and Inkscape’s gradient function to create these scenes. I’ve posted an Inkscape tutorial to show you how I created the background.  Take a look, and then please let me know if you find it helpful.

Happy drawing.




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!