A Slice of Layer Tuesday

It's Slice of Life Tuesday!  Go read for yourself what others are slicing about over at Two Writing Teachers.

I had a very, very nice birthday yesterday.  It was, ahem, number 65... and post number 700!  So today makes it 701!

Let me start the first layer with my grandson's amazing drawing today.  Such perspective and range of emotions...even with one eye.  (We'll talk about my "one eye" issue later on in the post!)

The family:  Two adults, two children.
Adults have two eyes.  Kids have one.  And a large nose.
Dad is the tall one.  Mom is lying down.  She must be tired.

And now we can go on to the other layers of the slice.

On Sunday, I was at my brother's house, and my sister, and other brother and his wife came over to help me celebrate.  We had gluten free cake!  Bette Crocker makes a mix now for us antiglutenarians.  And it was delicious!

I received some art supplies for my new hobby/blood pressure lowerer/comedic relief/entertainment for others/frustration for the dog.  It is so many things to so many people and animals.
Why are you doing that?  The ball is right by your feet.
My husband got me this nice set to remind me of where it all started... my grandson's paint set I bought him to use when he visits.  He's so sweet!
And my brother and sister-in-law got me some more supplies, including a set of drawing pencils and a pad of drawing paper.  I have always enjoyed doodling while I'm dawdling, but not much more than some squiggly lines (though I did draw some horses once that I thought came out pretty good just using #2 pencils.  I didn't know they came in a range of leads!

And so I embarked on my first apple in a long time.  I made it in the lower left hand corner of the page.  I didn't like it.
Then I decided to draw an eye.
It was okay.  But it needed more.  So I added an eyebrow and a bit of nose.
Ok.  Brave?  Do the other half of the nose and add a mouth....
Now, I know what all you artists out there are thinking...
What is the world is she doing?  People "don't supposed to be" drawing this way.  Where'd the lines go to make sure everything is on the right plane and angle?
My answer:  There are no lines.  This is the way I do life.  It is never pretty.

So I added her mouth and the other side of her nose.
Her iris was sticking out of her eye some, so I retouched that and added more shading and some hair.  The unfortunate thing for her was that I had made that apple first, and she was sitting right beside it.  I tried erasing it.  My son had said "good luck on making a second eye" - they are hard to get to come out the same.  My excuse for not making another eye - the other half of her face was...NO ROOM!  I have an apple there.

But then this morning, I decided to try to erase the apple, knowing full well it was not going to be completely "out of the picture".  I was right.  But I decided to carry on anyway right through the remains of the apple.

She is not "all that".  But she is a start.  You will notice that she cannot be totally finished.  She is right on the edge.  I sent the picture to my son.  He said she had a tumor.  I told him I was thinking of giving her a big bow in her hair, or a hat, or maybe a little mouse friend...
I know she is not the best art anyone has ever done.  And as I look at it I see where this or that area could have been nudged in a slightly different angle or shading could have been changed.  But it isn't the worst.  I know that because I have done worse myself already.  But I'm trying to be more positive with myself.  I need to stop talking negatively and be encouraging, as I would be to any other friend.
Aren't we bullies when it comes to self-talk?  I'm going to go put myself in time out!  Look back at what I wrote - "She is not 'all that'.  But she is a start."  Would you even SAY that to a friend?  And I thought I was being kind to myself.
Hey, Donna!  What a great drawing!  I like how you made her hair!
Ok, now I get a treat for talking nicely...as soon as I get out of time out.

One last layer.... of quilts...
Saturday night I put our puffy quilt back on the bed to delay turning the heat on in the bedroom - oh, so cozy to slip off to sleep on these nippy fall evenings! 

Added bonus - the winter quilts are heavy enough that the cat's claws don't go through when he attacks my feet!  Maybe I'll try a sketch of him next.  He's easy to catch sleeping in one spot long enough, I think.  Eyes will be closed - that should be easy as long as I start in the middle of the paper.


  1. Oh I love how you show the progression. How brave you are to do it and share it! I like the apple that began it all.

    1. I realized I had the progression on my phone to use. I took pictures of phases so I could see her from a little different perspective. It helped me hone in on what needed changing or where to go from there.

  2. Happy Birthday! I find it so exciting that yo got art supplies for your birthday. On your drawing the apple completes the face - the drawing looks happy.

  3. Isn't that how we learn? By trial and error, experimenting with whatever? You are definitely on your way to developing a skill that's been waiting for you to return to it. Well done Donna! Happy belated birthday and your 701 posts on this blog.

    1. I am too much a perfectionist and it interferes constantly with my creativity. Trial and error and experimenting is counter to my nature. Such a battle that goes on! I'm putting some of this stuff online just because I feel like it helps me to learn to go with the flow and not be so critical of myself.

  4. In addition to this one, you've shared a few others that are also wonderful, Donna. Glad you got some new supplies, all the better to keep on! I'm happy you were nice to yourself too!

    1. I was thrilled with the supplies! I'm having fun with it.

  5. Happy belated birthday, Donna. Sounds like you had a perfect day. Love the art work. Look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

    1. Thanks! I'm sure I will bravely post more at some point.

  6. Wishing you a happy birthday Donna and the continuation of the art you love. Life goes on in a beautiful way.

    1. It is nice to have some time to take up things that were lurking in the background in life.

  7. Supplies make wonderful presents! So glad that you are talking to yourself the way you would talk to a friend! I think you did a good job of giving the character you were drawing a personality. I can imagine what she's like.

    1. I keep looking at her thinking that I know her. But I don't. Not that I can place yet. But I think I know what she is like, too. I like that feeling. I'm glad you can imagine her personality, too.
      Oh, today Silver Birch Press put my poem up for the "My Sweet Word" Series. Thanks for suggesting that I give it a shot!

  8. I love her! I don't have that ability and am so amazed that someone can draw something that looks like what you intended!

  9. This was so much fun to read - so many enjoyable layers!

  10. Reading your posts are like having a conversation with you. You always answer the questions I am asking in my head. I do think your writing is "all that." And I like your art as well!


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