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{Glimpses} Hometown…

How many times does it take before something becomes a habit or a part of your routine? Last Wednesday I started to document my “glimpses” here as a way to participate in the drawing assignments that I give my class. I want my students to keep a sketchbook or journal where they collect images of things that they see in their daily life that inspires them. I took a drive last Wednesday making a point of pulling over to snap a photo of things that caught my eye. I found that I was looking forward to doing the same thing this Wednesday. While I won’t always take photos of my hometown for this feature, I felt the need drive the backroads again today. It really has a way off clearing my mind and my stresses seem to melt away temporarily. I also just got a new zoom lens for our camera and really wanted to test it out. Here are my five Wednesday glimpses.

Glimpse 1:  Every time I pass this little building, I crane my neck to look at the vintage signage. I’m a sucker for typography and rust. So today I pulled over and got out of the car to snoop. 



Glimpse 2:  In addition to cool, vintage signs, there were old gas pumps and cars out  back. I loved the colors and shapes. 


Glimpse 3:  It was the row of birds on the roof of this barn that made me pull over. They had a really great view of the valley. I like the lines and color of grass in this photo as well. 

Glimpse 4:   Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the sound, but this is what is above Sayer and I when we walk to school these days. If the sun is hitting the trumpeter swans just right, they shimmer. It’s truly spectacular to witness and I always look up. I snapped a photo today to document pattern. I’ve been playing with images to create new pattern screens for my textiles and this may inspire a new screen print. 


Glimpse 5:   I don’t think I will ever get tired of watching swans, particularly when they take flight. I’ve been drawing swans in thread for my plush, textiles, and screen prints so I took this photo as a study. I love the the swan’s wings- so delicate and strong. I really do wish that I could fly. 

What has inspired you lately?


{Glimpses} Remembering to Breathe

Do you own a sketchbook? Better yet, do you use one? I have many – one in every room in in every bag. You may remember me mentioning a few posts ago that I’m teaching at the college again. Class started last week and I required every student to start using a journal to collect inspiration or “glimpses” for our drawing class. Every week, I want them to document something that they see in their everyday life that inspires them – like a texture, color, shape, mood, or image. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing but to use the klt:sketchbook to document my observations weekly.  So here are my five  Wednesday glimpses.


Glimpse 1 – I love old barns and peeling paint. While driving the backroads today, I spotted this little barn like building up on short stilts. There was something that struck me about it- maybe it was the little ladder and the idea that I would have loved this space as a fort when I was a kid. The peeling color was wonderful too. 


Glimpse 2 – I’m trying really hard to find balance right now. The addition of teaching night classes is throwing a monkey wrench into my daily schedule. The fog was so pretty today and I found that I just started driving after a post office drop off. I pulled over for a short walk on the river dike and spotted a heron on a log and I slowly made my way towards it. I was too late get the heron in this photo, but you can see him leaving. The photo is to remind me to breathe.


Glimpse 3 – There are so many trumpeter swans in the the valley that I live in – particularly these days. I really love them. I get excited when I see them on the side of the road and if I can, I’ll  pull over.  I also really enjoy fog – the combination made me giddy today. The roads were empty as well. I just sat on the side of the road, up against my car and watched these guys for awhile. This photo was to capture color.


Glimpse 4 I have driven by this building so many times and I always give it a double glance almost as if to see if it’s still standing. Today the foggy light gave it extra appeal. The window, the weather vane,  the green/yellow pollen on the building, and the fog lifting is why I took this photo. The spindly trees lined up behind the swans was a bonus. 

Glimpse 5 –  When Sayer and I walk to school in the mornings, the swans are often honking and flying overhead. There is always one point during our walk that we stop and look up. I am fascinated in not only how they fly, but their formations (I was in marching band so I can completely appreciate the complexity of what they’re doing). These two flew over my head today when I was walking and I was quick with the camera. This picture is for perspective both figuratively and literally. 

Did you see anything noteworthy today?