Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Graber Olive House with Tania

I got an email from Tania about a sketching day and of course I was in! Tania teaches botanical drawing and is putting together artists and gardeners in wonderful settings. You can check out the happenings at http://www.artplantaetoday.com/ Saturday we all met in Ontario, CA at the Graber Olive House for a tour of the packing plant and then some sketching. Someone said they thought this was an old olive press. I don't know I just thought it was a big cool rusty thing.

There were some great old pieces of equipment, wagons, bells and stuff around the place. When we first got there at 10:00 a.m. Dori didn't think there was too much to draw and we would be done early, well.......our little group of four didn't leave until 4:00 p.m.
There is nothing like a rusty bell....except for maybe an old broken down wagon......or maybe.....

After the tour and lunch I went on a little sketchwalk. Just strolling around and sketching what ever caught my eye. On the sun dial were the words, "Count only the sunny hours", now I think this has something to do with how one reads the sun dial but what a great philosophy! Another great day with Tania. Thanks to Dori, Kamillia and Levana for following my lead and coming along.
Robert Bateman Sketchbook with pen and watercolor.

12 comments:

Africantapestry said...

such lovely sketches again Deborah...they are inspiring me( I'm creatively a bit low at the moment...) and looking at how you just draw everything with such enthusiasm and joy and bringing them all to life in colour, is really uplifiting. And as always I love your layout on your pages.
Ronell

Lynn said...

Your sketches are just beautiful. I'm really enjoying your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Teri C said...

Isn't it great to have a little sketchcrawl with a friend?! Wonderful sketches as always.

demibrix said...

What a wonderful blog you have! I could look at your work for hours! - Barbara

Kathleen Marie said...

Well, that seems like a lovely way to spend the day. And look at all the great sketches you've accomplished... good for you! They came out lovely.

bec said...

You have a beautiful blog! This is the first I've visited. You have a wonderfully fun-loving style--very enjoyable to see. That must have been some trip to France... nice job on the old grape vines -- I'm attracted to the old pumps and big rusty machinery as well.

Bonny said...

These are wonderful sketches! I can see these developing into a themed sketchbook for you. You seem to really gravitate to antique or old furnishings and equipment. You are really recordin a glimpse of history. Wonderful!
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Dori said...

Love this. What a great day. Your sketches are lovely illustrations of the day.

Dori said...

Did I really say that there wasn't much to draw...well shut my mouth. I will wait judge, which is a better practice anyway.

caseytoussaint said...

Beautiful pages - I love your style of journaling. I hadn't been around in a while, and I've been missing so much. Your Provence pages are great!

Lisalou said...

What a wonderful find, stumbling into your wonderful blog this evening! Lisa

http://lisalou-graceart.blogspot.com/

phthaloblu said...

Beautiful sketches. I especially like the one with the bell. The composition is wonderful. Sounds like a great day was had by all. :)