Saturday, April 23, 2011

I wish the wings would kick in

I've just discovered whole other worlds of artist bloggers our there! It all started for me with Illustration Friday, which I love. But after visiting blogs from IF, I've found Paint Party Friday and now Sunday Sketches. It is so fun to connect with all of these kindred spirits. I'm still buried, but making headway with the papers, so I'm posting this for my first entry to Sunday Sketches. Below is my original post for this sketch:

Well....I'm buried under a ton of grading and should be doing it, but instead I've been thinking all day about the IF prompt, "bicycle". This is the part of the semester when everything becomes very concentrated and intense, and it requires a lot of effort to stay above water. Last year, and even last semester, I had an image of myself barely keeping my nose out of water, I was so overwhelmed. This semester there has been some improvement. At least now I have a bike that paddles, and a new set of wings. Once the wings start working, I'll be out of the danger zone. Sorry this is just a sketch. I'll get back to it in a few weeks when I hit dry land again : )
When I lived in San Diego, my bike was my primary mode of transportation. I got into a few scrapes with opening car doors, ran down an old lady (I'm not kidding and I am very, very sorry for it) and got a ticket (still not kidding). But my most memorable and scary experience was when, as I was flying down a very busy 4 lane street that is a very steep hill, an exhibitionist opened his car door out into my lane and stepped out of his car to face me. He was stark naked. Again, not kidding. I was furious with him because losing control on that street and hill would have been disastrous. I yelled at him all the way down the hill.

14 comments:

Christine said...

Love the movement in your drawing!

Grandma Coco said...

Yes, lovely movement and balance.

Lynette said...

Thanks! Let's hope the balance stays until the end of the semester!

Coreopsis said...

What a marvelous image! I'm a teacher too (English, though I wish I were teaching art), and my room is completely buried in papers. I really need to dig out. But your lovely image gives me hope!

Indigene said...

Lol! Wonderful post and I love the energy and line quality!

You know, I haven't met a woman yet, who hasn't had a "flasher" experience! I had the guy naked in a raincoat experience in NY! For some reason, I laughed uncontrollably, the guy turned red and hurried away quickly. I guess that wasn't the response he wanted! LOL!

The semester coming to an end, hang in there, one paper after another, remember, this too, soon shall pass and then hopefully some fun can begin! :) Sending you hugs through it all!

Lynette said...

Thanks, Indigene and Corsopsis. There's light at the end of the tunnel; only six assignments to go. Indigene, your comment about the flasher reminds me of a Japanese fairy tale in which three women flash an oni, (ogre) figure and foil him because he laughs so hard that they can get away. Kind of turned around, though.

Tammie said...

this is wonderful, I love the movement you have created in this and the wings, love the wings.
Welcome to SS's!

Heather said...

oooh, i can feel the energy here! I love the wings and thought of flying into the waves here.
So nice to meet you through SS!

Melisa said...

Wow, such excitement! I love the sketch. :)

Andrea~CrowNology~ said...

Interesting sketch...I can feel the speed...and story! Eek. No thank you!
Happy May!
xo

Marlene said...

This is a wonderful sketch, It shows movement and emotion.

Christine said...

your title adds so much to your lovely sketch! Great bike stories too.

Sophia said...

Welcome Lynette! And VERY nice sketch. Love your work. Do join us again this week. :)

Lynette said...

Thanks, Sophia. Wonderful of you to start Sunday Sketches. See you soon!