At the centre of your being you have the answer, you know who you are and you know what you want ~ Lao Tzu

Wednesday, August 8

WOYWW No. 166 - A new workdesk :)

Here's my newest acquisition...


... a lapdesk!!

It's on this new desk I'm fulfilling my challenge of drawing every day in August, and it's the perfect surface to draw on while I enjoy watching the Olympics :)

I can proudly say I've drawn every day, except Monday, but I have a valid excuse - I was in serious discomfort following botox treatment on my right arm that morning (I get multiple injections in specific muscles 3 times a year to relax those muscles)...

So here's my drawings from the last 7 days...


These two are from my World of Downton book, which I showed last week...


This is of a favourite photo of a cemetery angel holding fallen leaves in her hands...


I hate chameleons!!
I had a huge one fall on my head in Kenya - believe me, they can grow to the size of a small dog! So I drew this lil' guy to exorcize those yucky memories...


I am pleased with this drawing of a photo taken by Cecil Beaton of an unnamed Wren in 1942..


But I tell you, I really don't like drawing men! They're all angles - and stubble :)

Next Wednesday, I'll show you this coming week's drawings...

And now, I'm off to enjoy others' creations from all over the globe. The ever-growing list is over at Julia's Stamping Ground...

Have a great, creative week :)






50 comments:

Helen said...

Love the drawings and your new lapdesk too - am sure that will be very useful.
Helen 4

Julia Dunnit said...

All angles and stubble...not just in the drawing!! Ha, great observation! Wonderful drawing, and a great daily discipline, good on you! A lapdesk is the way to go - these Olympics are causing my but to be welded to the chair!!

Annie said...

How lovely to be able to draw on your lap whilst watching the Olympics and what fab results too.
Hugs,
A x #6

podgypanda said...

You are doing well to set yourself a target of drawing everyday. Certainly the more you draw the better you become... it definately is practice makes perfect. I used to do a lot of drawing and especially portraits and animals.
But I tend to have phases where I focus on one type of craft for a few years(am into papercrafting at the moment)
Have a good week
Julie (paperpathway)

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What a great idea to set yourself a target...I would find it hard to stick to, I must admit!! I've got such a butterfly mind :D Lovely sketches btw!
Hugs. LLJ #13 xx

Sandy said...

Its great that you are drawing every day now you have your new lap desk, how cool is that I have never seen one of those before. Sandy :) #31

Judys Fabrications said...

That's the way to improve your drawing Claire. I look forward to seeing your future works.
Thank you for your kind words about my creations.
Judy #19

VonnyK said...

What a great little desk, perfect for in front of the tele. Your drawings are fabulous. Love the cute little chameleon even if you don't like them. Wish I could be as disciplined as you and do a drawing every day.
Have a great week.
Von #17

Glenda said...

How talented you are! Thanks for sharing...Glenda 55

Minxy said...

WOW Your drawings are just amazing, well done on keeping up with your own challenge.
Happy WOYWW Hugz Minxy #50

Helen said...

Wow, your drawings are amazing

Helen (EllieWee) xx

Eliza said...

Oh my they are wonderful you are so full of tallent. Love the dress designs too, just awesome.

Eliza #30

butlersabroad said...

I can't watch tv and do things at the same time, too distracting!! Haven't the Olympics been amazing? TV is going to be very boring when they finish. Love the drawings, especially the one with the angel holding the leaves.

Hugs
Brenda 38

Erika said...

Hi Claire thanks for popping by my blog loving your drawings. Have a super Wednesday, hug Erika.

Tiger's Mum said...

It's wonderful that you're keeping up with drawing every day in August! What a great way to keep up the practice!

TeddyBobCrafts said...

Happy WOYWW. My first visit to you and loving your drawing. I have a lap tray and it is SO useful. Ali x #81

donnalouiserodgers said...

fabulous sketches, i cannot go a day without drawing something, it would be like not eating ( and I do love eating too)

dx 7

Hazel said...

Super drawing - and like the desk - good idea. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #99 x

Elizabeth said...

Hello Claire, congratulations on keeping up with the sketching - it's really impressive considering the problems you have with your arms.

I didn't know that about chameleons - I thought they were tiny wee creatures :)

All angles and stubble ... yes, that just about sums men up :))

Happy WOYWW. Hope you have an enjoyable week. Elizabeth x #18

May said...

I've never seen one of those desks before, Brillant.. love your art work it is fabulous... Have a happy week, Hugs May x x x#40

CraftygasheadZo said...

Good on you, drawing every day. Take care & enjoy snooping this week. Zo xx 77

butterfly said...

These are marvellous - I'm so in awe of anyone who can actually draw! Hope the lap-table helps with the muscles. It's often how I work with my laptop (which I know you're not really supposed to, but sometimes you just want your feet up and tables get in the way!). Thanks so much for visiting Words and Pictures.
Alison x
#58

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Amazing drawings!
I am not that skilled at all, but my son is. I wonder where he gets it :)
Happy WOYWW
Mary Jo 74

Bella said...

good on you sticking to your drawing a day. Nice lap desk too.

BJ said...

Cool lapdesk and great drawings. Hope the arm is feeling better now. Thanks for stopping by BJ #19

Tammy said...

Love your drawings! I so admire people who have the artistic eye. I can't even draw stick people very well. LOL. Hope you can keep up with your drawing every day goal this month. :) Happy WOYWW! Tammy #67

Daniella said...

A lap desk is a great idea! Your drawings are awesome!! Keep drawing!!
xxDaniella#12

Cath Davidson said...

Great new addition to your desk :) well done on your one a day achievement, that takes some doing.
Cath x

SueH said...

Pleased to hear that you can draw and not miss any of the Olympic coverage Claire, so your new desk is proving invaluable.
Your pictures are amazing….wish I could draw like that.

Thanks for stopping by this week.
Happy Crafting!
Sue
x
#56

Mrs F said...

Great new lap desk, just perfect for drawing while watching the addictive Olmpyics.

Happy WOYWW xx

Twiglet said...

Neat little lapdesk. Your drawings are lovely. x Jo

Fuchsia said...

Clever idea and fab drawings !
thanks for passing by
have a great week x

Clare with paint in her hair said...

Fabulous drawings, love the new desk

mamapez5 said...

Wonderful drawings. I really envy anyone who can draw realistic representations. It is all in my head, but my hands don't co-operate!
And to do it using just a little lap desk defies belief. Good for you.

I have blog candy on offer so feel free to sign up to be in with a chance to win.

Kate #25

Ali H said...

Great to see you exercising your art in front of all those Olympics ! You can really see your skills building ! I am very envious ! Thanks for stopping by earlier ! Ali #16

Samantha Elliott said...

Lovely drawings. I am always envious of people who can draw. I know what I want just not good at getting it. Like a few other things I s'pose. I agree with the angles and stubble, and as I say, I cannot draw! LOL.
Thanks for your visit!
xx

Amy E said...

Wow...what a talent you have!! Your drawing are gorgeous!


Amy E. #8
scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Di said...

Super drawings Claire. I grinned at your post below - I love pink to pieces yet was very successful in a male dominated career path :) Snort, reckon I fooled 'em :)

Belated Happy WOYWW! Di xx #3

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm late getting started this week. I blame it on the Linky snafu. I love that lap desk. It's perfect for drawing in your journal and sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics. I'm number 22.

RosA said...

Your drawings are great! And I can't usually watch TV without having something else to do either! Happy WOYWW!

505whimsygirl said...

I'm using a lapdesk right now to go blog hopping! They are a great invention.

Your drawings are wonderful. I really like the first woman - very stylish and bohemian looking.

Today is my one year anniversary. Blog candy will be announced soon. I'm taking a poll so pop on over and put in your 2 cents.

Happy WOYWW
Kay #96

RosC said...

Hello Claire,
Your drawings are remarkable whether reality or photos, and I do like to have work for my hands and the other side of the brain when watching the box. The desk seems to have worked a treat.
Thanks for leaving a lovely comment, too.
Ros #16

Neet said...

Oh dear, these Olympics have a lot to answer for but haven't they been riveting?
Love your drawings. Each and every one of them is a delight. Those hands are particularly good, if you look at some of the Great Masters they do beautiful faces etc but fall short on the hands.
Thanks for sharing - Hugs, Neet xx #36

Tertia said...

Now I need a lapdesk too!!! That sounds like so much fun, drawing and watching tellie!
Love all the drawings.
Happy belated WOYWW
Tertia 86

Laura said...

Lap desk... gotta get me one of them!!
Love the chameleon.
have a good day,
Laura
69

sandra de said...

Wonderful sketches and your lap desk sounds fab.
Sandra @74

Shoshi said...

Wow, Claire, your drawings are just amazing... Sorry to hear you've been in so much discomfort with your arm, and I hope it passes soon. I've never met a chameleon I didn't like - but then I've never met a chameleon lol lol! I think they are fascinating, the way their eyes move independently, and how they can change colour! (I must do a zentangle of one one day.)

Love the new lap desk. I've got one called a Trabasack that I got at a disability show - they are invented by a wheelchair user who was fed up with stuff falling off her lap all the time. I use it all the time! It has a strap to go round my back, and a nice little lip all around to stop stuff falling off, and it has a removable bean bag inside, as well as a secret pocket, and loops to hook things on!! It's particularly useful when I'm eating out, and they have those silly tables with a bar across the bottom which means I can't get my wheelchair close enough to eat from the table.

Thanks for your nice comment. I'm actually having quite a lot of fun downsizing - I'm now working through a whole drawer full of old cassette tapes, sorting out what I want, and copying them onto the computer where they'll take up no room at all, and I will listen to them much more too, because I can put them on my iPod.

Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi #50

Ann B said...

Love the drawings (something I struggle with) and the angels hands is special.
Just read a bit of your profile and can't believe that you suffered a stroke and now draw left-handed. You must be very determined, not to mention talented.

Thanks for visiting me earlier, I'm very much behind with my visits this week - too much excitement in the Olympics.

Ann B
#33

April said...

Hi, sorry I'm late stopping by, your drawings are great! loving the lapdesk! very handy! x

Morti said...

I'm a bit late getting round to everybody this week - thanks for stopping by last week!

Great drawings Claire!