Friday, May 4, 2012

Farm Sketches

We worked at the organic aronia farm today...all day.  We fertilized using some fish emulsion and sea salt.  It was a bit smelly as you can imagine.  We had a water tank in the back of the pickup.  The tank needed to be refilled a few times and as it was filling I would mow between the rows where the grass had really gotten thick.  The strangest thing, where each of the farm buildings had stood the grass is growing like crazy and the plants aren't.  We had to go through the long thick grass and pull it from around each plant so we could fertilize them.  After the tank filled I would drive between the rows while my husband watered each plant.  


There was a bit of a time gap between moving the truck ahead, so I decided to pull out my trusty sketchbook and sketch the beautiful scenery.


Of course I had to draw some trees but also did a couple sketches of the shed, side door to the shed and the picnic table sitting in the shade.  The picnic table looked especially appealing to me because it was in the upper 80s F and humid.  Did I mention we were in the sun?


The side door to the shed was usually in view, so I drew a couple of angles.  The one below was drawn as the door would open and close with the breeze.   There is very little in the shed so I was surprised how full it looked peaking directly in.  


I had just begun my TAST tag (crossed buttonhole stitch) for the week and took it over to my daughter's house while I waited for the girls to get home from school.  It wasn't long before they arrived and I  stopped stitching to play with them.  When I headed home I forgot to pick up my stitching supplies and haven't had a chance to get them yet, so I have no stitching to share.  I think playing with them was more important don't you?  Maybe next week...

8 comments:

Elizabeth Braun said...

People are FAR more important than blogging challenges, so yes, you made the right decision.=)

Love your sketches! I really should do things like that as I'll never improve if I don't get more practice! Trouble is, it's not like stitching where you can get it right first time....

Sharon said...

Beautiful sketches, reminds me of a farm I would visit in MN.

Laurie said...

Your sketches are beautiful Connie. I wish I had that talent!
Some years ago, I used fish emulsion on my many plants. It was kept under the sink. When I came home from work the one day, I found that my dog had gotten the bottle out, which was plastic, and ran through the house with it. It sprayed everywhere! As soon as you mentioned fish emulsion, the smell automatically came back to me. It took forever to clean the mess and get the house back to smelling normal again.
Anyway, love the sketches!

Mosaic Magpie said...

Oh, the drawings are just beautiful. Connie, you are one talented lady! I know the plants will love the fish emulsion, even though to us it is stinky. I have a small fish tank just for the purpose of watering house plants. You are so right that playing is much more important than stitching. Stitching will keep and be there forever, but those sweet girlies won't.
Deb

Createology said...

Your farm sketches are wonderful. I agree playing with the littles is far more important than just about anything else. Blissful week ahead...

Deepa said...

Lovely sketches..given a choice I would find it difficult to pick which one I like best..love all of them..

Anita said...

Connie,Beautiful sketches!I like the last sketch,the details are lovely. What pencils do you use? I use Faber-castle pencils.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thank you all for such nice comments! I appreciate them so much. Anita, I used just an inexpensive mechanical pencil. I think the lead used is probably HB but I'm not sure. Elizabeth, I have an eraser so I don't worry if it is right, I just do it~lol. Lauri, I can't imagine having that fish emulsion in the house! It's horrible smelling. It was bad enough trying to get the smell out of the garage. However did you do it?