I was still looking for ways to turn each prompt into a circle, and this is what I came up with. One of my son’s friends saw it when it was only partially done and told me it would be better in color. So I colored it in his honor. Thanks for the tip.
It’s also in honor of all the big brothers and uncles out there whose little nephews and brothers are begging you to swing them around in a big circle…but you can’t because you’ve been told you might pull their arms right out of their sockets. Will that really happen? I don’t know.
When we started homeschooling four years ago, I read Home Education by Charlotte Mason and felt hopelessly behind. She wrote about moms knowing all the names of all the trees so as to tell your children, casually, at the park, what type of leaf they had found.
At the time, I could only identify pecan trees because we had one in my yard when I was a kid.
Since then, we have been learning tree names, and for inktober I had plenty of chances to focus on leaves.
Here’s a frail pile of fall leaves from a maple, elm, and birch. Timing was perfect, too. Yesterday was our first day with a chill in the morning. My sister said, rightly, “The actual first day of fall is the first day direct sunlight feels good on your skin.”
I had no clue where to go with this prompt. After “build” I decided to work in knots and mandalas if at all possible. Without that caveat, I would have maybe tried a princess or something from a fairy tale. But plenty of fairy tales have roses, so this works, too.
In our school, we always have a book of fairy tales going. We just finished some Hans Christian Andersen. Currently working on Arabian Nights. Fairy Tales are good for a great many reasons.
Today’s prompt was easy in the sense that I knew exactly what I wanted to draw. One of my goals was to use this pretty cyan ink if i used color at all, so a pretty husky eye had to be it.
Unfortunately, ink doesn’t dry the same way as watercolor so I didn’t get the blending the way I wanted. It’s finished, not perfect, and that’s ok. It was fun to try to copy a picture somewhat realistically.
Originally for this prompt I drew a single snowman. Then as the days went on, I found more ways to turn the prompts into circles of one type or another. So I went back and changed the single snowman into seven.
I particularly like this one because I was able to make it into an odd number of snowmen. Usually my circles/mandalas/knots end up with even numbers.
You guy, I did not like this prompt. I could not think of anything except either a worm or one of these things I’ve seen other people use. I had to look up several pictures to see where the hook and line are meant to be.
But somehow my mind landed on the idea of a ring of trees, and here we are. Inspired by the prettiest place in Texas, Mission Tejas State Park, this is meant to show the towering pines seemingly bending over you while you stare into the sky. That place is beautiful and does not have good cell phone service. If I were the type of person who camped, I would camp at Mission Tejas.
It’s really fun to see how everyone else interprets each prompt. I’ve only seen one LOTR drawing and one engagement ring so far. I wonder what else will pop up…
I love the idea that so many elements can come together to make one complicated image, like in a symphony with all the musicians make something beautiful. With Celtic knots, you can see the unity – and that brings us to family. It made perfect sense to bring family into this picture of harmony and unity. (Not that our family is always harmonious, but it’s a goal worth putting on the wall.)