Back around to the middle of the week again, which means it’s time to head out on the weekly desk jaunt. See Julia if you need any introduction to this weekly blog hop.
We had a real battening down of the hatches kind of weekend ahead of a crazy and powerful late season storm just a couple of days ago. It was particularly bad in Illinois where there were deaths reported from the tornadoes. I also knew it was a bad one when my folks called from England on Sunday evening as it had been reported on their late night news and they were worried. Lucky for them we still had power, otherwise they would not have got through and would have worried all night, thinking the worst. I took a screen capture of the radar from Sunday afternoon, as it was quite something and stretched for another 100 or so miles South of the edge of the picture.
It lasted about 4 hours for us before being replaced by much colder temperatures and sustained 50mph winds for most of the night which hampered the utility company’s efforts to keep the power available. In the end 693,000 people in Michigan alone were in the dark.
I was at my desk while all this was going on, but keeping one eye on the radar and one ear listening out for the tornado sirens, which thankfully never came. I was trying to put together a Christmas card using a LOTV image and my Prisma pencils. There’s a sketch there and the Fiskars sentiment stamps that I seem to use a lot, and at the back is a PB stamp that I’d used the day before. Sitting on the old red wash cloth is my tub of mineral oil (with the white cap) for blending the pencils with and the special Prisma pencil sharpener to the right of that. And at the front, a nice cup of green tea to calm my frazzled nerves! (I have to add that the only thing the Mister was concerned about was his roast lamb dinner and the homemade pumpkin pie that was in the electric oven!)
I thought I’d show you the beginnings of the coloured image
It’s basically mostly coloured but not blended at this point, I’ll go back in after the blending and add shadows and highlights where they might be needed. On a more detailed image like this one, I’m probably looking at a good two hours worth of colouring before I will call it done and will start making my card with the papers I’ve already chosen.
So that’s me this week, I’m trying to get that card finished but I was at the dentist on Monday after work for a filling so as yet, haven’t had the time to get back in there again. See you on the blog hop.
Now this makes me happy, you were more concerned about your food cooking and wow roast lamb at that and the pie, but your art too…. now that is dedication to art LOL
On a more serious note, I am so pleased you were safe and alright, we were watching the reports from Australia and they were horrible, we were worried about you all.
Lovely coloring and thanks for the pictures of the radar.
Happy WOYWW & Happy Creating
Eliza & Yoda 1
There is some dreadful weather about at the moment, I saw the floods in Sardinia on the news last night and was grateful Mr FF is back in the UK and on his way up to Scotland. We have lots to be thankful for, including the fact that at present we both have tidy desks.
Lunch Lady Jan said:
Listening for tornado sirens sounds incredibly nerve wracking.. 😦 I’m glad you were ok though and hope your roast lamb was tasty!
Your colouring is amazing, how can you spend another two hours on it? I suppose there’s more detail to go in but you must have a lot more patience than me!!!
Keep warm and safe,
Hugs, LLJ 41 xx
WOW – 2 hours of colouring-in one image . . . that’s AMAZING . . . I don’t have that kind of dedication! So glad to hear you’re safe and sound. I don’t watch the news, so I didn’t know about your terrible storm.
Katherine Lawson said:
Wow, what a scary time for you. So glad you are safe. My mother had a tornado go through near her house a year ago. It followed a river, and was just across the river from her house, less than a quarter of a mile away. Everything on the other side was flattened, but her side was spared.
I love your coloring, I can’t imagine putting that much time into it. I guess I’m not that patient! Kathi #72
Lived through the tornados and sirens as a kid and remember how it works on the nerves. Glad to hear that you and your family are ok. All the pictures on the news makes the fear in the pit of my stomach all over again.
Thanks for the earlier visit,
So glad your hubby got his roast lamb dinner! haha! Seriously though, glad you are safe and no damage done! That must be so scary! I hate wind more than any other bad weather!
Love your sweet image and can’t wait to see it finished!
I am not posting just now, my eldest is home from college unwell and needs lots of TLC so although we are crafting together I am not online as much, particularly in the evenings when I would have posted the WOYWW post! I am teaching her to knit, she is really enjoying it!
Have a great week!
Glad to hear you weathered the storm ok. That was quite the crazy system.
Your card is lovely, I hope it’s going to someone who will appreciate all the work you put into it!
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and for the nice comments.
Karen Busby said:
So glad you are ok. Those storms are scary. Our crafting gets us through hard times doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing and I love your colouring.
Karen no.52 x
I was hoping you would tell us if you had any damage and I’m so pleased to hear you were okay and your mister got his goodies! I was thinking about you two and Deborah. My sisters in Iowa and Indiana were spared by this one, too. Well, not “one,” more like EIGHTY! What a mean system that was. On to lighter things, your card is magnificent, Brenda! I saw the finished perfection when I came in the front door. You inspire me with your coloring! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate it!! Hugs to you both! Darnell
Julia Dunnit said:
We’ll I too am relieved that you weren’t tornado struck. But I. understand A’s concern too! Two hours on a single card…jeez, you have gotta enjoy the colouring to do that!!
I give thanks for power and water daily. I imagine you feel an energy in the air when a storm that powerful is near. I hope the coloring is meditative spending 2 hours is a commitment. Lovely card Be well Carole #67
De De said:
Love your dedication to your art, and your pencil collection, your image turned out beautiful. Glad you got through that dreadful storm…. Thanks for visiting and your lovely comments…have a great week and WOYWW De De #16
If I’d paid attention properly to your blog, I would have known you were in the “firing line” of the storm – but am glad you’re ok! It certainly did make big news here…. On another note because I am late getting here I’ve seen the finished card – gorgeous!! Hope you are well . Helen 3.
That image is sooooo cute. I hope you share the final blended version. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. April #17
Ooohh, look at all those scrummy pencils!!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’m sure I’ll visit some Wednesdays from the new blog 🙂
Glad you didn’t hear any sirens! I have pencil envy. Well, a lot of envy, really! Your coloring job looks great. I love it when the blending starts; it all comes together.
Thank you for visiting me already. I’m slowly making it around.
Happy belated WOYWW
Peace, Kay (6)