Inspiration From Trip to France – Get Out Those Art Supplies!

After a trip, usually I am stimulated and ready to go back to the studio. I want to paint, make Artist’s Books, draw, and write -in some way interpret what I experienced during my travels. Megan got right in there. I’m so proud of her. Look at this! Her  drawing fills the page. It’s big. Paint and color have been added to her drawing – the next step after drawing. This piece will be perfect for her portfolio. Megan is planning on applying for an art scholarship. I suggested she add her small moleskine sketchbook that she filled up in France. There are some fine drawings to be seen in there.

Our two weeks of  drawing together have ended. It will be a long time before we see each other again. But there is WordPress!

We are thinking of  Megan being my guest blogger in the future – maybe we will do Megan’s Monday – Carla and Megan’s Blog.  Then she will have her own posts on the internet.

From India to America to England Just With A Tap Of Your Finger – France

I think I just used a trackback to send a ping back. It was my grand daughter’s first trackback. Oh my, here I am teaching her how to blog by having her be a guest on my blog and she knows more about it all than I do! It does show how we are from all over the world expressing our opinions. Each time I write something, a new door opens. I read or see something interesting from another person in the world. I learn from them and hopefully, I give a few minutes of contemplation to someone else. Megan viewed the stat page of our blog from France, where she saw the map representing people who read her blog from all over the world – 98 hits one day during the first week! How great is that? Apologies for the fuzzy photograph, but this was the specific day and this was what I shot.

Figurative Drawing by Kids in France – Carla and Megan’s Blog

In France, gammie had a great idea for everyone to do. Every few minutes a new person would strike a pose and everyone else had to draw it. It was a really good idea to get loose and really see how to draw a body. We did not have time to draw very much detail but we got the basic idea! We ended up with some very interesting drawings!


Hummm I see we already did this one – added some more pictures this time.  Here is Megan’s thoughts on our drawing session – carla

It’s Hot! – 12 year old Works on her Portfolio – France in August



One hundred degrees (38C) Not a good time for Englishmen to be out in the noon day sun. After a lunch of Camembert cheese, pâté, cornichons, baguettes, melon, ham, lettuce and tomatoes from the farmer’s market ( I’m going to miss those fabulous picnics) we stayed inside.
Megan is putting together a portfolio to be included with a request for an art scholarship. For a varied example of her work I suggested we do some figuartive drawing. We got together the gang and sketched two minute poses. I started posing, I’d call up someone to join me then we would add another person to our posing group. And another. It was great fun. Megan got some great drawings for her portfolio and everyone found out they really could draw. Now it’s time to hit the pool!

Grandfather Posing For Me



20120814-033519.jpgThis was a drawing of grandfather while the whole family was at a crepery. We were waiting for our meal to come and I told grandfather to pose so that I could do a drawing of him. he did it and the pose was perfect but it still took me a while to draw. There was a very pretty background that I just couldn’t get in unfortunately.
We are posting a drawing my Grandmother made while we had a coffee at another cafe. You can tap on the pictures to see them larger.

From Troglodytes to 21st Century Apple in 5 Kilometers



20120813-035326.jpgYesterday we drove to the town of Brantome where we traced the steps of the Benedictine monks from the ages of the humble cave to the impressive archetecture of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Megan documented the medieval carvings and I documented her.
While driving home we sketched on
on my apple app called Brushes.
I showed her how to draw with the app. In two minutes Megan had picked it up and I was learning about my phone from her!


French Watch 12-year-Old Draw


Hello my name is Megan. I am 12 years old and I love painting with my grandmother – Carla. We both live very far away from each other so this holiday in France was a perfect opportunity to do lots of painting and drawing! Today we went to the farmers market and there were lots of beautiful flowers that we drew. there were lots of French people coming and they said how beautiful our drawings were. There were people coming and watching us draw our pictures and speaking French to us and we had no idea what they were saying!


Megan and Carla – two art chicks collaborate in Southern France

We are determined to blog together, my grand daughter and I. Megan lives in England And I live in America. Trying to do this on vacation without a home computer and with poor -wi-fi connection is a challenge but hey we are on vacation ! Yesterday it was really hot so. In our cool rented house Megan showed me how to use her drawing app and we made a drawing together. Ok Megan it’s your turn. Introduce yourself to my friends. Let’s see how many people we can get to read our blog, .