Wednesday, January 20, 2016

From Today, 9, 10, 11, 12

Do I get extra credit?
I gave up and started over. not much better the second time around.

Pierre is kind of weird looking with his rex head. But still....

Definitely Pierre, but kind of weird anyway.
Today.s best. Silver looks odd in this one, but not as odd as some of my drawings. I guess its ok.


From January
The proportions are better, a little bit. Less life though.


Kacey, with one eye, presents a little challenge. No matter what I do, she will look catywhompus.

Pierre, ever hungry. So, this one,and the one of Kacey, are the best today.

Sketch Class....homework??

I got homework in class. I don't know if anyone else got homework. I am to do 10 sketches of rabbits. Here is my work for January 15th.

The first one is the best.

This one truly sucks and I gave up on it.

Not SO bad, the proportions are really off.
I'm counting this as 4 sketches.

Friday, January 15, 2016

More Practice, then to Class

So I did a few more yesterday. The interruptions were significant. Like faster than 60 seconds and somebody needed me. It made me angry. I was also not happy with anything I did.

Kasey helped with the photography.

Then I went to class and did these. I don't like them either. The multiple overhead lights in the room make it hard.

This is the one Kasey was sitting on.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

drawing class

So I signed up for a drawing class through Milpitas Adult Education. I thought this would make me find the time. Its at 7:30 pm on Thursdays. That's pretty late for me to be up.
The first class, we drew an apple.

 I was done, everyone else was still drawing, so I drew another one.

 And a few more. With stuff. and another one.

 And then I fiddled around while everyone else drew finished their first apple. My stomach felt funny. I went home and spent the night throwing up.

This morning I drew this.

 Started this and abandoned it.

Started over and did this.
Then this.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Jessica Rabbit, and others.

So there is a bunny in the neighborhood. We decided that we would just continue to watch the bunny. Now I am not the only rabbit savvy person doing it. That's a relief. This email to Heather sums it up:

I talked to you on the phone about a year and a half ago about a rabbit that was living in the front yard, in a home made cage, a couple blocks from me. I learned a lot from our discussion and decided that the best thing to do was to keep watching the rabbit and provide hay to prevent skimping to save money. I have refilled an empty water bottle more than once. I leave hay pressed against the chicken wire if it doesn't have food.

Cynthia Atayan, who lives very close, wanted me to tell her where it was so she could get it, but I wouldn't.

The rabbit, a Dutch, disappeared when the weather got cold and I was afraid it had died, but it re-appeared when the weather got better.

This year, the bunny is still outside. There are blankets and plywood stacked around the cage to protect from weather. So I told Cynthia the address. We are both making sure it has food and water. Sometimes they take down the boards and blankets so the rabbit isn't in the dark all day. We check and make sure they put them back up when it gets dark. They often don't.

Cynthia has an old laptop that she says she will trade for the bunny, taking her daughter with her in the hope that someone cares and will sell the bunny to a little girl. No one is ever home, or when they are, they don't answer the door.

Today there was still ice in the water troughs at noon. Single rabbits can survive this temperature, but not comfortably. I worry about frostbitten ears.

We don't know what to do. Can you advise?
Cynthia and I concluded that we would just continue to watch the bunny. Now I am not the only rabbit savvy person doing it. That's a relief.

I looked at Moo Cards. The basic card comes down to forty cents er card unless you get 500 cards. That's a crazy amount for me, Both the forty cents and the 500 cards. I think Vista Cards is better. About half the price. I still have to work on it. and then I have to make new art. New art has been a problem with first a sick dad, then a foundering horse, Then a new pony, then a sick pony. then another new pony who needed training and rehab. Then a sick mom. Then a sick mother-in-law. Then a second pony with a mystery problem that was hind gut ulcers. And building a house and new flooring in the old house.......

Monday, December 28, 2015

More flickr

I'm still working on Flickr. You can see it if you go to Check it out. At least type it into your search and go there, make sure the addy works, then report back to me, please.

I've been through so many photos........
When I get all the addy parts figure out, I will order Moo Cards. It will have my etsy store address, and my Flickr address. Should I put my blog address too?

What should it say?
Textile Art

how about
Doublecatbatik Textile Art
Cara Drouin
esty addy
flickr addy, blog addy
email addy

What do you all think? How much is too much? Can I get double sided? That would be best. too much info can be overwhelming.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Driving with Francois and Flikr

Last Wednesday, Francois and I hooked up Yndi and Pepper single. He drove Pepper and I drove Yndi and we went trotting loops around the hot walker and drain barrier in the lower parking lot. It was fun! Not being able to use the arenas at Indian Hill limits the opportunity to do circles and figures. Normally, I just stick to the roads. I didn't get any pictures.

Francois said Pepper was kind of spooky at things that shouldn't have bothered her, like changes in the appearance of the ground. He thinks it is training and wants to long line her tomorrow. I long lined her for a year already. I think it is lack of conditioning-when she gets tired or is pushed to the edge of her ability, then she looses confidence. This makes more sense to me. He has a strong background in Parelli Natural Horsemanship where the focus is on slow training. My experience is different. I learned at Jill Munro's that a horse with pain the inhibits their ability run from danger compensate by getting an earlier start; they are more on guard. With Roger Cleverly, who is more into conditioning than I am, or most people, for that matter, I reinforced my understanding that the horse must be conditioned to perform what you are going to ask of it. So, I think Pepper needs to be in better shape.

Yesterday I spent a couple hours locating old art photos and loading them to me Flikr page. I need to get my stuff up there and organized. I think that when I do, I can make a business card with my etsy shop and my Flikr account. I need to work on that today.

In the meantime: a rabbit photo!
Pierre with Alfalfa Cube