Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday!!! I'm here!!!!

I did it! I sat myself down this evening freehanded a picture from a book called "Bringing The Outdoors In", by Peter Loewer. I added some color with my Mr. Sketch Pens and detail with my purple Sharpie ultra fine pen. It is a fantasy orchid cactus. I love how the stamen hang gracefully downward. I also really love epiphyllum stems! They are so cool looking...especially when wrapped around a tree!

We took grandson Donovan with us today for a little day trip, on my husbands last day of staycation! We first drove to Stuart, Florida and ate lunch at Cracker Barrel. Afterward, the two boys played some good old checkers together!

We did some country driving, tried to go to the Energy Encounter on Hutchinson Island at the Nuclear Power Plant, but found it is only open weekdays. Then we drove to the Treasure Coast Mall to stretch our legs, and was so pleased to find a Borders bookstore! Ours went out a few years ago, sadly. I really miss it. Then we walked the mall, and I snapped a few piocs of Donovan posing with some of the little favorite TV character rides there. It was a fun day.

I start my new job on Tuesday. My orientation to the company isn't until Aug 2, but my training for the actual job will start in 2 days! They wanted me to start tomorrow, but I already had some appointments, so Tuesday was OK. My friend, who went to NY for a week, will be so surprised that I found, got and started work already since she left! I haven't talked to her because I just wanted her to have fun with her friend there, and I can surprise her when she gets back home. I need to go buy a few items of clothing for work tomorrow too. I've been off 7 months, and really need to freshen up the wardrobe!

Happy Cactus Monday everyone!!!
xoxo- Julie


Evelyn said...

Hi Julie
HCM - I like yr painting very much. Beautifull combination of colours. And I love the details of the flower. Congrats on the job again :)

Penny said...

Looks as if it is all coming together, especially like your cactus drawing.

Claude said...

good work on the sketch. I see definite improvement over the time I've been watching your blog... you're getting a little more confident in your abilities.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Beautiful drawing Julie! Love it and perfect for today. What a fun weekend with Donovan. He looks like such a sweetheart.

Good luck on your 1st day Tuesday. I am sure you will impress everyone with your great personality and make some great friends.

Judi said...

Hi Julie
What a nice trip you hubby and Donovan had. Seems like a fun day.

I guess you'll be doing a bit of shopping to get ready for back to work again...have fun.

have a great day today too

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It looks like you had a great staycation. Donovahn looks so cute sitting by that cartoon head. What a good idea to get some new clothes. You will feel/look sharp for the new job. Best of luck.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

P.S. Love your drawing. HCM.

marianne said...

Oh how exciting you will start your training!!!!!
Hope you will love your new job!
The cactus flower you painted is gorgeous!


Midcenturymadam said...

Good luck on your first day!

Bobbie Lynn said...

Your sketching are really great Julie. Keep it up. What a sweet little boy there. : ) How exciting for you and your new job. Happy shopping.

Teri C said...

JULIE!! this is just gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wowzers!!

So good to see you here and then with such a striking composition! Jackpot!!


soulbrush said...

what a truly happy cactus post. firstly love the art, secondly congrats and good luck on the new job. wowsers, what an excting time for you. and thirdly what is a staycation? hcm juliegran.

Purnima@a creative project said...

Wow.. stunning painting!! very beautiful!! Thats cool!! Wish you very happy working days ahead:)