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1. Stretch

“Exhuberance is Beauty.”
– William Blake

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2. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 30

There she is…. the last SkADaMo sketch of 2012.

As she sugar plums herself  across the page, let me say this has been a very worth while experience. You don’t have to fill the the whole page  but you do have to pick up a pencil and put it to paper.

Thank you Linda for putting it out there and inviting others to join. I know you’ll have even more participants next year.

 

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3. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 29

Sprinting towards the finish line of SkADaMo 2012!

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4. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 28

I got rhythm
I got music
I got my girl
Who could ask for anything more ?

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5. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 27

“Trees are sanctuaries. 

Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. 

They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
-  Hermann Hesse,  Wandering  

 

 

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6. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 26


Children have neither past nor future;
and that which seldom happens to us,
they rejoice in the present.
- Jean de La Bruyere

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7. SkADaMo ~ Day 11

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8. SkADaMo ~ Day 12

Hanging in there with day twelve of SkADaMo 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

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9. SkADaMo ~ Day 13

The more we get together… together…..together,

The more we get together the happier we’ll be!

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10. SkADaMo ~ Day 14

One of my favorites to draw….

 

 

 

 

 

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11. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 25

Wiping the perspiration from his brow with a dandelion that he held with his tail,

Friar Hugo smiled so joyfully that his face disappeared amid deep dimples.

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12. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 24

Who could resist?

Maybe just a little cat kibble and a saucer of milk.

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13. Whiskers

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14. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 23

He’s making a list. He’s checking it twice.

Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice!

 

I missed a couple of days. Shoot, which list does that put me on?

 

 

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My sketches are done and ready to go but I have no one to send them to…. thanks to hurricane Sandy!

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16. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 4

King Tut

King Tutankhamen became the Pharaoh of Egypt at the age of nine around 1358 BC. King Tut’s tomb was discovered almost intact on November 4, 1922 by Howard Carter in Egypt’s Valley of Kings.

 

 

 

…but I don’t really think he was a badger.

 

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17. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 5


Weasels make the best doughnuts!
Idaho Potato Doughnuts

Ingredients:

2 packages active dry or cake yeast
1/2 cup warm water (110° F to 115° F)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening or margarine
1 1/2 cups prepared Instant Mashed Idaho Potatoes. cold
3 eggs, well beaten
2 cups milk, scalded and cooled to luke warm
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon extract
6-8 cups sifted flour
Glaze:
Boiling water
1 pound powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Dissolve yeast in warm water, set aside.
Cream sugar and shortening. Beat in cold potatoes, eggs, cooled milk, yeast water, salt and lemon extract. Mix in flour adding just enough to make a soft dough. Knead well.
Place dough in greased bowl; cover and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a well-floured cutter. Let rise uncovered about 30 minutes. Deep fry in oil heated to 375° F. Drain on paper towel.

To make glaze, gradually add enough boiling water to powdered sugar and vanilla to make thin glaze. Drizzle over doughnuts.

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18. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

A few bits and baubles that I made today!

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19. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 6

 

Littlle Boy Blue come blow your horn…..

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20. Mr. President

Barack Hussein Obama II
Forty fourth President of
the United States of America!

 

 

 

……..again

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21. SkADaMo 2012 ~ Day 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

These wee mice will soon be frolicking across my blog/banner, but today they are for:

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22. SkADaMo ~ Day 8

“Sometimes the smallest things, take up the most space in your heart.”

~ Winnie the Pooh

 

 

 

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23. Trees


“Pleasures lie thickest where no pleasures seem:
There’s not a leaf that falls upon the ground
But holds some joy of silence or of sound,
Some spirits begotten of a summer dream.”
- Laman Blanchard

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24. SkADaMo ~ Day 10


“What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants the friend of sun and sky;
He plants the flag of breezes free;
The shaft of beauty, towering high;
He plants a home to heaven anigh
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard -
The treble of heaven’s harmony
These things he plants who plants a tree.”
- Henry Cuyler Bunner, The Heart of the Tree

 

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25. SkADaMo ~ Day 9

 

 

 

Oooops… I almost forgot day nine!!!

Here are some spots for a book I’m working on. Right now I’m revising sketches and then on to color.

To see more of the SkADaMo participants click on the picture below and follow the links!

 

 

 

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