Me in the Middle on a Virtual Sketchwalk

For the months of March, April and May ~ I’ve been traveling!

Virtual Traveling!

Virtual Reality, Consciousness, Reality

Image by Pixabay

Virtual Sketchwalk is a Facebook Page with 849 (and growing) members.  At the beginning of each month, the Admin ~ Kate Powell ~ posts around 100 plus photographs of interesting places, local and foreign.  Sketchwalks involve a group of artists who meet up at a specific location and spend time sketching together at that location. Virtual Sketchwalk brings together artists who might not be able to travel yet still can enjoy sketching and learning about the area.  It gives us a chance to practice our skills and then share our artwork with each other on Facebook.  Each of us can choose from the photographs and we can sketch as many as we want.  It’s fun to see the different interpretations that evolve from each person.

My previous post on the Virtual Sketchwalk for December, January and February  is HERE.

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March ~ Tasmania Australia

Image may contain: tree, plant and outdoor

Photo by Debi Taylor-Ross

March 2019 Ross Tasmania 2

Sketch by Mary Lou

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Photo by Debi Taylor-Ross

March 2019 Tasmania B #1

Sketch by Mary Lou

Image may contain: plant, tree, house, sky, grass, outdoor and nature

Photo by Phil Parsons

March 2019 Tasmania E

Sketch by Mary Lou

Image may contain: bird

Photo by Debi Taylor/JJ Harrison

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Sketch by Mary Lou

April Virtual Sketchwalk was People Sketching and I didn’t participate.  I was doing the The A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

In May, we were all saddened by the fire that destroyed much of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France. I was amazed that some of the beautiful stained-glass windows survived. When Kate chose Paris as our May Virtual Sketchwalk I seized the opportunity to take up the challenge and try to sketch the window. Now I can say I tried! It was not an easy challenge. 

Photo by Joyce Harbin Cole

May 2019 Paris~Notre Dame #2

 

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May 2019 Notre Dame #4

Where will we go next?

Globe, Hand, Global, Concept, Abstract

Image by Pixabay

 

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Z

 

Letter Z

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Zoo Lovers Day

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Zoo 2

Image from Pixabay

“Each year on April 8, National Zoo Lovers Day is observed.  This would be a perfect day to visit a zoo and be one of the millions of people who visit them each year. Enjoy seeing your favorite animals swinging from the trees or splashing in the water and have a fun-filled day.

A few zoo facts:

  • The Vienna Zoo is the oldest existing zoo and was opened to the public in 1765.
  • The United State’s first public zoo, Central Park Zoo, opened in 1874 in New York.
  • There are 350 zoos in the United States
  • Approximately 175 million people visit a zoo each year.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom has had more than 9.8 million annual visitors.
  • More than 3.2 million people visit the San Diego Zoo each year.”

Zoo Lovers Day

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter Y

Letter Y

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Yuri’s Night

Yuri’s Night 2019

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Astronaut at spacewalk. Cosmic art, science fiction wallpaper. Beauty of deep space. Billions of galaxies in the universe. Elements of this image furnished by NASA

Image from Pixabay

“Yuri’s Night is the World Space Party. We hope to see you dream, explore, and celebrate with us at the hundreds of YN events held around the world each April.

“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!”
— Yuri Gagarin, 1st human in space.”

Yuri’s Night 2018

 

AtoZ2019Y

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter X

 

Letter X

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

(X) Ex-Spouse Day ~ April 14th

(Couldn’t find any ‘X’ Holiday in April)

X

Image from Pixabay

“National Ex-Spouse Day is observed annually on April 14th.  This day recognizes one’s ex-spouse.  The question has been asked why would one want to celebrate their Ex? We are not sure there is an answer to that question.

For a wide variety of reasons, sometimes marriages just do not work out. Recent statistics show that the divorce rate for first marriages is at 50 percent.  Some people find that they get along better after a divorce than they did during the marriage. Unfortunately, all divorces do not turn out that friendly and the experience can be painful and traumatic.  Regardless if it is a friendly separation or not, there needs to be a way to manage the situation when children are involved.”

Ex-Spouse Day


AtoZ2019X

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter W

Letter W

Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

World Health Day

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World Health Day

Image from Pixabay

“Universal health coverage is WHO’s number one goal. Key to achieving it is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

Progress is being made in countries in all regions of the world.

But millions of people still have no access at all to health care. Millions more are forced to choose between health care and other daily expenses such as food, clothing and even a home.

This is why WHO is focusing on universal health coverage for this year’s World Health Day, on 7 April.”

World Health Day 2019

(I realize this may not happen entirely and I respect those who still strive to educate and bring healthcare to  those who don’t have it.  )

 

AtoZ2019W

This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

day 27 lettering

(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019