The sketchy and inconsistent blog of Bethie Engstrom...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Something I love, something I hate

Something I love, When my baby brother crawls into my bed one morning and falls asleep in my arms.

Something I hate, When that adorable little boy throws up all over me and my bed...

Very odd morning...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

SS catch up

Medium: general pencil

Here is the nearly finished project that I showed on a Sunday Sketch post a while back. All that needs to be done now is some clean up and adding watercolors to it (which I can't do until I get some more paint=)

Also, this is one of few that I actually name... Consider yourself lucky for seeing with a title. I'm very camera shy. =P

Happy Sketching!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

who needs sleep anyway?

I mean, really?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Musician watching commencing...

Medium: HB Pencil

About a week back, I went to a Musician's conference in Redmond, Washington. While there for the weekend, I hung out with super awesome music makers and singers. I got to listen to (and watch!) Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster, Norm Stockton, Jonathan Lee, Carl Albrecht, Doyle Dykes and Phil Wickham. If you didn't recognize any of these names - look them up (and Phil Keggy - he was there last year and was AN-MAZ-ING). But with all that said, I didn't really have time to pull out my handy sketch book, but I was able to get this amazing person' (one of the problems with musicians is you can't hardly tell the sex of the person from the back...=P) style. Long overcoat, beanie, scarves, colorful skinny jeans, messengers bag w/ pins and beat up converse, is the theme of all musicians (and yes, for one of the days I wore my own -very beat up- lighting blue converse high tops =)

(sorry for the poor quality of the photo, cellphones are lousily photo-takers)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chilling thought

Here is a quote that my sister shared with me recently.

What if we woke up tomorrow with only the things we thanked God for today?

 It is such a chilling thought for me because I've come to realize that I am a complainer and whiner when it comes to prayers, asking why did that have to happen, what can't this, whine, whine, whine. I don't thank God for my family enough, for the sky, for air, for arms! And he's the one who gave me all, even though I'm such an ungrateful wretch that is like a spoiled animal that takes and takes and never gives back. This will change. It must. I'm posting this because it's good for me to put this out there and have it public, but also to share this and open eyes of others that have been doing the same thing as me. With my ever merciful savior, I know that there is a way for me to be saved.

Don't forget to give thanks.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Yesterday morning was like any other, woke up early, shoved three pills down a fighting dogs throat, did some school work, tidied up my room and then went to the library.

But I didn't go to the library for the usual reason, not to return books (which I did but they weren't mine), not to pick up a new, exciting novel, not to search for books retelling all the art of history... no... I went because they were having their twice a year book sale.
 My heart flutters and skips a beat when I her the words 'book sale'. Something about it, jostled with so many people in a too-small-room (I'm sure a fire-safety inspector would have fainted dead away), amongst old and new bounded books, faithfully searching every nook and cranny for the great find. Oh, of course, I wasn't the only one (as you've gathered I'm sure), and so it became a race... and when ever I say that I think of this and want to be him, and roll every r with my tongue. =)

So being a race, I skipped from on bookshelf, to the table, under the table and and on top of some preciously stacked cardboard boxes. Only to see that two, different men were hoarding all the books! The Horror! The first had a large box in hand, and was going through the children' table, hardly sparing a glance at the title before rudely tossing it into his prison box. He was there before me, and I left before he did and by that time he had six, extra large cardboard boxes filled overflow with any sort of books he could get his hands on. The other guy... he had one of those scanners that you can see the value of the book before you buy it so you can sell it later... the nerve!

But now, I'm going to put those men out of my mind... no need for me to get grumpy anymore. So - anyhow, I got this really awesome book on botany, has lots of great pictures, got the complete series of Narnia in one volume... and I got a telescope for five bucks there too... YES! I GOT A TELESCOPE!!! It's so, so awesome... not sure if it works yet though because of cloudy weather but it'll be fun to find out and explore! Merry Friday and Saturday to you all.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This post and my love is dedicated to Sarge, one of the best dogs to ever live. I love you Grace and Sophie.