Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Beau shoved his bed up against the book shelf for a nap this morning, so I thought I'd try drawing him with my colored brush pens.  I hadn't done a drawing of him in this sketchbook yet and it's over half way finished.

Monday, August 18, 2014


My James Gurney 'Watercolor in the Wild' DVD arrived in the mail today and I just finished watching it (for the 1st time).  It went on sale last Monday, and he spent a whole week release video teasers, it is available cheaper for download, but I opted to buy the DVD. Here's the link to the release notice  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI3j-IH1mVw&list=UUTIoOLzT1jbxAcPW99xn0zQ   as well as his blog http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-08-12T03:00:00-04:00&max-results=6&start=1&by-date=false  which I link on the right as a blog I follow. If you are interested in art, you should check out his blog, he posts interesting content every day, for all kinds of art topics.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Even hotter today than it was yesterday, so we went to see a movie this afternoon.  Saw 'The Giver',  it was a very interesting movie, unlike middle school kids, I'd never read the book, nor heard of it until we saw a special on tv about how they made the movie.  Ron stayed awake thru the whole movie, so that in itself is an excellent review of the movie, he'll nod off and start snoring if the movie is the slightest bit boring (which is partly why we rarely go to movies).

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Really hazy, hot and humid today… just sucked the life out of me, so I didn't feel like doing much of anything.  Managed to doodle a bit with my dip pen and since it was out on my desk, I drew it in my sketchbook.  Got my 'Painting Flowers in Watercolour' book by Karen Simmons, today and read several chapters, good book, looking forward to reading more of her color suggestions for shadows on flowers.

Friday, August 15, 2014


Well bad title, these weren't 'ink' blobs, but paint blobs… oh well.  It was fun deciding where the eyes and beaks went, and then legs, tails… well sometimes it's fun to just play.  Ordered some colored pencils and watercolor pencils from Dick Blick today along with some paper to attempt to make my own sketchbook.  Following a tutorial on this blog… http://nyergesart.blogspot.com/2014/08/we-can-try-to-make-this-book-or-one.html

Thursday, August 14, 2014


I went out in the yard today to try to plug the hole one of my JRT's is using to escape the yard.  I feel like I donated blood, the mosquitoes swarmed me, I had to come back in the house and spray myself with deet.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Just drew something totally fun and out of my imagination.  Sketchbook Skool final week,  I don't think I'm going to get my tea cup done this week, mostly because I don't have one yet, might do a coffee cup instead.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


The Chesterton quote yesterday caught my eye in Charles Krauthammer's book 'Things that Matter' that I'm reading now.  I'd never heard of Chesterton before so I googled him, and found even more pithy, prophetic quotes. He died in 1936 and yet he could have written some of these quotes last week.
Very sad to hear of Robin Williams suicide, such a funny man, and yet darkness consumed his soul.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, such a loss is especially hard on the family.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Final lesson in my Diana Gessler class, included this cute little bird, final lesson in sketch book skool is to draw a tea cup.  My problem for the sketch book skool is that I don't have a tea cup, here in Charleston SC we drink our tea in tall glasses with ice and maybe a slice of lemon.


Sunday, August 10, 2014


It rained ALL DAY long today, Ron hung a new ceiling fan in the bedroom while I went to the store for dog food and wine.  I was hoping to get in a ride today, but the rain killed that idea.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Ron's daughter Melissa got married today, Ron and I went to the reception.  It was good to see Melissa again, it's been a few years.  She lives in Raleigh NC, her Mom would love for her to move here to Charleston.  We took the Harley Trike over there, it was a nice ride and we were lucky to miss the afternoon thunderstorms that hit just as we got home today.

Friday, August 8, 2014


Did a drawing of my toy tiger model today, another homework page for Diana Gessler's class, and watched the beginning Liz Steel videos. Called to wish my Mom a happy birthday, need to call my brother too.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Got an empty ink bottle from Goulet Pens, that I can use to pour ink into, to use my dip pen.  I had Sumi-e ink that I bought ages ago, it really works great, last a long time with one dip, today's entry was all done from one dip.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Got my replacement fountain pens from Goulet pens this morning, I've been writing with it all day, used it on this page.  It still needs 'breaking in', unlike regular pens, fountain pen nibs wear based on the way you write, the more you use it, the more it smooths out for your way of writing and becomes 'yours'.  So while I'm breaking in this new pen, my eye is pealed for my old one to turn up now LOL.