Hottest day of the year so far today, and it is supposed to be even hotter tomorrow. Thunderstorms tomorrow should help cool it down a bit, it was brutally hot out there today. Days like this bring the Nat King Cole 'Summer Song' to mind and I can't get that catchy tune out of my head.
Well this is the first bad reaction I've had in this journal… a bit too much water in the ankle area of the paper started to pill up. The coating that makes this paper so nice for fountain pens, will disappear in a flash with too much water. So I'll have to watch it from now on. For the record my ankles are not fatter than my feet.
Poor Gracie has had a bad week, she hates thunderstorms and we've had afternoon storms every day this week. Late afternoon thunderstorms hit again today, knocked out the satellite tv for almost 30 minutes, which is very unusual. Gracie was under my desk drooling on my feet the whole time.
I bought some stencils from Michael's a while back, I tried them in the gray journal, using white gouache but I wasn't particularly happy with the effect. I have tried using some colored ink from a 'Colorbox' stamp pad, it too was not particularly successful. For this page I used some Dr.Phil's liquid watercolor and a foam brush, it turned out pretty nice and I think I like the effect.
Turning in my homework on the last day of Brenda Swenson's klass. It was a fun week, that I enjoyed a lot. I've taken of workshop with Brenda in Boone, NC at Cheap Joe's School, she is a wonderful teacher and an accomplished artist that I admire very much.
I'm taking an online art class about a trip to Mexico. I love the bright colors and the creative lettering the instructor Diana Gessler uses in this class. This lettering was inspired by artist Karen Blados, whose lettering on her sketchbook pages have always inspired me.
So I dug out this old barrette I bought years ago, because I liked the colors in it (it is useless as a barrette, falls out of my hair). I used my Zig Clean Color brush pens to color this, I love how easy they are to use and how bright the colors are.
Spent the day doing laundry and catching up on my homework in the two online art classes I'm in. Got my Sketch book skool t-shirt last week, today my coffee cup came… I LOVE it. The girls (Gracie and Dixie) got into a fight today, I'm going to have to keep them apart as they did not settle it, terriers can be so stubborn sometimes.
We took the advice of the GPS on the route home BIG MISTAKE, we ended up way South of where we usually go, ended up in Cleveland Georgia. Passed by the trail head of the Appalachian Trail, very foggy on that mountain. Ron actually got a bit of sun between Newberry SC and Charleston, but we met with a down pour in Summerville. I left Ron to unload the car, and took off to Cottageville to pick up our dogs from the Camp Heike Kennel aka Canine Cottage. They always have fun at Heike's place, but I can tell they were glad to see me, and glad to be home. I took a bite out of my Klondike ice cream sandwich, before drawing it, I do love these 100 calorie treats every once in a while. It is good to be home.
Raining again today… ugh.. we picked up some free maps at the Neal's Gap store yesterday and decided to try the Cherohala Skyway loop, skipping the dragon and looping instead back toward our cabin on the other side of Murphy. First a trip back to the dragon store, because I had gotten dragon stickers for my motorcycle helmet, that I put on Ron's helmet by mistake. Had to go back to get more for my helmet. The clouds blocked our view from the skyway most of the morning, but since this ride is over 50 miles long, I still got some great shots toward the end when the clouds finally cleared. We definitely want to come back to do this ride again… great views plenty of curves for the bikes, and ample pull offs with picnic tables and bathrooms. Back at the cottage our last soak in the hot tub was uneventful.
Awoke today to the sound of rain on the tin roof…this area of the country hasn't had rain in 2 months, so the local weather person was thrilled with the rain… which came down ALL DAY LONG… So we did the Dragon, but didn't take the motorcycle, we took the Smart Car, it was quite the scenic drive with queen anne's lace, daisies and black eyed susan's growing wild on the sides of the road. Andrews NC has this fabulous display of day lilies, unfortunately I didn't get a photo of them. No snakes joined us in the hot tub tonight.
Spent most of the day in the Smart Car, driving to Murphy NC, Ron rode his Harley. Our original plan was to take the bikes on the trailer, unfortunately the Yellow Jeep we use to haul the trailer, broke down and couldn't be repaired in time for the trip….. so… plans changed. This cute cabin, called BumbleBee Hideaway, just darling well equipped and the best feature a HOT TUB on the front porch. We unloaded the car and hit the hot tub and really were enjoying it when we were joined by a snake… YIKES!! Ron splashed the snake with water, which knocked him off the tub… but well… that ended our hot tub enjoyment for the evening.
Back to WHITE paper, this is a Leuchtturm1917 Journal, the paper feels really nice under my pen, and takes a bit of watercolor… looks forward to getting back to watercolors, playing with gouache was fun, but I don't like it as much as watercolor.