Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Couldn't quite match the peach color, mixed Raw Sienna and Quin Rose, but it is too dark, the flower is a very delicate transparent peachy pink color.  The bush is loaded with blooms and buds, so this is not the last time I'll be trying to capture this flower this Summer.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Another Sketchbook Skool sky, wet in wet, and yet I didn't get the mingling of the colors like I'd hoped for.  This is a watercolor journal but still I didn't get watercolor paper reactions… I like it, just wasn't the look I was going for.

Monday, April 21, 2014


With a homework assignment to do sky views this week, I was happy to see some blue sky today and took the opportunity to paint it.  Didn't get the color quite right, this is Prussian Blue it is darker than the actual sky, but I thought Cerulean would be too light.  If the weather permits tomorrow I'll try another color.

Had a low sugar event last night that kept me up late, followed by leg cramps that woke me up around 2am and wouldn't quit until the wee hours of the morning.  At 2am I emailed my supervisor in Columbia and let him know I could not drive today, I'll be heading to Columbia tomorrow though after some much needed rest tonight.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Apr20Art Happy Easter

Sketchbook Skool homework, paint the sky, well the sky has been gray for the last 3 days, and only today on our way home from family Easter dinner, did I see a touch of blue in the sky.  It is clearing up, and warming up this coming week.

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I spent the morning walking/driving the neighborhood looking for little Miss Gracie May.  I was beginning to lose hope, when I spotted her crossing the street close to our house.  I was really scared I wouldn't be able to find her.
I didn't go to Beaufort, due thunderstorms and rain the organizer called it off.
We lost our first playoff hockey game last night, they got skunked 3 - 0, we play the same team again tonight, unless a different team shows up, our post season will be very short this year.

Friday, April 18, 2014


My friend Celeste got one of these and was posting about it. I realized that I had one in the drawer loaded with markers and pencils I don't use.  I pulled it out, cleaned it out and loaded it with pens and spray bottles for the sketch crawl tomorrow.  It is raining… so I'm not sure whether to drive down to Beaufort or not tomorrow.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Had to draw my favorite old dog, one more time.  He's become a very easy fellow to draw as he sleeps most of the day. He's going deaf now, so noise doesn't interrupt his sleep these days. At 16 he is our oldest dog, but we have a house full of old dogs, the youngest is Dixie the lab, and we've had her 7 years now, and she was not a baby when she showed up in our yard one Saturday morning.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Well WINTER is hanging on really hard, some places up North got snow, we got REALLY chilly weather today, but not cold enough to hurt my Calla Lilies nor my vegetables… so I'm happy about that.
Used my Kuretake Clean Color brush pens to color this Lily, I like how I was able to blend it to get nice rich color, just like my Calla Lilies.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Put the checks in the mail today for our taxes, along with the forms.  I file using snail mail, since I always owe them money.  At least this year it wasn't too bad, it's been a lot worse in previous years.
It rained all day long, good for the grass and for the vegetables out back, but the muddy paws on dogs was no fun for me today (dogs actually don't mind the rain at all).

Monday, April 14, 2014


Senator Rick Santorum is such an inspirational speaker, I really enjoyed hearing him tonight.  The meeting ran way long due to all the candidates speaking, but everyone needs to have a turn between now and the primary election in just 58 days now.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Sat outside to paint the pink hibiscus bloom, l had pre-painted the page with Quin. Burnt Orange, so I had to use gouache to paint the pink flower.  Lessons learned, that pen I got the Danny used on TOP of gouache, RUNS when used UNDER gouache… however, the ink does mix a bit with yellow to make a deep green. Other lesson learned for next week's Sketch Crawl in Beaufort SC, bring BUG SPRAY, the no-c-ums attacked almost as soon as I sat down.  Ron was waxing the motorcycle not 10 feet from me, and the bugs were not bothering him at all.  They drove me inside where I finished up the painting.  I'm having fun with the gouache, why did it take me so long to try it out?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Greatest Water Colour Show in the World. The Three Amigos


Sketchbook Skool homework/daily journal page combined.  I spent a good portion of the day doing our taxes, then took out my aggression digging holes to plant flowers.  When Ron got home we took the bikes for a spin.  I got my Dick Blick goodies box, my toned Tan and toned Gray journals, and a set of pastel pencils… oops, I was supposed to get colored pencils…. used them to draw this pepper.  I learned something, I'm too impatient to use pastels and/or colored pencils, I like the immediacy of watercolor and ink. I don't think I'll used these much… I'll see tomorrow how much it smudges the adjacent page (I did spray it with fixative).

Friday, April 11, 2014


Sunny yellow page, just had to add daffodils to this page. Headed to the last regular season hockey game tonight. Rays did make it into the play offs, so our hockey will continue for a while.