Thursday, November 27, 2014


We have so much to be thankful for in this country, even the poorest here would be considered rich is some places in this world.  Say thanks today for all your blessings, and be happy.  God wants us to be happy, it is called 'GOOD NEWS' for a reason.  Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The 'pink' around the clouds is a red paint droplet from my juicy watercolor yesterday.  I tried to get the cloud white with gouache but it didn't quite do the job.  I've neglected my Lamy Safari fountain pen for a while now…. so I cleaned it today, running clean water thru it, letting it soak until all the ink was gone…. but… it isn't working well still, see the test marks on the bottom of the page.  I've been working with it on and off all day drawing lines and swirls, fast and slow, pressing hard not pressing hard… it just isn't feeding the ink as well as my cheap Preppy pens and definitely not feeding as smoothly as my Pilot Falcon pen… so sadly it will languish at the bottom of my pen case full of pens I don't use any more.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


It poured rain all day today, I was going to use a photo for my Liz Steel outdoor homework.  Liz said she didn't want us to use photos… so… I'm behind for this week, probably won't be the only week I'm behind I'll do it later this week or when the weather lifts (it is supposed to clear up Thursday).

Monday, November 24, 2014


When I first started wearing readers I wouldn't wear a leash for them, because only 'old maid' school teachers worn their glasses around their necks when I was a girl in elementary school. Well the old maid thing isn't a problem as I'm married and a grandmother, so a week or so ago I bought a leash for my readers.  So convenient I loved having my glasses handy without having to search for them.  Then just so I could learn humility, I lost my glasses with the leash… I've been looking for them for a week.  So I bought a new 3 pack of readers and a new leash, I am officially an old woman with my glasses around my neck now.

My indoor prompt for Liz Steele's week 2 class, blind contour and point to point contour drawing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Poor Beau has been so distraught this week, he hasn't been getting his usual sleep time in, you see Gracie is in season and so has been separated from him.  Beau has spent the week whining and pining over her.  He is losing interest a bit today and so I was able to catch him napping.  It has been raining on and off all day and now it is raining hard with thunder and lightening.  The same system is dumping tons of snow up North, but here we are just getting rain, lots of rain.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


We were married by our good friend Wanda Usher eleven years ago, on a boat in the Charleston Harbor.  Here's a picture of us on our wedding day.

Friday, November 21, 2014


When I did a color chart for my Liz Steel Sketching Now class, I realized I had two reds almost exactly alike.  I used up the Permanent Alizarin Crimson making Christmas Cards for an Exchange with other Sketchbook School Students and changed that out for Quinacradone Magenta.  For the first page in this journal I decided to re-do the color chart and now I see that the Quin Magenta is very close to the Mineral Violet I already have…. so I may be in search of a new color again real soon.  Oh in a couple of days you'll see a page where I tried to cover up the date and weather with some Washi tape, didn't quite work because the date is still visible.  Here's the story on that, I usually start the day, by dating my journal page and including the weather forecast for the day… for some reason I did that 2 pages into the book this morning… when I picked up my journal to do this color chart I discovered my mistake… I hate to waste paper, so I tried to cover up my error on that page, and did my color chart on the real page one.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book 29 Title Page

Our Anniversary, Thanksgiving, my daughter and a grand daughter have birthdays, Christmas, New Years and my Son-in-laws birthday will all be covered in this Journal… much to be thankful for.


Last pages in my first hand made sketchbook, I haven't had time to make another one, so I'll be using a store bought Global Arts Handbook Watercolor Journal tomorrow.  

Sketchbook Skool has ended for now, but I'm still doing postit note faces, so I thought I'd share a page of faces I've done.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


This week's challenge color is Purple, so a purple day lily done with inktense pencils.  Freezing weather last night killed off our pepper plants and the tomato too.  We had harvested most of the peppers, even the green ones as the freeze was expected.  We made our final batch of pepper sauce tonight, Ron's going to have to make it last until Spring next year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Looking thru boxes to find the color refills I had bought for my Pilot Parallel pens, I found a stash of little stamps I'd picked up from a sale bin at Michaels one day. I just used the tiny ink pad that came with the little stamps to use them in my journal…. then I gave drawing a bigger version a try.  I did not clean the pen before loading the red ink cartridge, and got some really cool stripped red/black letters… still a little of the black showing but the red is taking over… soon I'll be ready for the Holidays.

Monday, November 17, 2014


I have loaded a new color (grey) in my fountain pen… I'm not particularly happy with this ink color, nor with the flow of the ink… funny because it is the same 'brand' of ink just a different color.  I'll be loading the Chestnut Brown back into the pen as soon as this grey is used up.  Did a little hand practice… it is obvious I need to do a lot more hand practice.

Did my outdoors homework today… my one day a week to get out for lunch.  I think I like the ink best especially if I'm eating, the watercolor pencil got all over my hands.  I added the color and the water once I got home.  mystery solved on the Derwent blue gray pencil that got all over my hands yesterday. I got it out again today I figured out it's the paint on the pencil it got all over my hands and when I wiped it with a got all over the now I know perhaps I'll wrap it with tape.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


This week's challenge color is Blue, I wanted to wait for a white page in my journal so I'm posting on the very last day for this week's challenge.  Happy to report the Stingrays finally won a home game today, they shut out the Greenville Road Warriors  2-0.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Not sure exactly what the problem is, or what I ate that disagreed with me… but feeling not quite right most of the afternoon.