Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nov22Art

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

Nov21Art

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.

Nov20Art


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

Nov19Art

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

Nov18Art

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

Nov17Art


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 rag...it got all over the rag...so now I know perhaps I'll wrap it with tape.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov16Art

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

Nov15Art

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

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nov14Art

Hockey game tonight was another disappointing loss, we did get to see one of our favorite players Patrick Gaul return to the ice tonight and he player well.  He's been out from an injury in a pre-season game.  I think I'll bring my knitting or a sketchbook tomorrow.


Got a box from Dick Blick today with colored pencils and some Pitt artist brush pen markers… not required for this class but I'm looking forward to using these in my sketch journals. I like the markers, they don't streak and do not bleed thru even on cartridge paper. I'm learning to use colored pencils and wanted to expand my color selections (so all these didn't come today) so added a few more greens and earth colors.

No place for a civilian: Richard Johnson at TEDxCalgary

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nov13Art


Someone on Facebook wanted suggestions of what to draw, my suggestion was draw your thumb…. such sound advise I decided to follow it myself.  



I cheated I used a ruler and a pencil to divide up the page, then I used a micro marker to free hand the boxes. I love doing color charts and doing this one pointed out to me that I have 2 reds that are basically the same color… hum what to use instead… not sure just yet.  I'll see which one uses up first and replace with another color then. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nov12Art




Our Sugar Maple tree is shedding leaves at an fast rate, and yet some leaves are still green.  I love the yellow, orange and green of Fall maple leaves.  Today was the first day of an online class with Australian artist Liz Steel. It's not too late to join the fun here http://www.sketchingnow.com  Below are the first 2 pages of my homework for the class.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nov11Art

Spent my day off doing chores around the house, cleaning bird cages, doing laundry, and running the dishwasher.  Had time to let dogs, in and out of the house, and paint 3 Christmas cards for an exchange I'm in for Christmas.  We went to Parson Jack's for dinner and got a 25% discount for my retired Navy husband.  Thanks to all the veterans and to all the young men and women serving in uniform now, I appreciate you keeping the wolves away from my door.