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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Taxes loom, I'm planning to do them Saturday, I dread doing the taxes every year… this year is no different, I think/hope we've paid enough to either only owe a little or for the first time in 7 years maybe get a refund (nah, probably not)…  Ron has to work Saturday, so he says he will wake me up when he leaves so I can be finished with the taxes before he gets home Saturday… wishful thinking on his part, but I'm hopeful I can finish in 8 hours.  Always good to have a goal :-)

Sketchbook Skool Week 1 - ends

Here's my homework pages for week 1 - it was fun, and I learned about new tools and bravely tried things I'd never tried before. Thanks for the great introduction to Sketchbook Skool… looking forward to the lessons ahead.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


I tell you what I LOVE dealing with I placed an order for pens Monday with FREE SHIPPING I still got my order today!!!  How can you not LOVE  a company like that.  So the drawing above was made with my favorite fountain pen and my Pentel Parallel Calligraphy pen.  After the mail came this afternoon, when I drew the same date stamp for my Sketchbook Skool homework I used my new Kuretake pen.  Nice pen I think I like it a lot.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Today I drew my breakfast, I cut up fresh strawberries and add them to Light Strawberry Yogurt.  Tip for making fresh strawberries last up to a week or more in your refrigerator, spray white vinegar on the berries when you get them home, really wet them all down with the vinegar, then rinse well with water and put in the refrigerator.  Tried doing my shadows like Karen Blados… I think I'll leave that method to her much steadier hands and better eye sight. 

Monday, April 7, 2014


Today's subject 'Wisteria', done in my daily journal, and again in my Sketchbook for skool.  Different and yet the same, on the pre-colored page below I felt the black ink wasn't showing up, so I used a white gel pen to highlight the drawing, and to add some text.  It is pouring rain now, and thundering too, my poor chicken little 'Gracie' is not a happy doggie right now.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Cooler today than it has been lately, and it did start raining around sunset.  We went to see the 'Gala of Royal Horses' today, it was a good show, and very interesting as they had some young horses and demonstrated how they train them.  I had seen the Lippizzaner Stallion as a child so I talked Ron into going to see them today.