Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book 31 - Title Page

Back to hand*book 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 landscape format watercolor sketchbook.  I got a new wooden artist model today at Barnes and Noble, he's about a foot tall and was only $10 with my frequent buyer card, a bargain compared to the prices at art supply places. I used colored pencils to add color on him.


Stingrays winning streak ended tonight, they lost to Indiana Fuel 3 -2, it was an amazing record breaking winning streak, had to end some time.  It was a good game down to the wire, but they just couldn't get it done tonight.
This is the last page in this sketchbook, so I had to include my Dogbert doll.

Friday, March 27, 2015


Stingrays winning streak continues in Ohio, just now beating Toledo 5-3, for win #23, on to Indiana Fuel tomorrow night.  This sunflower inspired by an L.L.Bean catalog that came in the mail today, they had sunflowers in one of their monogramed marine tote bags… they were selling outdoor lawn furniture but all I noticed were the sunflowers.  Crazy weather today, sun, clouds, thunder storms and now it's COLD!!!  What happened to Spring?

Thursday, March 26, 2015


When I first got Danny Gregory's new book 'Art Before Breakfast', I quickly read thru it, skimming the words, drooling over the art work.  Now when I need inspiration, I'm really studying the words, taking them to heart, personalizing them.  I have a well established daily sketch habit, but I need to create some art on a big piece of paper, with lots of water and paint.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Inspired by Danny Gregory's book 'Art before Breakfast', where he did a drawing of a pile of his colored pencils.  Instead of a camel for hump day, a pile of pencils… maybe the 'straws' that broke the camel's back.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Went to Dentist today and had impressions done, and got the 'estimate' on his part of this dental implant adventure… it is crazy expensive, but I need to do this while I have a job and a way to pay for it… so time to talk to the bank about how to make this happen.
On another front, Jeb has his first hot spot of the year, he created this one over night last night, I'm hoping I don't have to use the cone on him. Discovered my stash of Advantage II is low, so a re-order to cover all the dogs thru the Summer was needed. Inventory check on their heart worm pills shows a Summer's worth of pills still in the doggy medicine cabinet.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Rainy days and Mondays always get me down (just like the song), I hate driving in the rain, so it rained all the way to Columbia and all the way back.  It was still raining when I went for my flute lesson tonight, which went ok, I'm getting back in the groove after my hand surgery.  So a clown fish to make me happy, we have a huge salt water aquarium out in the shed out back, no fish.  From time to time I think about setting up the fish tank and then I think, no, the dogs, cat, and parrots are enough for now.

Sunday, March 22, 2015


Whenever I'm stuck of what to draw, especially on a rainy stay at home and do laundry and other household chores, my hand is right there waiting to be a model.  My friend Helen Beacham asked a question on her art blog today, what do people want to read on an art blog?  It's a good question, I'd like the answer to that question too.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Didn't have a cake, would have had to have the fire department on stand by if I had.  Got a new Magic Dragon 1 inch flat Kolinsky Sable brush for my birthday… I can't wait to try that beautiful brush out.  Headed to a hockey game tonight, could be our 21st win in a row, history being made here, it is exciting.
Late Update: Win number 21 tonight, in a shoot out… a nail biter all the way the boys from Ohio came to play and gave the Rays a tough game tonight.  Now they go on a 7 game road trip.

Friday, March 20, 2015


First day of Spring, started out cloudy, but the sun is shining now.  I'm off to dinner and then to a hockey game… could be win number 20…. and it was win number 20 and 4 to 0 shut out against Indiana Fuel… Cincinnati tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Rain, rain and more rain today, it pretty much has rained all day, and in fact is raining now.  So some cheery imaginary poppies, painting these made me happy and that is the point of art is it not?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


I love lampwork beads, I even made them myself before my back issues ended that artistic journey.  I got this bead today from a lampwork bead artist I admire, it is so darn cute I can't wait to wear it.  Here's her Etsy shop link, check out the baubles girlfriends. I love her sheep beads too, perfect for the Chinese Year of the sheep.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March17Art - St. Patrick's Day

Dug out my green beer earrings today, didn't drink any green beer in case you wondered.  Gracie and I enjoyed a walk at lunchtime today and again after work, while Ron rearranged the motorcycles so that he can work on the trike.  Just a gorgeous Spring day in Charleston today, Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone that is wearing green today.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Just Empty Every Pocket, my Jeep died around 6:30 am on my way to Columbia, I never got out of Charleston.  Due to some serious wrecks with injuries, just West of my location, the tow truck didn't get to me until well after 8:30.  I rode in the tow truck to the Jeep dealership, and there got a complementary ride home.  They finished the repairs around 4pm, and my wallet was empty.  I'm am truly blessed, my car broke down before the wreak happened that I could have been a part of, a person driving the wrong way down the interstate… yikes.  I am truly blessed that my USAA car insurance sent the tow truck and his fee is covered by my car insurance, and I am blessed that I was able to pay the outrageous bill at the Jeep dealership and still got to my first flute lesson in 3 weeks.  My lesson went better than I deserved with as little time that I've practiced lately. I am blessed that the surgery on my hand that could have left me with fingers that didn't work at all, that I am able to move my fingers and play as well as before the surgery. God is good and I am a very blessed woman today.  Sweet dreams everyone.