Saturday, October 3, 2015


#InkTober2015 number 3, this one done completely in pentel pocket brush pen, to honor the kids downtown today in their kayaks.  They say the rain will continue tomorrow as well... if it does my husband my need his kayak to walk the dogs tomorrow. The frogs are LOVING this and have been singing all day, I've been working on knitting a scarf.  We tried to go shopping today, but the stores were closed... I'm ready for it to stop now.

Friday, October 2, 2015


#Inktober2015 number two, most people are not adding color, but I did see that Jake Parker occasionally added color... so I just couldn't NOT add some color to this.  Used my pentel pocket brush pen (that was running out of ink, new cartridge installed half way through), for the zebra pattern, and watercolor for the colors.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oct01Art - Inktober 2015

I'm going to participate in Jake Parker's Inktober 2015 ... 31 days of Ink drawings.  I usually do use ink, so this won't be a particular stretch for me, but I do plan on trying some different inks and nibs.  So my Franklin-Christoph Music nib, drawn with a Rotring Tikky Graphic .04 permanent ink pen, the surrounding grey from a TomBow N51, water added.  The inktober title done with a Lamy with a 1.5 Calligraphy nib loaded with deAtramentis Archive black ink.  The music nib pen is loaded with Noodlers Lexington Grey Ink (looks pale next to all the black).   So intober 2015 begins, I promise not to bore everyone with ink pen and ink posts for 31 days. #inktober2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015


A bit of sun today in Charleston, but only a bit.  Cloudy and rainy, but nice and hot and humid too.  Did a continuous line drawing, except for the raindrops of course.  The picture of Joaquin is from the National Weather service website, note where I am.  It is more likely to make landfall north of us in North Carolina, everyone on the East Coast is watching this one.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Watched a lot of hand lettering videos lately, so the evening got away from me.  Lettered this quote and used some Gelatos and a stamp, I was too lazy to go get the block for the stamp, so it's smudgy. In spite of all that I like how the page turned out.  I've a new knitting project a Dr. Who scarf... it might be finished in the next couple of years.

Monday, September 28, 2015


Last little 100 calorie popcorn package cooked for me tonight after my flute lesson.  I really like Jessica, she gave me some great tips and we actually played together tonight.... it was scary and fun at the same time.

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Do you see those hints of red/purple on the page?  That's a local winery's Red Muscadine Wine that I spilled tonight on my page, my desk, and my keyboard.  My keyboard now has a plastic cover... so that spilled wine, wiped right up.  The sketchbook didn't come away clean, not only this page is spotted, so is the light beige fabric cover... Hey I'm a red wine fan, usually pinot noir but I like this muscadine wine too, and I'm a klutz, so I knock things over and red wine stains... I'm ok with it.  

Saturday, September 26, 2015


First thing this morning, I almost walked into a HUGE spiderweb, stretching completely across the walkway, from the crepe myrtle to the rose bushes... had to knock it down before we could leave the house. The only way I saw it was due to something big the spider had caught in the center, didn't see the spider, hopefully, he was napping in the rose bushes.

Friday, September 25, 2015


We went to downtown North Charleston for dinner tonight.  Boy has North Charleston changed since the last time we were over there. Lots of restaurants, taverns, outdoor cafes, people everywhere having fun, live music, and good food.  We ate outside at a sidewalk table of the Italian restaurant, and really enjoyed it.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Participating in a challenge at create a small ATC sized artwork of your hometown, that had to include a building.  Here's my submission, with watercolor and ink… the white is watered down gouache used a dip pen to draw the lines… the rest is transparent watercolor and micron ink pen.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


What a nice surprise at the Smart Car dealership, when we went to pick up the car after it's tune up, they handed me a rose, had to draw it.  Sad to hear about Yogi Berra dying last night.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I do think Schmincke translucent orange (PO71) is my favorite orange watercolor paint.  Combined with Daniel Smith's New Gamboge (PO153) to create this pumpkin.  Holbein Verditer Blue for the shadow and Windsor and Newton Raw Sienna for the ground color, with Sap Green from American Journey.  I love to explore colors and there is a difference between manufacturers, you have to find the colors that work for you and that you like.  These are some of my favorites.  

Monday, September 21, 2015


Got the call from the Dermatologist, the biopsy on the spot on my ear is another basal cell carcinoma.  Surgery will be October 15, they dug such a huge hole out of my hand, I don't know if I'll have an ear left when they dig this one out.  Ron said I'd be like Van Gogh, he always makes me laugh.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Gave drawing the bike another try, pencil first, then pentel brush pen.  Lots of confusing engine stuff, but it sorta looks like my bike.  The orange paint added to fool your eye into not looking too closely at the drawing.