Thursday, October 30, 2014


Halloween is tomorrow, we've lived in this house since September or 1998 we have never had any children come to our door for trick or treat.  For the first few years I bought candy and was ready just in case.  These days I don't bother.  We have a hockey game tomorrow so we won't even be home.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I love this spooky tree, this year I drew him using my yama-guri (chestnut brown)  iroshizuku ink from  It is a very dark brown, it will run a little if you get to it before it dries.  Alone it is such a dark brown it looks black. The orange is Translucent Orange one of my favorite colors made by Schmincke.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


I used my Pentel Pocket Brush pen to draw this black cat.  I like the pen but it is difficult to control especially for fine lines so I used my fountain pen for the whiskers.  The ink is a rich dark black, doesn't bleed thru even on copier paper, and is immediately waterproof so you can paint over it immediately.

Monday, October 27, 2014


When I was a little girl watching the Wizard of Oz on tv was an annual ritual, and every year it gave me nightmares, because of the dog hating witches.  Every year my mother didn't want me to watch, and every year my Daddy said this year she's a big girl she won't be scared.  I so wanted to be brave for my Daddy, but it was a very, very long time before I could watch that movie and NOT have bad dreams.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


The Low Country Harley shop held a ride today to benefit Breast Cancer Research, Ron and I both rode our motorcycles today.  It was for a good cause and it was a lot of fun.  I got to meet Rob, a friend of Ron's from work.  Ron rode in honor of his friend Jackie, and I rode in honor of my friend Carol… interestingly enough Jackie and Ron have been friends since high school, and so have Carol and I…

Saturday, October 25, 2014


First home game of the season tonight, Ron and I are looking forward to Hockey season starting.  Later tonight I'll add the score, but I wanted to get this posted before we left for dinner and hockey.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Watched a couple of the next Sketchbook Skool videos this morning, tonight I watched videos that came with the James Richards book.  I only just today came across the link to those videos in the back of the book.  I wish I could blame this pitiful excuse for a tree on someone, but the results are all my own doing.  I used water soluble markers, and then tried to blend the colors with a waterbrush.  Lesson learned… use watercolor next time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


More practice doing people, no faces, no hair, and darn few arms and legs… but I think it works and it says 'people' in a group.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


This week's challenge color is Orange, while it was extremely tempting at this time of year to draw a pumpkin, I resisted and chose some orange poppies instead.  Really cool weather today, gave me thoughts of chili so after work Ron and I went to Publix to get some ground chuck and onions, tomorrow we'll have chili and rice for dinner.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Colored pencils are not my cup of tea, but I'm trying to learn how to use them.  I only have one green pencil, and it isn't really a good green for an olive, but I soldiered on as best I could with it.  Ron is usually very supportive of my efforts but looking at this from across the room (before I put the title on it), he said 'What is that?'… after I looked all hurt because he didn't know it was olives he said it just needed a bit more work LOL.  I think I need more colors, what say you artist blogging buddies?

Monday, October 20, 2014


Next homework assignment, draw something using a combination of reality and imagination.  Oh an add your thought about it…. Mostly my thoughts were about not having a single idea, none,  Mattias draws pigs, and bikers and funny looking people and incredible detailed city scapes… but I got nothing, nada.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Sketchbook Skool homework was to draw our memory of the first day of school. I don't remember my first day of school, but I do fondly remember Miss Quarles my Kindergarten teacher.  She was a wonderful teacher and my favorite memory of her was during nap time when she would play classical music and walk around the room and stroke our heads while we had our heads on our desks.  I also remember her feet and how puffy they were coming out of her shoes (which seemed way too small for her).  So here's my shot at drawing that class in 1956.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


We took the Harley Trike to Georgetown this morning, lovely cool Fall morning.  Lots of ragweed (aka Golden rod) along with Black eyed Susans growing wild on the sides of the road in the Francis Marion National Forrest.  I did get some great pictures while at the show, and not just of boats, but some of the lovely homes in the area, as well as a very rare Lemon Dalmatian.  The boat building 'Goat Island' challenge was in full swing by the time we got there and the crowds were much bigger than last year.  We did get there in time for a t-shirt and actually bought a nautical light fixture for our porch. Could not ask for a more perfect day.

Friday, October 17, 2014


Dinner at chili's tonight, they were really busy, something going on at the coliseum tonight.  Watched a couple of the Mattias videos this morning, I have one of his books and have been a fan for ages… so I'm really looking forward to his klass.  Headed to Georgetown, SC tomorrow for the wooden boat show, hoping to get some sketches or at the very least some photos to sketch from.