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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


No opportunity to visit a park this week to do the Melanie Reim homework, but I have been working on drawing faces and people.  This is a sort of self portrait, I must have a cup of coffee every morning… after my coffee I think about breakfast, but nothing happens until I have that first cup of joe.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This week's challenge color is PINK, I thought about a lotus flower, I thought about the pink sands of Bermuda, another pink flamingo and one of my lovely pink azaleas.  As you can see a pink rose won the competition for something pink.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


People in motion,  I drew this fellow from a photo.  I think I need to practice people a whole lot more before I attempt them live and in person.  I did pick up some post-it notes today, so I'll be using them to do faces and maybe little tiny people.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Meeting ran late tonight, I did manage some people sketches in my little 3 x 5 sketchbook that I keep in my pocketbook.  I still need to get some post-it notes, maybe tomorrow.  Time to feed dogs and go to bed.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Ok here's the reason there's a bike on this page.. I was going to draw a person on a bike, and then I realized I can't draw a person on a bike, if I can't draw a bike.  So first the bike, which turned out ok, with wonky wheels, so maybe a person on a bike coming soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Today was Ron's birthday, I refrained from telling anyone that might sing or embarrass him… it was tough but I hate that too, so he refrains on my birthday too.  Picked up our season tickets and went to a pre-season game against the Greenville SC team, we left at the end of the 2nd period while our team was ahead 4 to 0… the practice rink bleacher seats were killing my back.

Friday, October 10, 2014


I'd never heard of Melanie Reim before this klass in sketchbook skool, but I LOVED her drawings, and sketchbooks.  Check out her blog here She does small faces on post-it notes, and has a sketchbook full of her post-it note faces.  I don't have any post-it, so I just drew some little squares… probably shouldn't have added color.  Post-it faces, and post-it people coming soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Still working on the James Richards book Chapter 3, more people.  I know I'm supposed to be drawing food and recipes for Sketchbook school, but I'm not much of a cook (Ron does most of the cooking) and I don't need to learn how to draw food, I need to learn how to draw people.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I tried on a couple of different occasions today to start a sketch of Gracie sleeping, her radar was working today and every time I got out the sketchbook and the pens… away she'd go.  So I just did a cartoon version of Gracie, giving me her best gotcha look.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I'm doing a 10-week color challenge on Ipernity
week 1 the color is red.  Most of the participants are photographers, but they are allowing me to join in with my journal pages.  In need of motivation as well as instruction I'm also doing Sketchbook Skool Semester on 'Storytelling', have an idea for a recipe, but haven't done it yet.  I've signed up for Liz Steel's 12 week online course on sketching starting in November … am I NUTS or what?

Monday, October 6, 2014


At the workshop this weekend, James said… draw the people first then block in the big shapes.  He called them 'flipper' people, flippers for legs and arms.  I need to work on my flipper people among other things I need to work on LOL.  Sometimes, attending workshops can freeze me up so I'm feeling dissatisfied with what I'm doing… but I don't have time to freeze up now, because I'm enrolled in Sketchbook Skool and need to get to work.  Here's a picture of me this weekend, and a group shot from the workshop. I'm in the middle in the hat.