Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Flutes are very long and thin, probably should have waited to try this on a two page spread, as I ran out of room.  Practiced today and was able to make a noise, on a more regular basis, so that's progress.  If things are going well I can play 3 notes now, it's a start.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Took my first private lesson tonight with my flute instructor Kristen, I like her very much, and with her help I managed to make a sound.  With practice this week I will hopefully be able to play two notes.  She was relieved to discover that I can already read music, she seems pretty enthusiastic that I'll be able to learn to play the flute, something I have always wanted to do. Sketchbook Skool bootcamp selfies, did the continuous line (sort of Blind contour).  looks quite like me actually.

Sunday, January 25, 2015


My UPC (battery backup) decided to die tonight, the alarm blaring intermittently until it drove me batty.  I'll have to go buy another one tomorrow, in the mean time if the power fails, so will my computer, fingers crossed that the clear skies continue and no lightening strikes tonight (not likely really).  Drew my heart shaped hole punch that I worked with all day today, working on a valentine card exchange.  The quote is just one I had saved, and has absolutely nothing to do with the drawing of the hole punch.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Met with friends for dinner early, so that we could get a parking place at the 'Pack the House' night Hockey game, over 10,000 people made for an exciting crowd tonight, but didn't help our boys win.

Friday, January 23, 2015


One more page of art supplies/tools, my water brushes and my tiny spray mister. The Niji waterbrushes are my favorites and take note that the cap twists on in a normal(American) fashion.  The Koi and Holbein brushes will make you a bit crazy at first because they screw on and off backwards to the way we are used to.  They both also are very wet brushes, if you want to mix a big wash, they are the ones to use as they gush water with hardly any encouragement other than gravity needed.
Ron and I went to see "American Sniper" this evening, an excellent movie, very moving I dare say there wasn't a dry eye in the theater when it was over.  Now I want to read the book as I understand it is even better than the movie.  If you have a chance to see it in the theater do so, big screen and surround sound just add to the effect.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I ordered a bag via Zazzle with this sort of drawing of my watercolor pencils.  I was hoping the bag would work for a sketch bag, but it is too small for anything other than a small sketchbook and a couple of pens.  It will make a cute purse, and I've done a big version of this drawing to order a larger bag with this on it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Merry Christmas to me, I gave myself these markers for Christmas last year.  I love the colors, and the waterproof nature of them, and the fact that they don't bleed even on plain copy paper. I also got some yummy Pink ink that I've been playing with in my dip pen.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Continuing with my art supply pages, here are my colored pencil. I'm not very good with them but I do like them. Got a call from the dermatologist today, two of them were ok but the one on my hand is cancer.  I have to go back on February 26 for them to remove it. Now I'm really glad I went to have it checked out.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Martin Luther King Jr holiday today, I've got the day off without pay, Ron has to work.  Went to the dentist for him to have a follow-up look at how I'm healing, looked good so it only took about 10 minutes.  
Got out my pen box and lined them up to draw, spent a lot of time trying to match the color of my Coral Lamy, which is why I took a photo of them so that you could see the actual color of the pen, it is more pink than coral, but is a color I have no clue how to mix with the colors in my palette. I used each pen, to write the nib size under them, 4 colors of ink there too, left to right Noodlers Lexington Gray, Pilot Pink cartridge, Lexington Gray in the Red, Clear and Yellow Lamy, Platinum Sepia in the Coral Lamy, .07 leads in the Lamy mechanical pencil, and Pilot Yama Guri (wild Chestnut) in the Falcon. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I've been using my fishing tackle box to paint with lately, I like it because it is light weight and it has ten large sections for paint, and I added 3 half pans of colors I use from time to time.
It has not been a good weekend for our hockey team the best they could manage was a tie last night followed by a loss in the shoot out.  Friday and this afternoon the Toledo Ohio team beat us soundly, they came to play and were physical and kept playing hard even with a 5 point lead. Their goalie was on fire and our shooters only managed 1 goal against him today. Going to be a short season for our team if they don't get it together.

Book30 - Title Page

This is a Moleskine watercolor notebook, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Landscape format just like my last hand*book sketchbook, only more expensive. I rarely use these because of the expense, I was hoping to have another handmade journal made by now, but life distracted me and I haven't done it yet.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


The end snuck up on me, BAM this Hand*book watercolor sketchbook has ended.  I've cracked open a watercolor Moleskine for my 30th sketchbook for my daily drawings.  I keep other sketchbooks for classes, travel journals, note taking, doodling, I don't number them and rarely share the contents.  We lost the hockey game last night, headed out for another game tonight, and one on Sunday too.

Friday, January 16, 2015


The clouds cleared out this afternoon, sunny skies we haven't seen all week were a welcome sight.  Today I caught Gracie napping, with my pen and my cell phone camera.  Headed to the hockey game tonight.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Two hours in the chair today, the Novocain wore off around 4pm… I'm going to have trouble getting to sleep as it is hurting pretty good now. Time to feed the dog and see if laying my head down helps or not.