Sunday, August 30, 2015

Aug 28, 29, 30

Drove to Flowery Branch today, dropped off Jeb at Carol's house, then drove to Decatur to the courthouse to be sworn in and sign the papers to be an executor of my mother's estate.

This afternoon I attended the memorial service for my Mother, she's been gone over a month, and is already resting beside my father… so I didn't expect for the service to be so emotional for me… but it was.

We went to the new Field and Stream store today, since the rain from tropical storm Erika ruined any other plans we might have had.  It was a very crowded store, but we did find a few things including this cute little black bear.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Did this one from a photo of a sailboat in Charleston Harbor, taken from the Harbor Master's dock.  I did the mostly single line drawing, starting with the sailboat, and finishing with the marsh grass in the foreground.  I used a Lamy Safari pen with an extra file nib loaded with Carbon black ink.  The dark accents were done with a Pentel Pocket Brush pen.  I then used a limited palette of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine blue…  I changed water brushes to do the sky last and that brush appears to have had a bit of red in it, as the sky took on a violet color… a happy accident as I think it works.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


I filled in the weather forecast this morning, but they were wrong big time about the high, I guess the weather man was hoping for cooler weather, it hit 88 degrees and kept going all the way to 95 today.  Fooling around with colors today and a quote or two about color.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


I've enrolled in yet another online drawing course, this one from one of my favorite Urban Sketchers, Marc Taro Holmes… so this is my homework for step one a single line ink drawing.  I must admit that I did this from one of my photos of a church steeple in downtown Charleston SC, taken in 2010 with no reference to which church it might be.  You will notice that I cheated on the single line by adding the bell tower windows… Marc says a bit of cheating is allowed.  Check out his blog (lots of free downloads there) and the link to his Craftsy classes

Monday, August 24, 2015


Met with my new Flute teacher for our first lesson tonight, I think it went well and I like her very much.  She's already helped me with some issues I was having, I need one on one instruction sometimes. Having someone say… try it this way gives me that aha moment.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


Did you have a sock monkey as a kid?  My grandmother made me one, as well as a clown doll that I loved.  I loved the sock monkey the best, it was so soft and cuddly.  I know they make them in factories these days, but I think grandmother made monkey are better.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I have this little clay clown fish that I made years ago, sitting on my monitor stand, along with my other 'toys' like Dogbert, the Rhino eraser, the fuzzy elephant and my wooden artist model dude.  Attended a picnic today between thunderstorms, great food and friends.
All caught up on my Imaginary trip to Scotland pages… this one was interesting to do with the pre-drawn boxes.

Friday, August 21, 2015


I'm about tired of the thunderstorms every afternoon this week, but my flowers are loving it.  Hasn't cooled things off one bit.  

Finished week 1, half way into week 2… I am enjoying the imaginary trip to Scotland, no passport required.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


When there's no an idea in my head what to draw, my thumb holding my sketchbook, is always right there waiting with me for inspiration.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Looks more like an orange apple than a peach… embrace the wonky peach, it's the best I can do tonight… I was going to add ink but decided against it.  Worked on my homework for my Imaginary Trip to Scotland instead, got part of week one's homework done before week 2 lesson is posted tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


My little fuzzy elephant screen cleaner, sits atop my Mac monitor… waiting to clean my screen with his fuzzy belly, or to be a model for me to draw.  Today he did both, cleaned my screen, and served as a model.

Monday, August 17, 2015


Just a doodle today, Monday's I drive to Columbia (about 180 miles 1 way) for work, that means I'm up at 5am and on the road at 6:30 to get up over there by 8 am or close to it depending on traffic.  It makes for a long exhausting day for me. Next Monday I have a flute lesson with a new teacher, I'm looking forward to meeting her and getting help with some issues I'm having… but I expect next Monday will be even more of a challenge… that old Beatles song…. Monday, monday can't trust that day…. is my theme song.

Sunday, August 16, 2015


Rose bud done in colored pencil, turned out ok… Busy day today cleaning the computer room office, old vacuum cleaner died. Took a break and went to Lowes and got a new one.

Saturday, August 15, 2015