Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I was going to draw the kit I was taking... but, it's packed up already and I'm not pulling it out again.  As usual I'm taking TOO MUCH STUFF... sigh.  Tomorrow I'll figure out if I can get it all packed onto the motorcycle, and get it all in plastic bags because it is supposed to rain tomorrow... ugh.  I may not be able to post tomorrow evening, but I will try.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Getting my gear together and my laundry done, so that I can pack tomorrow for the trip to Savannah.  Can't decide whether to take a chair or not, last time I went to Savannah I lugged it around, but didn't need it.

Monday, September 19, 2016


Procrastinating on the 4th house I need to draw... but I did work on a drawing today for a painting I promised to do for a friend and I'm working on what I'm going to take to Savannah for the Marc Taro Holmes workshop this weekend.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Took a little ride out to Harleyville SC this afternoon.  Ron's got a little over 200 miles on his new bike he got on Tuesday.  I've got a bit over 13,000 miles on mine that I got in January this year.

Saturday, September 17, 2016


#SketchingNowBuildings Lesson 2.c  this is supposed to be a stone barn/house.  The photo was very grey, grey sky, grey stone, grey road... so to cover up my bad drawing I went at it with color.  Chimney not correct, while I did get the distance between the side windows correct, they are way too high up on the wall.  Liz did this sketch (no paint) in less than 2 minutes, took me a lot longer to draw, and I futzed with the paint trying to get a stone 'look'  way longer than I should have.  I have a lot to learn obviously.

Friday, September 16, 2016


#SketchingNowBuildings, Lesson 2 next 'simple' building.  The dormers proved a challenge for me, the first one I did... well at least it is small enough to disappear in the back ground... tell me it disappears PLEASE.  The second one, actually turned out ok, but for the scale of this building it is way too tiny.  I also noticed that windows, and chimneys are a challenge for me to get correct.  These 'simple' buildings are proving quite difficult for me.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


#SketchingNowBuildings Lesson 2, I watched the video twice, I read all the material... and yet I still did the building attachment to the roof incorrectly.  But I only did it on one corner, and immediately realized my error.  I'm amazed at all the content she's covered in just 2 lessons.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Ron thinks he may have a shot as a "Rainmaker", seems whenever he buys a new bike it rains for a week.  Thus the flash floods in Charleston today, and rain will continue tomorrow and maybe thru the weekend.  So he just might be onto a new career.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Spent most of the evening at the Harley Shop, turning in 2 of Ron's motorcycles to get this new Milwaukee 8 bike.  The orange paint job has gold metal flakes in it.  It sparkles in the sun and Ron is very pleased with it.

Monday, September 12, 2016


 #SketchingNowBuildings a continuous line drawing of Manly Church, Liz calls this, feeling the edges.
 Next step a Negative shapes with shadows added, no line drawing before paint only.  I found this one challenging.

Third iteration of Manly Church, a Silhouette with shadows added, again, paint only no pre-drawing.

Liz calls this 'constructing volumes', a pre drawing with watercolor pencil, followed by ink lines.  For this lesson we didn't paint this version. I was supposed to go and do all these steps on a building but didn't get a chance to this week, and it is supposed to rain for the next 7 days here (which we need very much).

Sunday, September 11, 2016


December 7th Pearl Harbor day,  happened before I was born, but my father made sure his children never forget it.  That was a defining moment in history for his generation of Americans.  September 11, 2001 was a defining moment for my generation, and I plan to do my best to make sure the younger generation (now in high school) who were born after that day remember it too. 

Ron and I attended a 9-11 Memorial ride today, out to the St. Paul fire department.  Hot and humid today.  Afterwards, Ron took a test ride on a new Milwaukee 8 Harley.  He liked it very much it's a bright orange, for my artist friends, looks like Holbein's Scarlet Lake.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Ron and I went on a ride today to benefit the SPCA, had fun and managed to NOT bring how a rescue dog, as we were on the motorcycles and couldn't traumatize the dog with that, had some cute little dogs, and a sweet border collie mix that tempted me mightily.  College football on tv tonight, we don't really pay attention to the NFL games. 

Wish I could credit the photographer of this great pre-9-11 shot of the World Trade Center and the Statue of liberty.  It is a beautiful shot and a favorite of mine.

Friday, September 9, 2016


Long day today... time to feed the dogs and get some rest.  Busy weekend ahead with rides Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


New sketchbook, old paint box, very much in need of a refresh.  Need to rethink my colors too, the only color here that doesn't need reloading is the 'Green Gold'... so it will not be in this box in future.  Off to Columbia tomorrow so time to go to bed.