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.

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.