Thursday, February 11, 2016


I love Flamingos and blue Herons, and Egrets basically, all long necked graceful birds.  Opera pink perfect for pink flamingos don't you think?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Watched a Kate Johnson video on color mixing tonight.  She has so many cool little palettes, and such inspiring colors, I spent most of the evening playing with colors.  So I drew one of my business card palettes and water brush... now it's off to bed for me.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


New Hampshire voters choose Trump and Sanders, now the robo-calls move to SC in earnest.  Our primary is on Feb 20th..  Spent most of the evening fooling with my Blog, changing my header picture and the font color on the title.  Took longer to figure out than it should have, but I finally got it done.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Doing this quote on top of an old piece of music, seemed like a good idea, but didn't quite work out. So here's the quote from Felix Scheinberger's book 'Urban Watercolor Sketching';  "it seems important that you learn the fingerings, but what song you play is up to you".   He was talking about guitar, and comparing learning the basics (fingerings) to learning the basics in watercolor, washes vs glazes etc.  I'm learning to play the flute and learning fingerings is a daily practice issue for me, as I learn more new notes.  This quote hit me upside the head (as my brother often says)... I DO NOT practice my watercolor fingerings like I should.

No place for a civilian: Richard Johnson at TEDxCalgary

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Really inspired by Felix's class and his art work, I have his urban sketching watercolor book somewhere, I must dig it out and re-read it.  I really suck and doing people... but I won't get better at them not doing them... so a dude with spots of red that didn't run or fade as expected.  Watching the Super bowl,  hoping Carolina gets it together and wins this but it isn't looking good right now.

Saturday, February 6, 2016


The Stingrays were on FIRE tonight, Florida has a much better record than us, and probably thought they'd pick up an easy win tonight.  They got a surprise.  Had fun with my SBS homework a wonky watercolor fish and a bit of collage from my ticket to the game.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Great hockey game tonight, Rays hung on the win it in a shoot out.   This week in SBS the instructor is speaking German (I took German in college, but that was a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away).  There is closed captioning in English, and I actually use closed captioning a lot to watch TV at night with the sound off (so it doesn't wake up my husband).  I have a better understanding about how the classes may have been for non-English speakers, since so far all of the instruction has been in English.  It is very difficult to watch the instructor's painting/drawing technique, while reading what they are saying.  When I have time I'm going to have to watch it and read the captions, then watch it without the captions so that I can see what he's doing.  That's my plan anyway.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


It rained all night and all day today... it is supposed to end tonight, BUT, then it's going to get cold, sigh.  It don't really mind the rain when it's warm, but I do not like it cold even if the sun is out.  Just a gray day today.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.... it is pouring now, huge line of thunderstorms moving thru Charleston now.  Gracie is sitting at my feet hyperventilating and drooling on my feet, time to get this posted while the power is still on and internet connection is active.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Phil says we'll have an early Spring this year... yeah Phil that's a forecast I can be happy about.  Watching the 'Groundhog Day' movie this evening, always fun to see, and funny that they have been playing is back to back all day long.

Monday, February 1, 2016


The Democrat Caucus is too close to call still, Bernie and Hillary are neck in neck.  Ted Cruz won the Republican Caucus, with Trump and Marco Rubio within 1 point of each other, with Dr Carson coming in 4th.  Mike Huckabee is dropping out, as should Bush, Santorum, Christie and Gilmore (my opinion folks that's all).  Very large record breaking turnout, with a snow storm headed their way.  Good for you people of Iowa for doing your civic duty.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Spent the afternoon looking at 'toy haulers', day dreaming about traveling the country after retirement.  The local Camping World store only had 2, one we liked, one no so much.  We climbed into a lot of trailers today, some of them amazingly roomy, with cool outdoor kitchens. Large closets and double sink bathrooms.  

Saturday, January 30, 2016


Fun day today, tasted lots of chili, and really happy to report that Ron's chili won second place.  The winner from Anderson SC, had some good chili too, that we liked when we tasted it.  

Did a few sketches in my tiny 3x5 pocket sketchbook, while eating chili and recording our thoughts as we tasted each one ourselves.