Monday, July 27, 2015


Monday, Monday… can't trust that day… boy were those lyrics true for me today. I didn't sleep well last night, so with less than 4 hours sleep, I drove to Columbia, where I ended up staying later than usual… came home and had issues with my computer… so I have to go back to Columbia tomorrow too… UGGG… 5am comes mighty early.

#ICAD57 - Splatters of fun colors, going for a wild garden look… I like it.  This Index card a Day challenge has only 4 more days to go… it's been fun, but I'm looking forward to the finish line.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


On the ride yesterday the zipper broke on a little pouch I got at the dollar store years ago, and had been using to carry my sunscreen, nail clippers, a pen and other essentials.  So this is the replacement, it has an added bonus, my phone will fit inside.

#ICAD56 some pink roses, made with watercolor using a Holbein waterbrush.  

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Gorgeous weather for our ride today, somehow we ended up leading a pack of about 15 or 20 bikes, mostly people for out of town who didn't know the area and couldn't make heads or tails of the directions (some of which were wrong, saying to take a left when really it should have been a right turn).  Lots of fun and a good cause.

#ICAD55 - Used Colorbox Ink and a Micron pen to draw my scissors… this was the only drawing I could manage today.

Friday, July 24, 2015


Cooler today, thank the Lord supposed to be cooler tomorrow.  We're planning to attend a 'Ride for Love' to honor the families of the Mother Emanuel AME church tomorrow.

#ICAD54 Distress Ink and a quote…  what a way to end the work week.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Afternoon thunderstorms today dropped a bit of rain on our yard, didn't knock down the temp much, forget that 95 degree high it got up to 102 today… too hot to think straight.  

#ICAD53 - Trying out some new stencils,  and lettering stencils too.  Used Golden  fluid acrylic Yellow Ochre with a foam brush… fun stuff.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I got some Faber Castell Gelatos (the blue set) and I'm trying them out today.

#ICAD52 Used some Fabe Castell Gelatos, spritzed with water on a paper plate, picked up with plastic wrap.  These colors are from their 'blue' set.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Sketchbook Skool faces in rectangles… this was fun.  Probably won't be making a mask out of any of them… but the week is young.  Maybe I'll find a paper bag or a piece of cardboard.
#ICAD51 Used 10 of my inktense pencils to make this sort of color chart.  I do love these pencils and the intense color you can get with them.

Monday, July 20, 2015


My hibiscus, being a tropical plant, is loving the heat wave going on in Charleston these days.  Had to draw my pink one today, used Quinacridone Pink for the flower a yummy pink from Daniel Smith watercolors.

#ICAD50 While in Chicago for their Urban Sketchers Workshops last weekend, part of the swag I got was some water-soluble pencils called 'General's Sketch and Wash'… you draw with them like a really soft pencil, but then you can touch a wet  brush to blend your lines.  Really fun tool I'm enjoying playing with.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Very hot and humid today, and finally an afternoon thunderstorm, which sadly brought little relief from the heat.  Days like this I like throwing paint on the paper… got carried away just a bit LOL.

#ICAD49 - Used inktense pencils to try out some waves and a sunset sky… didn't quite work… inspired by Rebekah Jones Bible art challenge.

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Combined this week's Sketchbook School DOTS homework with the Velazquez Palette that I learned about in Chicago.  All colors were allowed to dry before the next color was added, so these are glazes using just 3 colors. 

This 8 1/2" square journal is too big for me to scan a 2 page spread, but on the facing page I did the same sort of glazing using my two other yellows and all three blues, I added my cool red to the top, and my warm red to the bottom… interesting exercise.

#ICAD48 Ink blot monsters… this is brown ink, with eyes added using a red Derwent paint pen. The ink was dropped on the page then a straw used to blow the ink around.

My Sketchbook Skool homework ink blot monster… very messy and probably not something I'd try again… 

Friday, July 17, 2015


I've noticed my handwriting has gotten sloppy in this big sketchbook… maybe having all this room to spread out is the problem.  Today I got the expedition arts new art kit in the mail, a lighter aluminum palette and a small moleskine.  I set up a Velasquez palette plus a green (yellow ochre, french ultramarine blue, burnt sienna  plus sap green) in her new bigger pans.  With room for six other colors so 2 yellow, 2 blues and 2 reds. Hansa Yellow, New Gamboge, Verditer blue and Cobalt Teal, Permanent Alizarin Crinson and Scarlett lake.

#ICAD47 Inktense pencils, and then a sloppy drawing/sketch of the dog nail clippers on my desk.  Gracie needed her nails clipped today… so they were available to draw.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Laid down the color on this page early this morning, but didn't get around to actually drawing something until after 9pm.  My trusty back scratcher, I have this persistent itchy spot right in the middle of my back… and keep a back scratcher in my car and on my desk… just in case I need them.

#ICAD46 A card full of little thumbnail doodles, colored with inktense pencils.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Sketchbook Skool Playing was to draw your clothes. Not exactly my clothes, but the pattern on my pajamas as I'm late getting everything done tonight.

Catching up on my ICAD scans

#ICAD39 - for the games theme… just a wonky ink drawing of a chess pawn.

#ICAD40 - My pocket palette colors, top left to right Cadmium Yellow, New Gamboge, Raw Sienna, Translucent Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Scarlet Lake, and Alizarin Crimson.  Bottom row left to right Thalo Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Verditer Blue, Mineral Violet, Quinacridone Burnt Orange and Sap Green.
#ICAD41 - an ink drawing of my car key and other nonsense on my key chain.

#ICAD42 - Ink drawing of a snail (my computer was slow that day) and colored with colored pencils.

#ICAD43 - Ink drawing of my thumb a patient and reliable model my left hand is always ready when I can't think what to draw.  Used colored pencils to color it.

#ICAD44 - I must admit I studied this quite a lot, pride would not allow me to ask what it meant.  Background done with Colorbox inks.

#ICAD45 -  My handy little flash light drawn with a big fat sharpie, because my usual pens clog up with this Distress Ink background.