Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Another dentist visit… thanks to novocaine I can't smile, or drink thru a straw… I like this new dentist, but my long history of hating dentist visits, isn't going to end any time soon… or ever.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


James Richards book arrived last week while I was away from home. I am registered for a workshop in Savannah with him Oct 4th, contact Kip Bradley if you're interested in the workshop .I'm working thru the exercises as best I can… lots of excellent information in this book.  The book is one Liz Steel recommended too.  For more information on Jim…
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Monday, September 15, 2014


Long day today, trip to Columbia, new project at work, and then Dr appt and getting new insulin pump.  So far so good, my biggest concern is knocking it off during sleep tonight.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Quiet day today, went over the Mt. Pleasant for a Jack's Cosmic Dog for lunch, we really like that place. It's kinda of nice that the folks that work there recognize us and remember our names (I find that amazing since I'm so bad at remembering people's names).

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Good to be home, and get the dirty laundry out of the suitcase and into the washing machine.  Sorted out the art supplies from my back pack and got it all back where it belongs.  Quick trip to the store for dog cookies and cokes finished off the day with left overs for dinner… Life is good.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I'M BACK!!!  I know you missed me didn't you?  I had so much fun and was so tired every evening, I barely got my daily drawing done, there was no time to keep the blog updated.  It was a long drive home, after the morning demo by Sterling Edwards, a final lunch with my host Priscilla and I headed down the mountain back to the low country of South Carolina… there's no place like home.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


We went to the gun show in Ladson today, I got Ron a laser scope for one of his rifles for his birthday.  Rained on and off all day today, we needed the rain so we were happy to see it.  I'm all packed for my trip to NC tomorrow for a week of painting.  Don't know how much I'll be able to post from there, but I'll try the best I can.

Friday, September 5, 2014


Gilligan's is a local seafood restaurant here in Charleston, they have huge salt water aquariums with colorful tropical fish, that you can watch right at your table. I bet they have happy content customers, because even when you have to wait for your food for a while, watching the fish is so relaxing.

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Leaves on the crepe myrtle are turning, it's still pretty hot so there are still flowers on it too.  I guess the shorter hours of daylight triggers the leaves to change color, not the cold weather.  At least not cold here in Charleston.

My First Homemade Sketchbook

I used this tutorial to make my very first handmade sketchbook.  I used the Strathmore Mixed Media paper she suggested as well as some Bockingford 140 lbs tinted papers.  I only did 4 signatures, because I thought 6 would be too thick.  I also made mine landscape instead of portrait.
This shows a cream colored page next to a white page.  I still have a week or more in my current sketchbook, and then I'm planning to put this book to the test.  I'm already planning a larger sketchbook, making this one was fun.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The book the 'Art of whimsical Lettering' left out something as this page is a MESS.  How do people do this and it looks fabulous?  When I do it… well… THIS is the result,  I guess I'm not cut out for 'artsy' journal keeping, I do love looking at other peoples art journals… but I just can't figure out how it's done… I guess I don't have the 'eye' for it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


While selecting colors to take with me next week I discovered I'm out of Permanent Alizarin Crimson… YIKES… how'd that happen?  I need to order some asap.

Monday, September 1, 2014


Used my TomBow portrait pens to color this, did not expect that 'orange' color… yikes, whose skin is that color for?  Went to Sketchers (the shoe store) this morning and got a couple of pairs of 'Go Walk' shoes, we were going to ride the bikes for a while, but I wimped out because of the heat.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Our tomato plant looks horrible, barely any leaves (some bug was eating them) and yet it is still producing tomatoes.  This one is square, but the model was indeed plump and round.