Thursday, July 31, 2008


July31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I bought a new Toshiba laptop this year with Vista on it.... Vista was and/is such an annoying slow operating system I tried to have it taken off and XP put on my laptop but it couldn't be done... I was told by the folks at Toshiba that I needed to accept Vista and get over it.... so I packed up that laptop and but it in the closet... I'm over it... I'm going to buy a Mac, after 35 years of using Microsoft products I'm done... I moving on to something else... now I just need to decide what I want a Mac Book Pro or an iMac? Anybody have an opinion?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


July30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We got Beau a t-shirt at Palmetto Moon, put it on him tonight and he was NOT pleased, he rubbed and rolled and tried his best to get it off... and finally sat with his back turned to me with his ears pulled back... a sure sign of Beauregard unhappiness... so we took it off of him. I'll try it on Gracie later tonight.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


TreeProject_004, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Didn't use one of my 'good' skies.. painted a couple of new ones... for trees later... so this was my first practice tree... I like how it turned out for the most part. my branches need work... but I like the greens I got tonight... I'm glad I went thru all the mixing work before hand.


July29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm going to try to actually get some painting done tonight and a tree is on my agenda... so I figured I'd try one in my sketch book first.

Monday, July 28, 2008


July28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Long day today... only managed to draw a face... I bought a book by Jack Hamm on drawing faces and figures... as you can see I need a bit of work on faces.


July25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Sorry I was too pooped to draw... and the stuff I did riding in the car isn't fit for publication. So I drew... but... well never mind.

Our little Yella Jeep

URE 08, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My husband Ron getting over a few rocks in the road.

Saw Mill Trail

URE 02, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Grandson Joseph, the little dog Beau and Ron headed up the hill... me I'm taking pictures ... beside somebody needs to be able to call 911 right LOL

URE 11

URE 11, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Sunset Saturday night, after a great dinner with John, Leighanne, Steve and Carolyn. This is Badin lake in the Uwharrie National Forest

Dickie Bell

URE 17, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

John and Leighanne and their girls, Mary and Lydia headed up the mountain Sunday morning on a trail named 'Dickie Bell'

Thursday, July 24, 2008


July24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Getting ready to leave for the Mountains of North Carolina for the weekend, with some of our Jeeping buddies.... I'll catch up when i get back Sunday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


July23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This was fun to do, the grandson got a kick out of reading it in the mirror. I was reading today the Leonardo DaVinci wrote like this is all his journals and sketch books so I thought I'd give it a try.

PS - Your kids might like to see this too... and try it themselves . Just print it out and hold it up to the mirror so that you can read it too.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


TreeProject_003, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

More mixing greens... I this I like the Ultramarine blue and Cad Yellow for a dark green... and Turq Blue and cad Yellow for a sunny grass green color.


TreeProject_002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Still searching for green mixes... and tried a tree shape or two...


TreeProject_001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Watercolor sky - I'm pretty pleased with this one...


July22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Joseph is quite the chatter box, he perches at my elbow and chatters away. He playing with a video game now, quiet at last... I think I'll try to paint a little while he plays.

Monday, July 21, 2008


July21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Hot, Hot, Hot... too hot to play outside. Spent the evening playing with the grandson... and watching him draw, tanks and helicopters... he did quite good ones considering he didn't have one to look at.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


July20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Picked up the grandson in Augusta Ga today... long drive, but at least I got to do lots of doodling.... and it was a beautiful day... no rain, sunny, hot... my kind of weather.

Saturday, July 19, 2008


July19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Looked like rain all day today... but it never actually rained. Got a bit of housework done this morning, and the new Futon/sofa put together and set up. Hit the range for some shooting, lunch, then shopping at Lowes for some lamps and light bulbs. Since I found out all florescent bulbs are made in China and toxic if you break them... no more of those for our house.

Friday, July 18, 2008


July18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It is raining again, except now our rain is being called a 'tropical depression'... the flowers are loving it... and so are the butterflies. I'm getting tired of rain every day.... very, very tired.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I'm a Winner!

Thank you Rita... Wow this is truly amazing. Now I'm supposed to give an acceptance speech... and thank all the little people. I think my Mom and Dad did an amazing job raising me and my brothers. My younger brother works in a gallery and is an accomplished artist. I'm very proud of him. My older brother is a very good musician. Me I dabble in making glass bead, and jewelry, and these days I'm trying my hand at a little painting with watercolors. Of course I have to thank my great husband for allowing my to indulge in all this clutter.

So now without further ado... my nominations for this award are.....

Alan of On the 3rd Stone
Kate of Quicksilver Workaholic
Donn of Alongthewayside
Nina of NinaJo
Susan of Thrifty Collage Artist
Alanna of PaintedCats
Beegirl of Mudglue
Angelina of AngelinaBeadalina

Here are the rules for this award:

1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you've nominated.
6. Write an acceptance speech in the style of the Academy Awards, thanking every body's mother, father, sister, brother, aunties and uncles and the kitchen staff at your favorite restaurant!


July17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The internet really has changed my life, and enabled me to connect with people I might never have known... including my husband, who I me over the internet in 1997. I'm feeling lucky today, I won a artist trading card from Anita Davies in England... she's such a talented artist I can't wait to see it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


July16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Long day today, I shot better tonight than I did 2 weeks ago. Did lots of doodles and noodles last night. I really like this book, lots of fun exercises in it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


July15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Because I wanted to draw them, I bought 2 carousel horses off eBay last week and they arrived today... as did 2 books I ordered from Amazon... I'm itching to dive into my new books so I'm posting this and off to curl up with a good book.

Monday, July 14, 2008

WC Workshop CD 012

WC Workshop CD 012, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

So I spent the rest of the evening trying to mix greens... I actually have, and have watched Tony Van Hasselt's DVD on mixing greens... I guess I need to watch it again and take notes or play along... because I can't seem to get a decent looking green at all.

WC Workshop CD 011

WC Workshop CD 011, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I was very disappointed with the far trees on this.. I couldn't seem to get a dark green mix... even using the colors she suggested.

WC Workshop CD 008

WC Workshop CD 008, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Glazing test... on my primary colors.

WC Workshop CD 007

WC Workshop CD 007, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My cat is WAY too big... and cartoony.. but it was fun to finally attempt to paint something.

WC Workshop CD 004

WC Workshop CD 004, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This was the staining exercise, problem is my AJ Thalo Green didn't stain? I was able to lift the color all the way back to the white.

WC Workshop CD 003

WC Workshop CD 003, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This was the color wheel exercise... doesn't look much like a wheel does it?

WC Workshop CD 002

WC Workshop CD 002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I got a color miser air-tight palette and did this chart on the colors I have or want...

WC Workshop CD 001

WC Workshop CD 001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Graded and flat washes, comparing my new Holbein paint vs American Journey... in some cases (like Cerelean Blue) I actually like the American Journey better.


July14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Hot, humid day ending in afternoon thunderstorms... our HD Direct TV box took a hit... so no TV for a couple of days :-( Tried doing those little weather pictures, saw someone else on EDM doing that and thought it was cool, so I copied the idea. The egrets were out in force today, they always come when it rains... must stir up the bugs and stuff they like to eat. I need to catch up on pictures of what I've been doing on the watercolor workshop CD. I'm going to try to get those done tonight.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


July13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

After yesterday, I decided to draw in my journal this morning... before I start my day... coffee cup handles ... can't seem to get them right... oh well coffee's gone, time to dress and start my day.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


July12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Too tired from a day of yard work to do much drawing... didn't paint today either. Funny how during the week I manage to paint every evening... but weekends are so hectic I never have time for me.

Friday, July 11, 2008


July11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I finally tried to draw one of those people... harder to do than 'Woody'... I'm still working on part 1 of my Kate Johnson Watercolor CD, I'm really having fun with it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


July10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

EDM #179 Vidalia Onion... Rainy day here in Charleston... good for my flowers, so I'm a happy old lady today. Time for me to throw so paint on some paper... my new palette arrived today... woohoo new art supplies.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


July09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I pass this pink house with a Pink Mimosa tree in front, my Grandmother Newman had a tree like that in her yard when I was a child. A friend of mine is doing a Race for the Cure walk, so I made a donation today... help out if you can. Click here

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


July08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Mail man brought my artist box and my ring from my friend Michelle today. I'm itching to get to the den to paint some more from my Kate Johnson CD... I think tonight it's a color wheel type chart.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Varigated Wash

Varigated Wash, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Varigated wash, and a graded wash. This is an interesting exercise... I'm learning to control my 'drips' or let them happen to see what happens. Learning which brushes I like ... Kate's CD and instructions are so detailed and so far, easy to do.... no pressure to create a painting yet.

Graded wash - 2 colors

Graded wash - 2 colors, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Two color graded wash... still need to work on my technique on graded washes.. I don't think I'm getting enough color on the first brush stroke


Glazes, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Tried some glazing... interesting effects

Varigated wash - tree shaped...

Tried some tree shapes, and blocking out a roof using them... just fooling around with my paint.


July07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've been on Weight Watches since March of this year, hit a wall lately and finding my will power tested... I want FRENCH FRIES and white bread, and Cheetos... and all sorts of food I shouldn't eat. So I drew my hand... my nails are not that odd looking and I'm not orange in color and... I have a thumb too, just ran out of paper before I could draw it... more hand drawings needed I can see :-)


July06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

House work and yard work kinda day. Storms and rain in the late afternoon. I'm looking forward to going back to work and getting some rest.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


July05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got my very first pedicure today... it was WONDERFUL, sat in a massaging chair while the gentleman gave me a pedicure... my feet don't look like they belong to me... I will be doing this again. Dinner and fireworks with Deb, Jerry, Jerry's Mom Betty, Bob and Pat... oh and a golf cart parade... I wish I'd brought my camera.

Friday, July 4, 2008


July04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Slept late this morning, then spent the morning at the range shooting. Ron finally tried my Springfield and liked it so much he bought himself one just like mine. Went to Lowes and got a couple of Crepe Myrtles but it was too hot to plant them today, we'll do that tomorrow morning. Off to do some painting on big paper LOL

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Color chart...

Color chart..., originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Finished my color chart tonight... I don't think this is really going to be that useful since so many of the colors aren't transparent, and so don't glaze or mix well, dry on the paper... the task of actually mixing them on the palette and then doing this chart... well I'm just not that anal about it... maybe when I retire and don't have anything else to do LOL

Saturation color chart

Saturation color chart, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Finished my Saturation chart tonight, really interesting exercise. On to graded washes


July03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Can't wait for the Holiday to begin... I plan to sleep LATE tomorrow morning, other than that, I have no plans. Somehow, just that lack of an agenda, makes me happy.