Sunday, August 31, 2008


Aug31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the day with friends hitting some mud puddles in the forest. As many times as I've been to Deb and Jerry's house I never noticed the cute Frog, in their bird bath... too funny and the perfect thing for the journal since I'm too tired for anything hard tonight.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Aug30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Picnic at the beach with the Palmetto Jeep Club
Fun day today... Great way to send off the last days of Summer.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Aug29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

She's got red hair, she's got dogs, she's got cats, she's got dust bunny's... she doesn't iron, or do windows ... cause she's a DOMESTIC GODDESS... she's my entry in Lunatic Mom's contest...

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Water8-28-08, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Limited Palette... water, mountains, sky... I don't like the line I get at the bottom of the mountains... tried to obliterate it... but couldn't...pershaps I should have extended that color all the way to the shore... oh well next time.


Aug28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Was a hectic day at work today... pizza and beer for dinner... now I'm ready to go do a little painting...

I'm still exploring the site... but I really like his videos and teaching style.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Aug27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ordered the pen on Monday from Pen City... arrived today... now THAT's fast... I did not pay for 2 day service but it got here in 2 days anyway. I plan to take better care of this one... I was sick that my other one clogged up and died on me...
Read a neat tutorial on painting water... so I'm off to try to paint some water... and maybe a tree or two since my trees still need work.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Aug26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This one's for you James, your mishap with your computer monitor this afternoon cracked me up (as you well know).

Monday, August 25, 2008


ContourDrawingCReidbook, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Unleaded - Ink only - Contour Drawing from The Natural Way to Paint (rendering the Figure in Watercolor) by Charles Reid.


Faces-practice, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Unleaded Ink only - faces, from the Jack Hamm book Drawing the Face and Figure


Aug25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Out of phase today for some reason... more practice from my Jack Hamm Drawing the Face and Figure book.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Walk-in-the-Rain, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is the other painting I did today, I saw a bead like this once, I really liked the concept of it so I tried to paint it as best I could... I think it turned out pretty good.


Aug24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I keep trying to find a cheap alternative to the microns... but so far no luck. Bought some pens at Staples, and I like that they are waterproof,... don't run at all... but they bleed thru light wt page so for the handbook journals I can't use them... maybe when I start the journal with 140 lbs watercolor paper they'll do ok.


TreeProject-8-24-08, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Fooling around... using the sheet I'd slopped paint on the other day. I like the evergreens top right... tree left is off the other 2 well more practice on trees needed I can see LOL

Saturday, August 23, 2008


Aug23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Crazy weather from Fay today, the bands are coming thru with rain and sun very close together now. Bought some crocs... funky orange and yellow ones.. but since I have BIG feet, I did not get the usual big old chunky crocks... these are very cool looking and very comfortable.

Friday, August 22, 2008


Aug22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"Meddle thee not in the affairs of dragons for thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup" I used a dragon bead sitting on my desk to draw a dragon. I need to practice drawing dragons... I like them.

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Aug21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

EDM stands for Every Day Matters... say it with the emphasis on the word 'Matters' and it means hum-drum, maybe common stuff... say it with the emphasis on DAY and you've got a whole new meaning. Been a bit of debate of late about what the 'group' is all about... for me I say it the second way, I'm a cancer survivor... every DAY matters...
Psalms 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it...

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Aug20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Well practice obviously helped... I did my best score ever tonight. My mop brush arrived for AWS... except I got 2 for 1... which means they sent me 2 of the same brush size 18? Anybody want to order something smaller... and I'll send you the 18 if you send me the smaller size?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


WCblocks_0005, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A little play time tonight with paint and color...


WCblocks_0004, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Work the knife around to peal up your painting . Note the 'black' glue holding the pages together... thus the name 'block'


WCblocks_0003, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Insert knife in the open slot on the top once your painting is dry...
Using a block means no stretching of paper, no buckling, no extra effort for me at all... they are also nicely portable so easy to take on the road for use Plein Aire (outdoors)


WCblocks_0002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I use Arches watercolor blocks, but there are lots on companies that make blocks, and different sizes and types of paper...

Cover of a 9x12 Watercolor Block


WCblocks_0001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Tree painting on 9 x 12 Watercolor block... dry and ready to remove.

My friend Angelina - (see favorite blogs top right) Asked what a watercolor block is... since I didn't know myself until a few months ago... Even though I'd seen them in the store many times... I thought I'd post these pictures... and explanation for those that don't know what a watercolor block is.


Aug19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Today I sat and stared at the blank page forever, nothing except the date... looked up the current EDM challenge... CATS... so I sketched a couple of cats... they turned out kinda cute...

Monday, August 18, 2008


Aug18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Flooding rain today, never seen it get so high, so fast. The heavy rain started during high tide... outer bands of Hurricane Faye I think was the cause of it. Issues at work, kept me late... I hate when that happens.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


Distant-Hills-2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Distant Hills - attempt #2... used Quin Gold this time... I like the soft transparent yellow better on this one.


Aug17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Purple and lime green... and a doodle or two. Been doing housework all day... too pooped to pop.... time for dinner now.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Aug16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Busy day, cleaning out the studio area... until around noon, then to the range and shopping.... home to swap dogs in the yard and out for a steak dinner at our favorite steak place Brecks... Time to put Saturday to bed.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Ms-Squirrel_0005, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A view of her tail... and the notch out of her ear. This shot taken in August, in the Spring she was pregnant and very fat... and for a couple of months she didn't come to the feeder for her sunflower seeds... she thin now and back in the feeder.


Ms-Squirrel_0004, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

She watching me now... and will bolt off the feeder in a mighty flying leap... but she'll be back... the sunflower seeds she loves are waiting for her.


Ms-Squirrel_0001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ms Squirrel has a distinctive notch out of her ear... she's also the only squirrel that figured out how to climb into this feeder.


Aug15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Scavenger Hunt#97 for Wet Canvas Draw a Nose, so instead of a person's nose I drew my JRT Stoney's nose and this time I think I got it pretty darn close to looking like my little dog. To see my previous attempt, check out June 27th...

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Aug14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Draw a bird house was on the list.. so I drew the bird house on the phone poll outside me office window. Don't know how much longer I'll be in this office... I will miss it when we leave.. Maybe my feathered and fuzzy friends will miss me too.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Aug13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rained all day today... the pond is full to overflowing now. The doves hunkered down on the powerline outside looked like exclamation points.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Distant-Hills-at-Sunset, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Distant Hills... done based on a tutorial I watch tonight... Trees again tomorrow... could add one to this I suppose.


Aug12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rainy night ahead for us, been threatening rain all day, so while I'm grilling burgers it starts... we need the rain though, half of the little pond near my office is completely dried up. The egrets will be happy that it is raining.

Monday, August 11, 2008


Lonesome-Tree, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This one is better than I thought it was going to be while I was doing it...


Lolipop-Tree, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Still trying to paint a tree... this poor tree turned into a green lollipop.. Pine tree attempt ran amok....


Aug11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

On in the Art from Life forum they do 'Scavenger Hunts'.. a list of things to draw, sort of like the EDM list, I haven't done one in a while, and I haven't done a 2 page spread in a while either... so... here's my items for Hunt #96.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Aug10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

What was I thinking? I thought I'd buy a bathing suit for a beach party we're going to labor day weekend... No way..not me I did not buy one... nothing like trying on bathing suits to remind you to stay on your diet.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Aug09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the day, dragging this 'project' into our yard. My DH is going to have fun with this... I just want to take a shower and go to bed, I'm exhausted from messing with it.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Aug08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got my order from Daniel Smith today, new Artist grade pans and a tube of his Green - Jadeite... can't wait to try that out.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


TreeProject-5, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Learning... learning... same house I painted at the workshop... my sky is pretty good, the trees... well... I need to work on my trees just a bit more.


Aug07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm really enjoying the Jack Hamm book, it is so LOADED with details... and I so need it... So today a few lips.. I kinda like the purple lipstick... and I had to include a nose or two LOL

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Aug06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

'Listen, do you want to know a secret?' la la la... do you promise not to tell... Showing my age aren't I? I'm a Beatles fan from way back... It's too hot for words today... I'm off to shoot some paper targets now.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Aug05 The Nose Knows

Aug05 The Nose kinows, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Boy did my tree stink last night... but I can't quit after just one bad session... I'm too green at this for that... so in the journals today I drew noses... but later tonight I'm doing trees again.

Monday, August 4, 2008


Aug04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Going to try a tree or 2 this evening...

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Aug03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Talked to my daughter Jeanna and Jon, I need new drivers for my printer. And my upload issue was solved by downloading Firefox and using it as a browser. I also purchase Photoshop for the Mac... now I can change the size before I upload... I'm happy now.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Aug02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the morning at the beach and the afternoon shopping. I spent a long chunk of time again today trying to select my photo for upload... the Mac file system is kicking my butt LOL Time for a nap... I'm pooped

Friday, August 1, 2008


August01Art_1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

First thing I miss is Photoshop... I can't figure out how to resize photos... and it took me forever to get it selected... I'll get it figured out... it's already way better than Vista.... whoo hoo...