Friday, October 31, 2008


Oct31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Today was an absolute disaster at work... I bugged out and left my boss to deal with it... cause I've got HOCKEY tonight.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Oct30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Opportunities like this is why I carry my little digital camera everywhere I go. Walking to my car tonight... and found this fellow hanging out...


Pelican_0006, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

He let me get very close... in fact he didn't fly away until after I drove off.


Pelican_0002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Look what I found hanging out in the parking lot today.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Oct29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Combat shoot tonight went well, only 3 misses out of 30. It's cold outside... but warm weather is headed our way soon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Oct28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rico loves those little red boxes of raisins, he'll hold the box with one foot and open it with his beak, then eat the raisins one at a time... or plop them in his water bowl.. or throw them at the dogs... he likes to laugh (like me) when he does that. He laughs at his own jokes how cool is that? :-)


MoonlitSky1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I think my dark cloud over the moon is too dark... I do like the highlighted clouds... but I too am weary of moody skies and ready to move on. Maybe I'll finish this one later.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Pandas, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here you go Katie... how to draw a Panda... as easy as pie.


Oct27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Finally feeling a bit better, went to work today... thanks for all the get well wishes everyone was so sweet... I do hate being sick.. it interferes with so much that I like doing :-)

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Oct26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Still sick... and I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.


RainySky2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This exercise was supposed to be rain falling from the sky... tougher than I first thought... rain extended into and below horizon line...oops...


RainySky1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

What went wrong here... well as the 'rain' started to dry... it disappeared... I tried to add more... BUT the paper was too dry... so tick this one off as a lesson learned.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Oct25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Still feel horrid, my Cranberry Grape Juice is my friend :-)

Friday, October 24, 2008


Oct24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Dick Blick Customer Service shines, so add them to the list of 'good guys'. Rachael or Ky Farm Life sent me some handmade soap... totally yummy stuff, can't wait to try it out. I LOVE the stamps on the envelope from Michelle, which safely delivered my gorgeous beads from her... it was like Christmas morning around here... with all the packages in the bed with me. Went to the Dr... got drugs, I still feel bad... but hopefully getting better soon.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Oct23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Feel horrible... have all day... back to bed...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


StormySkyFini, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Finished, I like my evergreen trees on this one... and the stormy sky.


Oct22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I do love watching birds, all kinds of birds. Brown Pelicans are endangered but you wouldn't know it around here... they are everywhere on the water front.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


StormySkyStep2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This step is now drying... the exercise is focused on the stormy sky... I think I'm going to have some tide marks... but it really looks stormy I think.


Oct21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is a totally imaginary cityscape... Charleston has no tall buidings... by ordinance no more than 5 stories allowed, it's one of the things that keeps Charleston's historic skyline. I'm going to miss my birds and squirrels... I think they'll miss me for a little while.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Oct20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Lots of new stuff to play with, new markers... I used them on this page. A new mop brush.. and a block of paper to paint on. One of the new bowls was broken in transit... bummer.. now I get to see how Dick Blick handles such problems.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Oct19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Used my micron brush pen to render the pelicans... not sure I like the bold lines it lays down... not that crazy about my pelican either... maybe I'll go knit for a while.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


Oct18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

What a GREAT day, met with my painting buddy and spent the better part of the day painting on her back porch... then opening season Hockey game... our team won, 5 to 3... Oh yeah.. it rained all day.


SullivansIsland1018, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rocks on Sullivan's Island Beach, used a photo Elizabeth had taken at sunset, we got together to paint, but had to use photos as it rained all day.


FallLeaves1018, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Fall Leaves, used a book Elizabeth had unfortunately my evergreens didn't turn out too good.... I want to see if I can find that well as some others that she has that I don't. :-) BEAS...

Friday, October 17, 2008


Oct17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got a surprise package today, my friend Joy sent me a fabulous bead on a whistle to replace one I broke... and a little angel bead too...I am so blessed with artistic friends.


JoyBeads1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My friend Joy...of Limelight lampwork beads sent me this lovely whistle... check out her beads for sale at


JoyBeads2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My friend Joy...of Limelight lampwork beads sent me this darling angel... check out her beads for sale at
unfortunately my scanner doesn't do her beads justice.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Oct16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My page is a poor copy ... check out the original...

I used my watercolor pencils for the first time tonight, I don't think I like them... I'll have to work with them a bit more before I decide.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Oct15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Shot another personal best tonight, 30 points higher than my previous best score. Must have been in the 'ZONE'...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Oct14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It's one thing to watch something like this on a nature show on TV, it is a whole different thing when it happens just outside your window... amazing to watch and over in a flash. I think I know now what those big birds I've been seeing are.

Monday, October 13, 2008


Sky-No2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Next sky technique, this one turned out pretty good, the marsh and the water not so hot... but that wasn't the focus of this lesson...


Oct13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

After a rainy grey weekend, today was just beautiful... I should have left off the ink on my clouds... I made a mess of it for sure... oh well.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Oct12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I was watching Biography (which I do know how to spell) and was stuck by the shape of Bruce Willis head while he was being interviewed on camera... my drawing doesn't look like him but I do think I got his bald head correct :-)

Saturday, October 11, 2008


Sky-No1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Is that a WART at the end of the road.... ok this one is really, really horrid... but I was working on a sky technique... it didn't go well, added a road house, trees and fence didn't improve it one bit... This is a journey, this is a pothole in the road LOL


Oct11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ron slept in late, now we off to do whatever the birthday boy wants for the day.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Oct10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I have this tower of stuff, that's been getting higher and higher... figured I'd draw it before it falls.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Oct09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is what happens when I don't pay attention when I order stuff. I ordered a new handbook, except I ordered the wrong size... it's cute but that's about all it is. I got my enameled butcher tray... I LOVE it... I also ended up doing a spread sheet of my paint inventory... I'm almost out of Ultramarine Blue and yet I have 4 count um 4 tubes of Raw Sienna... what was I thinking????

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Clydesdale-Horse, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.



Oct08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm not used to working without a net... my pencil lines to keep my text straight...but this didn't turn out too bad, so I'm thinking it's a technique I'll be using more often in this Journal. Thanks for the tip Micahnova.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Horse-WIP_0002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Step 3 - add Burnt umber to the red and start trying to shade in his muscles and shadows...
Step 4 - add Ultramarine blue and Burnt umber to make black for mane and tail.
Step 5 use watered down version of this for hooves.
Now wait for it to dry.


Horse-WIP_0001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Step 2 - 50/50 mix of Aliz. Crimson and Burnt Sienna... instructions called for Light Red, but I didn't have any.

Messed up one of his ears... made it too long... oh well press on


Color-swatches, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

First I did color swatches, trying to decide what colors to use. I did these last night ... actually did a bunch more than these but the color top left is what I decided on for a base color.


Oct07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm not sure I like this journal's format... but it's such a beautiful book I'll press on. Spent last evening painting color swatches... I can't decide what colors to use on the horse.

Monday, October 6, 2008


Oct06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I think I must have eaten some bad chicken, Ron ate pork and he's fine.. I am one sick puppy... potato soup for dinner for me.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Oct05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the day shopping, doing laundry the usual Sunday stuff. Bought some yarn at Michael's I'm going to knit some leg warmers. And I've been practicing drawing and listening to videos on drawing for watercolor paintings.


Horse-on-WC-Paper, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is the drawing on 9x12 Watercolor paper... now I want to re-watch the video on what colors to use... I'm pleased with the drawing... now if I can manage to paint it I'll be even happier.


Horse-wAcetate, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

On my way back from William Holland I stopped to take pictures of these Clysdale horses in a field. This is the horse picture with an overlay Acetate sheet so that I could define the horse's shapes to transfer it to my watercolor paper.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Oct04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Grand-daughter Laurel's birthday today.. she's seven. Got a new scooter today, this one is fast enough to go on the expressway... it's fire engine red... and way fun to ride :-)

Friday, October 3, 2008


WCS10-03-2008, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This was an exercise in VALUES.. using 1 color, ultrmarine blue... to create sky mountains and water...this was very hard to do... I don't like the way my water came out... I may try this exercise again tomorrow.


Oct03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Busy day at work I'm itching to paint something big... off to paint now.