Saturday, January 31, 2009


Jan31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A bit of painting and mounds of laundry... tonight a Hockey game.


MagnoliaPlantationBridge, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Finally finished the painting I started 1/24/2009 at the Charleston Artist Guild Plein Aire event. It started to rain so I wasn't able to finish it on site.

Friday, January 30, 2009


Jan30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

These colors are so rich in pigment.. it is amazing... I LOVE the Bronzite, I bought it to use as a sand color, and it will be PERFECT.. it even sparkles like real sand...
Off to dinner and then Hockey.

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Jan29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Some days, I've got nothing positive to say... this is one of those days.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Jan28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My elephants in my last painting were so bad, I had someone say 'Where are the elephants'... So I thought I'd practice an elephant today. Oh the Italian food was WONDERFUL and I ate way too much.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Jan27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Funny how one word 'shell' can evoke so many memories... of my first credit card (Shell), trips to Florida as a child collecting shells, my friend Maggie who makes lovely glass beads that look like shells... all that from just one word.

Monday, January 26, 2009


Jan26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got a couple of packages today, beside the surprise from Dixie. I got a lovely smelling box of handmade soap from Wilmoth Farms.. I love this stuff. I also got a package from Amazon, with a book on painting crystal and glass, and Dan Price's" How to make a Journal of your Life"..and Rick Tulsa's "Paris cafe" the Select crowd. Can't decide which one to read first I've looked at the pictures in all of them... now to dive in.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Jan25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I looked it up and the school is still there. Not a public school anymore, it's a private school now. It was a public school when I went... address 2268 Adams Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30318 That was my Elementary school... Might be fun to go back and visit it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Jan24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I did a prelim sketch in my journal... so it's the only plein aire work I got done today. I got TONS of great photos though, and I'll be loading some of those on flickr later today.

Magnolia Plantation Bridge

Bridge, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here's the photo I took of the spot I wanted to paint... unfortunately, it started to rain before I even got started.

Friday, January 23, 2009


Jan23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm looking forward to painting tomorrow... gotta go pack up my gear for tomorrow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Acadia-fini, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

If I do this one again... I need to make my elephants bigger, my rocks smaller, and I need to figure out how to mix green paint. How can Bob make dabbing paint on with a sponge look like leaves on a tree, and when I do it, it looks like a three year old dabbing paint with a sponge? Without further ado... here it is... 9x12 140 lbs Cold Pressed WC paper Watercolor using Bob Davies DVD lessons.


Jan22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Dixie fit right in now, painting a black dog is no easy feat... well I have a pond to paint tonight.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Jan21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Shot very well tonight, so practice did make a difference... that's true about lots of things.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My first blog award for 2009

My blogging buddy Rita has given me my first award this year. Thanks so much Rita... you are a sweetheart indeed.

Proximidade is described as follows:
'This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes for self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!'

The rules are: This blog award should be sent to your favorite eight bloggers and they, in turn should forward to eight of their favorites. You should include the text for Proximidade (above) in your announcement blog.

So, now I've got to pass this award to 8 wonderful people, and I choose:



Acadia-step1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

First step done, and masking removed... oops forgot to paint the water in the pond... too late now... I'll mask those rocks tomorrow and paint the pond then. This is from Step 5 Lesson 3 of Bob Davies Watercolor Secrets DVD.


Jan20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

That odd blob of color was my attempt at a new way to do a signature. You're supposed to press hard signing leaving an impression in the paper (which I did), then a was over will 'reveal' the signature... well the reveal part didn't happen at all...hum?

Monday, January 19, 2009


Jan19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

More tree practice, these are supposed to be Acadia trees.


Acadia-drawing, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

9x12 Arches 140 lbs Cold pressed paper, drawing for Acadia Tree lesson.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Jan18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A day of rest all around... I spent the morning drooling at the Daniel Smith Catalog, wish I had a box full of money to buy all those lovely paints... got a Watercolor magazine at the bookstore and read that too... and the rain continues to come down outside my window.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Jan17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We could hear him, but couldn't find him at first, he was about the size of a sparrow, very cute. I tried to get a picture of him with the camera, but none of them turned out.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Jan16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We Southerners have so many unique names for things, it was hard to pick one for this challenge... while it's so darn cold I decided on a Spring flower that grows wild in some places in the South, the Jonquil...aka Daffodil

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Trees4, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Been practicing trees... I had fun doing this Palm tree.

Jefferson Memorial

Jan15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm submitting this drawing in Karin Jurick's Challenge found on this blog

I hope is passes muster to be included, even if it doesn't it was fun to do.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Jan14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This doodle was fun to do..but man o man... tedious to color... I don't have the patience to do that... so I just stopped. Got to fix dinner anyhow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Jan13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Gloomy day today... and cold too... headed for even colder... brrrr...

Capt Elaine

Capt Elaine, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've been tagged.... so here's my mug shot....

Now 16 things about me....

1. I'm a kidney cancer survivor
2. I'm an artist wanna be
3. I like to read
4. I like to knit.
5. I like dogs and all animals
6. I like the beach
7. I like the mountains
8. I have 3 x husbands
9. I drive a Jeep
10. I also drive a Scooter
11. I have 5 grand children
12. I have always lived in the South
13. I have 2 parrots
14. I can plan the piano
15. I like my grey hair
16. I had no idea how hard it would be to come up with 16 things about me...
whew... now to tag 6 others...

Monday, January 12, 2009


Jan12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We're getting a 'Penguin Planet' exhibit at the aquarium downtown... they arrived today... along with colder weather here, I guess it's the Charleston hospitality showing, even for Penguins.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Jan11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rainy day today, not hard rain.. just enough to be annoying. I'm struggling with trees now... winter trees showing it all, except for the live oaks, they keep some leaves all year.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Jan10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Steaks for dinner... now I think I'll go paint some trees.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Jan09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Drawing food, is very hard to do, I couldn't let it just sit there and get cold while I drew it... so I ate it then drew from memory... which at my age is getting worse everyday :-)

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Valleyfini, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

9x12 140lbs Cold Pressed Arches WC Block. Bob Davies Watercolor Secrets Mountains and Rocks Step 4 Lesson 9


Jan08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Just kidding folks... I've got enough "Yankee" friends to know that Soda, means a Coke LOL

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Valleystep3, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Added hills in various shades of grey, ultramarine blue and light red. Initial green, raw Sienna, Lemon Yellow and a touch of Ultra marine blue.


ValleySky, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Initial graded wash of raw Sienna, from the ground up... using plain water in the sky area. Used Ultra marine blue for the sky, with cloud shadows mixed using Ultra Marine Blue and Light Red. Left to dry overnight.


Valley-drawing, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Step 4 - Lesson 9 of Bob Davies Watercolor Secrets. This is my drawing, enhanced the scan so the lines would show up. On 9x12 Arches 140lbs Cold pressed paper.


Jan07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Some days my life is too boring for words... so I talk about the weather, and do an EDM challenge.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Jan06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Almost record breaking high today... but not quite. Rain headed our way tonight. Busy at work today, want to start a new painting tonight... last one in the mountain lessons, then on to trees.

Monday, January 5, 2009


Jan05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Dixie did actually go get the ball once today, when we held the terriers back... they usually beat her to it, and at first she didn't even try... then she started running following them, then today, break thru, she picked up the ball...Dixie knows what a tennis ball is for now... at least around here anyway.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Jan04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Boy did the laundry basket look wonky in this drawing or what? I did manage to finish my Monochrome painting today... so I was pleased with that.


Jan09Mono, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

9x12 140lbs Cold Pressed Watercolor. Using UltraMarine Blue and the white of the paper only. For January Challenge on ID&P

Saturday, January 3, 2009


Jan03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Wish I could draw buildings better... this old brick church is just one of the historic sites the Jeep club visited today... if was a fun day... but the Jeep club always has fun together.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Jan02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I was reading my blogging friend Lisa Reed's blog, and saw the picture of her puppy Yao with a slipper... it brought back memories of my dog Ouija. See Lisa's blog here

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Jan01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We missed most of the football games today... we were on the road. Noticed lots of RV's on the road today, guess they are loving the low diesel prices now.