Saturday, February 28, 2009


Feb28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The ice will be dyed 'PINK' tonight, and the players will wear Pink Jersey's that will be auctioned off after the game. I got one last year. I spent a bit of time today at the website of an incredible artist named Anne Watkins... check out her work... in my clumsy way I tried to do the hockey player like she might have.


3Weeks_0003, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is the female... she likes sleeping on her back... Everyone say AWWWWW


3Weeks_0001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here's whole gang... they get cuter everyday, they bark and growl, and are starting to walk and play with each other.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Blooming Trees

Trees6, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spring trees are blooming, I noticed some around Park Circle today on my way home from work on the scooter... This painting was part of a lesson on my Bob Davies DVD's


Feb27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It was a beautiful day today, the birds were fighting over territory and fussing at each other. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, and 'SNOW' on Sunday... I'll believe that when I see it... stay tuned.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Feb26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here's my try at the Virtual Sketch date photo by Debbie Later

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Feb25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I got some great photos of a cardinal at Magnolia Gardens last month, I tried sketching him from a couple of photos I took.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Feb24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I was really unfocused today... in spite of the owl LOL... I wanted to draw a puppy... I tried several... didn't work... the flowers turned out even worse... oh well, it is, what it is... I guess I'll go work on another painting... then again, maybe I should leave it alone.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Feb23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've already removed the tiny brush, and added 4 more half pans from my old box... now this tiny box has 12 colors in it... I added Cerlean Blue, Sap Green, Burnt Umber, Hookers Green... I know 3 greens is too much, I think I'll add another yellow and/or some Raw Sienna, maybe drop the black and add a violet... it's so hard to decide LOL Time to go throw a little paint on some paper :-)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Feb22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ran all over town, all day... finally home and winding down the weekend.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Feb21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Thought I'd try the latest EDM challenge, a sea shell. The shell is actually on my bathroom vanity, not the beach... so a bit of artistic license here :-)

Friday, February 20, 2009


Feb20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Using a mouse, and a pen is painful too today... I'm pretty bruised up... and not just my ego either... I hurt all over.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Feb19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

She was a good boat, I hope she serves her new Captain as well as she did us.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Feb18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The landscapers at my office planted Pansies, grouped by color, yellow, white, and these incredible deep purple ones with yellow centers... I had to try to draw/paint one.

Dixie Puppies 10 days old

Day10-_0002, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ten days old, they look like little pot bellied pigs not puppies. Maybe I'm just used to how little JRT puppies look, these guys are growing DAILY!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


WCTulips4, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This was my first flower painting. It was really fun to do. It's watercolor on a 9x12 Arches 140 lbs Block.


Feb17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Bluebirds, azaleas blooming, Spring is coming... so why is it so darn cold still?

Monday, February 16, 2009


WCTulips3, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got the rest of the leaves finished tonight. Now I just need to do the ribbons on the flower pot and I'm done.


Feb16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Our warm weather may have confused my azaleas, even so it made me smile when I came home tonight and found them blooming.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


WCTulips2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Added some green to my leaves... and the yellow tips on the tulips...


Feb15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Uninspired today... this wave patern is on my coffee cup... so I doodled it here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


WCTulips1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Didn't have the recommended reds, so after testing my reds, I chose Quin. Red called Cherry Red by Holbein and Permanent Rose by Windsor Newton and used those two colors for the tulips.


Feb14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ron and I are being lazy today, it's almost noon and we're still in our PJ's... time to get moving.


WCTulips, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Pencil drawing for Wetcanvas Tulip painting challenge.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Feb13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.


"There is one best place to bury a dog.
"If you bury him in this spot, he will
come to you when you call - come to you
over the grim, dim frontier of death,
and down the well-remembered path,
and to your side again.

"And though you call a dozen living
dogs to heel, they shall not growl at
him, nor resent his coming,
for he belongs there.

"People may scoff at you, who see
no lightest blade of grass bent by his
footfall, who hear no whimper, people
who may never really have had a dog.
Smile at them, for you shall know
something that is hidden from them,
and which is well worth the knowing.

"The one best place to bury a good
dog is in the heart of his master."

--- Ben Hur Lampman ---

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Feb12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Don't know what got me thinking about my grand-mother, and how my cousins and I would play 'horse' at her house, she kept a collection of old brooms just for us, and we'd play for hours on end with them. Do children do that sort of thing anymore? I don't think they do.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I need to clear the junk off the tread mill and do some walking... I've gained back all the weight I lost, plus 5 more... now my clothes don't fit any more... I am NOT happy about this.


WCSplats07, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Added some darks, using dark purple, and some dark greens and browns...I like this much better now... can't decide if I'm done or to add more.


Day3_0001, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Puppies next to a 7" ruler Black male puppy on the bottom of the pile... seems to be his favorite place.

What's your word?

Your Word is "Peace"

You see life as precious, and you wish everyone was safe, happy, and taken care of.

Social justice, human rights, and peace for all nations are all important to you.

While you can't stop war, you try to be as calm and compassionate as possible in your everyday life.

You promote harmony and cooperation. You're always willing to meet someone a little more than halfway.


WCSplats05, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This one is a tad better, but leaves disconnected from stems are a bit odd looking... I'm going to add more darks to this one... and see what happens.


WCSplats03, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Next step, negative painting petals.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


A really nice standard poodle, and a Puli from the herding group (I liked the Shelty in that group), and the Scottish Deerhound from the Hound group... and a Scottish Terrier... The Scottish breeds did very well last night.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Feb09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Weather was picture perfect today... days like this I REALLY miss my window from the other office. Just drew my cell phone charm that my friend Joy sent me... she makes wonderful glass beads....


1-Day, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here they are....
Female black and tan on top, brindle male next, and black male on the bottom.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Feb08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Dixie and I have had a busy day today... She was a little confused with the first one, but has settled down and is going to be a good mother...and thankfully it is a very small litter.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


WCSplats02, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Nice big splats... this was the look I was going for...


WCSplats01, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is the frustrated painter slinging paint on the paper, the big splats were added once I changed brushes.


Lessons I learned today.... Starting my negative painting.
1. Squirrel Mop brushes do NOT drip on their own no matter how much paint and water you add...
2. Tapping a Mop brush to MAKE it drip, gets a tiny drip ARGH
3. Slinging the mop brush at the paper gives you LOTS of tiny splats... totally unacceptable for the lesson we're doing but interesting looking (pictures when it dries).
4. A much SMALLER, synthetic brush (size 10) will drip quite nicely even with just a small amount of paint...

So to save paint and frustration... if you haven't started this yet... DO NOT use a mop brush, and propably not a good sable either... a brush that holds a LOT of paint... doesn't 'drip' very well... use a nylon brush for much better results... splat wise....
So that's what I learned today


Tim , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Checking out a mud puddle we came across today.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Feb06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is not the first time I've drawn the green dragon glass bead that sits on my desk, he has a fierce mean expression on his face... I almost captured that face today.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Feb05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I did a lot of sketches of Betty today, while lying in bed watching this old movie. I think it was easier because it was in black and white... Some of the sketches look like her a little I think.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Feb04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

What can I say, dead eye... that's me LOL

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Feb03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

So I looked up this negative painting thing today, there's even a book about it. 'Painting outside the lines' I think is the name... I'm cutting myself off from buying anymore books until I've worked thru the ones I have... so WetCanvas's Watercolor challenge for February is..."negative painting"... I plan to participate by doing a bigger one of these... but I'm pretty pleased with this one in my journal.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Cedar-of-Lebanon-Step5-Lesson4, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Watercolors - Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Thalo Blue
On a watercolor pad... practicing trees.


Feb02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

When I saw Anita's page I thought, oh... that looks cool and easy to do... I could do that... WELLLLLL Anita sure made it look easy, but it was harder than I thought, and mine doesn't look like hers one bit.

See it on Thing-a-day here.

My rainbow...

Found this on Barbara's blog 'One Happy Fool'...

Your rainbow is shaded red and green.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You feel strong ties to nature and your mood changes with its cycles. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Feb01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The Thing-a-day site suggested 'clocks' for week one... so feeling very uninspired today I drew the clock in the computer room that Ron Jr. gave us for Christmas this year. It's a really cool clock, shows the temp, the weather etc.