Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Aspens, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

9x12 Arches 140 lbs cold pressed block... watercolor tree exercise from Bob Davies Watercolor Secrets DVD.... I was happy with this up to the very end.. I think I ruined it when I added the shadows across the path..


Mar31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

March is out like a lamb... here in Charleston anyway. This is the end of this handbook, tomorrow I'll start in my hand made journal... I'm looking forward to it. I ordered a video and brushes on Chinese Brush painting... I'm really interested in their watercolor techniques, especially doing birds.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Mar30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I find it interesting that these gulls gather in the parking lots, sometimes in quite large flocks... and sometimes they seem to be playing 'chicken' with drivers... how close can I let the car get before I have to move or fly away. My husband hates them calls them flying rats... Not having been raised here I find them beautiful and interesting to watch.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Mar29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Probably did WAY too much today... my back will punish me later for it... hopefully it'll be worth it... when my new flowers bloom :-)


Book4-TitlePage, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I saw gaykraeger's title pages and liked the idea so much, I went back and added title pages to all my journals... all 4 of them (kay's done more than 50).. thanks for the idea Gay.


Book3-TitlePage, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.


Book2-Title-Page, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.


Book1-Title-Page, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I saw gaykraeger's title pages and liked the idea so much, I went back and added title pages to all my journals... all 4 of them (kay's done more than 50).. thanks for the idea Gay.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Mar28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We took advantage of a gap in the rain today, to go out to the range to shoot. I've got Spring fever... my Dogwood bloomed today. Lowes had azaleas on sale, so we bought 5, and now we're thinking we'll go back and buy 5 more tomorrow... Yard work tomorrow... I love working in the yard.

Friday, March 27, 2009


Mar27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This ad in Charleston Magazine caught my eye... I didn't even attempt the girls face... I think the hat turned out nicely though.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pink Azaleas

Pink Azaleas, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I have one azalea bush on the side of the house, with these light pink azaleas... I just love the colors on these.

Maple tree seed pods

Maple tree seed pods, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Here's what those seed pods look like on the tree.


Mar26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My front yard is covered in pink/purple Maple tree seed pods... the tree is LOADED with them still. Can you pick out the real one taped to the page?
Well the Brown puppy has gone home with a neighbor down the street so we'll at least get to see him some. Now to find a home for the black puppy and let life get back to normal... sort of around here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Mar25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Well my sandpipers look kinda washed out on my monitor, look ok in my journal though. I've gotta dig out another journal or buy one, this one only has enough pages to last till the end of the month. I like this size (5 x8) and the number of pages in these handbook journals. Somewhere around here I have a hand made watercolor paper journal that I bought off Etsy... I want to use it next.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Mar24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I get cranky when I don't get time to exercise... or paint... the pain in my back doesn't help either......

Monday, March 23, 2009


Mar23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Just feeling froggy today.. which reminded me of my Alabama tree frog pets.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Mar22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I couldn't resist drawing this cartoon shark as my inner critic. My friends from Atlanta and my dog showing days would understand and appreciate this.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Mar21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Stingray won the hockey game, we went to Chili's for a late supper.... I enjoyed my birthday... tomorrow LAUNDRY!

Friday, March 20, 2009


Mar20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My grandmother was a very cool grand-mother, in the summer she worked at the swimming pools for the parks dept... so we got to go to the pool and stay all day. She took me on car trips to Warm Springs and other historic sites.... we'd pack a lunch and stop at road side picnic tables to eat.. She always doted on me and I'm positive I was her favorite (I bet my brothers and cousins think they were her favorite too... LOL)

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Mar19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It's been a L-O-N-G day, just got home from the Palmetto Gun Club meeting... I've got to get back to my paintings... I've been neglecting them too long.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Mar18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

What a fun year it's been... I'm looking forward to the next one..

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Mar17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Happy St. Patrick's Day... everyone is Irish today... so Enjoy.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Mar16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I can tell Grace is glad to be home, she obviously didn't like being treated like a 'dog' at the kennel... she's sleeping either on my pillows in the bed or on her blanket at my feet.. she is used to being the 'Princess' around here... and is glad to be holding court once more.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Mar15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Home again, home again... can't wait to sleep in MY VERY OWN bed...


Mar13-14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The United Four Wheel Drive Assoc.. 2nd Annual Wheel-In... lots of snow, then rain... made for a fun and exhausting 2 days.


Mar12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We relaxed and did a bit of sight seeing...


Mar11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Travel day, farmers are planting and/or plowing their fields, the bradford pear trees and crabapple trees are blooming... It was a long trip.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday... Turtle Rock

Friday... Turtle Rock, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

More Jeeping in the Snow... amazing day for us Southerners.

Friday 3/13/2009

Friday 3/13/2009, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

SNOW... we had snow this morning for the UFWDA Wheel-in at Oak Ridge Farm in Va. Journal pages coming soon ...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Mar10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Love getting those art supply deliveries.... besides the paint I got a tote bag for my easel it fits perfectly.. I will not be able to post for the next 5 days... on vacation ... Bye Bye

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Mar08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The 'predicted high' was off just a little, it's 3:15 in the afternoon, and the temp is 83 right now...Ron and I rode our scooters to lunch in t-shirts :-) No jacket required. Doing the first steps in the sumi-e book, leaves and bamboo, the Nija brush doesn't work very well for this practice.... of course it might be that I need more practice at it.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Mar07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The weather says it all... walks in the park, went to the book store and got a couple of new journals and a book on sumi-e... bamboo coming soon :-)

Friday, March 6, 2009


Mar06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rode my scooter to work this morning... it was a little chilly but this afternoon, it was fabulous... we're supposed to have great weather all weekend...


ColorChart, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got my new colors tonight for my Bijou box (from Cheap Joe's).. got Manganese Blue Hue (which I really like), Raw Sienna and Light Red. I took, black, Cerlean Blue and Sap Green out... Did a little color chart and scanned the tiny box too.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Mar05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Not up to doing the whole peacock yet... so just did a feather... Magnolia Plantation had some beauties, including several solid white peacocks. They were lovely birds.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Mar03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent some time with the Geese at Magnolia Plantation last month, and got several photos.that I wanted to use as reference photos... but... oops the color on the beak ran... you know I kinda like it that way.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Mar01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Been a busy Sunday... did manage to paint a bit... ruined my willow tree :( Guess I'll start again on that one.