Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Jun30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I found out about the workshop via the Charleston Outdoor Painters Group... lets see... maybe 12 active painters... and let's count 1 watercolor painter (ME)... that's it, to advertise a watercolor workshop. No other mention of this seminar, in the other art groups or magazines in the city. Their website is a PITA, they don't answer email, or the phone, forget leaving a message they won't call you back.... and surprise surprise, they didn't get enough people to hold the workshop...ARGG. I sometimes wonder how some people stay in business... perhaps a rich Daddy left them Buckets of money... because they haven't got a clue...
Ok I'm done...

Monday, June 29, 2009


Jun29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've got a hair on my scanner... and a hare... LOL.... Heat index of 104 today... so hot you couldn't breath. The fiddler crabs are gathered at the doors trying to get into the cool... poor things are piling up on the sidewalks...

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Jun28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Illustration Friday - Worn
Tried another one, drawing a frayed, worn sisal rope was harder than I thought.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Jun27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Took me a while to figure it out and get the pictures resized and all ... but it's a book finally...You can see a preview and of course buy your very own copy LOL
Check it out on the right side over there ----->

Friday, June 26, 2009


Jun26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm reading Jeanne Dobie's book 'Making Color Sing' that I got from the library this week... I just ordered a copy for myself... this book is too good not to have as a ready reference.

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Jun25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"Drifting" - Thought I'd give the Illustration Friday theme a go...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Jun24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Picked up Jeanne Dobie's book.. 'Making Color Sing'....recommended by my friend Larry... so I'm off to read all about color.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Jun23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Gotta hit the tread mill... carrying way to much winter fat... it's gotta go... so I gotta go walk.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Jun22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A first for me today... I used photoshop to 'paint' the yellow hat. I picked up the yellow from the 'sun' and dropped it into the hat... it worked pretty good.... course I still need to paint the hat in real life...LOL

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Wave, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Watercolor based on lesson in Bob Davies DVD "Watercolor Secrets".. on 9x12 140lbs cold pressed Arches Block. I used some of my Daniel Smith Watercolors... Undersea Green, and Cobalt Teal, to get the green sunlit wave, and used White Gouache for the first time to get the foamy wave crest... all in all I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.


Jun21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We've been taking it easy today, it isn't as hot as yesterday, Ron and I took the scooters out for a spin, a bit of shopping and lunch at Chili's... I'm working on another painting too this weekend.

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Jun20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

How about a fuzzy red cat? He's not nearly so red in person... Hot, hot, hot today... didn't do much the rest of the day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Jun18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm registered for a workshop next month with Russell Jewell (he was featured in the last issue of Watercolor Artist magazine)... I did not want to lug my heavy French box in the July heat... now I have a cool, light weight compact easel... I think I'm really going to like it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Jun17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We have an owl in the neighborhood, I haven't actually seen him, I only hear him... in the early evening he starts 'whoo-ing'... I get to listen to him when I grill out for dinner.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Waterfalls, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Watercolor on 9x12 Rough 140 lbs Cold Pressed paper... this is from Bob Daivies "Watercolor Secrets" DVD lessons on water.
This one took me forever, the water which was done last, actually was pretty easy to do and I think turned out ok.


Jun16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I can't remember a June this wet in a long long time. It rains almost every day (or night) the farmers are LOVING it... they say the peach crop in South Carolina is better this year than it's been in 10 years... even though I love peaches, I'm a little weary of wet miserable dogs....and not being able to ride my scooter much.

Monday, June 15, 2009


Jun15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've been looking for an out of print book, that the book sellers want WAY too much money for... so today, I checked the county library... and they had the book I wanted, plus a few others I'd been thinking of getting. I was amazed that they had so many art books there... I'll be going back for sure.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Jun14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I like that these markers don't bleed, and that they are 'open stock' so I can buy just the colors I want and aren't forced to buy a 'set'...but I don't like the way they fill in... they leave overlap lines...??? How do illustrators deal with this? Is there a trick to it that I haven't learned yet?


ZigColorChart, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My Zig Calligraphy pens came in the mail today.. so I did a color chart of the colors I ordered.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Copa6-12-09, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I like this one... I did like the sky in the other painting better... but this palmetto turned out pretty good I think


COPA6-13-09z, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

In over my head on this one... too many details... when my goal was LOOSE....


Jun13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

HOT, Hot, Hot... humid too... I tried to do a loose painting... it wasn't ... so I did another... I like it a little better... I need a LOT more practice I can see that... and I need different equipment.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Jun12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I've been thinking a lot about painting and drawing lately... I really like cartoon/illustrations and find myself thinking about how I'd illustrate a children's fable... on the other hand I find myself drawn to loose style watercolor paintings like Ron Rankin, Tony Van Hasselt, Mel Stabin and Anne Watkins.. much as I admire their work, I can't seem to let go and do a painting like that... so my goal for tomorrow is to let it happen, I'm only going to take BIG brushes and 7 colors... I'm going to allow myself to really do a HORRIBLE painting... and not care.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Jun11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Storms headed our way tonight too... poor Gracie... she hates storms and is cowering in her crate now... so we know it's coming soon. I like a good thunderstorm... maybe it'll cool things off.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Jun10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I did not draw the hawk from life, but I did stand and watch him for a long time... big powerful bird riding the hot air currents... and looking like he was enjoying himself very much. Lots to do tonight... so I better get to it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Jun09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Drew the Lily while I sat on the porch, watching the chicken cook on the grill... it's a really transparent peach color.. I got close but not exactly the right color. Now I'm going to go play for a bit with a new paint brush I bought.. I've got a half done painting on my table too... but playing suits my mood tonight.

Monday, June 8, 2009


Jun08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"Z" is for Zebra and Zepplin...

Thus ends the alphabet series... and yes I'm trying to figure out the blurb thing to do a book with these in it... it may take me a while.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Jun07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"Y" is for Yellow jacket and Yarn..
My daughter and Son-in-law graduated from Georgia Tech..they are the 'Yellow Jackets'..
and yarn... knitting... I haven't knitted anything in ages... I should start again... in my spare time...LOL

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Jun04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"V" is for Volcano and Viper...

Another year's gone by....

Today is the anniversary two years ago, of my cancer surgery.... so I start on year three as a survivor. Ron and I both have the day off today, planning to chill out and enjoy some time together.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Jun03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"U" is for Umbrella and Unicycle...
Not many things start with 'U'.. so this letter was a tough one.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Jun01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

"S" is for Swan and Strawberry..
Swans are so beautiful and graceful, but in my experience with them mean, territorial and aggressive birds.
Strawberries... oh how I love them, used to anyway, they are now the forbidden fruit, as I had a serious allergic reaction to them and can no longer eat them ... I must admit I still miss them very much.