Friday, July 31, 2009


Jul31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Thunderstorms are rolling thru right now... guess I'll just get wet, because I've got party things to buy and need... need to go to Michaels for some art supplies.... so I'm off.

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Jul30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

July is almost over... the kids will be heading back to school next month... time really does fly sometimes... it surely got away from me tonight.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Jul29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Nobody did well tonight, indeed 5 people left when they saw the course of fire... I didn't do well but at least I tried it..

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Jul28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Owners of dogs and cats know that dogs LOVE kitty crunchies... I used a free video at to draw this one. The site has lots of free videos on all kinds of art... There's something for everyone there.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Jul27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Visited the Dr this morning for my 6 month check up... blood work and chest x-rays... he wants to do MRIs again but is going to wait until February... just checking all the usual places that kidney cancer can show up.. bone cancer and lung cancer being the most common. So far I've been clear...praise the Lord for that.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Jul25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I do wish Joe knew how to swim... I learned to swim almost before I could walk... before I was 5 for sure... and I remember we taught Dick to water ski when he was 3 years old... so a 9 year old that can't swim surprised me.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Jul24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I have seen wild dolphins breach... it's quite a sight to see... I read somewhere that it's mostly the males, showing off for the girl dophins... I think they do it because they can.. and it's fun... if it impresses the girls... well that's icing on the cake. Right gentlemen?

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Jul23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I must confess I drew a curvy line for the last 2 lines of text... after coaching Joseph's handwriting all week, I realize how sloppy mine has become.

Bob Balloons

Bob Balloons , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Cube farm mate Bobby was been gone all week on a cruise to Mexico... so those of us left minding the fort, filled his cube with balloons... I think he'll like it LOL

Bob Balloons

Bob Balloons , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

View from the top of Bob's decorated cube, everyone helped blow them up... one balloon at a time.... with our own global warming causing breath LOL

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Jul21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I have enjoyed this 'scrabble' Journal that I got from TracyU... I've tried to keep to the cartoon theme in this book... and I must admit that I'm itching to start my next journal, that will be a South Carolina themed journal, where I'm planning to do more outdoor sketches.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Jul20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Baby steps... just taking baby steps. Joe with his writing, me with drawing and painting... practice is the key... for us both.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Jul19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Joe and I both kind of marveled today at how a conversation can travel from one place to another place entirely. As I was eating a carrot from our order of celery and carrots, I told him that my Dad always told me to 'Eat your carrots and you'll be able to read in the dark'... Joe added that eating carrots was why rabbits could see so well, and that he knew someone that had been bitten by a rabbit... that reminded me of the story about President Jimmy Carter, being attacked by a rabbit, and him beating it off with an oar (he was in a row boat at the time)... Conversations can take us interesting places sometimes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Jul18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I finally decided on the colors for my new box from

Starting on the left.. top to bottom they are
Lemon Yellow, Hansa Yellow,
New Gamboge, Quin Red, Quin Coral, Quin Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber,
Cobalt Teal Blue, Hookers Green, Viridian, Sap Green, Paynes Grey
This box has 16 half pans, I bought addition full size pans and put 4 of them in the middle section (where a brush might go).. I put my Blues and Raw and Burnt Sienna there (I use them all alot). I still have 4 empty slots, but for now this is the palette I'm going to use.


TravelColors, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is the color chart that I did to go in the box. I have 4 empty spots to add colors if I need to later. For now this is going to be my Pallette.


Colorchart2, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

From this chart I am rejecting the Daniel Smith colors Jadeite and Amethyst both ended up dull and lifeless. I'm adding Sap Green instead.


Colorchart1, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Did color tests to decide which colors to add to my new Plein Air Travel Pallette. I am including all of these except the last one (Light Red) I think I'm going to use Burnt Sienna instead... as it's a brighter color.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Jul16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the day chasing an elusive computer bug... now it's time to figure out dinner and unwind.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Jul15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ron out shot me tonight, but I'm still quite pleased with my shooting tonight only 2 misses out of 30 shots... a personal best for me.
I'm also very encouraged today with Joe's writing practice, I was afraid we didn't have time to really make a difference, but after just 3 days the improvement is outstanding, and I'm hopeful now he'll leave here able to read and write cursive letters... and type with all 10 fingers LOL


After, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Andrea Joseph drew these pages and my grand-daughter Laurel painted them using my travel watercolor kit... I think she did a fine job for 7 years old. Nice and tidy...


Before , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Andrea Joseph drew these pages and my grand-daughter Laurel painted them using my travel watercolor kit... I think she did a fine job for 7 years old. Laurel and I thought this looked a lot like her older sister Ashton... so red hair was needed.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Jul14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ever heard the expression..."Nobody wanted to be the first to point out the Elephant in the room." Well here she is. I think I've made a lot of progress this past year learning to paint... and then I really mess one up and wonder if I should continue to pursue this or not.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Jul13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The writing practice continues... and now we're adding numbers... and typing... Beach on Saturday for boys that work hard all week ... LOL

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Jul12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

My daughter is pulling her girls out of public school and going to home school them... I'm so glad she's doing that... I got Joe a 'summer activity' workbook, for kids going into the 4th grade in the fall... day one is cursive alphabet review... problem is he doesn't know how to do any of the letters... he said they taught him to write his name in cursive, but when I asked him to show me, he couldn't do it... this child made all A's in third grade... what exactly did he learn?

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Jul11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Who knew, my daughter lives just around the corner from the Atlanta Dick Blick store...what a fun place... Joe and I had lunch at Chili's then watched Ashton's hockey team win their last game of the season... 9 to 0... then the LONG drive back to Charleston... I'm pooped.

Friday, July 10, 2009


Jul10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

On the road again... gotta get back on the road again... off to Atlanta some time after lunch today.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Jul09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I'm still struggling to find a good mix for black... I used Pthalo Green and Scarlett lake here... not quite right.
More rain today, the swamp at work has flooded onto the lawn, the egrets and herons have come to feed in the shallow water..they are so graceful and beautiful

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Beau, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This bed is NOT too little for me... SEE I fit perfect.


Jul08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Poor Gracie is huddled under my chair, she hates thunderstorms... I don't know why she is so afraid, none of the other dogs are, and Ron and I aren't afriaid... but Gracie thinks the sky is falling none the less.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Jul07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I finally got my copy of my book... it looks amazing... I guess everyone thinks their babies are beautiful LOL

Monday, July 6, 2009


Jul06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ouch movie prices have gone sky high since the last time Ron and I went to a movie... $9.50 a ticket...on a Sunday afternoon... guess it'll be a long time before we go to the movies again...Ice Age 3 was VERY cute.. maybe those prices are why less than 10 people were in the theater...

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Jul05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Except for doing laundry, today we've just been out right we're headed to the theather to see "Ice Age 3", first movie I've wanted to see in over 3 years...

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Jul04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Bigger crowd at this rally than the last one... what a great way to spend the 4th of July... now we're off to ride in the Jeep.


TeaPartyJim-DeMint, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Senator Jim DeMint, signed books and gave a stirring speech before heading to Columbia for their Tea Party


Patriot, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

One of the right wingers that Congress needs to be VERY afraid of.


TeaParty7-4a, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I believe this crowd was even larger than our 4/15 Tea Party... lots more room in this park, and lots more shade.


TeaParty, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Another crowd shot, there was food and books to buy, petitions to sign.. and patriotic speeches.

Friday, July 3, 2009


Jul03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I wonder what Thomas Jefferson would have to say about a Congress that passes laws they haven't even read?

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Jul02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The Universe decided I really did need help. My on-line friend Lola has invited me to come to Myrtle Beach this fall and join her painting class any time I want... and I have a private lesson scheduled next week... so I'm a happy camper again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Jul01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Busy day today... ending with a good match and dinner with friends. Got a package from Cheap Joe with 2 tubes of new yellows and 1 green to try out, along with my very own copy of Making Color Sing.