Friday, December 31, 2010

Dec31Art




Last day of 2010.. we're headed to a hockey game... no bubbly for us.. just beer and hotdogs LOL.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dec30Art

Dec30Art




The year is winding down... only one day left of 2010.  Did you call it Two Thousand Ten, or Twenty Ten?  Will next year be Two Thousand Eleven or Twenty Eleven?  Everyone says Nineteen oh one for 1901, but everyone said two thousand one for 2001... so who decides these things? The tv talking heads?  The people?  Why does my princess have such a long neck?  oops.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dec29Art

Dec29Art




Hockey tonight... we had a lack luster 1st period, but an inspired 2nd period put us one ahead, well into the 3rd period... when Greenville tied up the game 3-3... we then lost in a shoot out. Our goalie isn't very good one on one... so we lost. I enjoyed the game none the less... now off to bed.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dec28Art

Dec28Art




It was really COLD in the office today... somebody left the heat off over the weekend, would not be a issue most of the time, but the heater never caught up today and it stayed cold all day. This egret was sunning himself on the lawn, I've never seen one so close and so far away from the creek before.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dec27Art

Dec27Art




Spent my day off doing laundry and working in my Sketchbook 2011 Project book. Found this photo on the web and it inspired my attempt at a similar spiral... harder to do than it looked... but very compelling image... see it here flic.kr/p/4D4wKh

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Dec26Art

Dec26Art




SNOW... it's snowing in Charleston... hasn't stuck yet, but it's been snowing all day today.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dec24Art

Dec24Art




Christmas Eve, traditional day of travel, in Jesus time, it was the camel for the kings and a donkey for Mary and Joseph.  For us today it'll be my red Jeep...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dec23Art

Dec23Art




Got the presents wrapped, still need to pack for the trip to Atlanta... Merry Christmas everyone be safe if you are traveling.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Dec22Art

Dec22Art




Getting closer... went to the mall tonight for 1 last thing, and for scotch tape and more wrapping paper... still have to wrap them all up...
Nice and warm today, so I rode my scooter to work.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dec21Art

Dec21Art




Ron usually has a long mostly gray beard, and I like to tease him and children by saying... he's Santa and watching them...so they better behave... Well this year I only got to do that once, before Ron had to cut his beard back very short :-( But he got me back and told a child I was Mrs. Santa Claus... and the kid bought it... it was kinda fun.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec20Art

Dec20Art




Saw African penguins up for adoption on the news this morning... you don't actually get a penguin like you would a puppy from the shelter... they want people to send them money to save the penguins.. they had 3 on them in the studio... they were very cute... and so I drew a couple of penguins today.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dec19Art

Dec19Art
Weather was PERFECT for our Christmas parade today... we had 10 jeeps all decorated for the parade thru Summerville SC... after the parade we rushed home to walk dogs and get to the hockey game... our team won in a shoot out... dinner then home... now the day is done, time to feed the pups and go to bed.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jack on the Beach

JackontheBeach




What better way to chase away a gray rainy day... paint a beach scene and include a Jack Russell... This is on 9x12 300lbs Kilimanjaro watercolor paper.

Dec18Art

Dec18Art




Unsuccessful shopping today, didn't find anything I was looking for... time is running out EEEK.. It rained just enough to be annoying all day long.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec16Art

Dec16Art




Hershey's Kisses... I LOVE them, I loved my grandmother's bowl filled with red and silver ones during the Christmas season.
We're having a HEAT wave... almost got up to 60 today, which is 'normal' for this time of year here.... hopefully, the cold snap is OVER until February.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dec15Art

Dec15Art




Got a little warmer today... still too cold for me to ride my scooter to work.  I did see some brave souls on bikes today... still too cold for me.  Ten shopping days till Christmas... eeek...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dec14Art

Dec14Art




Brrrr the cold snap continues, I do hope this knocks down our flea population, and dare I wish for fewer mosquitoes come Spring. Beau is madly in love as Gracie is in season now, he is quite miserable... I don't know why we haven't spayed her, maybe because she only goes in season every 10 months and so it isn't that much of an issue.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec13Art

Dec13Art




Cold, bitterly cold today, with wind chills making you feel even colder.  Got an email from my art teacher about her watercolor classes starting on January 5th... I'm looking forward to the class and getting some painting done.  Check out her work at www.helenkbeacham.com/

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dec12Art

Dec12Art




Ron and I shopped at a couple of toy stores today, then went to the Sporting Goods store to look at kayaks, Ron wants one, I'm not sure if I could paddle one, with my bad back.  Popped over to Jack's Cosmic Dog's for a hot dog for lunch, since the parade was canceled due to rain.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dec11Art

Dec11Art




Went Christmas shopping today, found 1 present, and several things for ME... not exactly how it was supposed to work. We are supposed to be in a Christmas parade tomorrow, but the weather isn't looking too good right now. Hope it doesn't get rained out.

Dunes

Dunes




Just a little Dunes painting... I used raw sienna, it doesn't look this yellow in person even so I'm not particularly happy with this 'sand'  color.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dec10Art

Dec10Art




Yesterday minimal, today I couldn't stop drawing poinsettia leaves... The lobby of our office is full of poinsettias this year, I haven't counted but I'd be willing to bet there are more than 50 of them... they are so beautiful.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dec09Art

Dec09Art




I know people who live up north where it gets REALLY cold don't understand what I'm whining about... but it is VERY cold here, freezing again this morning.. busted our garden hose... I can't remember it ever being this cold for this many days in a row, even in January which is usually our coldest month. Lots of Christmas cards feature a minimalist tree like this, thought I'd give it a try... kinda fun.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dec08Art

Dec08Art




I don't know if you remember my egret from the summer who needed sunglasses because it was so hot? Well the egrets need hats and scarves today, we are having record breaking cold here...brrrrr

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec07Art

Dec07Art




Very cold in Charleston, way colder than is usual here, it barely made it to 35 degrees today...brrrrr
Remember Pearl Harbor, my father always reminded us of it as kids, and it helped to remember because it is my brother's birthday too.
I read yesterday with tears in my eyes about the passing of my internet friend Speck's kitty, today Elizabeth Edwards died of cancer... no tears for her I'm afraid.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dec06Art

Dec06Art




Below freezing in Charleston SC this morning, my bird bath was frozen... brrrrr I HATE cold weather, I am thankful God sent me to Southern parents. We have a hockey game tonight, so a little bird with a hockey stick.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dec05Art

Dec05Art




My baby girl is forty today... that can't be right... I'm WAY to young to have a 40 year old child aren't I? I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday... spaghetti was NOT a good choice for lunch, when a baby is on the agenda for 2:30 in the afternoon :-) Happy Birthday darling girl, you'll always be my baby.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dec04Art

Dec04Art




Tonight is the teddy bear toss at the hockey game. Everyone brings a teddy bear to the game, when our team scores it's first goal, everyone throws the teddy bears on the ice, they scoop them up and give them to local kids for Christmas. We have our teddy bears and are ready for the game.... hopefully, our team will score a goal tonight :-)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dec03Art

Dec03Art




Deep dish pizza from Dominos, we are one of Dominos return customers, we had switched to Pizza Hut when Dominos quality went down, and the delivery got slower and slower, we live less than 1 mile from the Dominos and the Pizza Hut is right across the street... anyway, the quality on the Pizza Hut pizzas had started going down, and so we gave Dominos another chance... folks the ads are TRUE, they really have improved their pizza... plus you can order online and watch the progress of your pizza... we don't do delivery anymore, we just go pick it up... so our pizza's are hot and fresh now... I ate WAY too much :-)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dec02Art

Dec02Art




I love the Christmas season, and yet I hate shopping... and I hate parties... especially office parties, where you are expected to dress up, and socialize with people that you work with every day (and may or may not like) I did learn years ago to NEVER drink at such parties... loose tongues can damage your career. As I've gotten older I just don't go to such parties.... not attending is NOT damaging to your career. Clubs and organizations that are full of people that mostly you like have parties too... and these parties you won't damage your career, but you can damage fragile friendships... so no drinking at these parties either... and now I don't attend those parties either... I do like to get together with my family, but those aren't really parties. So granny isn't a party animal anymore... not that I ever was much of a drinker or party girl.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dec01Art

Dec01Art




Right on schedule... Charleston has four seasons, Almost Summer, Summer, Still Summer and Christmas... these cold temperatures mean it's December and Christmas is just around the corner. Happy Chanukah to all my Jewish friends.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nov30Art

Nov30Art


"We the People" made a difference today.  I heard about this at a meeting last night, then at lunch today I saw it in the newspaper at the Chic-fil-A when I got back to work I sent out emails to all my friends and to the Charleston Tea Party chairman.  She sent out a call to action email... and tonight at the Berkley County Council meeting we saved the taxpayers and school children of Berkeley County 16.75 MILLION dollars... a very satisfying result for us.  If you're curious about this you can read the newspaper article here....  www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/nov/30/berkeley-might-bi...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nov29Art

Nov29Art




Fun dinner with friends after the meeting... trying out a new mayonnaise treatment on my hair... thanks to Barbara's struggles with a mayo packet... more drama expected at the Berkley County Council meeting tomorrow might be fun to attend and see the fireworks :-) 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nov28Art

Nov28Art




It has been a VERY long day... time to wrap up this weekend and get rested up for work tomorrow.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Nov27Art

Nov27Art




Quiet day today, doing laundry and painting a little. We have a busy day ahead tomorrow, with a Jeep club ride in the morning and a Hockey game in the afternoon.

Still Water

StillWater





It has been a LONG dry spell of not painting anything at all… I bought Stirling Edwards book ‘Watercolor Landscapes’ and that book inspired this painting of still water. I want to start painting more… I’ve missed it.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Nov26Art

Nov26Art
My mother's mother we called 'Hello', see the full story on that in my Black Friday listing in 2008. She always went shopping on Black Friday, she'd pour over the ads in the paper after dinner Thanksgiving day, and usually spent some time at Rich's in downtown Atlanta. Rich's got bought up by federated dept stores (the Macy's folks) in 1975, and finally stopped being Rich's in 1991... I have fond memories of that store and those simple times. Ron and I went to Wal*Mart this afternoon to pick up a couple of things, while the parking lot was packed, there didn't seem to be that many people in the store. Maybe everyone was shopped out by the time we got there. We've got a hockey game tonight... which will be fun.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Nov25Art

Nov25Art




Happy Thanksgiving... we are headed to Atlanta for a feast with family and friends... I am thankful for every day, I have been blessed in so many ways.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nov24Art

Nov24Art




Rico is our young Scarlett Macaw, vet thinks he may be a female, we'll find out for sure in a few years... if female she'll start to lay eggs, if not... then he's a male. He's a very smart and entertaining pet, it is fun having a pet that talks...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nov23Art





guess Thanksgiving was on my mind today... so much so that when I did the date on my page I wrote Thursday... later on when I was ready to draw something... I saw my error... and so a silly me in a dunce cap instead.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nov22Art





Time flies when you're having fun... it's been 7 great years... I'm looking forward to many more.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nov21Art





Got new tires on my Jeep... wow sticker shock on that...tires for my car were more expensive than the HUGE super swamper off road tires for our Wrangler jeep that we take off road. No choice though.. my tires were so bad I wouldn't be able to go to Atlanta for Thanksgiving without doing something...
PS - as someone suggested... the price for 4 tires... $987.00  eek

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nov20Art





Worked in the yard today... cut the lantana back to the ground and trimmed back my roses and a few azaleas too. Ron used the leaf blower and raked leaves and did some work on our scooters... so we're both ready to clean up and head to the hockey game now.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nov19Art





Great hockey game tonight, went down to the last second, but the Stingrays won 4 - 3...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nov18Art




Janet and her TSA agents at airports need to read the Fourth Amendment...
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nov17Art





Rode up to Columbia on a bus with friends to see the swearing in of our state house of representatives and for the election of Bobby Harrell as speaker of the house.  Bobby is one of our representatives from the Charleston area. We attended a luncheon at the Palmetto club hosted by Speaker Harrell.  It was an experience for me to attend such an event and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to go today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nov16Art





Good hockey game tonight, this time they held on and didn't run out of gas at the end of the game. The Greenville team has a new owner and new mascot/name... Greenville's hockey team used to be the Greenville Growl with a mascot that was a mean looking dog... this team is called the Greenville Warriors, they have what looks like a knight's helmet on their jerseys, since they're the closest team to us we'll play them a lot this year.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Nov15Art





Color charts... I really like making them and looking at other peoples charts too. I'm thinking about changing some of the colors in my little Bijou box... I think I need another blue.