Sunday, January 31, 2010


Jan31Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Lazy day around the house today... cold snap made us not want to venture out too much. Last page in this hand*book, I started it on 10-01-2009... another reason I like these journals so much... lots of pages.


Oranges, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is on a 9x12 Arches 140 lbs rough paper, done for my intermediate watercolor class. I don't think I have the oranges right yet, but I'll ask the instructor for advise on Tuesday.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Jan30Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I used to LOVE reading the Sunday 'funnies'... Peanuts was a particular favorite of mine. I still enjoy cartoons, even though we don't take the paper any more....

Friday, January 29, 2010


Jan29Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Just a couple of quotes today... as the sky turns grey and ugly... I crave bright colors.


Jan28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Attended a seminar after work, that lasted until 9:30 pm.. so I had a VERY long day...
OPM - Other People's Music... Do you like it when web sites and blogs have music on them?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Jan27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

One of my favorite colors, is at the top of the fashion list (I'm such a clothes hog... as anyone that knows me LOL). So look for Turquoise this Spring, lots of it... I can't wait.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Jan26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Fun class tonight... I really like this teacher, she is so positive and fun... makes for a rush after work to eat, and get to the class by 6pm... but it's so worth it.

Monday, January 25, 2010


Jan25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Our retiring Congressman Henry Brown was there, along with candidate Stovall Witte who is running for the seat. It was an interesting meeting, the food was tasteless... it was supposed to be a good restaurant so I was surprised the food was so bad.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Jan24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

RIcky Holtman was a friend I never met face to face, but he was my friend none the less. I found out about Ricky's passing today... my condolences to his family. His life and art, his struggle with cancer all touched my life deeply and I will miss him.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Jan23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the day in the forest with the Jeep club, great BBQ after the ride... tonight Hockey. Our team is number one in the league right now, and tonight they get their rings for winning the Kelly Cup last year. Should be a great game.

Friday, January 22, 2010


Jan22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Boy what a week it's been. Just heard they found some folks alive in the rubble in Haiti TODAY... what a miracle that is.... 10 days, an 84 year old woman and a 22 year old man found alive.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Jan21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Are there weasels eating the corn in the silo? Such cute furry animals with long necks.... and yet the very name is a slur... weasels... he's a weasel isn't a compliment is it now?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Jan20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I am so proud of the people of Massachusetts... the Dukes and Duchesses in DC don't get it yet.... and it may take a few more elections before they do... the ENTIRE Congress is up for election in 286 days... wouldn't it be grand if ALL of them were NEW... I don't care what party.. it's time for some REAL change, and that means NEW faces.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Jan19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I saw a kingfisher today, on my way to meet my husband for lunch... he was beautiful... but since I was on my scooter, I had to cheat and find a picture on the internet to use to draw one...

Monday, January 18, 2010


Jan18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I watched this movie at my daughter's house, with the grand kids... it's a very good movie...sad beginning but very fun cheerful ending. It's out on DVD... even if you don't have kids to watch it with... see it..

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Jan17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Sunny morning, a bit of rain, then sunshine again, t-shirts and flip flop weather... we went to a hockey game today too, won last night and today... so a good weekend for our team.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Jan16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Winter blues... yes it's warmer today... but it's been raining all day... so I've been doing laundry and painting pictures of flowers and Corsica... Hockey game tonight...


CorsicaVP, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is my painting of a Hotel in Corsica, as part of the Virtual Paintout for January 2010... I used a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue, Ant. Red and Hansa Yellow.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Jan15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I draw my dates sometimes days before the actual date, after I scanned this page I realized how odd the smiley face date looks on a page dealing with such a tragedy. The earthquake in Haiti in nothing to smile about, so many people have lost their lives and the survivors are suffering still, they are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Jan14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Simply things... a paddle with a ball attached, low tech, VERY low tech toy... I can remember my cousin and I used to try to see who could keep it going the longest without missing. Do they even make these any more? Do children still play with low tech toys?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Jan13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I didn't like dolls much as a little girl, but I did like my Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls that my mother made for me. She used the material from a favorite dress of mine to make Ann's dress.. and under the dress Ann had and embroidered heart too. She wasn't a 'store bought' doll and I think that's part of why I liked her so much.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Jan12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I also picked up Herman Cain's book "They think You're Stupid"... a little light reading to keep the brain active.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Jan11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The colder it gets the more my mind wants to take me away... to blue water and warm breezes...

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Jan10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Quiet lazy Sunday here... we ate breakfast late... and are just being couch potatoes today.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Jan09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Send in the clowns... spent the day exercising my first amendment right... we started with breakfast and speeches by the lawyers running for Attorney General in SC come November, then drove to Columbia for a rally for Freedom on the State house steps.... the PEOPLE want all votes in SC to be 'roll call' votes so that people will know what their representatives are doing (that transparency thing starts at home you know), and we want them to pass a State Sovereignty resolution... no politicians were allowed to speak at this rally...
Finally back home to thaw out after spending the day outdoors in the cold... I'm beat.


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0034, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Kids on the steps of the SC State House -


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0030, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Kids on the steps of the SC State house


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0015, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Signs today... I was too lazy to make signs this time


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0011, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

SC State house... the crowd was starting to gather


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0010, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rocky D - Charleston Radio host was the MC today


TeaParty_2010Jan09_0006, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Summerville 9-12 members were in attendance today.

Friday, January 8, 2010


Jan08Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

There are chickens that roam free in the swamp behind our house. It doesn't end well for the ones that fly into our yard, our terriers love chicken.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Jan07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This is not the first time I've tried to paint this duck, I really like the way his head cocked to look at me. He was at Magnolia Plantation Gardens last January, when I went there for a Plein Aire outing.. they've planned another trip this January... I do hope to attend again this year... I just hope the weather warms up a little.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Jan06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Nowhere to go but UP on my shooting because it REALLY stunk tonight....
The COLD weather continues... it's killed all my flowers... I only hope it's killing the fleas and other bugs out there..

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Jan05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Well I tried something... and it did not work, it did not work at all... this is my try at EDM #256... something bubbly... these are bubbles... in case you didn't recognize it... Some days the paint just won't flow LOL

Monday, January 4, 2010


Jan04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

If this weather keeps up... I'm going to start thinking the 70's scientists that thought we were headed for an ICE AGE were right after all ... maybe that's why the Global warming people want to call it 'Climate Change' now... The weather man even thinks it might SNOW here later this week EEK!

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Jan03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The hot chocolate was very good... now how long until Spring? My poor Iris are budding, I hope this cold doesn't kill them... it killed my Impatients last night...


Canoe, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I used the photo located here... as the reference for this painting....
Now the struggles with this... it is 9x12 on what I thought was a piece of Arches 140 lbs watercolor paper... I really struggled trying to get a wet n wet effect and didn't figure out what the problem was until I tried to remove the paper from the block... turns out I have painted this on the cardboard backing for the block (which is white on Arches blocks)... which explains my difficulty.. and makes me feel like the village idiot right now.... but there it is...

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Jan02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

These odd looking pine trees are all over the forest, I always think about photographing them... but some how I never do.. Next time for sure :-)


Eric, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Eric thought a more aggressive approach might get him across the water... he got farther along... but did not make it across.

Bob and Pat...

Bob and Pat... , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I loved the reflection of the Jeep in the muddy water... this photo was taken a nano second before Bob got stuck... Our Yellow Jeep will pull them out though.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Jan01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

We're not party people, so we missed the celebration at midnight last night... Ron had to work today, so we went to Olive Garden for lunch. I got the background colors on the painting I'm working on... I should be able to finish it tonight.