Sunday, February 28, 2010


Feb28Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

So disappointing for the USA, the Gold medal went to Canada... in a great hockey game.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Feb27Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

A pretty typical Saturday for us... now off to dinner... I'm thinking a nice big STEAK!

Friday, February 26, 2010


Feb26Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The most powerful woman in America... I wonder if she regrets all the face lifts and botox? It certainly has given her a great face to caricature.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Feb25Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Yelling at the TV got my blood pressure up, doing a drawing helped a bit.... they are determined to put some lipstick on the pig of a bill and pass it whether the American people like it or not. They hope we'll forget all about it 250 days from now.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Feb24Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

USA Men's Hockey team won this afternoon, squeaked by Switzerland, in a really exciting game. Tonight the Russians and the Canadians... who to root for? Gotta be our Canadian neighbors right...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Feb23Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Went to the city council meeting tonight... but this time the Green Police won the day... the mayor will be implementing as much of the 'plan' as he can without having the city council actually vote on it. He'll use his power as the city executive... soon the Green Police in that super bowl ad, will be patrolling the streets of Charleston.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Feb22Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Shared my table with a couple of really interesting women tonight. We had some lively discussions over dinner... it was a good meeting tonight.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Feb21Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Went to the gun show this morning, tried to go to the hockey game this afternoon, but it was sold out! So we came home and listened on the internet, Rays won 6 - 0... that's the third shut out in a row.... sorry we missed it.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Feb20Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It's been a very long, but fun day... could not have asked for bettter weather today...

Friday, February 19, 2010


Feb19Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I think at least a few classes in business management should be required of Dr's... I am grateful for the good Dr's and I do have several REALLY good ones.. Dr's with rude staff, and badly run offices abound... hopefully healthcare will remain a free enterprise so that some of these fellows can go out of business... wouldn't that be something to see.... it would happen if people paid for them instead of the Insurance company or the government... but that's just what I think... that happened early this morning and I'm still annoyed.... can you tell?

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Feb18Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Got my "Daily Zoo" book today, by Chris Ayers... truly delightful book... can't wait to really read it, the pictures are wonderful...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Feb17Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

The instructor last night showed us some cards she made, drawing a box and then painting flowers, or sea shells... this was my attempt at that technique.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Feb16Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Great class tonight, I love this class, the instructor is so encouraging and positive... she makes us all stretch and try new things.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Feb15Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

For President's Day I had to give George Washington a try... I still find people very hard to draw.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Journalcat, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Snagged this from the LOL cat site... it was too funny to resist.


Feb14Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Chocolate, roses, and lots of love today and every day. Happy Valentine's day everyone.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Feb13Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Sad the snow is gone... off to the hockey game.


RedDinghy, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Dock didn't quite turn out... dangerous to walk on I think LOL Painted for Watercolor class, 9x12 140lbs Cold pressed Arches Block.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let it SNOW!!!!

Let it SNOW!!!!, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

It's amazing... the kids in the neighborhood are out in their yards... in the dark, building snow men and having snow ball fights... everyone afraid it'll be gone by morning... so I took a picture.


Feb12Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

So yesterday my snow was green, today my ocean is purple... I guess I've got some of my colors contaminated... Time to order some new pan paints I think...

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Feb11Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Ok so I've got some really odd green snow here... I don't see much snow here in Charleston...LOL The news man trying to double talk his viewers into believing that this snow storm is being caused by global warming... was so silly I couldn't resist drawing a cartoon about it.
I'm not a believer in the global warming theology going around these days...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Feb10Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I really like the little tea pot pin and earrings.. I don't have the spout correct but I finally just gave up and painted it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Feb09Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Robins signal Spring for me... always have... I was in awe to see hundreds of them on the back lawn of our office building to after lunch... digging out those worms in the rain.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Feb07Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I was going to write on the black board, one of my grammar pet peeves.... people who use 'then' incorrectly in a sentence. Education these days obviously doesn't care much for grammar and writing skills... and so people say and/or write 'then' when they should have used the word 'than'. Then is used for TIME and is an adverb... so for example you might say "do step one, THEN do step two". Than is a conjunction, and is used as a comparison between two items. I like mustard better THAN mayonnaise.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Feb06Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Spent the morning picking up trash in the local National forest... this is the third year our Jeep club has participated... it's hard work but worth it. Got to see a Blue Heron today, and lots of Egrets... the Flamingo isn't seen here, more a Florida bird... but I added him for a touch of color.

Friday, February 5, 2010

EvanPikePhotoPainting WIP

EvanPikePhotoPainting WIP, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I bought this photograph from Evan Pike last year, he was gracious enough to grant me permission to do a painting based on his photograph... I started work on the painting this week and thought I'd share what I've done so far... first 'mistake' I made was wetting the paper where the river was to be... which made it impossible to get the sparkles on the water... DARN! I'm going to continue and see what else I learn, and then with lessons learned try again. Suggestions and critique welcome.


Snake , originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

This snake is about the size of my little finger around... but he's got a BIG attitude, and will strike at you... anybody know what this is?


Feb05Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Rainy and COLD in Columbia, in the 30's up there... sure was good to get home to Charleston and 65 degrees ... I'm about tired of the rain... we're drowning down here...

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Feb04Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Mei-Lan born in Atlanta, headed to China today... along with Tai-Shan from Washington DC...I hope they do well there and learn to speak Chinese without too much trouble.. Mei-Lan was taught hand signals to help her in the transition of languages...
When I was instructing dog obedience classes I used to try to get people to understand that their dog's did NOT speak English, that we needed to teach the dog what certain words mean, saying Sit louder does not convey a meaning to someone who doesn't speak English or to the dog.... hopefully Mei-Lan handlers in China will understand that she doesn't speak Chinese yet... but she'll learn.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Feb03Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Today I stumbled upon Chris Ayers book and website...I've ordered the book, and can't wait to get it... his drawings are so charming. Check out his website

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Feb02Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

Watercolor class tonight was a study of skies, marsh and fog... when I finish them I'll post them... this is really a fun class... the teacher is teaching us to play with the water and color...

Monday, February 1, 2010


Feb01Art, originally uploaded by CaptElaine.

I love this tiny Bijou Box I got from eBay in England... you can't buy them here in the states? I wonder why? The box came with only 8 colors, I tossed the tiny brush and added 4 more... for a very useful box of 12 colors.