Tuesday, May 31, 2011


I drew my little green bottle that I use to spritz my paints to keep them moist. This is the last drawing in the Every Day in May challenge...and my personal challenge to do my drawings only in ink, and live with the lines I drew. I think my little bottle is just as wonky perspective wise as many of my other drawings this month...it has been a learning experience... I learned that I CAN do without a pencil... I learned that I NEED to work on perspective drawing... I need those pencil lines to get it right... but being right isn't all that great really.
I'll be back to drawing things in my daily life, and not using a list. I think I'll continue to go with ink only... This journal started in February is now full so, I'll be starting a new Journal and a new month tomorrow... I must think about what to do for a title page for my Summer months Journal lucky number 13.

Monday, May 30, 2011


School supplies... pencils, paper, crayons... and evil green scissors... had a little fun with this one. Happy Memorial Day everyone... thank a soldier....guardians of our freedom.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


I REALLY can't draw people, drawing them in ink... eek, even more scary.... so this assignment was a tough one for me... people!  Two fellows fishing, mostly just hanging out looked like to me.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


All my rooms open onto a pretty boring hall, ok I have one room with a view into the bathroom... but I don't think I'm up to drawing the bathroom... so just the hall from the computer room. My husband chose the paint colors for the computer room, coral with blue baseboards on 3 walls, yellow on the 4th wall... very bright and cheerful as he and I both spend a lot of time in this room. I have a Jack Russel dog as a light switch cover... kinda fun.

Friday, May 27, 2011


Skyscape?  I wasn't 100% sure what that was, did a Google search and most images were of skies, clouds, and sunsets... so sunrise, sunset being my favorite... that's what I did.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I bought these Sea sponges years ago, because someone said I should, I still carry them around in my art supply kit... the reality is, this is the first time I've 'USED' this sponge... and it was as a model. I've tried using the plain square kitchen sponges, but never really liked the effect... so I don't use them, but if ever I need one... I've got it :-)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Draw a bird, had to be my favorite marsh dweller an Egret. These bird are so beautiful I love watching them stalking their prey... slowly, slowly it's amazing how slowly they move making barely a ripple on the water as they move one step at a time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


This tennis ball has serious problems... oh well it's yellow anyway. Tennis balls don't last long at our house, the dogs tear them up fairly quickly. they all love to play fetch with the tennis balls.

Monday, May 23, 2011


My Dad's Mother gave all her grand-children Wallace Silver sleigh bells every Christmas, my daughter loved them and since her birthday is early in December I started giving her one every year for her birthday... and when my grand daughter Ashton was born ALSO a December baby, her birthday gift was a similar silver bell... and now that's what they all get for their birthdays every year... it's fun to see the trees covered in silver bells.  So I drew a Christmas bell for this EDiM challenge.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Shade.. brought lots of things to mind, but a beach umbrella most of all. Hit the 90s today in Charleston, with humidity so thick you could slice it with a knife (ha ha). We had seafood for lunch at our favorite down home fish place called Gilligans... sinful hushpuppies that we both broke our low carb diet today to have a few... worth it... so good.

Glazing chart

At Helen Beacham's workshop a couple of weeks ago, she suggested making a 'glazing' chart.  She rarely 'mixes' paints on the palette, she does layers of colors.  For this chart the layers had to be completely dry before doing the cross rows... so now I know what my paints look like glazed one on top of the other.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


EDM #121 Draw coins from your childhood and talk about them.
We can thank the decline of the dollar, in part on Lyndon Johnson, during his term as President in 1965 our US coins became (in my Grandmother's opinion) worthless JUNK!...  Before 1965 you could MELT a silver dollar, divide the silver into 4 equal amounts, and produce 4 quarters... WORTH a dollar.  The insolvency of the Social Security System today, started when LBJ robbed the money to spend on his 'Great Society'..
I don't know what happened to my Grandmother's stash of 'REAL' money... I bet it's worth a lot today... if whoever, in the family got it, saved it instead of spending it.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Feeling a little better today, fever done, still a little weak... but I think the worst is over now... phew. I am rarely sick.. and not a good patient when I am sick...
I LOVE my little FBI agent flashlight, light weight bright... as my Dad used to say, 'Handy as pockets on a shirt"

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Another day of fever, chills, achy all over, went to the Dr... he confirmed it's a virus that's going around... did blood tests to make sure it wasn't bacterial... it wasn't... so no magic pill or shot, just aspirin and lots of liquids.... good news is, he says it shouldn't last too much longer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Bad day today... been achey, running a fever.. Had to miss art class tonight... Akkkkk

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I offer a beach ball, floating in a swimming pool... for the draw something 'round' challenge today...
Cold snap in Charleston today, now I'm feeling feverish...I can't be sick I have class tomorrow...time to lay down and hope it passes.

Monday, May 16, 2011


Green dragon, green with envy, someone else drew a frog... so I had to do the dragon.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I'm afraid I didn't go to the store today, so these are from the imagination... except for doing laundry not much got done today... I did start working on a color chart... but it's a long way from finished... I find doing color charts kind of relaxing.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


This was REALLY tough for me, I have lots of sentimental 'stuff' but none that qualifies as ugly... so these aren't my ducks, but they are the only thing I could think of that I believe are truly ugly. I think they are an actual breed of duck, I just don't know the name of what they are... and Duzzard seems to fit their looks... they have faces only a mother could love.

Friday, May 13, 2011


Beach erosion fence immediately came to mind, besides it's much more interesting than chain link fence, which is what I have in my back yard.

Tulip Magnolias

Decide to crop this photo a little different from the original photo. I'm very pleased with how this turned out. It's on 300 lbs Fabriano paper 11x14 in size.

Fresh Flowers

Did this at the workshop Thursday, it's based on a photo by Maria Balcells on PMP and the techniques of Charles Reid. It's on 9x12 Rough Arches 140 lbs block of paper.


Draw something fresh, had to be lettuce, it's the only green vegetable, that is ONLY eaten fresh, never steamed, stewed, frozen... always fresh. I offer a head of lettuce.
I'm a little miffed with Blogger right now, it was 'down' all day yesterday, so my blog posts will be late... but it's back now... so I'm a happy camper now. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011


This is a 'natural edge' wooden bowl, my husband is taking a turning class and is learning how to make a bowl like this. I think they are beautiful... He's made some really nice things and is enjoying the class very much.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Busy evening, didn't get time to paint tonight... so I'm behind for class tomorrow... good thing I'm not getting graded. I'm doing an all day workshop with Helen Beacham on Thursday... I'm looking forward to that.

Monday, May 9, 2011


I like cute clocks, we have 3 clocks in our computer room, and of course clocks on every appliance in the house. My husband Ron, keeps all the clocks set, including the ones in the cars ... I am clueless on how to set the time on all of those devices... Does anyone know what time it is?

Sunday, May 8, 2011


These bulbs full of poison mercury, are to me a symbol of BIG GOVERNMENT and how it can HARM us all with foolish regulations... some day when our land fills are full of these poisonous bulbs. The volume of them will poison the ground water... what will the politicians do then?  Say they are sorry?  Don't buy them people, and if you have them in your house DO NOT break them and DO NOT throw them in the trash. Buy LED or incandescent bulbs and come 2012 make sure you elect politicians that will REPEAL this foolish law.

Saturday, May 7, 2011


We spent the day in Columbia at the State GOP Convention.  It was an amazing experience, we enjoyed ourselves and learned about how the process works.  Every day in May challenge... I'm a Fox news watcher, along with newspapers online... I must admit I got straight for the editorial cartoons.. my favorite in Scott Stantis of the Chicago Tribune... but I admire so many other artists too... that it'd take more time than I want to spend to list them all... I do check their cartoons... everyday. 

Friday, May 6, 2011


I figured everyone would do lemons or green apples... so how many will think of 'sour grapes'? Rainy and cool here today, good soaking rain was just what my flowers needed. Supposed to be nice weather all weekend.

Thursday, May 5, 2011


These little scissors stay on my desk... and so were an easy capture for today's challenge ... draw some scissors.
Spent the evening at the Goose Creek 9-12 meeting, our speaker was Scarlett Wilson the Solicitor for Berkeley and Charleston County. She gave a very interesting talk on the challenges her office faces.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Had watercolor workshop / art class tonight, lots of exciting ideas going on in that class... have a great idea for a teddy bear... have to try it. I also tried to do a carnation... as there was one there in the classroom... didn't work out as planned..... nothing I did tonight went according to plan... maybe I'll stop planning :-)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


This was done based on a tutorial on the WetCanvas forum... I probably picked at it a bit too long... but it was fun to do.


Well here's a wonky one... perspective if off... I could blame it on the splitting headache I brought home with me from work.  Construction crews on our hall, pounding, using a circular saw to cut metal studs... noise, dust and something burning smells... makes for not a fun day at work..... of course my prowess with perspective isn't good on pleasant cheerful days either... hummmmm?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lupine - Negative painting

Boy do I admire artists like Ms. Duffy (Karen) who can do negative painting... here's my sorry attempt at it... I got lost really quick and figured I better quit while I was ahead. I quite like the petals bottom right, but then it just got disjointed and strange looking. Doesn't help that this is a flower I've never seen in real life... working from photos is not always the best way to do something like this.
For those that care about such things this is done on 140 lbs Arches Rough 9x12 block. Colors Quin red, Quin Magenta and Hansa Yellow... all by Daniel Smith.


I couldn't deal with the coiled up cord... so I ran it off the page, and the other end back in... artistic license I think it's called.
The news is on FIRE with stories about Osama Bin Laden, who Navy Seals sent to hell yesterday.  Thank you Navy Seals... now can we get our troops OUT of Afghanistan? I hope so... enough American blood has been spilled in the desserts over there.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


This soap is made of goat's milk and honey... don't know why I wrote 'bee's wax'... it's very nice soap, lightly scented and makes your skin feel wonderfully soft. I use it in the winter when my skin gets so dry from indoor heat. It is being put away for the summer now... I love hand made soap.
I'm challenging myself for May to do all the drawings LEAD FREE... no pencil allowed ... so fair warning... watch for some wonky drawings over the next 30 days.