Saturday, December 31, 2011


Went to a hockey game tonight... Rays lost 6 to 3... came home to toast the new year with a bit of champagne... we rarely are awake at midnight so 9pm will have to do. Happy New Year everyone.

Friday, December 30, 2011


Ink only drawing number 75.. for the Brenda Swenson artistic license challenge... I DID IT!!! woo hoo... I don't know if my drawing got better, but I do know one thing my confidence improved... so I'm not afraid to dive in with an ink pen.. so that's a step in the right direction I think.
Beau isn't feeling well tonight, we called the vet, and he'll go in tomorrow morning... I don't like it when my doggie's aren't feeling well.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


The year 2011 is winding down, the sand is running out of the hour glass. My 75 day ink only LEAD FREE drawing a day for the Brenda Swenson challenge is coming to a close tomorrow. I already have a new challenge ahead the One Drawing a Day book is in my iPad ready for me to start that creative journey next year. I found this quote (it's a long one sorry) by cartoonist Ira Glass, about working thru your bad times... that not quitting and keeping at it is the key to success... so I'll continue to press on next year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Found a Gray TomBow marker in the bottom of my purse... so I used it to draw my fist and my sleeve... when the color was applied the tombow ink ran and disappeared a bit on the sleeve... the last time I used one of these pens in this sketchbook, it did not do that... so to keep from losing my hand I didn't paint it, just painted around it.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Managed to paint a few petals tonight... looks like my ellipses still need work... I know they make circle templates... are there ellipse templates I wonder?

Monday, December 26, 2011


I'm getting ready to paint another rose, got the pencil drawing done, picked out the colors to use... maybe I'll do the first petal tonight.
Got a couple of plano tackle boxes today that are the perfect size to hold paint tubes.

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Saturday we drove to Atlanta, stayed with my friend Carol and had dinner with grandson Joseph and his mom Sarah. Joselph is in 6th grade now and getting so tall and handsome.

We had a nice Christmas dinner with my daughter, Ashton, Laurel, Jon, Ron and Carol... then headed home...Rain, rain and more rain today, from Atlanta to Charleston rained all the way. It is good to spend time with family, it is also good to be home.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Ron and I exchanged gifts today, as tomorrow and Christmas will be a whirlwind of family and friends. We went to the Honey Baked Ham store and got a mini ham.. had ham for dinner tonight yummy. Tomorrow we head for Atlanta... so I may not post again until Sunday night.

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Another pair of Christmas earrings... I can't stop myself from buying them... and so little time to wear them. Make great models to draw before heading out for some last minute shopping.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


As a child raised in the South, the few times in my life that it snowed the first thing we tried to do was to build a snowman.  Some of them were quite good and lasted for days and days even after the snow was gone.  

Monday, December 19, 2011


Went to Breck's for dinner tonight, they wrap the pictures with Christmas wrapping paper this time of year, the 'package' over our table was full of cute penguins.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


We've had a hockey filled weekend with a game Friday, Saturday and today... I haven't wanted to talk about it because we lost all 3 games... Perhaps the boys are homesick for the snows of Canada (where most of them are from), and sad being far from home at Christmas time. Better shake it off if they want to advance to the big leagues some day.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


My granddaughter Ashton got her drivers permit today... WOW... my grandbaby is going to be driving a CAR!!!  I distinctly remember getting MY drivers license... it wasn't that long ago... time flies when you're having fun.  Happy birthday Ashton.

Friday, December 16, 2011


Headed to the hockey game tonight, the Marines will be there collecting 'Toys for Tots'.  Read a story today that people are going to K-mart and paying off the lay-away balances for strangers.. sort of a secret Santa gift.  That's the TRUE spirit of Christmas... giving.

Thursday, December 15, 2011


My Dad's Mom gave all her grand children Wallace Silver Sleigh Bells for Christmas starting in the mid 1980's, I continue the tradition, except I give my daughter and her girls Silver ornaments for their birthdays (2 in December 1 in October).  
I have no idea how to paint silver and have it LOOK like silver... so I decided not to paint it at all... it works I think.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Gorgeous day today, a little chilly this morning, but I rode my scooter to work for the first time in over a week. I'm wanting to do more painting, but I don't have any ideas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Couldn't find the neck line ... so redrew it and tried to cover it up with paint... Didn't work.. some days are like that.  Been feeling out of it today all day, probably didn't get enough sleep last night.

Monday, December 12, 2011


GOP Christmas Party tonight, dinner cruise in Charleston Harbor... good food, good friends... lots of fun... totally wiped out now.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Got frames at Michael's today, 40% plus another 20% off... so saved a bundle on them. I may go back and buy more for future paintings. The Lotus painting looks pretty good framed, I'm giving it to my Mom for Christmas.

Saturday, December 10, 2011


How you pronounce Pecan some people think is a regional thing. It was a family thing, in my family, my mother always pronounced in puh-con, while my father's mother called them pee-cans . So I grew up calling them by whatever the person holding the nuts called them. We had a pecan tree in our yard, part of an old orchard of them, so several houses in the neighborhood had mature trees in their yards. Great shade trees in the Summer, and in the Fall nuts, if you could beat the squirrels to them that is. No one bought pecans, you picked them up in the front yard, these days I buy them or if I'm lucky (like with these) someone with a tree gifts me with some of their bounty.

Lotus Flower

A photograph by Bahman Farzad caught my eye, and when I asked permission to paint his photo, he graciously said yes, if I gave him credit.
©Bahman Farzad /

The photo can be found on Flickr here:

Friday, December 9, 2011


Last art class for the year, the kids get out for Christmas break next Thursday, and won't be back until after the New Year. We made Christmas cards today... and used watercolor and water brushes... it was fun and a huge mess.... lucky we had Prang washable paints.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I used to read Stephen King's books as soon as they came out, then either he quit writing as well, or my tastes in fiction changed... so it's been years since the last King book I've read. Well I bought his 11/22/63 book and I'm HOOKED again in a Stephen King tale, that I find very hard to put down. It's a good story and very well written... I love a good yarn well told.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Spent time today remembering my father, Pearl Harbor day was a defining event in my father's life and he made sure his children remembered what happened. He woke us up every December 7th, with get up it is Pearl Harbor day. Also today Henry Morgan died, my father loved MASH, I can remember him reading the book, sitting in his chair laughing while reading the book. When the movie came out, the whole family went to see the movie...and the tv show was one of my Dad's favorites. Finally, today is also my older brother Gene's birthday... December 7th what a day it has been.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Poinsettias always remind me of my grandmother Hello. She loved them and filled her house with them at Christmas time. It's so warm here in Charleston, my flowers are confused, now the blooming Iris has been joined by my hyacinths... little pink flowers popping out... I suppose I should have dug them up and put them in the freezer (I remember my grandmother used to do that).

Monday, December 5, 2011


Today is my only baby girl's birthday... she's 40 something today. She gave me a t-shirt with 'I'm forty something' on it, I still have it... guess what she's getting for Christmas?

Sunday, December 4, 2011


My drawings will probably have a Christmas theme for the next couple of weeks. Started a new painting today.. and a new knitting project... house work will suffer but I've always said a clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Breakfast meeting, then grocery shopping, rushed home to fix lunch and get online to attend a 3 hour seminar on WetCanvas, it was supposed to start at 1pm, at 12:30 I started trying to log on... it kept crashing my computer, I had to reboot 4 times. Finally, it got a little farther along, and for a moment I thought I'd be in... and then I get a the seminar is full message?!?!? They made everyone pre-register and it was FULL 15 mins before the starting time? I sent complaint emails but got no response... they will charge to watch the video later on... hum could this have been a ploy to make money all along? I'm NOT a happy camper about this and I am VERY disappointed in the folks at WetCanvas for doing people this way.

Friday, December 2, 2011


Glitter everywhere, the kids pine cones looked really good... they had a blast and I did too.
Hockey game tonight was a disappointing loss to Kalamazoo Wings, we play them again tomorrow for our teddy bear toss.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Had a nice dinner, and plenty of good conversation tonight at the Goose Creek 9-12 meeting. We have all become such good friends over the last couple of years. I really am blessed to have such wonderful friends.