Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Wow, two days in a row, where rain was predicted but it didn't actually rain at my house.  Decided to draw one of my palette knives tonight,  I only have two.  As a watercolor painter I rarely use palette knives for painting (it's an oil painter thing I think).  I have used them to scrape on a watercolor painting, and probably sinfully used them as letter openers.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Day isn't over, but it hasn't rained here all day today... yippee!  Just fooled around with a tooth brush to spatter paint, blocking off an area for a quote today.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Rained most of the day today... sigh.  My flowers are loving the rain, I'm about tired of it.  Forecast for the rest of the week, is rain every day this week... ugh.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Put some ink tense pencils color down, then used a uni-ball signo white gel pen for the doodles.   It was NOT supposed to rain today, my morning forecast predicted NO rain today,  so it rained on and off all day long.. sigh.  We were going to ride up to Moncks Corner this afternoon, but as we headed that way, dark sky ahead made us cut it short and loop through Summerville instead.  We managed to get home without getting wet.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


We managed to get a short ride in today, before the thunderstorms hit.  Tried to go to Mellow Mushroom, but it was packed and had a long wait, so we went down to Parson Jack's in West Ashley.  I had the 10" pizza Ron had a Philly Cheese Steak.

Friday, August 11, 2017


Watercolor paint blob birds,  some very shaky long legs.  Finally, enough sun today to manage to get the yard cut.  Took the car to Columbia and ran thru heavy fog in Orangeburg this morning, and rain coming home,  but it cleared up this afternoon, and so far hasn't rained tonight.
TRIGGER WARNING... skip the rest if politics upsets you.
I was in elementary school during the Cuban missile crisis in the 60s, now we're having another missile crisis.  I'm not too worried about it, but I imagine the folks in South Korea and Guam are worried sick about what the crazy man in North Korea might do.  Democrats are worried what our crazy President might do (I think perhaps the North Koreans should be very worried about it).

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I did this small colorful lizard in my sketchbook, hopefully my friend Melissa who hates lizards won't find it too offensive.  We have quite a few plain green lizards in our yard and garden,  I like them, they eat mosquitos and other bugs.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Rain, rain go away, come again another day... PLEASE.  I don't know how much more water we can take around here, before people are using kayaks in the streets downtown.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


This page was painted first then ink, backwards to the usual way I do things.  Trying some different things,  it is easy to get in a rut and start furnishing it, laying down carpet and getting really comfortable in that rut.

Monday, August 7, 2017


This mixed media paper, doesn't work like watercolor paper, so I'm struggling with it a bit.  I'm enjoying the portrait format, wish the gutter didn't produce such a shadow on my scanner.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


My friend Celeste shared an article about warming up, by filling a page with dots of color from your palette. Sounded perfect for me today... so dots of color with my mop brush.  Below a link to a little video of part of our ride today.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


A bit of rain, a bit of sun,  tax free weekend, so shopping for Ron a new printer and I found the cutest Shark pencil case.  We went to Gilligan's for some seafood tonight,  very good as usual.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Raining this morning, so I took the Smart Car to Columbia today.  Great lunch at Chili's (our favorite place for lunch on Fridays).  Used my multi-colored pencil to draw my wine glass... pretty wonky drawing, perhaps too much wine before drawing, or was it not enough wine?

Thursday, August 3, 2017


Meant to add... "I'm not Fat, I'm fluffy"  to this page...  but scanned it before I wrote that... thunderstorm woke me and Gracie up at 4:30am today, cloudy all day but no more rain.  Headed to Columbia tomorrow morning... may need to take the car instead of the motorcycle... sigh.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


More brush marking, using my inch flat brush with yellow on one side and orange on the other.  The orange over took the yellow so less orange, more yellow to get that half in half look I was hoping for.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Practicing making marks with different paint brushes.  This one was an Escoda Travel brush size 12,  it has some crimped hairs, which most of my travel brushes end up with, because I can't get the cap back on without bending some of the hairs back.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Back to work, and back to school can you believe it?  I'm loving the cooler weather, but I'm not counting on it lasting very long, this is Charleston SC after all.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


What a beautiful day to ride,  low temperatures for July, low humidity.  Ron and I took a ride down to historic Sheldon Church, took a picnic lunch with us, and enjoyed the quiet site.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


I rarely see a blue jay in my yard, lots of robins, mocking birds, cardinals, finches and the occasional blue bird and even rarer hawk.  Evidence of blue jays showed up in the yard today, several distinctly blue jay feathers maybe a little fight with one of the territorial mocking birds.  Whatever happened, I got a few feathers to try to paint.

Friday, July 28, 2017


My hair dryer hangs from a hook on the wall by my desk, the cord caught my eye tonight.  It isn't red it's black,  but a black cord would be boring.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


I swapped out my Holbein Mineral Violet with Cobalt Violet.  The Mineral Violet was so dried out, it wouldn't rewet, took forever to pick up color rich enough to paint.  I'm not particularly happy with the Cobalt Violet either, the background on this page which appear 'pink' on my monitor, and a pale (very pale) violet on the page, is very weak color wise as well.  I know I could mix a purple, but I'm lazy and wanted to be able to dab a bit in shadows without having to do a lot of mixing.  I think I have a tube of Ultramarine Violet, I think I'll dig thru my boxes of paint and see if I can find it. Any suggestions on a good rich bluey violet?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago, kicked off today.  I couldn't go this year,  so I've been watching the live stream videos they are posting on You Tube.  Some day I'd like to attend one of those, but walking is very hard on me, even for the sketch crawls in Savannah, so I'm not sure I'd be able to ever manage a big event like this.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I like, no I LOVE Heinz 57 Sauce.  I eat it on Chicken, Pork, Fish, Steak and I dip my french fries in it.  I'll add it to Pork and Beans,  and even put it on my hash browns at breakfast.  The bottle was sitting on my desk tonight,  so I decided to draw it.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book 45 - Title Page

This book is a Strathmore 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch journal filled with Mixed Media Paper.  I like this paper for ink, colored pencils and some watercolor.  It's much smoother paper than the watercolor paper journal I just finished.  This journal is in Portrait orientation, haven't used a journal with the orientation in quite a while, time to mix things up and spark some creativity.


Last page in this journal, so a daisy drawing and a daisy quote.  Rained on and off all day today, big thunderstorm rolling through Charleston right now.  Gracie is drooling on my feet, poor thing this has not been a happy Summer for her, all these thunderstorms scare her silly.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


A short video from our ride out to Edisto Beach today.

Practicing marking marks,  turned into flowers.  Used my Versatil Escoda travel brush on these.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Used my Kuretake brush pen (with Carbon Ink cartridges) to do the lizard.  Used a hair dryer to make sure it was good and dry before washing color over it.

Friday, July 21, 2017


There's Hitchcock marathon on TV,  I watched Rear Window tonight,  I love that movie.  Took my chaps and vest to the seamstress today,  getting all my patches sewn on.  I think it was 'Tink' aka Carol on our ride that had all her patches sewn on her chaps, since my vest is covered up, the chaps are getting decorated now.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Primary colors put down first and then the skyline inked in later in the day.  Early day tomorrow,  headed to Columbia for meetings.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Interesting article in Fine Arts Newsletter today, that's where the Tim Tyler quote came from.  He's an oil painter and instructor, with insights that spoke to me.  I enjoy the Fine Arts Newsletter,  some really good article about once a week.  They also host websites for artists,  not something I'm particularly interested in, but the newsletters are always interesting.  Check them out here

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Got our first watermelon of the year... it was so sweet.  We got a little one, so we could fit it in the refrigerator.  I had fun doing the lettering on this page.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Got a couple of packs of pens at Wal*mart this past weekend (they were putting out the back to school supplies).  I'd watched one of Parker's reviews of the Uni-ball Signo gel pens,  he said the ink was waterproof and he used them a lot for sketching.  So I used one to draw these birds, the pen didn't perform that well on this watercolor paper,  it has a bit of texture to it,  and the pen would skip and refuse to write.  It got very annoying,  then the ink ran when I applied water,  didn't run enough to be dramatic, just enough to make the colors dull and muddy looking.  I don't think these will be a favorite pen for me.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Painted the sky first, then used a brush pen to add the palmetto trees.  The sky didn't blend very well, didn't use enough water I think.  Ron and I managed a short ride today, thunderstorm hit about 5 minutes after we got home and covered the bikes.  Heard on the news that people on the beach at Isle of Palms got hurt during lightening strikes during the storms this afternoon.  Another band of storms is moving in now,  it's raining pretty hard... I do believe this has been the rainiest Summer I've ever experienced in my 20 years in Charleston.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


This page is mostly me playing with brushes and mark making, turned into feathers.  Really hot today, heat index made it feel like 116 degrees,  we had hoped to get a ride in late but thunderstorms rolled in and we decided to skip it.

Friday, July 14, 2017


My pink Hibiscus isn't this red,  I got carried away with the red tonight.  It is a lovely pink with a dark pink center and dark pink edges.  Dog's fed time for bed now.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Continuing sketching with a brush, easy shape this time, a wine cork.  Went to the Total Wine store tonight, to stock up on wine and beer for the weekend. Headed to Columbia tomorrow for some face to face meetings, if the weather holds I'm going to ride my motorcycle.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Visited Marc Taro Holmes blog where he generously shared his class notes and a video on sketching with your paint brush, instead of a pen.  This egret was my attempt at doing that using an egret picture of mine.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Fooling around with colors and all my brushes today, seeing why marks I could make and which colors flowed together.  This is not the only page I filled today like this, it was fun and educational.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Rainy day today,  evening slipped away quickly after work, next thing I know it's 10:30 and time to get ready for bed.  Just some paint blob poppies in the sketchbook tonight.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Found an old photo of my Iris and used that to do this page.  My Iris haven't bloomed in a couple of years now,  I may need to buy some more as I do love them.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Ron had to work today, so I went up to the Harley Shop, they were having a fund raiser for Fisher House (a place for veterans and their families to stay while they are in the hospital).  Took a little ride over to Daniel Island and back home, very hot and humid today.  Went to Wal-mart and got the dogs a kids swimming pool, the beagle Daisy got in for a minute, but Dixie the lab wouldn't even think about it.

Friday, July 7, 2017


Blended paint blobs... that sorta turned into fish and a crab.  Fun stuff on a busy Friday.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Browsing thru Anne-Laure Jacquart's blog today I thought I'd try some tulips... mine didn't quite turn out as juicy and nice as hers, but I like them and they were fun to do.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Someone asked about brushes, which got me thinking about the brushes I use.  Mostly, I'm lazy and use a waterbrush, but I do love my mop brushes, this one and a small travel version both hold lots of water and paint and are a good size for sketchbook paintings.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Took a short ride today up to Summerville and the Carolina Ale House, brutally hot and humid today.  Happy Independence Day everyone.

Monday, July 3, 2017


Thunderstorms this morning, gave way to sunny skies by lunch time.  Ron and I both had to work today,  but from the crowds at lunch, we were some of the only people working.  Tourists and vacationers were all over the place today.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Took a ride today out through the Francis Marion National Forrest, the tourists were all headed to the beaches and islands or downtown shopping.  We had a very pleasant ride, with very little traffic.  I have to put 1,000 break in mile on my new motorcycle,  got in 144 this weekend.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


I have been wondering why my crape myrtle didn't have many blooms on it this year,  it is shedding it's bark this year, the new bark is a cool orange color.  Tonight we went to dinner in West Ashley and the restaurant crape myrtles were shedding their bark too, and had no blooms either.... so I surmise that when the shed their bark, they don't produce flowers that Summer.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Watched some Bill Whittle YouTube videos and gave sketching him a try.  Sort of looks like him. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, rained pretty much all day today... I'm tired of all this rain.