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.