Tuesday, October 28, 2008


4" x 7" Color pencil and water colors - I actually have been doing lots of little art's I will post some on flickr no time to blog - I'm sure I won't post again until after my CRUISE!!!! I'm going on a five day Carnival Cruise to Progreso and Cozumel courtesy of my employer -

Monday, October 20, 2008

October Virtual Sketch Date

Crayons on inkjet paper with black sharpie marker background - I see things I could fix like the shape of the plate but this is how it's gonna stay - another fun challenge if I have time I might try it in water color- 81/2" x 5"
Visit VIRTUAL SKETCH DATE to see other participants

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Practicing Lessons

I have been watching the Painting & Drawing channel these are two little watercolors I did using the techniques I learned in Interactive Acrylics Three - Watercolour but of course I used watercolors and he used acrylics - but I did learn some techniques and it was a great practice exercise
I thought the mid ground got a little muddy in the top, first piece, so I redid it and I thought the second trial was stiff - But I enjoyed the lessons learned and I love the cloud techniques


Blogastinate -Main Entry: blog·as·ti·nate
Pronunciation: \blog-as-ti-nāt, \
Function: verb Inflected Form(s): blog·as·ti·nat·ed; blog·as·ti·nat·ing
Etymology: Mixed English Blog short for Weblog a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer ; also : the contents of such a site and the Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
Date: October 2008 (coined by Kathleen Okmark)

Transitive verb : to put off intentionally and habitually the posts in ones own blog by spending too much time reading the blogs of others.
intransitive verb : to put off intentionally the blog postings that should be done.
blog·as·ti·na·tor noun - preferred (alternately blog·as·ti·na·ter) one who blogastinates

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Morgan Marie

Morgan Marie - my brothers daughter - Quick study from a photo my sister posted I set my timer for 15 minutes but I was totally not done so I gave myself 15 more to finish - so it was 30 minutes total and I quit before I was done - I am working on sketching but instead I think I made a small drawing - This is colored pencil on colorfix paper about 5"x7"- I have only used this paper with pastels and I must say it absolutely eats the colored pencils up -

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Boogie's Breakfast

This is our little dog Boogie (as in Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy) he finds it hard to wait calmly while I make his breakfast KONG -
His Kong is filled with one thin slice of ham chopped into little pieces - Sometimes he can sit calmly and wait for breakfast for as much as 10 or 15 seconds at a time before he forgets himself and starts to levitate.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Hmmm I don't think I have a style -- in looking at my sketches and drawings I don't see a trend yet -
But.... I am getting looser and sometimes I can do good things pretty quickly - I only spent about 2 1/2 hours on the Chicago Bean - I liked how that turned out -

I am doing much more art now -- and I have come to realize I probably will never have wonderful sketch books or Journals - I'll just have the messy good and bad mixed up drawings and sketches with messy writing -
but then my goal has never been to become a good journaler - I just want to learn to draw better, faster and have more fun doing it - and that is happening.

Thank you Delph (aka Kazumiwannabe) for the reference photo as you can see this 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" watercolor sketch is based extremely loosely on this lovely photo. - I am still learning how to use the water colors - and these little bushes were my practice for tonight I think they turned out better than my landscape - but I am allowing myself to learn and not be too self critical - Next --- Liz's chicken Dusty

Monday, October 6, 2008

Different strokes from Different Folks

Karin Jurick has an interesting weekly challenge at her blog Different Strokes from Different Folks- kind of like Virtual Sketch Date but weekly-- the reference for this week's challenge was the photo below - my version is 11" x 6" on 90 lb watercolor paper it is done in watercolor, black sharpie marker and a little color pencil - this is my first time to participate it was a fun challenge.