Sunday, August 3, 2014


Today I set time aside to update my sketchbooks, website, blog, etc. I'm getting a lot of work done but I am now banging my head up against the wall! How could I have made such a huge spelling error...right in the title?!?

This page was already the most frustrating one I have ever done. I had a few hours to sketch on a business trip. I was miles from my hotel when I realized I didn't have my pencil or pen. I pulled out a ball point gel pen and decided to "go with the flow".  Well, it started raining and the pen ran! I found shelter in a gazebo and continued sketching. I was joined by a couple would were smoking and I almost croaked. I had been enjoying the power of the storm and then the quiet was disturbed. 

Here is the corrected page...

Thank you for taking a peek into my sketchbook!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Off to Camp!

Boy, I wish I could have kept my kids little! Magz was home from college just a few days and now she is at camp in counselor training. She'll be there all summer. The worst part of camp (for me) is that she doesn't have Internet or phone. I miss her sweet voice and her cheery attitude. I am so glad she is happy and enjoys her life. She is just like sunshine! The big problem is...I MISS HER!!!

On the way home from dropping her off I stopped at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. This center is part of the Cherokee National Forest and is rich with beautiful plants and great scenery. It was one of the locations for the 1996 Olympics. 

Great day for sketching but a sad day for Mom.

Thanks for peeking in my sketchbook!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Colorful Weekend...

I had a nice Mother's Day weekend catching up in my sketchbook...lots and lots and lots of painting! 

The view outside my little office/studio is so pretty with new geraniums. I painted a quick little picture just for fun. The blue jays keep harassing one of our cats so I included a little blue jay. 

Both cats have been very disturbed by something in the corner of my studio. All day long they have been sticking their noses in the corner smelling and searching for some kind of prey. Well, we were all surprised when we discovered it was a chipmunk! Lots of screaming and chaotic moving of supplies resulted in nothing! We don't know where the little guy went!  

So funny...

Monday, April 14, 2014


Today I played with the color yellow. Below are a few facts about yellow...
My yellow things

1. The definition of yellow
"Yellow." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014. <>.
2. Yellow is the lightest hue in the spectrum
3. How the color yellow affects you:
-Stimulates mental processes
-Stimulates the nervous system
-Activates memory
-Encourages communication

4. Shade names for the color yellow:








This blogger claims there are 1,200 shades of yellow!

6. Finally, Cold Play "Yellow"

Yellow makes me happy. Today I saw a whole field of yellow daffodils. It was stunning on this rainy and cloud filled day. Do you love yellow?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Practice Make Perfect?

This weekend I spent time practicing painting a camellia. I painted these over and over again. Here are 4 examples:

First, the flowers were flat. I did a little research and added shadows in the flower. Then the middle of the flower became muddy. I lighted the shadows and liked the results much better. I learned about layering the watercolors. I worked on a scrap piece of paper and finally applied what learned to the camellia. Finally, I left white spaces and liked it even more. It still doesn't look like I want it but I can see improvement.
Maybe it would look better this way...
The bee turned into a wasp! 

This little bee died right outside my door and sat on my desk all weekend as a prop.  Poor little guy!
Thanks for peeking in my sketchbook!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

An Experiment Mixing Green...

 This weekend I played in the paint! I learned to mix greens. I am enjoying these studies and I believe they are making my paintings better each time I do it. I like the way the greens aren't a consistent color but vary in hue. It adds a depth to my work.  

The paintings below show when I used paint right from the tube. All the greens are flat. 

Now I have to figure out blues! How do you do the same thing with a primary color?

Thanks for peeking!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


The camellias are in bloom in my yard. They are such heavy blooms that they pull the limbs down until they eventually pop off. I snipped some off to put by my bed. They are so pretty.

I put them in my studio first and composed a little painting. I sketched them a few times making contour drawings. 

I chose my palette. I've heard it is good to limit your palette to a few colors. From the experiments I did last night painting a page of camellias over and over again I came up with the following palette:

As I was finishing the painting I seemed to get the hang of this watercolor thing. The middle flower is the first one I did. I really "over-painted" it. I thought about trying to lift the color off and try again but decided to leave it. 

Here is the finished product. I may paint this one again and see if I've learned a few things!!!

Thanks for peeking!