Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Wax Myrtle"

Another plein air from our November trip to Wrightsville Beach, NC:

                                          watercolor and PITT artist pen on 10" x 7" sketchbook page

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

"Tonight's Self Portrait" (quickie)

Well, here's tonight"s quick sketch (not a good likeness) of my mug:

"Durham Davis House"

From trip to Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach, NC,  one month ago ( November ):
                                                             Precise pen on sketch book page.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

"Self Portraits" (quickies)

Here are two very quickly drawn (about 10 mins. each) self portraits of my 70 year old mug.  I did them about a week apart both late at night just before going to bed.  I stood in front of my bathroom sink and looked into the mirror holding the sketchbook in my hand.  I think I look especially tired in the second one.

                                                   Precise pen on 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" Moleskine sketchbook pages.

Friday, July 10, 2015

"July 4th 2015"

                                           'peach bottom' road view
                                           cool mountain air refreshes
                                           fourth of july fun

                                           water color on sketchbook page
                                           10" X 7"

O my!  What a delightful time we had on the 4th!  My family gathered at my nieces farm in "Laurel Springs" and had such fun.  She and her husband made good ole North Carolina bar-b-que and the rest of our clan brought all kinds of wonderful sides like fresh tomato sandwiches, green beans, squash, cucumber salad, potato salad, watermelon and an array of scrumptious delectable desserts.  The mountain air was so much cooler (mid 70's and low humidity) than down in the Piedmont plateau where we've experienced many days of 90's with high humidity.  We had such fun watching the kids swimming in the pond, jumping from paddle boats, and simply playing with gleeful abandon all day.  I personally enjoyed sitting under a large "shade tree"  while playing with my watercolors.  At dusk, Jason built a fire in their fire pit that was enjoyed by all as the temps continued to drop and displays of fireworks across the ranges (Jason's were the best!) were exchanged by several mountain inhabitants. I'll never forget this day.

Friday, May 29, 2015

"Izoria's Garden"

                                                     just before sunset
                                                     warm and humid glistening
                                                     after day's late rain

                                                      graphite on sketchbook page
                                                      7 3/4" X 10 1/4"

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

  The weather was so pleasant last weekend. I sat on the patio in our garden and did this watercolor sketch. I spent a couple hours the first day and then came back again the next day at the same time of day and spent about 30 mins. to finish it.
  It is painted on the cover of a new handmade sketchbook that was given to me.  I spoke (about plants and garden design) to a garden club a couple years ago and one of their members is a book binder who made this lovely book.  Why am I just now using it?  I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do with such a beautifully made book.  Well,  it finally occurred to me that of course it should be used to create sketches of gardens, trees and botanical studies.  So, I have broken the seal and the fun has begun!