Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The only really planned sketch in Amsterdam

This day I must have walked almost 10 miles. My feet were killing me and a huge storm was on the way. The winds were gusting over 40 mph and my brushes and supplies were blowing off the bench I was sitting. I still think it came out OK.

My travel sketchbook. Watercolor paper covered in leather, stitched with long stitches. I made it last year.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Textile DIY School

I thought it would be good fun to take a one day workshop at the Textile school. While waiting for the doors to open, I started a sketch. I will try to finish this sketch and re-post it.

Friday, December 19, 2014


This was a long awaited trip. Here at Museumplein (Museum Square), I had lunch at an outdoor cafe with a friend next to a beautiful tree. I had never seen one like it so she looked it up on her phone. It was a Sycamore tree. Later I was told it was actually a false Sycamore tree, a tree from the Acer family that looks just like a sycamore. The bark was simply beautiful.

The actual tree I sketched.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Still in Malta

We went a few times to a villa which has a restaurant called Palataso Parisio (I think). I did this quickie sketch of the wall across the green where we were sitting. One of my son's friend's daughters who was about 8 came over and wanted to paint too. I drew a quick pen sketch and gave her some watercolor pencils to use. She was amazing.

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Malta

This past October I visited my son and his lovely family in Malta. While there, we went to Gozo, one of the Maltese Islands. At lunch time we stopped and ate at a restaurant literally perched into the side of a cliff. Below us were terraced walkways with sun bathers and swimmers on every level.

 Just a quick 10 minutes watercolor sketch

Monday, March 3, 2014

foolin' around

Just trying to get back into the swing of things

This is a bead I made from clay and glazed in the kiln with the accompanying sketch

This is a quick sketch I made in waiting room 1. For some reason that song, Good Morning, was playing in my head and as soon as I walked into the hospital, the first person I met said, Good Morning. So this is my today sketch with water color accents.