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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm back!!

Had a bit of a health thingy that was a huge distraction. It definitely put the kibosh on my stetching and art work in general. I am about on the other side now and getting back into sketching. One of the things I started doing was spending a few minutes, three to 30, doing "something creative".

I had purchased 100 luggage tags and they sat on my desk for quite a while until I thought about using them as a means of doing a daily creative piece. They all are different and I like being able to be creative in a short burst and have something tangible and "usable" afterward. Here are the first few of my luggage tag "bookmarks".

These first two are on tags with mat medium on them as a base on the paper. They have drawn shapes in pen, colored in with oil pastels then painted over with watercolors which "shed" on the oil pastels giving them a unique look which I really like.

This was a Valentine heart I made for my partner made over 2 layers of corrugated cardboard. I cut triangles of colored tissues and put a base coat of PVA and water 50% each then placed the tissue and painted more PVA mix on top. 

I decided to make a bookmark the same way. This was the "other side".

I bought some Derwent water soluble graphite pencils. I have had water soluble colored pencils for quite a long time but this was my first try with the graphite ones. Lesson learned - use on plain paper that doesn't have mat medium protectant on it.

This is a good picture of the "first" side of the collage bookmark.

You can really see the texture from the mat medium. The letters stand for Dark, medium, and light. Again, lesson learned, use plain paper without the mat medium.

The Derwent water soluble graphite pencils.

Cretacolor water soluble colored pencils.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Augusta, Maine

My partner, Brian, was invited to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet this past May. He is visually impaired and hasn't driven in over 20 years so I made it an "outing" with my 92 year old parents as well. We ate out at Ruby Tuesdays while Brian was at the ceremony. Ruby Tuesdays is great because I can get an awesome salad bar, my dad can get fish and my mother a steak. We arrived at the Augusta Civics center a bit early and having just slipped a new sketchbook in my purse, I parked in the shade "with a view".
This sketch has remained unfinished since then.
A few days ago I decided I needed a bit of "color therapy" and finished it. It's not he best thing I ever did but I thoroughly enjoyed painting it.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pine Cone

At my partner's daughter's wedding, she son went around collecting pine cones and handing them out to everyone like party favors. I marked the day with this sketch.