Wednesday, August 19, 2015

PleinAir outing to Harmony Family Center at Montvale

Sketched with pen and then watercolor of Twin House at old Camp a Montvale . The structure was the counsellors lodging...boys on one side..girls on the other.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sketching with contour

Kay, your sketching from the Swenson workshop inspires me!!  After looking at your story page in sketch I did a sketch in the salon from objects in the room.  I tried to limit my time spent on each aspect, though I didn't use a timer.  I like the way it came out...but I'd like to have a better grasp of how to use the negative space around the subjects to connect the work.  This time I drew part of the netting we have holding fresh fruits and veggies...but I ended up covering more of the page than I like.  I'd like to transition from one piece to another without being so obvious.  

So...the next day we were traveling up the St. Mary's River from De Tour, MI, to Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  What a perfect time to do some sketching on the move.  What with our going only 7.5 mph anyway...and add to that the current from the river pushing on our bow...I had just enough time to sketch in a few objects.  I still would like there to be more space around the subjects.  Will work on that.  All in all, I like the sketch above better.  I was more faithful in it, I think, doing the contour drawing.  It gives a flow to the piece that plain ole drawing doesn't have.  And...maybe it's that line transition in the first piece that makes me feel it is a unified piece...a composition.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday Painters

Tuesday Painters went to a beautiful farm . I chose this old barn and first sketched using black pen and used contour line drawing.  Then of course hasd to add watercolor!...great morning in a peaceful setting.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lake Erie rocks

Way behind on posting...This was fun to do...and I tried to do some shading in an "artistic way."  ;-)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Get Well Card

My friends Mother fell and is in the hospital.  I sat down like I used to and painted a little card to take with me when I went to visit. I think it brightened her day a little:)

Sunday, June 21, 2015


An Amish couple were fishing at the wall on which we were tied.  She was sitting on a concrete post...waiting.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Castle by the sea

Tiny (2x3) painting.  Started out just playing with watercolor.  Dabbed off the moon with a wine cork covered in tissue.  Then today I worked on it a little trying to make a scene.  I think I still need to scratch out some really light parts on the castle...and maybe on the moon.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

An oldie...

In more ways than one.  This sketch was done in 2013 from an old photo.  Loved the look on this child's face.  Obviously the photographer was taking too long!

Friot pencil sketch

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Drawing, if not sketching...

We've been traveling every day this week so have worked in the evenings on a Zentangle page....

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ink sketch wiith watercolor

sketch for travel journal
Bruges, Belgium                                    Kay

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sketch from visit to Sailor's Exchange

Yesterday we went to the Sailor's Exchange in St. Augustine.  The place is packed with items for boaters...surplus and used.  There was a big bin of bolts, screws, etc. and it caught my eye.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sketch with Elegant Writer pen
Shading using brush and water

From one of many photos of doors I took in
Italy. Castellina in Chianti


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Picasso sketching

I was in Sue Pink's workshop this week, Mon.-Thurs., and one exercise was to reduce a figure or item to as few lines as possible and still be able to tell what it is.  This may LOOK like a billy goat... but it's a schnauzer.  ;-)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

C&J's cabin in the Woods
Started sketching the whole cabin the other day and didn't like the perspective so cropped it and painted.
.Inspiration for a bigger painting!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

 Doris inspired me to loosen up by doing some paint drips and finding a story with ink!
Fun activity


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on the catch of the day

We've enjoyed watching the antics of the pelicans at the fish station when a boat comes in with a big catch!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Pulling up an old one

Yesterday found us rushing around getting ready for our departure from Sarasota tomorrow morning. This sketch is from my art journal.  It was done at home while watching Dexter and looking at items on the bookcase.  ;-)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"A line is a dot that went for a walk"......,,..Paul Klee

Continuous line drawing. Where does it start and where does it end?     A very relaxing journey!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quick sketch  of view outside condo window ..Longboat Key, FL
Sunny and 75 degrees!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Belated sketch

Kay and I went to Art and Frame of Sarasota Saturday afternoon and came out with all kinds of goodies.  One of my purchases was the Ahab pen from Noodlers, a fountain pen with a flexible nib so you can vary the amount of ink that feeds through by the angle and pressure placed on nib.  I'm still experimenting...I have the ink stained hands to prove it!  Yesterday afternoon I went to the art festival here in Sarasota and was inspired to do the fellow above when looking at the art of two exhibitors,  Bruce Holwerda and Vladimir Pailodze.  I used the Noodler pen and and ultra fine point Bic Mark-it on top of a grungy acrylic blot on watercolor paper.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Falling asleep before the Ball dropped!
Happy New Year2015!