Monday, June 29, 2009

"This Much !! "

Lesson 6--I tried a new paper
for the first time...
Legion Folio Tea Stain--it did receive
the watercolor pencils better and
smoother spreading but the surface
is quite a bit softer then the
Moleskine and harder to erase--
so you have to watch the pencil
pressure. I used pencil, Pittpens,
waterbrush, white Gesso. liner brush,
round brushes, UHU glue stick etc
---I glued the page into the Moleskine
and also the large lettering at
the top--so I could fiddle with
the placement. I am a Wallace
and Gromit fan and have a small
figurine collection--that's my
favorite old tea pot, faded pincushion
and beautiful roses I bought myself

Friday, June 26, 2009

"Just Us Chickens"

Only have one more week of class, where I have

done pages I never would have done according to

suggested subjects. Lesson 5 was

more or less, Fur, Feathers and Folks.
The smallest chicken here came to visit me

on my front porch from the neighbors up the road.

The big one lives at my daughters where

she has many free range chickens that are

harder to photo than the long legged one.

He is a Malay Rooster (in his cage....I changed

his color so he would show up) in a

huge New England Poultry show nearby.

Hundred of them all the colorful breeds

and the cream of the crop--all making their

clucks and cockadoodledos.. I felt I had

hit the jackpot for chicken photo ops....


This is pencil, pen, watercolor

pencil, bit of gesso and waterbrushes in a

Moleskine sketch journal.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

'Dog Lover and Door Knocker"

In Lesson 5 we have choices
of doing Fur, Feathers and Folks
Doing Folks is fun for me as long as I
don't have to be concerned with exact
likenesses---just catching the moment...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Not The Dog I Thought She Was"

In this 5th class of 6, animals
were one of the subjects we could pick
to depict.
I made an error in describing this dog as
a Jack Russell terrier---then found out it is
an Italian Greyhound mix small terrier
Now the paws
MAY be a Border Collie's
I'm naming her Garbo and imagine
when her owner releases her she
will be off to the races!

Friday, June 19, 2009

"Only Two Petals Left"

The rain drops fall on the delicate Wild Rose

petals. They will fall off with a push from the field winds.

This is my Maine Ruga Rosa that so profusely blooms by

the coastal areas. It's scent is heavenly and later in

the Fall the pump rose hips grow right in the middle

where the petals were. I made Rose Hip jelly one

year that tasted rather medicinal. It was not a hit

with my family nor I.....


Thursday, June 18, 2009

"Sally's Wig "

Journal page for a class to "examine a

flower"--what I could find in the yard,

was some Witch Grass that looked interesting

as I pulled it up, roots and all.

Or maybe it's Sally's Wig...named

after old Sally who daily fished on the

pier for Hiram's supper...

The gusty winds from the bay would

play havoc with her wig and by

days end it surely did resemble

this grass clump.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

" My Menu Memos"

Click on photo to view larger
Inspired by borromini bear's journal
page of Monday foods, I had fun doing this
and might do similar things every once in a while
for my journal as I think they are a hearty slice
of life............. and the pie WAS my
supper ..............

Sunday, June 14, 2009


Class work with the theme of flames--having
to use the watercolor pencils to achieve this
warm glow effect. On the left is a page
of colors tried before proceeding to
work on the candle holder.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


This second page on stones became
a companion piece for the next page,
although it did not start out
to be that at all. In the todo of
changing things around it became
either I make it so I like it or cover it
up with paper, which I started to
do and then thought
"Well, maybe I could just cover up the
bottom part and let's see what the
results will be from that move"
.....and so it became what it is---

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

"Rocks Around"

Done with watercolor pencils
for class where subject was rocks---any kind
from pebbles to the Grand Canyon. These
rocks were in a box upstairs under
a table until I had them thrown
under the rose bushes by the porch
where they probably feel better. Some
of my students bought them to me
knowing I would like them so they came
from all different places.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"And The Doctor Said"

I did not put this up before as I wondered
how the Dr. would react to this page
done after a check up with him--finally after 10 whole months
I took it to the office yesterday at another check up---and he
said, he thought it looked like him and made a copy
of it he liked it so much---I was relieved...
check out my class Flickr Site

Monday, June 8, 2009

"The Great Canoe Launch"


I'm still in a class, but here's one of the lessons ---we had to do a page with water being prominent in the scene. Not an easy thing to portray I think....

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Basketball Hall Of Fame

Above is a photo I took as Kim drove by this place
on the highway---it surprised me that it was
clear at all.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

"What are Thumbnails?"

As a part of my classes I have done some"thumbnails",

which are small ideas worked out with pencil of

components I may use in a future journal spread.

I drove on a couple car/camera safaris looking

for a scenic spot where the eye would travel

into space --such as a meandering pathway--and

finally found a few unexpectedly close to home.

the thumbnails are done fast and small and help

an artist visualize different ways

of looking at the same scene....