Sunday, June 17, 2018


Inky angels...using the Strathmore Mixed Media paper (400 Series) and black ink.

Trying to just hint at the thing...

Ink on paper in my sketchbook and then wiped away the shape...

Sometimes one needs a few angels.  Not sure why mine are so dark - but they are.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Back to the birds.  Another painting based on a photo reference Sweetie took in Costa Rica :)  Only needs a bit of touches to finish it.

Remember that song, "hummingbird don't fly away, fly away, fly away...."  Can't remember who sang it - a duo...Seals and Croft?  

Here is a closeup so you can see the hummer (the painting is a half sheet watercolor on Arches 140# cold press paper).  You can't see it but I put down irridescent medium on the globes and the hummer's body before painting (and his eye isn't filled in yet).  Will show again when it's finished.

Are you having a good late spring/early summer so far?  We have a mama deer and her spotted fawn hanging around in our yard and the neighbor's yard (the house was empty for a long time so they felt safe in the woods behind their house).  The fawn stays over there because he's too tiny to jump the fence (yet), but mama comes over and eats our clover and violets and other stuff in our yard, including the bird seed I put out on the ground for Donald and Daisy (the two mallard ducks that visit our pool every spring).  It is a nice menagerie of animals around here.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


Lack of focus?
(Anniversary card for Sweetie!)

Or just trying out the new paper I got (Strathmore 400 series mixed media)?

Fluid acrylics on the 400 series paper.  (Not great - not even good, but I would need more experience with the acrylics to get better.)

This one is better, but I just sponged on the top shape of the tree in 3-4 colors.  

Perhaps I need to stick with the birds?  Okay, more of them later...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Just a couple of cards from Sweetie's photos of Costa Rica nature.

There are 50 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica and Sweetie saw quite a few.  This handsome fellow is the Fiery-throated Hummingbird.

This is a Red-rumped Trogon (I think).  I like the black body with the bits of bright red on it.  Can't find it in any of the small, travel books of Costa Rica Birds, though.  Could it be their version of a Red-winged Blackbird?

These are on Strathmore blank cards (either watercolor, or mixed media).

Friday, June 1, 2018


Just a little charcoal sketch in my sketchbook.

Sweetie just returned from a fabulous trip to Costa Rica with some great folks.  He has hundreds + hundreds of photos to edit and use - and I am using some for reference photos for paintings (of course).

Here is the first card I painted on Strathmore watercolor blank cards (they are great for painting on, as are the mixed media cards and the printmaking cards).  It is an Acorn Woodpecker from Costa Rica.  Nothing like that here in Kentucky.  This is a female (the red tuft meets with the white front if it's a male).  

It seems like everything is coming up in June, including a granddaughter's graduation from high school (we are so proud of her!), our 23rd anniversary (seriously, 23 years??), and my mother's 80th birthday.  Lots of plans for parties and family gatherings.  I'll try to keep up, but can't promise anything!

Hope you all have a good June!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Fluid acrylic on Strathmore Mixed Media 400 Series.  I'll be adding greens to this next because everyone knows purple and green are a great pair :)

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Another fluid acrylic start on Strathmore Mixed Media 400 Series paper.

And I had the start of a nest-shaped thing on a small scrap of YUPO so I coninued to work on it using alcohol inks.

I scraped into it with a sharp needle tool, then added more alcohol ink colors.  I then lifted some of the middle color with plain rubbing alcohol, and finally painted in the eggs with alcohol inks.

I think it turned out okay.  Small enough to fit in a card (or use as a card sometime).

Friday, May 25, 2018


Stopped in at Michael's art store and picked up a pad of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  It's heavy enough (400 series) to use acrylic and other things on it without it tearing.

Made some acrylic starts - we'll see where these go and what they turn out to be later.

Sticking with a couple of colors and stamping on the paint while it's wet.  

Didn't see it until I posted it, but this has a wooded look to it.  Sunlight and spring light after a rainy day?

A slightly creepy puppet/doll in my sketchbook.  I tend to doodle and sketch while watching t.v.

I ordered a pad of 500 Series Strathmore (even heavier paper to use with acrylics, inks, etc.) and a new small bottle of Pebeo Drawing gum as my bottle was getting awfully gummy.  It doesn't last forever but I really prefer to Pebeo drawing gum as it's thinner than other masking fluids/miskit.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Sketchbook stuff:

Not sure where this guy came from but he looks like a friendly ogre so don't be afraid.  Perhaps he guards the town as it sleeps?

After a very colorful sketch, I like to return to graphite with just a touch of color.

Then back to some colored scribbles.