The Girl With Green Hair, 5/25/19

I was asked to paint (draw? sketch?) a Girl With Green Hair. I had planned to make her very cartoonish, with exaggerated features, and maybe make her skin or lips/eyes green, too, maybe clothes as well, but I found a reference photo that inspired me (I did not see a name though, I’m sorry!) and decided to just do her like a girl. But with green hair. Not so unusual these days anyway.



Baohong cotton watercolor paper

Uniball Air pen… I’ve gotten several new uniball pens I love. I’ll link them in future posts, but feel free to ask in the comments if you can’t wait and I’ll link there.

Schmincke watercolors: Helio turquoise, caput mortum, naples yellow reddish, perylene violet, olive green yellowish. and a touch of phthalo green, but I think that mostly washed away when I switched to the helio..

Urban sketching with the hampton roads group this evening

At the beach!! My favorite.



Some beach-goers (and Donna ๐Ÿ™‚



It was a beautiful evening, perfect for being outside. Okay, actually, the wind was an inconvenience to the paints and the paper, but felt so lovely that it was worth it!



Day 5, 30×30 challenge: Cozy Door,6/5/18

My neighbor has moved (sad!!) so I made this little sketch of her front door to give her. Now that I’m looking at it again, I wish I’d tried it several times and gotten a feel for it, then given her the best attempt. It’s too late, I’ve already given it. I think I could do better with practice, but I’m happy with it. Also, I’m working on not using pencil, and letting little mistakes be part of the art of it, so I need to just let it go.



EEM Handmade Watercolors (Burnt Sienna, Mais, Tia)

Daniel Smith’s Bloodstone Genuine, for the shadows

And a couple teensy touches of some Schmincke paints, only to adjust greens a bit (I only have the three colors by EEM)

Strathmore 140 lb Ready Cut 100% cotton cold press 5×7 paper,ย (linked here at Amazon, currently, for $6.38)

Uniball DELUXE black pen, .5mm





Wonder Cow! (paper doll outfit) 5/12/2018

I’ve already shown you the card I drew for Mothers Day Storytime at the restaurant… I almost forgot to draw a new paper doll outfit… ย The mild mannered Cow mascot can now dress as Wonder Cow any time there’s trouble nearby!


Now we have The Cow Paper Doll (pardon me… The Cow PAPER ACTION FIGURE!!), a St Patrick’s Day outfit, a beekeeper’s suit and accessories, and a super hero costume.


The kids loved storytime today, and so did the moms!! They liked knowing their Cows would have more outfits later, too.

Best Storytime yet!

May 6, 2018: Tulip sketch (ink)

From the photo I used a week or so ago to do this watercolor sketch:


My more detailed pen sketch, to which I will add color:


(using a Uniball Micro Deluxe .5mm pen… love this pen ๐Ÿ™‚ Prices Vary at Amazon, so shop around a bit, but this is currently the best price.

April 29, 2018 Tulips? More QoR and EEM paint play


I saw these beautiful tulips yesterday at a big annual yard sale we attend each year in historic Hilton Village:


And came up with this little sketch based loosely on them:


A few things I don’t like much about this, but I still love the way the QoR paints inspire play, and the lovely granulation coming from the tiny addition of EEM’s ‘Tia’. (See my previous several posts for more about Eventually, Everything Mixes watercolor paints.)

Wednesday 3/7/2018 watercolor treehouse

I think I like QoR better for the leaves, because of the way the paints spread and flow. But the daniel smith blue (cerulean blue chromium) and green (green apatite genuine) granulate so prettily on this picture. Really nobody has such beautiful and interesting granulating colors as DS. (I tried to make a taped off border, which worked except the tape tore the page. I even rubbed it on my jeans first so it wouldn’t be so sticky.)

This is for my granddaughter, by request.