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.

Sat 3/3/2018 Schmincke Watercolor

My most favorite set of paints! So far…

It fits on my outstretched hand, and slips perfectly into the front pocket of the small bag I use for my travel art kit. And, ooooh, the colors.

The travel paint brush is a “Joe Miller” Signature Series #6, from Cheap Joes, and fits right inside. I’ve only used it three times but like it very much, so far. And it was affordable!

The paints were not, particularly, but they WERE on sale, so that’s something. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Jan 21, 2018 inky bird

I’m still adding to that pen and ink series all on one page. After I took this photo I corrected some little places, but didn’t take another picture.

This sketch actually came from one I started in a journal last night while waiting for our takeout order to be ready. There’s something pleasant about drawing birds and flowers. I’ll keep adding to this page and post the whole thing soon, as well as that original sketch.

Supplies, and Amazon links: Canson 140 lb watercolor paper, 9×12, cold pressed, not my favorite brand but actually great for this project, using ink, where I want some texture, and where I may add a light wash of paint. A pretty good deal here I think at under $10 for 30 sheets…. drawn with a uniball deluxe micro pen, .5 mm tip… . My favorite pen. It’s waterproof, in case I do choose to wash some color over it. I’ve linked the 12 pack here, because at $24, it’s such a better deal than the individual pen I could fine for $8. (???!!!)But wait until there’s a good price on a 3 pack if you aren’t sure about them. ย I have found a three pack for $9 before, but right now that is $12. Prices fluctuate on Amazon. The 12 pack micro tip seems to stay close to $2 a pen.

Uni-ball also offers this pen in a fine tip instead of micro, .7mm, for $12.95 a dozen.

(As an Amazon Affiliate I do get a few cents back on any sale made through these links, but I only offer items I think you may be interested in if you are reading this blog, at prices I think are reasonable.) I’m going to order these 7mm pens myself because it’s the same quality ink at a great price, and let you know what I think of them for larger pieces, but I do love the smaller 5mm micro tip!