Wednesday, May 30, 2012


After working on a painting for several hours that I've been working on for several weeks, it was enjoyable doing this much faster, in less than a half hour.   I drew it first with a red micron pen and then painted with watercolor.

The lupines are late this year.... most everything is. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


All the sketches and little paintings (5 in all) that I've done to put here in the last few days aren't fit to be seen.  It goes like that some times. This is part of a project I've been working on that is more presentable.  I drew and painted 5 of these 9 in the last couple of days.  All the flowers seem late this year with our cooler than average temperature and rain almost everyday this month... but there is something new outside everyday if I keep looking.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Here's the same branch of the fuschia as yesterday done a lot faster, in about 10 minutes; this time with my Lamy Safari pen and a wet brush.

Thursday, May 24, 2012


I got this fuschia from the local nursery this week.  It is hugh and just starting to bloom.   I drew with pencil, and then decided to paint with watercolor. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The tulips, still on my kitchen table this morning.  I decided to paint them without first drawing in.pencil. I added the pen lines later.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I was going to paint these, but got carried away with the pencil.    

Monday, May 21, 2012


This will be a little accordion book someday.  I drew and painted the first three plants while at the retreat in Juneau weekend before last.  They are all wild berry plants in bloom.   Today I added the 4th and 5th.....strawberry and kinnikinick, both from my yard.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


This old cabin is a short walk from our house.  The folks who lived there passed away years ago and the property is now our little town's first cemetery.  I spent over an hour drawing and its not finished...... the old car was a problem.   I'll go back and work on it some more and maybe add some watercolor.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


That didn't last very long, did it?.... my promise to draw and post everyday for a month.  I went to Juneau last week and intended to get my drawings posted when I got back.  I scanned them on Tuesday but couldn't size them for the web which I do on Photoshop Elements.  I'm sure there is some other way to get the files small which I don't know about, but I haven't figured it out yet.  After reinstalling PSE and another version 3 or 4 times, and trying another similar editing tool,  I went to my much older Mac and scanned them again but that computer is too old for any browser that I can find that will load images to blogger.  A few other goofy things have been happening  on this newer than the other Mac, so I  decided to back up everything and wipe my hard drive and that I did yesterday.  

 So now I'm back in business with PSE and other things are working better too.   I guess I could go get the scans that I backed up or do them again, but I have decided to just start over today with the scans.   Well, maybe I'll put  just one old one here.  I spent the weekend with a talented group of  Juneau painters  at a retreat in the Jubilee cabin at The Shrine of St. Therese over the weekend. I painted this on Sunday.

                                  ink and watercolor 6x6 inches

I've stopped using the challenges from Everyday Matters.  I'm finding more inspiration now that I'm able to get outside more and flowers are starting to bloom.... though it didn't even get up to 50 today.
I'm sure the list will come in handy as I continue.

                                 ink and watercolor  4x6 inches

I'm going to have to admit to skipping a couple of days drawing, one on the day I took the ferry to Juneau when I left my sketch book in the lower deck in my car and on one of the days I was going crazy trying to make my computer do right.  But several days I've done more than one drawing so don't feel too bad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


My coffee table, one of many places of organized chaos in my house .

I'll be going to Juneau tomorrow and away from the internet, but will keep drawing and post next week when I get home.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Today, my watch. 

Monday, May 7, 2012


Sundays challenge was to draw your favorite well-loved object.  I have lots of them, but my Sailor Pen was handy.

And today's challenge was to draw a bottle, jar or tin from the kitchen.

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Today's challenge is to draw your bed.   Our bedroom is small and I had to get right next to it to draw it.  As you can see, I went off the page and the perspective is off despite lots of measuring and erasing.

Friday, May 4, 2012


Today's challenge is a cup or mug.  Of course I chose the most complicated in the kitchen.  I worked over it off and on a few times today, even did a second one that I didn't like any better.  I used pen and ink and watercolor.

I'm doing these in a book I bought in Juneau last month.  Its a Loew Cornell and has an interesting paper.... pretty thin but handles the watercolor OK.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day 3

Todays challenge is "purses, wallets or bags."  I drew this with my Lamy Safari with Sailor ink that doesn't bleed as much as most inks, and added blue watercolor.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Day two's challenge is draw a lamp.  I did the floor lamp first, then the  Ottlite on the left.  Later in the day I drew the one  on top which is a magnifying lamp.


With a bit of deja vu, I have resolved to draw or paint something everyday this month and put on this blog  I copied a list of 327 challenges from Danny Gregory's Every Day Matters group which you can find by clicking here.

I will use these at least to get me started.  The first challenge on the list is "Draw a shoe"

I drew these with my Lamy Safari EF pen and used a brush with water to bleed the ink.  This is a technique I'd like to get better at.

These shoes have been around for a few years.  There are holes in the soles but I still wear them just about everyday.