Friday, July 17, 2015

back to basics

I signed up for a class at our local Adult Wellness Center. The AWC a great place in our little town where only OLD folks like me can go! (You have to be aged 50 and above).

It’s a gym with great equipment. It has two swimming pools with classes running all day long. There are classrooms for cooking, art, writing, health classes, etc. There’s a library with great books, computers and tables set up for putting together jigsaw puzzles. There’s also a couple of pool tables where old farts hang out and play pool all day! ☺

It’s a great place. When I retire, I plan on spending a lot more time there. For now, I take water aerobics 2 nights a week and now…a Pen and Ink class on Friday afternoons.

Last week, we drew a forest of textures. The time passed so quickly just doodling away!

When I got home, I started working on …

wait for it …

a cat! I just love doodling. It’s so relaxing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

flowers in blue vase

This might be the last of the daisies. They are just about gone for the summer.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

july flowers

I bought this set of “vases” years ago. I found it buried behind all the other vases in the cupboard. Thought it would be fun to draw.

Here’s a sample of what’s blooming in the yard now:

Purple Salvia, Black-eyed Susan, Zinnias, and Daisies.

Friday, July 10, 2015

icads july 3 thru 9

I submit this week’s ICADs:

Here is a selection of things I ate this week.

I have to eat as many as possible while they are in season.

Vanilla soft-serve ice cream. Yum!

A recipe I found on Pinterest. Mine wasn’t as pretty, but tasted just great!

I fixed butter chicken, rice and naan. So, of course, you must have mango lassi.

Who am I kidding? I had two.

Nothing better than summer tomatoes.

From my friend’s garden.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

another drawing for my book

I haven’t posted any drawings for my book lately. I get sidetracked on other projects.

I was going to do a drawing a week but my attention span is very short!

I WILL finish this book.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Last month, our assignment at Year of the Spark was to write stories. Then make small “books” and illustrate them.

I made mine on watercolor paper, which turned out to be too hard to fold. So I scanned and printed it on regular paper to make my books.

I did two stories.

One was called “Life Lessons.”

The second one, I called “Just Doodle.”

As always, another enjoyable lesson from Carla Sonheim.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

canna and friends

Another painting on Bristol.

I planted about a dozen Canna bulbs this year. They were so pretty!!

Until the dog trampled them. She was on a mission to find a bunny or a squirrel or whatever. Oh, well. I managed to rescue this one.

Monday, July 6, 2015

can of flowers

Hope everyone had a great, safe weekend. This is the second year I’ve missed the fireworks on Independence Day. Dobby, Lily and Luna HATE fireworks and all of our neighbors LOVE them.

So….I spent another year shut up in the back bedroom of the house with the TV up as loud as I could stand it. It helped to block out the POP, pop, WHIZ, pop, POP, BOOM.

Well, that and a little pill for the dog.

We asked our vet for something to get her through the week. I hated to dope her up but she was a mess without it. At least, it calmed her down. A little.

Speaking of POP … the garden is starting to really POP with color. I’ve posted a photo of the “models” for this painting over on my other blog.

This weekend, I experimented using Bristol paper instead of watercolor paper. I usually save the Bristol for ink only drawings but it held up really well with the watercolor.

It only buckled a little…nothing that can’t be fixed. And the colors are just as bold as using watercolor paper. I’ll definitely try this again.

Friday, July 3, 2015

icads june 26 through july 2

I submit this week’s ICADs:

Here is a selection of things I ate this week.

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

flowers on the windowsill

Another angle of the flowers I picked up at the Farmer’s Market.