Tuesday, June 21, 2016

creative tuesdays :: time for tea


The theme this time at Creative Tuesdays – Time for Tea (or Coffee). So here is my interpretation of the theme.


As a little girl, I had a tea set. I think it was a required that all little girls had tea sets … well, back in the dark ages when I was little!!

I decided to change up my color palette a bit. I’m really into blue, so decided to go with pinks/purples this time. Now I’m going back to blue!! Not a big pink/purple fan!

And my cat on the rug looks like a rat. What’s up with that?

Oh, well. Enough self criticism … it’s time for another cup of tea!

Be sure to stop by Creative Tuesdays and see other great illustrations! Thanks to Michael for hosting!!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

sunday sketches :: flowers


For today’s Sunday Sketches, I did a painting of some of the flowers I got at the Farmer’s Market yesterday. Usually, I’m drawn toward bright yellow flowers but the phlox caught my eye this week. And the gladiolus is lovely, too.


I picked up some goodies to eat, too. Strawberries are nearly gone here but I did find some. Now it’s raspberry and blueberry season here! Yum!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

sunday sketches :: vacation


We just got back yesterday from a trip to Florida. We met my daughter, son-in-law, and the grandkids there. It was a really fun and relaxing week.

Here are a couple of doodles from my vacation travel sketchbook. We did lots of fun things: kayak through mangroves, walked the beach, ate LOTS of fresh seafood, went to a water park, but mostly lots of being lazy by the pool!




So, now I’m trying to settle back in to the real world. Unpacking is done. Laundry is clean. Fridge is restocked. I’m ready for Monday!

Posting these sketches for Sunday Sketches. Thanks to Alexandra for offering this fun co-op to visit!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

creative tuesdays :: lost balloon


The challenge theme at Creative Tuesdays for this week was “children.” This is always a fun topic for me to draw.


Be sure to stop by Creative Tuesdays and see other great illustrations!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

pencil sketches


I’ve been working on some character sketches. Here are a few that will probably turn into paintings at some point!






Sunday, May 29, 2016

sunday sketches :: grandma grace


I’ve been going through old family photos lately. Mostly trying to get them organized! But also looking for inspiration for drawings.

This is a drawing of my Grandma Grace. The original photo is below … in black and white … so I got to choose the colors myself!



As this photo was taken in the 50s, I decided to use a green paint (called Mint Julep) that I bought ages ago and never used! I think it sort of reflects the time period.

Posting this at Sunday Sketches. Be sure and stop by for a visit to see who else is participating!

Friday, May 27, 2016

look who’s here


Spring was cold here. Now we have rain. Everyone is a bit late showing up this year. Finally, some daylilies, a few wild flowers and one lone black-eyed Susan!

Hello old friends!


Posting to Paint Party Friday today. It’s been a while since I’ve had any paintings to share….have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

creative tuesdays :: stars in a jar


Here is my illo for Creative Tuesdays.

Last week, I saw one firefly in the back yard. A very early firefly -- they don’t usually come until June. When I was small, we used to catch (and release!!) fireflies in the evenings. We were easily entertained!

So here is my little girl collecting stars in a jar!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

sunday sketches :: blue-footed booby


I was searching for an interesting character to draw and voila! I found this guy.


Every reference photo I saw of this bird was great. Just by lifting their foot to walk, they look like they are dancing. Don’t you think?

So this is my painting for Sunday Sketches … a happy little dancing bird!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

old guy


Another character popped up in my sketchbook.

I guess I’m dreaming of weather where I can wear tropical shirts!! I’m ready to be done with the chilly weather.