Thursday, October 23, 2014

first day of school

Hey friends!! Excuse my absence.

It’s been a Wake Up/Go to Work/Time for Bed routine lately and one day just blends into the next.

I have been doing some doodling and painting but nothing is finished except this sketch.

It’s another assignment for Sketchbook Skool. We were supposed to draw a memory of our first day of school.

I can’t remember last week let alone my first day of school but I did make some sketches of odds and ends that I do remember from school.

And a note about Sister Mary Scary…she wasn’t scary because she was mean. It’s just that she was larger than life and I was just my normal shy self. I did my best to keep on her good side though.

Monday, October 13, 2014

how to build a fort…

…in 3 easy steps ☺

This was one of the assignments completed for Sketchbook Skool.

Friday, October 10, 2014

summer garden

Today, it’s rainy. Tomorrow begins the chore of pulling and cutting back all the dead and dying plants in the backyard. Not my favorite part of fall. But it’s time.

As the garden flowers start to dry up and whither away, I wanted to draw a few more to remember the summer of 2014.

Happy Paint Party Friday!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

never. give. up.

Our dog is so patient with us. Always ready for a game of fetch.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

my alarm cats

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a story about my alarm cats … so here is how my mornings start.

And I’m NOT exaggerating.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

another recipe

I drew out the instructions for making a homemade vanilla latte. It’s ok…I just didn’t think it visually “popped” though.

This is a recipe I use everyday. I’m too cheap to buy a coffee house latte everyday to feed my addiction ☺

Monday, October 6, 2014

first assignment

Sketchbook Skool started last week. Our first assignment was to illustrate a simple recipe.

I took my favorite burger and illustrated it. I tried to keep it as simple as possible.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

R&R in key west

We did a long weekend getaway last weekend to Key West, Florida. There is nowhere else on earth like Key Weird!! I love it there.

I’ve been there 3 or 4 times before and it’s always a treat. But here was a first for me. I drew in public!! GASP!! Well, sort of in public. I drew every day at the hotel pool. Baby steps, you know.

I loved this old bathtub being used as a planter!

Here is a drawing of my husband reading on his i-pad. I started drawing his legs, then he covered up with a towel because of the heat. That’s the downside of drawing people. They move or switch positions!

Like this guy. The fellow on the left was easy. He just listened and nodded his head a lot. But the guy on the right talked with his hands!! His position changed every 2 seconds.

Here’s a study of the hibiscus growing nearby.

Two women reading by the pool.

Another interesting planter -- a big blue foot!

A couple people knew that I was drawing and didn’t seem to be bothered. I think if they had stopped to watch me, I would probably freeze up!! Anybody have any tips on overcoming the fear of drawing in public??

Monday, September 29, 2014


When my grandson comes to visit and we do road trips, we play a game in the car. One person will start a story like, “Once upon a time, there was a little boy with red hair and freckles...”

Then the next person adds a little more, etc., etc. Sometimes the stories go on for 30 minutes or more.

All of our stories finally get to the point where you either can’t figure out where to go next or you are just sick and tired of playing the game.

At that point, someone (usually my husband) will say “…and the car went over the cliff and there was a 60 foot fireball. The end.”


“…they were hit by lightning and there was a 60 foot fireball. The end.”

There is always a 60 foot fireball.

So in order to help me with my storytelling skills, I’ve signed up for Sketchbook Skool. I’ve been reading so many good things about these courses so I HAD to give it a try.

The next session starts October 3 with the theme – Storytelling.

I’ve been so giddy about it. Like a kindergartner…that kind of excitement!

I went through all my usual suspects of sketchbooks. I want to start skool with a fresh book, you know.

Some sketchbooks are good for pen but not watercolor. Others are the right size but wrong media. Whatever.

So… I ended up making my own out of inexpensive watercolor paper. It’s not hard.

Needle. Heavy thread. An awl to poke some holes. Several episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix and voila…you have sketchbooks. Or at least sections of sketchbooks. (See Lily in the background..she's such a good helper!)

I’ve made my own before. It’s nice to bind them all later into one big book. But for now, they are just the right size and paper weight to be portable.

I am so ready for October to get here (and then there was a 60 foot fireball. The end.)

Friday, September 26, 2014


This picture has nothing whatsoever to do with this post. It’s just a made up view. It helped me to relax after this week.

It’s been a very odd week. Here’s a summary:

  • Our (joint) credit card got hacked.
  • Again.
  • Fortunately, our credit card’s Fraud Department is on the ball. They called us after the first purchase. Apparently, they recognized that I was not likely to be attending Oxford University (yeah, the one in the U.K.) and running up charges for books and supplies.
  • They sent new credit cards immediately by FedEx.
  • The new cards got delivered to the wrong address.
  • After several phone calls, we had the cards on the doorstep.
  • Whew.
  • And work was just as bad. I had to create a logo for a client. After 12 or 15 times of hearing “well, that’s close, but not exactly what I had in mind…” I was ready to punch my computer. But I didn’t.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Take a deep breath. Life is good. Namaste.