Monday, May 22, 2017

Cahill's Chickens

At last.  A chance to sketch chickens!  I'd love to keep a couple of chickens in the back yard for the joy of watching them not to mention the eggs.  Oh to change zoning laws!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

August Bouquet - Back in the Saddle

Lots of life has happened.  Thankfully mostly busy stuff.  Grateful for good health, good job, my love, old and new friends, fur babies and always the wonders of nature.

Will be posting images that were created over the last couple of years.  Figure if I start with basic posts, I'll catch up to the present a lot quicker.

Time is not standing still for sure!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

And, have a happy, healthy 2016, filled with peace!

The wreath was made by my co-worker.  He cut grapevine and wove it into a wreath base, then filled it with red cedar clippings that were loaded with berries.  There are strands of palmetto leaves circling the wreath and some dried Thoroughwort sprinkled in.

I sketched this on my phone with my finger using the Paper by 53 app for the iPhone.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Mini Urban Sketching Workshop with James Richards

Urban sketching for this nature girl?  Oh yes :)  One of my goals is to add people into my sketches and I've been practicing for over a year now. 

When Kip Bradly at the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA announced Jim was coming to town to give a three hour workshop, I jumped at the chance to study with him.
 
Jim has a great way of explaining how to sketch people.  His new book  Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers sounds a bit complex, but after working with Jim for for just 3 hours,  I believe his easy and concise manner of reducing a complex subject into easy to understand pieces will be present in this book.

A different view on each page from Johnson Square, Savannah, GA

 Here is Jim giving a critique of my journal page done at City Square.

It was great to meet fellow sketchers that I know from online art groups!  I love the online art world :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

October Beach Day 2

It's a funny thing about going to the beach.  Once you start you can't stop :)

We were lucky to be there two Saturday's in a row. 

The top sketch was painted just after we arrived. A little later on, I photographed Grizz enjoying her walk along the water's edge.  Once we were seated back under the beach umbrella, I used the photo on my phone for  reference.  There's a challenge... try to see an image on a phone with the bright sun at the beach!

Watercolors, Stillman and Birn Alpha journal, Micron pen.

Monday, November 10, 2014

October Beach Day 1

Plein air watercolor sketch in a Stillman & Birn Beta Journal, watercolors, micron pen.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Trillium Garden Project


I'm delighted to be working on a project as part of my job on Spring Island.  There is a lovely piece of property that is amazingly flush with trillium, atamasco lily, red buckeye, bloodroot, mayapple and indian pink.  The project involves me making illustrations of the plants for outdoor signage and a tri-fold brochure. 

Needless to say, my spare time is nil, so over the next few weeks, I'll be posting mostly images and very little copy. 

This post offers a peak at some of the major illustrations and their beginnings.  The mayapple started with a toads viewpoint.  I painted this plein air sitting among atamasco lilies and mayapples.... perfect day!










I started the spotted trillium plein air, but time was cut short.  The final piece was painted in the studio from photographs taken that day.  Same with the red buckeye.
                                                       



Stayed tuned for more....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Journaling to Heal

We had to say goodbye to our Dudley today.  Sad times, but now he has no more earthly troubles and I know he's running and playing with friends long since passed.

Art always soothes my soul.  The night sketch was created Sunday.  I knew our days together were numbered and I so wanted to document our wee-hour pee trip walks.  Despite the lack of sleep these trips caused, like everything with our Dudley, there was always a gift attached.  In this case some amazing night skies.  Maybe in the days to come when I get up in the middle of the night for my own trip, I'll muster up the energy to take a walk outside in honor of my sweet boy, Dudley.

I completed the rest of this page today, after saying goodbye to our boy.  Taking loving care with it, just as I did with him, helped to bring a peace to me.

We love you, Dudley.  You'll always, always be in our hearts.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Journaling a Road Trip

Don't you just love the words..... Road Trip?  'My love' drove the entire way so I could document our day :)

It was a tad difficult trying to letter as we drove along.....  I finished the page as we pulled in the driveway!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Botany by Golf Cart

Botany by Golf Cart???  Indeed!  On Spring Island is a Jack Nicholas designed golf course called Old Tabby Links.  A couple of years ago it received a face lift, so to speak.  Jack was in charge of renovations.  The course was closed for a whole season.  Part of the plans included the use of native plants to dress the course. Our landscape ecologist worked hand in hand with the golf course superintendent to make this happen.

Here is a page I sketched while on a brief tour (via a golf cart) of the golf course.

Stayed tuned for more Botany by Golf Cart..... we have a staff outing for a longer tour coming up the last week in August.  I love staff play days :)