Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've Got A Secret........

Or, I could title this post "I Must Confess."

Last week I added this journal page to my Flickr account and also blogged about it.  Many of my Flickr friends marked it as a favorite - I'm so honored!

But, the image.....  how do I say this?  Oh heck, it wasn't the original rendition!

No matter how I dressed the page up with type and then a yellow background, nothing I did would draw my eyes away from a big ol' design hole right in the center of the page! I had drawn the clippings as they were in the vase, never thinking much about how the bouquet looked. Tsk, tsk!  What to do?

It occurred to me that this little adventure might be helpful to those that come up with page design problems.  Here's what I did.


My sketch is drawn on Canson Edition paper. I used the same paper for my single blossom. Remember now, I was away from my studio and handy, dandy supplies. All that was at hand to stick the flower onto the paper was Magic Scotch tape. I rolled it so the adhesive side was out and proceeded to stick the flower down (saying a prayer that I could easily lift it off later and use archival glue instead). My hat's off to Canson Edition paper. The piece photographed beautifully w/o any shadows from the flower!

Now that I'm home and back with my much loved scanner...... here is the scanned version :)



The center flower appears to jump right out at you, huh?

A happy ending :)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Full Buck Moon Eve - 7.24.2010

Friday, July 23rd, Rob and I drove from western NY to home. We left at 6:30 a.m. in the rain. Luckily, it stopped mid-way through PA.  Outside of pit stops for the dogs and us, travel went smoothly until about 5 miles from our connection to Rt. 95 in Fredericksburg, VA.  Ah yes...... traveling on a Friday in the middle of summer - what were we thinking!  Stop, go, stop, go. 45 minutes later, we got to play the same game on 95. The normal 14 hour drive mushroomed to 17 hours!

Needless to say, Saturday we were brain dead!  It felt really good to be home.  We had enough energy to collect 3 weeks of mail at the post office and a quick shop at the grocery store.

We treated ourselves to 99 cents all you care to eat spaghetti at Mickey's - no kidding :)  Meatballs are 75 cents each, italian sausage $1.50 each.  We came home, took the dogs for a walk on the golf course, and on hole 17 saw the loveliest moon rising.  The evening sky was pink and blue, the sun had just gone below the tree line in the west and the landscaped was bathed in a pastel light.

"Wow!  I knew the full moon was getting near, but was it tonight?  What day is it.  Ugh, I've no camera, no sketching supplies"......

When we returned home, I quickly made this sketch from memory.  The next morning, I added the type, even dated it the 25th!  Except it was really drawn on the the 24th :)  Like I said..... brain dead from traveling :)

I added 'Eve' to Full Buck Moon and added the 7/24/10 and the time of the moon's rise at 8:30 p.m. below the original date box.

We went to the same place Sunday evening (7.25) to witness the rise of the actual full moon.  I am soooooo glad I recorded the Eve's moon!  It was so much more dramatic.  By the time the full moon rose it was dark, bugs were biting and quite frankly  it was a let down from the previous nights scene.

Moral:  Brain dead isn't always a bummer :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Foxglove Plus....

Picked my last clipping from our NY home. More on this much love house here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Pentel and Prismacolor

 Stopped by 'The Art Store' in Henrietta, NY.  What fun.  So many pens and markers to try.  I came home with Prismacolor Brush Markers in black, blue and sepia.  A Pentel Outliner Marker in silver/blue and a Pentel Hybrid Technica 0.3 mm roller ball pen in black.

I like the various widths I can achieve with the Prismacolor brush markers.  The brush tip is a bit more stable than the Micron Brush tips allowing, to me, more control.  The size is also good for journaling.  Many colors are available.  They are acid-free, light-fast and waterproof.


The Pentel Outline Marker is interesting.  It works best on uncoated paper.  The store offered them in silver with black, blue or green outlines.

The silver is bold and shinny, the blue outline is very fine and medium in color.  The marker bled thru to the back side of paper.  I tested it on Canson Edition paper (pictured) and Strathmore 140# Imperial wc paper.  The bleed wasn't as bad on the latter, but still would make the back side of a journal sheet unusable.

You have to shake the marker like you do with all metallic markers.  I love just tapping the tip to paper.  It makes  great dots :)

The Pentel Hybrid Technica pen is advertised as light-fast, fade-proof and water resistant.  I argue with the latter.  I wrote with it in my Moleskine (regular coated paper) on Canson Edition paper, and Strathmore 140# Imperial wc paper.  I wet the pen lines with a waterbrush immediately and other lines after a few hours.  Both test came up with black ink running.  Not badly, but the paper did get gray.
I do like the way the pen writes.  The .3mm is considered 'extra fine' and it also comes in .4 & .5 mm points.

Click on the images for a larger view.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

View From Van Zandt Road

At last, a chance to paint one of my favorite views.....  Conesus Lake from a farmers field on Van Zant Road in Livonia, NY.

It felt sooooo good to sit in the field and paint the day.  I stopped in at the farm house to ask permission but alas, no one was home.  I did get to pet 2 sweet kitties, and a Rottie jumped against the door when I knocked.  Very good watch dog!

My desire to paint was toooo powerful and it won out over lack of permission.  Hopefully, I'll catch the owners of the farm before we leave and thank them for the use of their field :)  If not, they'll get a surprise print in the mail in the next few weeks :)

Here is where I sat..........


This, my view.........

And, what was behind me.........

A beauty of a day.  Low 80's, no humidity to speak of, a slight breeze on the hill.  I'm glad I brought the golf umbrella though.  I do prefer to sit in the shade as does my pale skin!

Friday, July 16, 2010

In Honor of Two Trees

Back in March I finally had the opportunity to sketch 2 trees (very dead) that I enjoy keeping track of.

This spring, every time we walked this trail, more and more trees had rotted and fallen due to unnatural standing water.

Poor judgement or lack of care in this housing development turned a Bottom Land Hardwood Forest into a cattail swamp.

I favored the tree formed like a huge sling shot and was always amazed at the dead stump with huge woodpecker holes. Pileated by the looks.

The last time I walked the trail in early June, both had tumbled.

I was just able to finish the type on the page this week. A tad behind in journal keeping!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Conesus Lake


7.11.2010 - Conesus Lake
Originally uploaded by PJBee
Another lovely summer evening on Conesus Lake in western NY. I left out all the docks and boats. I prefer the uncluttered winter look!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Point - A Piece of Joy


The Point - A Piece of Joy
Originally uploaded by PJBee
We are on Conesus Lake again. Old Orchard Point. A true piece of joy. Good to see old friends and visit with family. This place will always remain close to our hearts.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Skullcap and Out of Practice


In April, I discovered my first Skullcap.  A delicate mass of blooms upon a single stem.  I snipped the top off of one stem and took it home to sketch.

I was pleased with the sketch and waited (not patiently) for time to add words.

I am saddened that  last week I did not honor the sketch and take my time with the calligraphy.  My spacing is all wrong and the 'P' is totally lost behind the stem and leaf.

I must put the frustration involved with moving aside and get back to my meditative calligraphic self.  I hate when I dishonor the gift of art.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lake of Fire • Conesus Lake 3rd of July Celebration

Every year on the 3rd of July, the NY towns of Lakeville, Livonia, Conesus & Geneseo gather quite a crowd to watch fireworks and the best...... the Lake of Fire.  Every cottage/home owner along the shore of Conesus Lake buys flares from the Lake Association and sticks them in the ground along the shoreline. At 10 p.m. on the 3rd, the flares are struck and lit.  It is sooooo beautiful.  The homes and trees get an orange glow, people are happy and this little slice of America stands tall and proud.



Fire works show across the lake from us.  Everyone buys their own - Lots of $$ went up in smoke!




During the day, the lake was hoppin' with boats and swimmers.  Perfect weather.  Hot for here, but still a break from the SC heat we left of two days prior :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Full Strawberry Moon


I rebelled from the business of moving long enough to capture the first full moon at our new home.  As it rose over the trees it looked more like the Great Pumpkin.....

June's full moon is named in honor of the Strawberry. The short season and harvesting of this yummy fruit occurs in June.  In Europe it's call the Rose Moon.

Sorry for the blurry image.  We're once again in NY and my scanner's at home.  I'm just now getting time to post.  I've missed my time away from blog land :)