Saturday, January 16, 2021

For the Love of Feeder Birds

Drawn from images taken with my iPhone came held up to my birding scope.

We've had a run of cold, raw, grey days with just a day or two of sunshine in between - highly unusual.  I've lived in the lowcountry long enough to have become quite used to having a lot of sunshine all year long.  How quickly the winter blues can take hold after three consecutive days of grey!

I've lived in areas of our country that have had perhaps 60 days of sunshine out of 365.  That's a lot of grey!  Fall and winter were especially tough on the soul.  That's when journaling about waterfowl, raptor and songbird sightings became an important activity for me.  Doing so actually chased away the winter depression.  Nature and art are such good medicine!

Quick sketches from life using a ballpoint pen.

Monday, January 11, 2021

January Bluffton SketchCrawl / Wright Family Park

I love crisp mornings when my clothing is properly layered.  Saturday was such a morning.  The sun was getting stronger, pushing the cloud cover away and the breeze off the May River was at my back.  With a sketchbook in my lap, I began to sketch the entrance arch to the newly opened Wright Family Park.  

As I sketched with my brown pen, I took in the atmosphere around me.  Folks walking dogs, some just out for a stroll.  Blufftonians and tourists alike.  After the trauma in Washington this week, it seemed everyone was enjoying the respite.  I know I sure was.  It's not the first time that immersing myself into making marks and then throwing some paint on a page in my journal has soothed my soul.

I invite you to start a journal of your own.
Soon I'll be offering online classes in the joy of making marks and splashing paint.
Interested in learning more?  Just hit the 'Contact Pam' link in the righthand column under 
Workshop Information and share your email with me.  

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Farewell 2020 / Welcome 2021


How do you find yourself feeling at the turn of the year?  

I'm walking the line between the hope of new beginnings and feeling spent.  There is beauty to be found in both.  I choose to key my senses to the blessings and everyday beauty that surround us. 
It's there... no matter how small some days.  

Thank you for tuning in and following along. 
More art and new ways of sharing art techniques will be coming your way.

Sending love, and wishes for a healthy and happy 2021 to you!

Drop me a line.  Let me know what art technique you'd like learn.  

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Great Blue Hunting

Such a nice treat to see 'Blue' hunting as I pulled in to work.  Blue was in stealth mode and paid no attention to my car as I parked less than 50 feet away.  So intent was he/she, that not a muscle twitched as I put the car into park and reached my arm between the seat and door to the floor behind me where my purse with a 3x5 Stillman & Birn Alpha Journal lay.  I was able to sketch the entire scene in a black sharpie before this beautiful wading bird even canted its head in a different direction!  Thank you Blue, for holding until I could capture you on paper!

Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!

Hugs to you on this Christmas day!
My prayers are for peace, harmony and putting our best selves forward... no matter our circumstances.
I know we've all had more than enough.  But with our single strengths, we'll hold each other up and be able to continue on - and, bigger and brighter we will be!  Thank you for hanging in with me!

This sweet tree lives!  I pass it every work day.  Soon it will loose its leaves.  In the spring I love watching it wake up.  In the summer, its tender lacy green leaves droop after it rains, making it look even more magical.  The trees around it all have gnome holes.  This little stretch of road holds a sense of magic for me.  I love imagining the secret lives that unfold here.
The artwork was created in the Procreate app on my iPad.  A very fun tool to have in the art supply quiver!


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Night Painting: The Jupiter / Saturn Celestial Event


It was a grand evening for painting plein air!  In between waiting for layers to dry, I'd look at Jupiter and Saturn through my birding scope.  Very cool!  Got to see three of Jupiter's moons and the rings of Saturn.
I'll be creating a journal page with these details.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Reportage illustration

 An annual Holiday Employee Appreciation Party re-imagined by amazing members of the private community of Spring Island.  A staggered drive-thru for each department. Insulated bags filled with goodies including the choice of ham or turkey for Christmas dinner. The view from my Art Barn office window.

Love live sketching!  I’m celebrating my 10th year as Visual Arts Director!  

Friday, December 18, 2020

December SketchCrawl


For our December SketchCrawl, La Petite Gallerie invited us to spend time in their delightful courtyard. Plenty of space to social distance.  My subject was fellow sketcher and Bluffton artist of the year, Doug Corkern.  He had his masked pulled down and it ended up looking like he was sporting a beard!  Sorry Doug!  This is a direct watercolor sketch with some micron pen lines added at the end.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Ten-Minute Tuesday - Purple Ballpoint!


When I pulled into work today, there stood 'Blue' in the water about 25 feet in front of me.  Into my purse I went for my trusty 3"x5" Stillman and Birn softcover Alpha Journal.  Then I realized my small zippered pouch that carries my art pens, waterbrush and an Art Toolkit palette was at home.  Oh dear, what kind of writing instrument do I have in my car?  It was a toss up between a black Sharpie and a purple Bic ballpoint pen.  What can I say... I love purple : )  

By the time I finished my hunt for supplies, Blue was still holding its pose.  I so love Great Blue Herons for this quality.  What a great way to start a work day!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

November Creations 4 - Live Sketching at a Golf Tournament

Our neighborhood has an annual "Open" golf tournament.  This year I captured some of the activity and of course... nature found around the course.  It was held at the Robert Trent Jones Course in Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Such a lovely course.  

Some of these scenes are being offered for sale in my Society 6 Shop.  If you aren't familiar with Society 6, they offer many types of products with original artwork.  From traditional wall art to tech equipment, home goods, bags, masks, apparel and more.  Check out their holiday sales!

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