Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog News!

I've three new items to share.  One you may have already checked out, but just in case......

I decided it was high time to take advantage of the tab feature that Blogger offers.  Just under my banner are three tabs: Home, Field Trips and Workshops.  Home is the page you are on right now and features blog posts on the left and lots of info in the right column.

The Field Trips tab takes you to a page that has images of past field trips my workshop students and I have gone on and during the fall, winter & spring months, will list upcoming trips to register for.  Remember, you must be a past student in order to sign up.

Workshops - you guessed it, information about the workshops I offer.  I'm very excited about the new 'On Demand' Illustrated Journaling Workshops.  If you're planning a trip to Hilton Head Island or the Beaufort area, we can design an art vacation for you!  I have listed two possible workshop themes as a starting point.  We can customize!

Last, but not least, I've a new card shoppe!

When you scroll down the right panel of this blog page, you will come across a widget that says PJBee's Card Shoppe.  Just click the yellow 'Buy Cards' tab and away you'll go to my shoppe at Greeting Card Universe.  I'm very new at this.  If you, too, are interest in selling cards, check them out.

I currently have 12 card designs in my shoppe.  Most are blank notes but I do have a 'Thinking of You' card and a Christmas card.  More to come!

Thanks for checking out my new offerings!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Maypops - a page of many days

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Much to my delight, I found Maypops on one of our morning dog walks.  The vine was/is growing in a tree and spreading onto the ground near an uncompleted house in our neighborhood.  The vine is quite large but the flowers were not real showy.  Yes, I took a clipping :)  It seems all the vine needed was water as the blooms popped in great fashion!

The pen sketch was done on the 17th around noon.  At 3 pm one blossom started to open and fully opened by 11 pm.  Sorry, can't go to bed just yet..... I must draw and paint this architectural wonder!

I painted the vine a few days later, then as time went on, more color was added.  Saturday I finished up with the calligraphy and called it Done!

I love being able to take my time with journal pages.  They take on a life of their own.  I love the voyage :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

I Won!

I recently started following Notes from the Voodoo Cafe - A blog by Rice Freeman-Zachery.  (Sorry, Rice, I have no idea how to get the two dots above the 'e' in your first name........)

She had a giveaway on August 23rd - right up my ally no less!  The new Strathmore Visual Journals - I've been wanting to try these out.  Rice was unhappy with her results and decided to get another opinion.  Twenty-three journaling artists put names in the hat.  The drawing was today.....  

Stayed tuned for my adventures using these journals.  Testing one, two, three.....  I love trying new art supplies :)

Beautyberry Time

The golf course in my neighborhood was closed for maintenance the other day.  This means the dogs and my mid-morning walk could include the cart path where the American Beautyberry bushes line the side.  I took a small clipping from a bush so could make a watercolor sketch in the studio.  Too hot and way tooooo many mosquitoes for this girl to even think about parking herself down to sketch.

The fruit of the Beautyberry, Callicarpa americana L., is consumed by more that 40 species of songbirds!  White-tailed deer will also eat the leaves when their preferred foods are scarce.  No sign of deer munching on these bushes.  My favorite book, Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses, also notes that Bobwhite, Raccoon, Virginia Opossum and Nine-banded Armadillo also consume the fruit.

I found another new-to-me shrub/tree to sketch too.  My pockets were bulging with clippings :) Still working on that sketch :)  Till next time....

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Full Sturgeon Moon

Full Sturgeon Moon
Originally uploaded by PJBee
Lots of names for this full moon! My own is Moon of Many Bugs! This is a real quick wc sketch - perhaps 10 minutes. Between the wee bugs attracted to the book light and the mosquitoes that were licking the bug spray then biting....... I finished up the written word today in the comfort of my studio :)

I had no idea what a Sturgeon looked like - wow!  They can get huge!  Very prehistoric looking, too!

The August moon was dubbed 'Sturgeon' by the Algonquian Indians, as they found these fish most readily caught during this time of year.  Some tribes also called it Full Red Moon because it looks reddish through the sultry haze.  It's surely been sultry but our moon was more yellow than red.

The English name: Grain Moon is related to harvest and the Green Corn Moon is referenced in the moon names of the Eastern Woodland and Southeast Native American Tribes for the ripening of corn crops.

There was just enough daylight left to distinguish the marsh from the trees.  The cloud cover didn't offer any moonlight!  We drove the golf cart to the 9th tee box for this view over the marsh toward the 18th.  I love the view from here and am looking forward to capturing this scene in the fall when the marsh turns a lovely orange gold.

When we returned home, the moon broke through the clouds.  Rob was able to capture this image.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dog Daze of August

In keeping with the hot weather here in the South Carolina low country I thought I'd literally bring you dogs days.

Here are some sketches of our hounds done with General's Sketch & Wash pencil.  Please pardon the scans.  These sketches are from 2005 when we were still living in NY.  The paper is very wavy and I found if I tried to get the shadows out in photoshop, that I lost a lot of the details.

I made these sketches of Grizz and Dudley  as they lounged on the pontoon boat.

 Here are the little sweeties in the flesh.  They invented the word 'spoiled.'

It's all about comfort, heat, sunshine, food, treats and lots of walks......

And, let's not forget about toys!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pelicans at Fish Haul Creek Park

Pelicans Fish Haul Creek Gazebo
Originally uploaded by PJBee
A real treat today. Rob and I went to Fish Haul Creek Park on HHI, SC. It was a rainy morning but as we made our way there, the sky started to brighten.

We sought shelter at the park's gazebo. To our surprise, a huge flock of pelicans were covering a sandbar in Port Royal Sound. We'd never seen that many brown pelicans grounded before.

This is the view of the sandbar once we walked to the beach.  Luckily the rain didn't last for long. 

 Ah yes, a great place for a home!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Awaiting the Perseids Meteor Show

Spirits were high. Anticipation to see a possible 50 meteors per hour great.  The sunset was divine....

We saw two or three meteors streak the sky at 11 p.m.
Off to bed we went, alarm clock set for 5:15 a.m.

My internal clock woke me before the alarm - excitement is such a wonderful thing.  Out the door I went.  I offered to let Rob stay snug as a bug just incase - no sense 2 of us getting up at this way too early hour :)

Clouds!  All over the place!  What happened to Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight?  Arughhhhh!  Okay, I'll check again in half an hour.

Amazing what can happen in a half an hour.  Sunrise was scheduled for 6:44.  Out I went just before 6 a.m.
The clouds had moved on, but the sky was way to light.  Sigh.......

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Don't Miss the Perseid Meteor Shower This Week!

Okay all you night owls and early risers.... The night sky has a great show this week and the crescent moon will set early enough so viewing will not be hampered.  Peak activity for the Perseids is August 12th - 13th and peak viewing time is just before dawn with approximately 50 meteors per hour!

For more information on meteor showers check out this great site that gives Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates' info for viewing the best meteor showers of the year.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Early Morning

In an attempt to beat the heat, sun and golfers, the dogs and I were out just after 7 a.m.

We walked down holes 18 and 17.  Had to have my marsh-in the-morning fix :)

This is the second morning I've seen these wavy tracks running from marsh to pond over the 17th fairway.  Mr. Turtle?

I get sucked right in to morning mist on the marsh.  So why am I not painting this?

Wait and see :)

The dogs are ever so good waiting for me.  I soooooo love my little digital camera :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Evening Dog Walk Delights

The hounds and I picked the perfect time of evening to walk.... the time of the long shadows.

While I really enjoy our walks together I sure was wishing I could be sitting and trying to capture these scenes on paper!!

I soooo love the glow of the Spartina at this time of day.

Along with the Ibis, an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron and 2 juvies! They are tough to see - talk about blending with your environment!

This is one of my favorite views of the marsh along #17 fairway.

On the way back home, a Barred Owl flew overhead.
Click on the images for a larger view.  

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 :)