Monday, August 21, 2017

Sketching Birds of Prey

The Center for Birds of Prey out of Charleston, SC put on a great talk for Spring Island.  This is the first talk I've been to where the birds were allowed to be off the presenter's arm and on the ground or fly from perch to perch.  I was thrilled!  The Harris Hawk did need a bit of persuasion to get back into his cage, but all part of an amazing experience!

I worked in pen, adding watercolor later.  Stillman and Birn Zeta journal.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Floral Arrangement Study

Floral Designer / Author John Grady Burns conducted a workshop for Spring Island (my day job as their Director of Arts).  This is a quick study of the demo piece he created. Micron pen, watercolor in Stillman & Birn Zeta journal.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Celebrating Blessings After Matthew

We were so fortunate.  Started supporting our local businesses as soon as possible.  Hurricanes are fierce!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Trying Out the Beach

Sea Pines Beach Club
Our first beach day with Sophie and Annie.  They did really well and protected their x-pen with zeal!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Savannah's Historic District

Historic Savannah
Plein air sketching in Savannah's Historic District during a workshop with Marc Taro Holmes.  If you get a chance to study with Marc, sign up immediately!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Spring Island Ruins

Spring Island Tabby Ruins, Live Oaks
Plein air watercolor sketch of the Live Oaks at the ruins.

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Day of Dogs

We rescued two very sweet rat terrier sisters.  They are three years old and as the saying goes... Who rescued who?

They are helping us heal after the loss of our Grizzy in early March 2016.

Their first road trip was to visit my brother's familly in TN.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

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

August Wildflowers, Watercolor with Pen
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....