Thursday, February 27, 2020

Honoring Bloodroot II

Back in 2013, I drew my first Bloodroot found in the lowcountry of South Carolina.  They seem much smaller than the Western New York variety. 

Bloom time is a lot earlier, too.  This plant was in a sheltered area and we were experiencing warmer then normal temperatures.  They normally bloom in mid to late January.

I used a brown Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Journal.  I love using ink on this paper!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Honoring the Beautiful Bloodroot - 1

 I saw my first Bloodroot in 2005 when we were living in Western New York.  I was smitten with this plant on the spot.

I loved the way one very large leaf enveloped a single stem with a delicate white flower.

There was a patch of plants, all in various stages of growth.  So delicate.  Such a wonderful delight for the eye.

There were so many beautiful wildflowers that spring, I decided to start a journal to celebrate each one.  The journal I chose had been a gift and for years it remained blank, as the paper made me nervous.  It is thin and filled with  long fibers.  I had no idea how it would work with watercolor.

Thankfully, I left the first journal page blank.  Then after two pages of trial, error and removal, the third page was the charm.  I first drew with a black Sakura Pigma Micron waterproof pen, then added watercolor.  The paper is so thin that I had to put a blank sheet behind the page I was working on to protect the following pages. 
It's been years since I had looked at this journal.  I love how the watercolors traveled through to the back side of each page, creating wonderful abstract designs.

There are more blank pages within the journal.  I hope to fill with them with lowcountry wild flowers.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Meandering Wildflower Walk

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Creating our Basenji Tribute Page

Tricolor Basenji
 We were lucky to have over 16 years of adventures with a tricolor Basenji we named Grizzly Girl.  As we did with all our pets, they got multiple nicknames over their lives.  Her favorite was Zippy.  She was a huntress and had the sweetest nature, though, it was her way or the highway most of the time.  A Basenji all the way! 

Oh how we miss this very special girl!  It took me over a year to even be able to begin this tribute page.  As you can see, it's not done yet.

On the left page of the journal spread I'm going to celebrate both our beloved, departed Basenji's.  Dudley was my boy.  Grizz was a daddy's girl.  You can see Dudley's tribute page here.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Capturing Celebrations: The Nature of Food

What better month for being a Foodie than January?
May River Grill, food illustration, event illustration

 My purse jounaling supplies include a 3x5 Stillman and Birn Alpha Series journal, a business card sized palette offered by Expeditionary Art, Micron pens (black and sepia) and a Pentel waterbrush.

I will sketch our meal quickly then add color as we eat.  It depends upon the rush of the restaurant as
to whether I finish a page before we leave.  Lately, I've had to take a photo of our meals and finish color details at home.
Walnuts, Bluffton SC, food illustration, event illustrationStellini Italian Restaurant, Hilton Head Island SC, food illustration, event illustraton

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!