Friday, July 31, 2009

The 60s

I don't usually sketch out practice ATCs. I usually just sketch them directly on the Bristol. But today I wanted to try some ideas on cheap paper. I did do one on better paper but I'm not sure I will use it. It is on watercolor paper and I don't like using watercolor paper with cps. Here is the one card I did today.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Many Faces

A watercolor painter at Wetcanvas is going to do a picture with a bunch of faces. He is asking for volunteers to send him photos so he can include them. I sent one of hubby and me. I think it sounds like a fun thing to do. Can't wait till he does it. So far he hasn't gotten many responses. He just needs the photos pm'd to him. Here is the site for the thread:

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I purchased a tiny little dog toy at Target the other day. I have it sitting on my desk. It has been waiting to become a model for an ATC. Using that and my new little puppy as inspiration, I did an ATC of 3 whiskery puppies.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More Dizzy

Here are more photos of my baby. She is so sweet and so entertaining. Right now all three dogs are on the floor asleep behind me. Dizzy has her head against Penny's rear. So sweet how much they have already bonded.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


We got a new addition to our family today. A four month old white Schnauzer. She hasn't been groomed yet and will be next week. She has been introduced to the big dogs and so far ok. We are controlling the amount of time and situation so that our moose of a lab won't send her rolling. So far so good. They want to play but it's just a problem with the difference in sizes. Plus I have to watch carefully as Penny is sooooo jealous.

Here is a photo of my new baby. We are pretty sure her name will be Dizzy. I had a poodle named Digit, after she died, we got a salt and pepper Schnauzer named Ditto, and we want to stick with the "D"s.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mill Creek

The art group went to a local park that has just been renovated. I'm not sure I really like the "new" park. I miss the old shady trees that were there. Plus they aren't finished yet. They are going to put the county building on the same grounds. I thought it was a shame to take away all the old trees and put a building in but they didn't ask my opinion.

Here are a few photos of the park and some of the birds who live there. At least the ducks seem to like the new pond. Before there was just a canal there where they could swim. Now it's like they have a lake and they really use it.

In fact the one duck with the ugly red bumpy face took off and circled the whole park and landed back in the water. I guess he couldn't have done that if there were more trees in the way. What I found unusual was that there was only one baby in the water. Usually you see a whole trail of little ones behind a mom. But the little guy was the only one and none of the other birds seemed to have any babies.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Last of My Bird ATCs

I finished the birds for the Drawspace trade. 17 birds now finished. Hopefully I can get the envelopes addressed and stamped and get them mailed tomorrow.

Drawspace Birds

I got another 4 bird ATCs finished last night. I think I only have 5 more to do. I'm trying to do some birds that I haven't done before. The Barn Owl is one. I've always wanted to do a Barn Owl but for some reason kept putting it off. Well I can cross that off my list.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Worldwide Sketchcrawl #23

I did do a couple of pages for the sketchcrawl on Saturday. Hubby and I took a drive and stopped a couple times so that I could sketch. Not the best things I have ever done, but I had a good time.

I slept late so got a very late start. About 2:30 I sketched the new 6-inch wooden artist model that is on my desk.

Next I did a feather that sits on top of my monitor. It is one of two feathers from Bozo my cockatiel.

Then we went to a country bar and grill and sat outside in the parking lot while I did a very bad sketch of the wooden Indian out front.

After that, we traveled on a winding road on the back side of the river and stopped once so that I could sketch Lake Ming and the recreation area around it.

I Think I Can Fly

This is my next bird ATC. This little bird looks like he is about to try to fly. I just know he is scared and thinking to him self "I think I can, I think I can. Hes'e ready to try but scared all at the same time of failure.

Friday, July 10, 2009

60th Anniversary

This is a photo I took at last year's anniversary dinner and another photo but not sure where.

Happy Anniversary

Today is my mom and dad's 61st anniversary. It has been a bumpy ride but a good and long one. They married when Mom was 15 1/2 and I think Dad was 21. I came along a year later and my 2 brothers 3 and 4 years after that. Here are some photos of them thru the years.

WW Sketchcrawl #23

Saturday the 11th is the next WW Sketchcrawl. A day for everyone to spend time sketching. I have no idea where I will do my sketching but I will do something somewhere. I hope everyone takes a little time to do some art.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Brass Goose

I visited the local Goodwill store on Tuesday. I found several things that will eventually be models for my art. I found this little brass goose. So sleek and pretty. I just had to use it for one of the bird cards I am doing for trade.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Andy Mathis

I got acquainted with Andy Mathis when he was active on the Daily Painters site. I always go there every day to see the new paintings after I check all my other daily blogs. He had a painting of a puppy that I recognized from one of my photos I had uploaded to the Wetcanvas Reference Library. So nice to see it all painted.

He is a veterinarian from Georgia and also paints. I just came from his blog and enjoyed looking thru his posts. He has a couple of dog videos that are cute. Real short ones but I can get my puppy "fix" without the danger of bringing another dog home to live. Much safer than looking at puppies in person. Just not quite as satisfying as having them in my arms and smelling that delicious puppy breath.

I emailed Andy after seeing his painting and told him I really liked what he had done with it. He answered and then sent me a Giclee print (he sells prints of his work). I really treasure it and will eventually treasure it more as my Friday is 10 years old and some day I will not have her. But I will always have the print. Thank you Andy.

You can visit Andy's web blog here.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Four More Birds

American Kestrel

Here is an American Kestrel ATC that I did for the Drawspace trade. I took the photo at CALM. The docent brought this one around and I was able to get really close photos. This is a female and is smaller than the males. I think this one was about the size of a smaller parrot. It was larger than my cockatiel. 2.5 x 3.5 inches in colored pencil and pen and ink.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bud's eyes

This is the same little basset hound. I did him last time asleep and this time awake. This is ATC size and I loved doing just the eyes. He's a beautiful dog and this may not be the last time you see him.