Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Card Trade on Wetcanvas

Once again I participated in the Christmas card trade on the Wetcanvas Forum.  My cards are all done with graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, and ink all on each card.  Watercolor cards and envelopes purchased for the trade.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Missing In Action

I have been depressed because of my eyesight.  It has been 20/500. All because of shingles I got in December.  It has been a long fight.  It got better and then the doctor decided to put a contact on the eye to help it heal.  That was a bad call.  It suctioned against the eye and took a turn for the worse.  Now after several months, it is healing again.  And luckily there is no scarring.  Last appt it was 20/300.  I look forward to going back in 6 weeks to see if there is more improvement.  

I am doing a Christmas card trade in a project in Wetcanvas forum..  15 cards to send out.  I have 3 finished, in envelopes, and labeled and stamped.  2 more are sketched out.  I'm trying to get the International ones out first.  Canada takes 3 weeks or longer to arrive.  Then I will concentrate on the domestic ones.  I have 6 International ones and 9 domestic ones to get out. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Inktobeer 2016 - Day 5

Inktober Day 5. Copic pens from 3 of my ceramic animals.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Inktober Challenge

Even though I haven't posted, I have been doing the Inktober challenge. Here are my next 3 days. I'm using various pens. The first one of the flowers are done in Staedler fine line pen.  The flowers are from an oil painting I did many years ago. It was done with a palette knife. 3 and 4 are from ceramic animals I have collected. They are done with Copic pens.

Update on My Eye

My eye is still trying to recover from the problem that happened when the doctor put on a contact "bandage". It has been a month. I can open my eyes now but can't see much. After the contact went on, I had a 20/300 eye sight. Today it was 20/500. But he did say the eye itself is healing and looks pretty good. I guess the "scabbing' is probably making me see less. I go back in a month and during that month, I use one eye drop twice a day. That's better than the 9 drops I have been doing for a month.

Sunday, October 02, 2016


I am participating in the Facebook Inktober challenge.  It is to do a piece of artwork in ink every day in the month of October.  Here is Day 1.  A Walk With Doc.  Photo by Li Newton of her husband Dave and her dog Doc.  This is done with a Staedler Triplus Fineline pen in a cheap sketchbook.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Eye Trouble

I haven't been doing much art, in fact almost none. My eye took a turn for the worse and now I have 20/300 sight in the one eye. Not fun. For a week I couldn't even open it. Now it stays closed most of the time since it is almost useless to see with. I find it hard to stay in the lines. So tonight I decided to play with some art just to keep in practice. Not from any photo or real items. Just from my head. Graphite and Verithin colored pencils on Gray toned paper. Sorry for the bad photo. Taken with my phone with just a lamp for light.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Weekly Drawing Even on Wetcanvas

Seems I have been taking an unintentional break. I think I was tired from the 31 days of watercolor pieces. This piece was for the Weekly Drawing Event on Wetcanvas for 8-19. Graphite on Stonehenge Vellum Finish. 8x8 inches. Photo by Li Newton.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Day 31 - Fancy

Day 31 - Fancy (and done). Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Day 30 - Mace

Day 30 - Mace. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬
This one catches me up again and only one more to go.

Day 29 - Blue

Day 29 - Blue Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. #‎worldwatercolormonth‬

Day 28 - Lilly

Day 28 - Lilly. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission.    ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬

Day 27 - Junior

Day 27 - Junior. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission.   ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day 26 - Woody

Day 26 - Woody. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. ‪#‎worldwatercolormonth‬ 

Watercolors on watercolor paper.  5x7 inches.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Day 25 - Bear

Day 25 - Bear. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. I'm caught up now. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Day 24 - Jeb

Day 24 - Jeb. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Day 23 - Cooper

Day 23-Cooper. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. I got behind as my eye has been bothering me. Two more to go to catch up.  ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth

Friday, July 22, 2016

Day 22 - Gemi

Day 22 - Gemi Photo by Gretchen Frith and used with permission. He is 17 yrs, deaf and blind in one eye. Still looks pretty spry to me. #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Day 21 - Dobby

Day 21- Dobby. Photo by Kat Cameron. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Watercolor and pen on watercolor paper.  5x7 inches.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Day 20 - Sapphire

Day 20 - Sapphire. Photo by Kat Cameron of her baby. This is a surprise for her. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Day 19 - Sweetie

Day 19 - Sweetie. Photo by Andy Mathis. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬ 

Photo used with permission.  Watercolor and pen on watercolor paper 5x7 inches.

Day 18 - Friday & Penny

Day 18 - Friday and Penny. Friday was my red Golden Retriever who passed in 2009 and Penny is a Yellow Lab I have now. From my photo. ‪#‎WorldWaterColorMonth‬

Watercolor and pen on watercolor paper.  5x7 inches.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Day 17 - Cutter

Day 17 - Cutter. Photo by Andy Mathis. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬ Watercolor and pen on watercolor paper 5x7 inches.  Photo used with permission.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Day 16 - Two Face

Day 16 - Two Face. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. (Andy do you know the reason for the name?) ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬. 

Watercolor  and pen on watercolor paper.  5x7 inches.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Day 15 - Lola

Day 15: Lola. Photo by Andy Mathis. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬  Photo used with permission.  Watercolor and pen on watercolor paper.  5x7 inches.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Day 14: Gunner

Day 14: Gunner. Photo by Andy Mathis and used with permission. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬ Watercolor and pen. 5x7 inches on watercolor paper.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Day 13 - Bandit

Day 3 - Bandit. Photo by Andy Mathis. Watercolor and pen. to
World Watercolor Month - July 2016

Day 12: Scavenger Hunt Items

Killing two birds with one stone so to speak.  I got behind on my watercolor days so decided to use the scavenger hunt items I had sketched.  Sketched in graphite and painted in watercolor with a little pen.  10 items for the current Scavenger Hunt.   Watercolor paper 5.5 x 8.5 inches.  #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

Monday, July 11, 2016

Day 11: Jo


 Day 11: My little toy poodle Jo. She passed away a couple years ago. I still miss her. I got her when someone abandoned her at a veterinary shop and only had her for 2 years. She was such a joy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day 10 - Herbie

Day 10 - Herbie. Photo by Andy Mathis. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬. Watercolor and a little pen. Photo used with permission. 5x7 on watercolor paper.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Day 9: Graycie ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth

Day 9 - Graycie. ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬. Photo by Andy Mathis. Graycie came to him a "broken" girl and with his patience, love, and care, she is becoming a much better dog. 

 I started this last night and had a little trouble getting it finished. Several people know that I have shingles in my right eye which causes me to have 20/100 eyesight in that eye. I have been fighting it since mid December. Unlike other shingles, this one doesn't usually itch or hurt. Today it felt like there was something in my eye and I have been rubbing it a lot and it has been weeping. Hopefully it will get back to my normal soon

Watercolors and a little pen on watercolor paper in a 5x7 Strathmore Journal.

Friday, July 08, 2016

‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬. Day 8: Bruno

Day 8 Just finished. This is Bruno. Another great photo from Andy Mathis and used with permission. I have done several portraits of Bruno as he has grown. I just love his face. Watercolor and a little ink on watercolor paper. About 5x7 inches.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Day 7 - Picasso - #‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬  Day 7 :  A little dog named Picasso.  Another photo by Andy Mathis and used with his permission.  Watercolor with a little ink.  5x7 inches on watercolor paper. 

I am finding I miss my colored pencils.  I usually put the first layer of color down with watercolor, then use a combination of colored pencils and watercolor pencils to fine tune and get my details.  I might go back in once in awhile with some more watercolor and/or use water with the watercolor colored pencils.  It's like I have an itch when I reach a certain point and have to fight the urge to grab colored pencils.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016


I got a day ahead. Here is Day 6 - Madge. Photo by Andy Mathis from Facebook.  Used with his permission.  ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth‬

My Girl Friday

Day 5 of the  ‪#‎WorldWatercolorMonth - My dog Friday when she was a puppy. She passed on Dec 31, 2010. Very sweet, hyperactive girl. She ended up being red but you can't tell from her puppy pictures. She was my one special one out of all the pets we had.

Monday, July 04, 2016


Day 4: Crow. Photo by chia on Wetcanvas.