"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind". - Henry James

Monday, November 17, 2014

Amaryllis Bulb

I bought an amaryllis bulb kit at the garden center.  I planted it yesterday and I hope to have a brilliant red flower by Christmas.  I got rid of some aging houseplants and have decided to force bulbs this winter so I have some living plants in the house.  I also have ten paper white bulbs to force.  It's sort of fun to watch them sprout, grow, and eventually bloom.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Daffodil Bulbs

I bought 40 daffodil bulbs to plant and I haven't gotten to plant them yet!  Today, I swear. Before braving the cold and going out to plant them I did a quick watercolor sketch.  I want to draw them when they come up (fingers crossed) in the spring.  :-D

Thursday, October 16, 2014

September Junk Mail Book

September Junk Mail Book - Cover 

It occurred to me that there are certain things that appear here in New Hampshire in great numbers in late summer and wouldn't it be fun to put them all in a Junk Mail Book?

Some time in August great numbers of large blue dragonflies show up to patrol our backyard.  They last into September and are accompanied by smaller reddish ones.  Bats often appear at dusk toward the end of summer too, although sadly, we have fewer and fewer as the colonies are being decimated by a mysterious virus.  I like bats.

Goldenrod is plentiful.  And wooly bear caterpillars abound.  Some other late summer/September sightings are:  sunflowers, blue jays, tomatoes, mixed flocks of warblers, skeins of geese, kettles of hawks, New England asters, and mushrooms.  The turkeys tend to flock up at this time of year.  I see them along the roadside as I travel, especially on the back roads.

I may have to add some pages!

Another Cup of Tea

One more cup of tea.  1920's Spring Meadow.  I love my teacups!

Thursday, September 18, 2014


So far my favorite teacup.
Royal Albert - 1900's Regency Blue
Royal Albert - 1910's Duchess
Liz Steel taught a great class in the second semester of Sketchbook Skool, the online classes devised by the great Danny Gregory and Koosje Koene.

Liz's class has been my favorite so far.  I've learned SO much from her.  She demonstrated how to look at the underlying structure of whatever you are drawing from a teacup to a building.

Royal Albert - 1940's English Chintz
Royal Albert - 1930's Polka Rose


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Apple Blossoms

Ages ago, I forget how long exactly,  I read an article in a Daniel Smith catalog (October 2010 - I looked it up) by Molly Hashimoto, who, among other things, tints block prints with watercolor.  I got all jazzed by her beautiful work and set out to do the same.  I carved a block and pulled a bunch of prints and then I was drawn away by other projects.  I never forgot those prints though.

Well today I pulled one out and added some color and here it is.  I wish my scan were better because the colors are much nicer (of course) and I'm really pleased!  Thanks Daniel Smith and Molly Hashimoto!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frozen Peas

Floating bag of peas.  It needs a shadow to anchor it.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tom's Machine

Tom's machine done in Tombow pens.  We had some demolition done in December and this colorful machine was parked in our backyard after the workday was done.  I had great fun with the water soluble Tombow brush pens, but I have since learned they are not archival.  Bummer.  They are such fun to draw and mix colors with.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Counter Culture Coffee Bag Wallet

I love my Counter Culture Coffee Bag wallet from Piece Work Wallets & Things!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Strathmore Tone-Paper Sketchbook First Pages

First two pages from a Strathmore Toned-Paper sketchbook.  Sort of fun to start with the mid-tones already there in the color of the paper and then to add darks and lights.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Very Own Wallpaper!

Wallpaper for February.  I want to add a February calendar to this background, but I haven't figured out how to do layers in Photoshop Elements yet.  Meanwhile it makes a cheery wallpaper for my laptop.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Radishes in Cray-Pas Expressionist Pastels

Another shot at a bunch of radishes, this time with Cray-Pas Expressionist pastels.  Kind of fun.  Sort of like coloring with crayons, but with richer, creamier color.  I remember using my friend's Cray-Pas when I was a kid and thinking they were really good crayons!  These are even more fun to use.  You can layer them and scratch the surface color to reveal the color underneath.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Red Onion

Red onion done with Pilot G-2 colored ballpoint pens and touched with a Niji water brush.  I like how the ink runs just enough to add color, but leaves enough line to keep the linear quality of drawing.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Drawing with Ballpoint Pen

Last spring I took a wonderful online class from Kate Johnson called "Ink and Wash Mini Class".  We experimented with all sorts of pens and inks and added watercolor wash and ink wash.  It was great fun, but for some reason I set the ballpoint pens aside and worked mostly with felt tip pens.  Just recently I picked up a ballpoint pen and did this bunch of radishes and it was great fun.  I have a collection of colored ballpoint pens (I admit to being addicted to buying pens, well, art supplies in general, and I accumulated a "few" for the class), some of which are waterproof and some not.  I discovered you can get some nice effects with the less waterproof inks.  Maybe tomorrow I will work with the water soluble pens and see what happens.