Friday, May 17, 2013


I'm hoping to win a spot on Dreamy Faces with Ady Almanza.

Triptych in My Little Journal

All part of a fantasy triptych for Juliana Cole's class! This sketchbook is almost used up. I'm not going further with this at the moment. I'm enjoying the process, though. It's fun and rewarding. I like making fantasy faces from my imagination. Ignore the wonky perspective on the castle walls. I sketched it quickly then said, "Eh." It's all for fun. Koh-i-noor woodless pencils do not work well on mixed media paper covered with craft paint. They certainly aren't Prismas. Usually they're really rich in color, but over painted surfaces...nope. The angel was done in Col-Erase by Prismacolor. They're softer colors and the leads are a bit harder than regular Prismacolors. They're awesome for erasing, though!

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Mother's Day

Got my first Mom's Day gift in the mail from Michael and Vince. They live in CA and I miss them both so much! Thank you, thank you! You brightened my already pretty good day! I love you guys!

Monday, May 06, 2013


Sketch in progress for a possible larger work...

Field Notes...#2 Completed for the MOMENT

I managed to complete the Touchstone exercise for the moment. I know I'll alter it more as time passes, but for now, I'm at a stopping point.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Beautiful Charleston

Just a few lovely shots from a spot on King Street on a cloudy, windy, GORGEOUS 62 degree day...Thanks Holly and Sly for these.

Friday, May 03, 2013

Field Notes: Mixed Media Sketching/Chapter 1 Exercise 2 Examiner Extraordinaire

Chapter 1: Assignment #2: Examiner Extraordinaire Enjoyable background making from "Field Notes: Mixed Media Sketching" tonight. I enjoyed working on the first layers of a natural background. This is one awesome course!

Acrylic paints in Lush Foliage, Tan and Climbing Vine, metallic paints in two different golds and bronze. Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo. Selected nature photos from my collage stash. 


D&D Character

Hey, this was supposed to be my D&D Character, not ME! LOL...

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Druid (7th Level)

Ability Scores:

Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Druids gain power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. They hate the unnatural, including aberrations or undead, and destroy them where possible. Druids receive divine spells from nature, not the gods, and can gain an array of powers as they gain experience, including the ability to take the shapes of animals. The weapons and armor of a druid are restricted by their traditional oaths, not simply training. A druid's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Viking Girl

Last night, I spent about 20 min...maybe 30 drawing, painting (with watercolors) and scrubbing pan pastels on this girl I liked her. One arm is too big, but who cares? She's a sketch and was a fun one at that. You can see the difference between the one with and without a touch of pan pastels...


Field Notes - Sampler!

Yep, I took off making a sampler for Juliana Coles awesome class "Field Notes: Mixed Media Sketching and I did a neat, organized mark-making review of most of the tools in my "Journal Mobile Unit." Juliana, who is a major part of the class and is very involved on a one-on-one basis gently explained that she wanted messy, yummy, juicy and experimental. Mix them up, play and my pages went from this...
and this...
Yes...and amazing, delicious, outrageous, riotous exploration of the things that I wanted to use and carry everywhere. I settled on some alternate markers, Golden Fluid acrylic Titan Buff and Turquoise (Phthalo) and Folk Arts' French Vanilla and Patina. (Obviously my fav colors are black and turquoise!) I'm still working through the marks and I'm sure my kit will be changing based on what I need and since I have one box already set up for life drawing, I know that this will evolve further. 

I'm having great fun in her class and after Initiation, I have to say that I'm hooked! I doubt I'll ever miss another of her classes and I'm hoping to lure her to South Carolina, to piratey Charleston, for a class! (Fingers crossed!)

Amazon Fiasco

Good morning everyone! (Barely morning). I found out something intriguing and infuriating about Amazon today. If you have an "