Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Some more birds...

Pencil and gold acrylic paint

 M. Graham gouache
This is Corneilius, Sam's sister. She is in heaven. This goose adored me and was jealous of Titus and Sam. Corneilius would peck at them if they tried to get near me. 
This goose also would sleep on my lap (so did Titus). I have that effect on geese (maybe people too!)
'Neilius was a character and always made us laugh.


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Large dragonfly ink drawing

I did a pen and ink drawing of my dragonfly. I found him last summer as I was walking down our road. He was dead, and missing most of one wing. I like bugs, so I took him to my studio. He's been in my little desk till I decided to draw him. The mark on the bottom left of the drawing is the edge of the paper, which I couldn't get out by editing. Blogger is not letting me add a caption. Oh well...

This is the ink I used. I used sepia. I love this ink.
I used this book to find a font style I wanted to learn.

 And this is the paper and ink pen. I was going to use watercolor to color parts of the drawing, but decided against it. So this paper is not a good match for pen and ink because of the rough surface, but with the pen nib I used, it wasn't too much of a problem.

Don't for one second think that I got all the tiny parts of his wings drawn correctly. I tried-but I did get the general idea of the amazing structure of his wings.
This was good 'medicine' for me-I enjoyed it.
I hope you like it too...

Thursday, January 12, 2023


 Done with water soluble Derwent Sketching pencils.
The only thing I have trouble with when using these lovely pencils is that they can be very hard to sharpen.
Otherwise, it's fun to have a watercolor-like pencil. They come in different wash strengths (light, medium, dark).
I used  a photo from the Web to paint from-source unknown.

Friday, January 6, 2023


 More work with the Neocolors and some kid's crayons too. The crayons made these days aren't as good as they used to be. And they don't smell good either. I thought they'd be fun to play with, and they are.

I'm still going through health issues, and honestly I can get very depressed at times. I have found making myself do even a little art every day has helped.
This ordeal has made me much more compassionate for people who have health problems. I have been so used to being healthy and not even thinking about how I feel.

Thank you for your visit today-it means so much to me.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Making time to paint a bit

Quick paintings. Top one done with FolkArt brand acrylic-matte and Blick matte acrylics. Not expensive-but just fine for lots of things. 
Above-portraits done with Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Aquarelle. I LOVE these. They are like crayons that turn into watercolors when you use a wet brush. The pigments are very rich. These are worth using.

 Barn owl done with the Neocolors.

I hope your week is going well.
We have spring like weather here. Rain, and in the forties. 
And winter has only just begun...

Monday, December 26, 2022

Happy New Year!

 Oh my, this has been a busy season for us.
Happy times
Some scary times with health issues for both my husband and I.
But God has been merciful-
Oh how merciful...

I am thinking of ways to give myself an education in art making. I think one of the best ways is to just play and draw and paint.
My blog friends who do art journaling and digital art and making with their hands are on the right path. I have been so busy....

It is time to sit with a sketch book or sheet of scrap paper even, and just make art...
I am itching to get back to making books and do more art journaling.
Above is some pen and ink work with white jelly roll ink.
The owl says, Happy New Year my friends!

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Merry Christmas

 I have to buy a new computer. Mine is pretty old. So I will be back as soon as I can. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year.