Wednesday, October 03, 2018

By Franklin Square Park, Southport, NC

Journal - So good to get a bit of normalcy in our routines. Sketched in Southport with Katie, Elizabeth and Chris. Sat by Franklin Square Park and sketched the house across from the corner. Piles of debris still line the streets, detours everywhere, sinkholes with barricades, and more. But slowly things are returning to normal - there are ways around the streets, trees still have leaves on most of them, and sketching with friends reminds us that things are being repaired. We chatted about those far less fortunate, where donations can still be made, and reminded one another that this recovery is still going on. ...

Monday, October 01, 2018

Savannah GA City Hall Dome

Journal - Another sketch from our evacuation time in Savannah - City Hall dome ...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Morel House, Savannah, GA

Journal - Sketching in Savannah with my fellow evacuee, Gwen - The Morel House ...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Richmond HIlls, Georgia

Journal - Life is slowly getting back to normal after Hurricane Florence. There's still a lot of destruction, families displaced, homes still flooded ... Art often can help with relieving the stress and worries, and focus, for a while, on something more pleasant.

While evacuated, I spent some time with my daughter and her family, and then a few days in Savannah Georgia. There I met up with fellow evacuee and friend, Gwen. We spent a good part of one day sketching Savannah. On another day, my husband and I visited Richmond Hills - The Henry Ford Museum and JF Gregory Park for a 3 mile old rice canal walk. Here's the sketch from the day in Richmond Hills - some sketched on site, most afterwards. I may eventually add color to this page - but the sketching was a lot of fun and relieved a lot of anxiety.

We are home, safe, sound and doing well ... Grateful to have been spared the worst of Florence.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Greenfield Park, Wilmington, NC

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers - Enjoyed sketching at Greenfield Park today -- The sun was in and out all day - clouds made it comfortable sketching ...


Journal - What do you paint when you're stumped? Your day!

Monday, September 03, 2018

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Another Southport House

Journal - Another Southport House. After lunch my friend Gwen and I sat and sketched another house in Southport. We found some shade, but by the time we sketched the complex ins and outs of the front of the home, the temps had reached over 90 degrees and we were very hot. So, this was sketched on site, inked and painted at home.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Southport House

Journal - Sketching Southport houses ... Yesterday friends and I found a shady place to sit and practice sketching and painting some of the houses we admire in Southport. It was warm, but we found a quiet corner in the shade to set up and sketch early in the day. While the hour we chose kept us cool, there were shadows plaguing our subject ... and because returning to plein air is still challenging for me and my focus was on getting the 'lines' right, I didn't stop to think about changing the light or colors. I tried too hard to remain 'true' to the view before me. I also started with pencil and followed this with paint and, thus obscuring all those careful lines I drew. Definitely a learning curve ....

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Railroad Museum, Wilmington, NC

Journal - Sketch from the Railroad Museum, Wilmington, NC. A bit of the engine from a rather poor vantage point -- but in the SHADE!! LOL And a quick sketch of some of the railroad hats (done only in pencil).

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Marsh and Morning Glories

Journal - My second sketch yesterday from the Marsh Walk, Southport, NC. We found so many beautifully blooming morning glories on the way to the pavilion... so I tried to add some of these flowers (which were not in our sight) to the view we had of the marsh.

Friday, August 24, 2018

R. Dosher House Southport, NC

Today was a glorious day - low humidity, cooler temps, a soothing breeze.  My friend Gwen and I sat outside this historic house in Southport and did our best to try to capture its amazing charm.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Greenfield Park - Lin Frye

Journal - Greenfield Park, Wilmington, NC - Sat sketching the lake from the shaded pergola - even noticed the eyes of an alligator and lots of turtle heads in the water ....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dock at Riverwalk Park

Journal - Sketch of the Riverwalk Park Dock - painted at the Cape Fear Sketchers paint-out.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Fountain at Riverwalk Park

Journal - Sketched yesterday at Riverwalk Park, Belleville, NC with Cape Fear Sketchers

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Journal Gnome Place Like Airline Gnome

Journal - Gnome Place Like Airlie Gnome - Putting Paint to Sketch. Sketched on location, painted later

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Keeping It Light on Yet Another Rainy Day

Journal - Another heavy-rain day, flooding in the area, thunder, lightning .... sigh .. Keeping it light despite the dark weather ... modified from a lesson by Andy Geeson

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Splashing On a Rainy Day

Journal - We're starting yet another -- sigh -- week of rain --- ground is saturated and by now so are much of our spirits ... every once in a while, we'll get a few hours of patchy sun, but rain continues in this unseasonable weather pattern we're in. Feeling wet and soggy myself, I decided to just splash around in my paints - and leave some of the rain outdoors ...

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Journal - A few friends joined me to sketch objects brought from home and some nature items. We sat at the RV Pavilion - had a lovely breeze from the fans and a great time ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Journal - Our scheduled Sketch trip to Wilmington was canceled today due to severe storms and flooded roads. So I staged my own sketching session as an "Ode" to the days and days of rain -- my boots and husband's large umbrella.

Saturday, July 21, 2018


Though I now live at the beach, my favorite place is on the 'backside' -- the gold and emerald Marsh ...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Southport, NC Marina

Journal - Sketched this morning at the Southport Marina - beautiful breeze despite the high heat ..

Friday, July 06, 2018

Purple Splash and Splatter

Journal - Playing with splashing and splattering again ... from imagination ...

Saturday, June 30, 2018

My Herbs

Journal - Sketching the herbs I have growing in my Southport home.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oak Island Lighthouse

Journal - I'm using the Cheap Joe's Kilamanjaro Black Travel Journal and really love the paper and it fits nicely in my smallish art bag -- it reminds me of Arches #140CP - but the watercolor journal has 25 pages and easily takes watercolor on both sides -- Love it for watercolor journaling!
A sketch of the Oak Island Lighthouse ... NC ...

Friday, June 22, 2018

Water Boarders

Journal - From a photo taken during our Marsh Walk - Water Boarders ...

Monday, June 18, 2018


Journal - Living now so close to the beach, it seems painting waves is the least I can do .... lol

Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Journal - Blue Heron

Journal - Sketching subjects from our new home (photo reference from Val Web)....

Friday, June 01, 2018


Journal - Visited the Shallotte NC Market last week and came home with the most amazing bunch of sunflowers -- Had to put paint to paper ....!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Journal - Oleander. I spotted these flowers on a long, warm, breezed-filled walk in downtown Southport. I remembered them from my time in South Carolina ... but didn't really notice the many petals of this sweet flowering shrub until I painted them.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018