Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Journal - Latimer House, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Sketchers

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers at Latimer House -- I sat outside in the gardens while the sun was shining --- I wish I had left the background house in pencil to fade more into the background. So the best I could do to bring the statue into more focus was to darken the building .. Next time ...!

Barn After Rae Andrews

Worked yesterday from a wonderful tutorial by Rae Andrews ( (using my own photo) and attempting her splashy techniques. I got so focused on trying her techniques that I completely lost the composition. I added her suggestions to try to make adjustments .But despite the flaws in this small work - I learned a lot. Thank you Rae for a marvelous tutorial and help!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Journal - Oxford Barn

Journal - A simple sketch of one of the many barns I painted from my old hometown of Oxford, NC ... I still miss those marvelous barns! Haven't decided if I want to add color or not.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Journal - Petunias

Journal - Yet another rainy, cold day -- and the dreams of spring and flowers intensify ....

Friday, February 22, 2019

Journal - Lunch at Cafe Koa

Journal - Had a wonderful lunch yesterday with Chris and Katie at Cafe Koa. Enjoyed the food and sketching it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Journal - Bespoke Coffee Shop - Cape Fear Sketchers

Journal - Today's sketch at Bespoke Coffee Shop, Wilmington, NC
Cape Fear Sketchers

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Journal - New Hanover County Gardens

Journal - One of the nice sunshine days last week I took several pictures of the New Hanover Gardens ... I sketched this from one of those photos -- but I so hope to return soon to sketch it from life ...The trees were just beginning to bloom, and I"d like to return to these falls when there is more color than green .. lol

Monday, February 18, 2019

Journal - Splash and Splatter Landscape

Journal - I used my splash and splatter method to create this small journal painting, but I added some of that marvelous red/purple that Rae Andrews ( uses in some of her splattery paintings.  Thank you Rae for your constant inspiration and awesome paintings!  Please check out Rae's work --- spectacular!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Journal - Daffodil

Journal - Wishing Spring would hurry up -- We've another weekend and week of rain -- sigh .. But it's warm, and the daffodils are up ....

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers at the NC Maritime Museum, Southport, NC

Journal - #Capefearsketchers - Meet-Up at the Maritime Museum in Southport -- My attempt at one of the pirates ...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Journal - Indian Trail Tree

Journal - Another sketch done plein air on the last warm 'Spring Tease' - The Indian Trail Tree in Southport - marked for the trail to the fishing grounds.

Friday, February 08, 2019

The Pineapple - New Hanover Arboretum Garden

Journal - Yesterday was absolutely spectacular! Temps in the low 80s in Wilmington - sunshine - comfortable -- and perfect for spending some time at the New Hanover Arboretum. Sketched the Pineapple from one of the gardens.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Journal - Independence Mall, Wilmington, NC

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers - We met at Independence Mall today - had a ton of fun sketching!! I got there early and enjoyed the beautiful morning and sketched one of the entrances before the group arrived.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Journal - Fifth week of January Smallies

Journal - Final week of January Smallies. I decided to begin the February smallies on a new page since I like the weeklong format.