Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Journal Railroad Museum Strasburg V A

Journal...had a marvelous visit khato the Railroad Museum in Strasburg, VA...dozens and dozens of train engines, cars, ephemera.  I loved the colors and shape of this old one.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Journal - Riel's Amish Farm - Lancaster, PA

Journal - Riehl's Amish Farm - Funny thing about sketching while traveling with a non-sketching partner, the sketches tend to be quick pencil sketches, sometimes with a bit of local color added if time and patience permit, and often, a bit more color and shadows added later. And even back at the RV, there are other things to be done, so 'studio-type' painting does not happen. The sketches tend to be spontaneous and truly a "sketch." The goal, for me is to capture a moment in time, quickly, being at a particular place, however unfinished the image might be.

For this trip, I am using a 70# sketch paper sprial notebook, but using watercolor paer for my sketches -( cut to fit into the journal) - and stapled in. I've been adding more writing to the pages, receipes, brochures - so as to truly build a travel journal.

It's been like that for me during this trip. I often have no more than 10 to 15 minutes to sketch a view, then it's off to walk, listen to a tour, taste something fun, etc. This sketch was done on site with color added later -- I had no more than 10 minutes to work on it as our tour bus (of different Amish farms) was leaving ...
The tour, a gift from the Country Acres Campground, was wonderful. The driver was knowledgeable about the Amish and explained as we drove around the farms of Lancaster, PA, the lifeways of the Amish, their believes, schooling, farming practices, ceremonies, etc. A true delight.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Journal - Canal Ride and Dining

Journal - Before leaving Richmond, we took a canal ride and learned much of the shipping industry of the area, and dined at The Mill on MacArthur ..

Friday, July 26, 2019

Journal - Toy Camper and Truck - Americamp RV Campground

Found in one of the flower beds at Americamp RV Campground, Ashton, VA

Journal....Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens..Richmond VA

Journal....a quick sketch of Joe Pye Weed overlooking the pond in the Asian Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens..Richmond VA

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Journal - Ashton, VA - Americamp RV Park

Journal - Ashton, VA - Americamp RV Park - View from my Motorhome Window. Rain all day yesterday. C spent the day repairing the signals that had stopped working mid-way to VA. Thankfully - fixed - and we got in a nice walk after the rain finally stopped. Good way to spend a rainy day ....Love the RV Camp! Great place!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Journal.....On the Road to VA

Journal....arrived Ashton VA yesterday...Americamp RV...awesome !  Large pool..cable...breakfast...Internet..pull thu sites....

Rain today...so will probably visit museums and a bit of rest...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Journal - Purple Cone Flowers

Journal - Purple Cone Flowers - A splash and splatter approach to the flower in my garden

Saturday, July 13, 2019


Journal - Gift from my granddaughers - Taylor and Riley during our recent visit.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers - Greenfield Park, Wilmington, NC

Journal - Cape Fear Sketchers - Greenfield Park - Despite rain in Southport, wind, sun, clouds in Wilmington, a fine group of sketchers met at Greenfield Park this morning to paint - FUN!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Journal - Whole Foods

Journal - The heat has been really oppressive lately, so my friend Katie McKendry and I met at Whole Foods and sketched some of our groceries ... We borrowed the orchid from the many lining the cafe walls ...