Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Easter Flowers

Sketchbook Journal - Spring Flowers -- Easter flowers from my sweet husband ....


Monday, March 29, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Blue House

Sketchbook Journal - Taking our walks around Southport, NC always yields some interesting sights. This blue house charmed us, with that single purple door and pink flamingos ...


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Random Sketches

Sketchbook Journal - Some random sketches of views seen on a walk through Southport, NC


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Pink House

Sketchbook Journal - Pink House -- We noticed this colorful house on one of our walks downtown Southport, NC


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - A cloudy day

Sketchbook Journal - A cloudy day ... finally able to do some dry brushes on the Stillman and Birn Alpha sketchbook ...


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Pink Camellia

Sketchbook Journal -A walk around Southport and enjoying all the camellias in bloom....


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Yellow Fields on the First Day of Spring

Sketchbook Journal - First day of spring had me remembering those yellow fields I so loved in Oxford. Twice a year we'd take a road trip to find fields of yellow mustard so I could take photos and later sketch -- I especially loved those fields when they also included a barn or two ... I sketched this in my Stillman and Birn Alpha journal - trying again to learn how to apply my watercolors on this smooth paper ... BTW, I added those haybales after I did the yellow fields - just had to have a hay bale! LOL


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Flower and Shopping Area

Sketchbook Journal - My African Violet and the shopping area across from our storage lot ....


Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Green

Sketchbook Journal - Trying the Stillman and Birn Alpha journal. Pages are thinner than Beta, and I need to remember to use a LIGHT hand with my washes, and NOT use a ballpoint pen for darker lines ... but it was fun doing these 'Green Things" for the Wilmington Urban Sketchers this morning.


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Live Oak and brick house

Sketchbook Journal - Still working on learning how to use Stillman and Birns Beta paper -- Sketched this live oak that dwells in my neighbor's yard -- it towers over their brick home ... On the day I sketched it - the sun was in front of the house, casting the entire yard in shade. There is a light coat of blue for the sky that faded out in the photograph.


Friday, March 05, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - My rose-looking camellia

Sketchbook Journal - My rose-looking Camellia (in Hannemuehle Journal) - done during Wilmington Urban Sketchers Zoom Meet-Up


Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Travel Journal - Emerald Isle Beach

Travel Journal - At Croatan National Forest -- we had two FULL days of sunshine and warm weather -- truly glorious days. We were able to walk several trails and take in another sunset. We also got to hike Emerald Isle Beach and the Woods Park Trail near the Point -- great time!


Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Travel Journal - Sunset at Cedar Point

Travel Journal - Cedar Point, Croatan National Forest - Two glorious days there - sunshine, warm weather -- and the most beautiful sunsets from the pier ....


Monday, March 01, 2021

Sketchbook Journal - Kiwi

Sketchbook Journal - The challenge this week for the Wilmington Urban Sketchers was to paint from life the inside of fruits or vegetables. I have been trying different journals - and find that when I change from pure coldpress watercolor paper to those that are often more smooth, it takes (and will take) a lot more practice and a change in painting techniques. Here are two samples -''The first is using the Hannemuhle Journal - the second, Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro Travel Sketchbook Journal ...