…trying to stay awake

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies.  The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m thankful to be back home.  We had a wonderful (Thanksgiving)  visit with family but there literally is no place like home.  We took our little dog Taffy and let’s just say that she can’t run with the big dogs. There were three dogs plus one cat running around or running from each other…mostly running from Taffy.  I think she was like an annoying little sister :)

Here are a few pages from my sketchbook:




…inspired by Jennifer Nelson in the latest Uppercase magazine



I’m back again…

I have taken a longer break from the net than I intended…it just happened.  I had one or two people (family members) ask me about my blog.  I thought I’d post again just for them :)

We have a new dog at our house.  She’s a little rescue dog.  Her name is Taffy.  This photo of her was taken about a month ago:


She is a lot of fun and I think she’s very happy to have found her forever home.
We miss our Rottie but he wasn’t a traveler. We’ve been on several little jaunts since she’s been here and she is proving to be an excellent traveler.
A few weeks ago we went to Hot Springs (Arkansas). We enjoyed our two days there. Lots of fall color to see. Hot Springs is the oldest park (1832) in the US national park system.
While we were in Hot Springs, we went to a restaurant named “The Purple Cow.” I used part of a brochure I picked up(for collage) while we visited the restaurant.  The man was already on the page, I drew his lady friend. Here’s what I did with it:
The book I’m altering is a book of cartoons (Let’s Boogie) by James Stevenson. I think it was published in the 1960’s or 70’s. Here are two ink drawings on the first two pages. I love this FW Indigo ink!
Big flower with inks and markers:
I’ll finish with three more pages…the last one is a work in progress:



I have some sketchbook pages but I’ll save that for another day.
Let me know if you missed me :)

quick late night post

It’s been a really busy week…more so than usual.  I’ve been helping my mom…doctor appointment, taking her cat to the vet, etc.  I’m ready for a quiet weekend.

I signed up for Tracy Verdugo’s “Paint Mojo” workshop that begins next month.  I am looking forward to it.

From my watercolor book:




The one above was inspired by Tina Berning.

From my sketchbook:




…and this last one is inspired by my “Flow” coloring book:


Our weather here in northern Arkansas is much cooler the past few days.  I think fall is on its way.  Have a great weekend!

…and then there are watercolors

This week I signed up for a class at Creative Bug.  The artist teaching is Pam Garrison.  Go here if you aren’t familiar with her work.  I’ve been a big fan for several years now.  Sign up at Creative Bug and get two free weeks to look around their site.  They have a little bit of everything….art and crafts and more.

Here are some of the pages I made this week prompted by Pam in the first two weeks of class videos:

cs1 cs2 cs3 cs4 cs5 That’s all for now…have a great weekened!

…art and a blue moon

My art work has been sporadic lately…I’m kind of starting to get back into it more lately. We have taken to sitting on our deck in the back yard very late in the evenings…watching the birds, listening to tree frogs, and looking at the sky. You would be surprised at what one can see in your own backyard. We have both noticed a face in a certain tree out there and last night I grabbed my sketchbook and tried to draw some funny tree faces:


And we laughed a lot over this one:

We’ve been seeing a big moon the last few nights. I had noticed on our calendar that shows a full moon for tonight. It will be a blue moon. I always thought a blue moon is the second full moon that occurs during the same month. This article explains that there is also another definition for blue moon. Here is a great article about it:  http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/moon/blue-moon.html

Some more pages from my sketchbook:




These are from the duct tape journal I made earlier this month:




I had been obsessing over finding the perfect old book to turn into an art journal…or in my case “visual” journal since I do very little journaling in my journals. I found a book last week with a sewn binding (and the price was right ($2.00) at one of our local flea markets. I will try and finish the duct tape journal before starting a new one….or maybe not. Jane Davenport puts her own watercolor paper along with some of the book pages in her handmade journals. This is an excellent video showing how she does that:


Have a great weekend!