Wednesday, May 31, 2006

the grands again


always a favorite subject and the only drawing I've done in several days. I'm sure I'll make up for it soon...

Sunday, May 28, 2006

more in the garden book

I spent a lot of my day today drawing in the Garden Book. A big hole was left in my garden last year when a very old Mulberry Tree came down in a storm. It was such a beautiful tree but I had to respect that it was time for it to go. I really miss that big, gorgeous tree that had a hole in the back of the trunk large enough for a small child to enter!
mulberry tree

And since that old tree fell on my lawn furniture and destroyed it, I had to get a couple new chairs this year...
wood chairs

Finally, there is no stopping me or anyone in my family from taking a well-deserved break. Here is son Bill trying out one of the new chairs!!!
studio view

Saturday, May 27, 2006

saturday's sketches

Today was a day off and I didn't feel like doing any REAL work, so here is what I did - several sketches!! First off are some "roses" made from Hershey kisses. I've had these a while but wouldn't let myself eat them until they were drawn. Now I can have the chocolat!!
rose kisses

And then there is the garage window that I noticed was so overgrown with ivy yesterday. I'd much rather photograph it and draw it than get out there and sweat while trying to tame it!!
garage ivy

And finally, a few more tail lights. I do like these Chrysler models...



I came across a small carnival at the mall Friday evening and couldn't resist this festive carousel. And I was able to keep the sketch a bit loose, which I like. I always seem to work it a bit too much, but I like the free-ness in this one.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

may bloomers

Having a flower garden is like watching a constant parade. We've already had the tulips and ajuga of early spring, and now it is time for peonies and oak leaf hydrangea. All eyes go to the West Side of my house at this time of year for the spectacular show.

may bloomers

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

a garden evening

These days, with the ultra-nice weather, I literally RACE home to find something to draw. This evening, it was all about gardening. First I sat in front of a large double flower pot and recorded what I planted just the other day. It is still a bit sparse at the moment, but hey, easier to draw!! I 'll have to do updates as the plantings mature.
double planter

THEN I started my newest moleskine, one devoted to the garden where I live. It has been a lot of work and needs much more, but I'm ready to tackle it again this year. We'll see how it goes!!
site map

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I have coveted a "bistro" set for the past couple years. Sooo European. And actually, the word "bistro" is russian for "hurry, hurry!". But I know that when in Europe, you can sit at one of these small tables facing the street for as long as you like. It is a long long tradition. And now I have a bistro set on my very own front porch. Ooo la la....


Monday, May 22, 2006

a bird nest

My friend Maureen sent me this picture this morning of a bird nest in her gas grill! We should all be so resilient!!

bird nest

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Planting Day

I spent a good bit of today planting flowers in my yard and I was aware - every minute - of how fortunate I am. I have disposable income to buy said flowers, I have time off work to plant them, I have free-flowing water to ensure their survival and I have the luxury of sitting around watching them grow. Truly, if you live in the USA, no matter how poor or how you struggle, you are a rich, rich person...

planting day

a great day in may...

Today was spent with the grands and it was a fun day all around...

moving day

Friday, May 19, 2006

more tail lights

I spent the last couple days working on some tail lights...

soccer moms

tomorrow I have the grands for a while, so will probably get some new subject matter!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

last page of the first moleskine!

I don't believe I have ever filled up a sketch book before, but this first moleskine has lasted a mere 41 days. WoW!! I am loving this celebration of everyday life and hope to fill up many a moleskine from now on. One a month would be nice...

This is a bleeding heart that I picked out of Ellyn's yard this evening.

more of the grands

When the grands come over, they like to check out the sketch book for the latest. Imagine their surprise when they saw a sketch of Colin but not the other two! That just won't do! So we adjourned to the porch with the digital camera, their mama shouting "they aren't cleaned up for photos!!" and snapped some anyway. I like them whatever state they're in...

princess j

the eldest

Sunday, May 14, 2006

anniversary kermit

I just love Kermie (as Miss Piggy would say). He's a national treasure...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

EDM Challenge 66

This week's challenge is a fire hydrant. I've been working so much that I couldn't go in search of one, so I looked it up on the internet. This old beauty appealed to me, along with it's advertising, circa 1920...


Friday, May 12, 2006

let there be tail lights...

I have been insanely busy of late, but I have worked some each evening on my tail light collection. Work friends, a fave model and local celebrities...

work friends 2


we deliver

Monday, May 08, 2006

Friday, May 05, 2006

today's tail lights

scouted around work today for tail lights...

workmate tail lights 1

Thursday, May 04, 2006

challenge #65

Here is my challenge for this week, subject, "noses"...


And I continue to hunt out tail lights. It was easy to get my son and daughter-in-law for this one. I'll probably be able to fill the book just on people I know!! And that just means the tail light project will continue. I see them all day every day!!

tail lights

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

a curiosity

there's nothing i love more - or find harder to do - than studies of real people. oh how i wish they would roll off my pen. maybe they would if i did them all the time. hmmm... there's an idea......

this is my youngest grand, colin, age four. intense curiosity in a small package...

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

rare day off


It was a rare at-home day for me today. And since my daughter stopped by, I had to capture her tail lights. And the blooming ajuga, of course...

new series

I've started another Moleskine! That means I need to order some more since I've now gone through my pack of four already. Actually, I gave one away, I'm almost through my first everyday one, one is devoted to weight issues, and now this one is devoted to - of all things - car tail lights.


I've had a fascination with the umpteen varieties of car tail lights for a long time. I notice them all the time and am constantly amazed at the many ways they can be configured along the back of a vehicle. I'm always thinking, "there's another one!" and I had thought of doing some sort of painting of a series of them.

But I like the idea of having a Moleskine for them because I can just add pages as I feel like it and collect them that way. I devoted the first page to my own car, of course and then went looking for others. Now I'll have to visit my kids to check out their tail lights. *grin*

Monday, May 01, 2006


it really is everywhere. i love it and i hate it. i love it when it's fun and funky and beautifully done. i hate it on billboards and grocery carts.