Sunday, October 16, 2016

InkTober 2016

I have been trying to keep up with InkTober 2016. We are to sketch or draw with ink everyday of October. I have missed a day or two. I have also done more than one on some days.  It was hard to get back to sketching after being off for a month or longer.
Here they are day 1- day 15.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Workshop Supply List

I haven't posted anything in a while.  Ken fell and broke 4 ribs and so I haven't been sketching!
hopefully i am back in the groove and have a few new ones i will post.
for now I am posting workshop supply list.

This is a list for the upcoming workshop Nov 4-5.  The time is 10-4.  Sketching and drawing can be so satisfying.  It is one of my favorite things to do.  It does take a while to learn because it all boils down to practice.  I try to sketch or draw everyday. The difference being…a sketch is usually fast and not real accurate and a drawing can be like a sketch all the way to a finished piece of art.  I do both. Between now and then get online and Google for sketch you tubes and watch some. You will be amazed,
Personally most of my drawings are done with ink, but I wont have you to do that unless you choose to. I think it is the best way to learn. To forget the pencil and go for the ink. BUT..i have pencil on the list. If you want to bring ink feel free.  I don’t particularly like ball point.  I use fountain pens.
Also if you have a small bag you can put your book/pencil/watercolor,eraser in.  on Friday we will go to a couple places and draw outside.  You wont need anything else.

You can pick up small inexpensive travel watercolor sets online or Hobby Lobby. Use your 40% coupon.

1.   Good Sketchbook…heavy paper that will hold water…make sure it says watercolor or mixed media.
2.   Pencil (or pen)
3.   Eraser
4.   Small watercolor set with brush (from walmart…hobby etc.)
5.   OR…colored pencils (I don’t use much)
6.   Some pics that you have you would like to sketch
7.   Small water container
8.   Hat or cap (it will be hot)
9.Drinking water for Friday
10. lawn chair or stool for outside

I hope this is everything. It doesn’t’ take much even though I have a LOT of stuff in my bag but just to start out this will work for you.

Also bring something from home…something small that we can all sketch.

Please email me if you have any questions.
And go to
and check out my sketches and other art.

I am excited about showing you some fun things I have learned.  We will spend Thursday inside working with the books, shapes, and ideas. Tools and supplies.  Then on Friday I want to go to a couple places for us to draw. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

New sketches from Cloudcroft New Mexico

We have been in cloudcroft this week for a watercolor workshop with Laurie Goldstein-Warren. It was a great workshop. I did a couple sketches so far. The Bar B Que  place is for sale.  The 2nd sketch was at the old library where we paint.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Three new Sketches

Some more sketches. The top two are from the Kerrville trip. The Cowboy is Tex Randall, and he is in Canyon TX. He was built 50 years ago, by the shop teacher there.  He has been redone twice now.  He is 47 feet tall! A fun one to see. Of course I didn't do him justice! I painted it with Casein is similar to Gouache. The other two are transparent watercolor.  The are drawn and painted in a 5x5 sketchbook.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Kerrville Trip Sketches

More sketches from the Kerrville/Fredericksburg trip.  I love these old houses with flags on the porch!  Of course the sign 'Texan' caught my eye!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Old Car

Two more sketches. I have been working on some collages and not getting to draw as much.
one is an old fence post from somewhere, and the other is an old car.  I have already drawn this a couple times. I keep finding different views of it. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bee Keepers

This was done in a 5x5 drawn with ink, then painted with casein paint.
It was fun. I did a large collage of it. you can see it at:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Old Dump Truck

Out side of Sweetwater Texas is an old run down dilapidated house with some very old cars and trucks around it.  I can't believe people just leave their old cars like it was left there 50-60 years ago!

It is drawn with ink, and painted with gouache.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Comfort TX

Keri and I were in Comfort TX and I found this Antique shop.  of course the flag caught my eye!
I drew this with my platinum Carbon pen in a 5x5 Sketchbook. Then watercolor.  I still love painting flags!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Experimenting with new paint

I have been watching James Gurney use Casein and gouache and I wanted to try the Casein since i love gouache so much. So here is a try...I sketched with brown ink, then painted with watercolor then went back with the Casein. It is just an opaque watercolor that has been lused for centuries.  It is made using milk. I don't really know much about it, even after googling it.

This is the Saddle shop in Post TX. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Two New Sketches

I wanted to try some new paint 'Casein' and did the small flag, just messing around with it to see how it painted.  One of the main things I noticed was the smell.  I haven't found much info on Casein, but hope to soon. 

We were headed to Midland TX the other day when we got to O'Donnell TX we stopped for photos.
Right there on the main highway running by the town is an awesome old building and several old trucks! Of course I had to get a bunch of pics!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sketchbook Workshop

I just had a sketchbook workshop and I had a blast! i LOVE being around people who want to learn, and are excited about lines, color and shadows, and paint, and sketching....and on and on.
The 12 there were ALL the above. They were all so awesome and did a great job. We had some laughs.  We had a hick up though. My 2 year old Air conditioner quit! we were in a 90 degree room with 12 laughing talking women! WHAT A HOOT! I LOVED it.
The first day we worked inside. On the 2nd day we went out to Rock'n B and B and sketched the lavender and the old house. Then we went to the court house lawn and sat under the shade trees and sketched there.  I hope to have another one in about 5-6 months. I need to look at the calendar and get it set up.  It will be limited to no more than 12.  I hope you can join us sometime in the future!