Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!

I can't believe this year has already gone by! Way too fast. We have been so blessed this year, with health, family and friends.  My art has been fun this year. I got in a North Light book, and just found out that I got in another one coming out in September 2016!  I had my first open house in November. It was such fun.  I am making it a goal to get back to sketching in 2016.  Something happened and I have slacked off!  This first sketch makes me think how fast we  made it into another year!
My prayer is that it will go as smoothly as 2015! These were just fun sketches to do. Western art is still my favorite!  Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

On my Table

I have been so behind on everything! painting, sketching etc.  THis was a fun one I did while I had a student.  I just sketched what was on my table.  I just ordered some new pens. LOVE fountain pens.
I use a lamy most of the time with permanet Noodlers Lexington Gray. I really like that ink.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Santa Fe Sketches

I am still working on the 30 day challenge. Here are some more sketches from Santa Fe.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Santa Fe Sketches

More Sketches of Santa Fe Doors and Gates.
The top one is in honor of September 11.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Church Repair Sketch

I was coming home the other day, and in Ropes, TX 2 men were working on this beautiful Steeple.
I didn't have my good camera and I was so upset!  I used my phone and shot what I could. Hopefully I can work from the 'not so good'  photo!

THe bottom one is a Santa Fe  Sketch with stablo pen i used to draw it with.

Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4th Sketches for paintings

Two New sketches today for the 30 day challenge I am doing right now.  Paint 30 paintings in 30 days! I am going to try for 30 paintings from Santa Fe, NM.
This is Day 4 and 5 value Study using tombow markers.  The one on the bottom is done with a gray one, and the top with black.  Then using some water to get the softer and mid tone. I love using these markers.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Western Art is my very favorite! This is a saddle with a white seat, on a white horse.  I used the DeAtramentis Tobacco ink to draw with.  It is not waterproof so you can soften it.
This is in a mole skin sketchbook.  I really like the way it paints!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wash Day

This is an old sketch, done on location in New Mexico. Such fun memories here!
Don Getz taught the sketching plein air workshop, and was one of my favorite workshops ever!
Wish I could go again.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

New Sketches

These are just some more Santa Fe sketches. For the fish and the cactus I put down swatches of color, let it dry then sketched on the color. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

New sketches from New Mexico

 My Daughter and I spent the week end in Ruidoso NM and had a lot of fun. Here are some of the sketches from that trip.
Flower and Church from Hondo, NM
Hobo Statue from a junk store.
The old stove in our cabin
Pizza at Cafe Rio
Old barn in the country

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Green Door

This was a sketch from one of my photos.  It is in a small sketchbook.  I was at a workshop and needed it enlarged so I went to Fed Ex and had it enlarged to the size of half a sheet of watercolor paper, transferred it over Then  did the pouring technique.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sketches at Rock'n N B and B-Plains TX

 Saturday was the day to go out to the B and B and pick your own Lavender. It was a gorgeous day!
I stayed about 4 hours, taking photos and sketching.  It is such a fun place to be.  Lots to see....and smell!

This is a side view of the house.

Fence posts with old boots!
and a wagon wheel hub, laying in the wild flowers

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wild Flowers sketches

Small Folding sketchbook
I made a folding accordion sketchbook, and sketches the wildflowers that we have here now, 
because of all the awesome rains! I have never seen that purple flower, 'Horse Mint'
It is truly a gorgeous unusual flower.
I am teaching a sketchbook class June 12-13. Come join us!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Sketches

My favorite flowers! Tulips. I put some color down first, then drew the flowers.

The little camper was in New Mexico. I took this photo several years ago and just wanted to sketch it yesterday, in honor of Memorial Day.

The old barn is behind our house.  It is over 60 years old, and is falling down! Due to the wonderful rains, the sunflowers are growing like crazy back there.

June 12-13 I will be teaching a sketchbook class. Come join us! If you are interested, email me.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sketchbook Workshop June 12-13

 We will have a sketchbook workshop June 12-13.  Keeping a sketchbook will help you learn so much about drawing. I have room for 10-12 in my Studio. Let me know if you are interested in joining us. The cost is $60 for both days.  You can just do one day if you can't make both. Sketching is so much fun! The first day I plan on working inside and on the second, go out and sketch out doors. Now that is really fun!
email me if you are interested.  All you really need is a good sketchbook, a pen, small watercolor palette if you want color! I like to use water soluble markers too.  We will cover the different kinds of things you can use.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Workshop Sketches

 These are the colors we used in the workshop this week with Linda Baker. Cheap Joes of Cheap Joes art Supplies furnished our paint.  The sketch of the door is the sketch i used to paint from.  It is 1/2 Sheet on arches watercolor paper.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fun Sketches

 This was done with the sketch and wash pencil. I really like using it.
You draw, shade, etc. and then use water with a brush!
The bottom one is done with a tombow water soluble pen. I really love using these for darks and grays.
It is used the same way.  Draw, then use water on parts of it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Two Sketches

 I enjoyed both of these sketches! I love adding color to my ink drawing.
The Camper is in Plains, and I love this old camper!
I think it would be fun to redo it.
I just used the ink, and tombow with some water on it, then added the red flowers.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blooming Nest

Our pear tree is blooming and this nest is sitting there with blooms in places on it.
It is so cute. There is a dove there now, waiting the hatching day! This is done with pen and ink, and then some tombow pen and water.