Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This is my Sketchercise sketch I did after my walk this morning. The mornings are cool still. It doesn't get hot until later.

Monday, June 29, 2009

What a week.

It was a hectic week of classes, deadlines, appointments and two landscape designs. This little one was on and off and on again. But all worked out well in the end.
This is what I do in my spare time.
This little ink sketch is on the front of the folder.
This is a portion of a garden design that I created.

Click on image to enlarge
I consider the yard work as my physical fitness work out.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The cool of the house.

It is finally summer and HOT! 97 Fahrenheit. I worked in the garden till it was too hot and then came in and did an interior sketch till I had cooled down.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I walked this morning in a new area. Now that I am walking further I am finding new things to see. I have reduced my art bag to a pen and sketch book for now and am posting some of them every few days. Ivy and I stopped at a Starbucks and while I sat outside with my iced decaf no cream artificially sweetened coffee, Ivy fell to the ground with a clunk and then a grown to relax. I think an interesting thing about a greyhound is that the legs are so long and almost deer like.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day at the park

I walked today by a park and found this couple with this wonderful setup. They had a little tables and everything and for Ivy, faces just the right height for a doggy kisses.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

House cleaning day

My on line time has been limited lately. I can log in once a week so this is my chance to post the last few days of drawings.
Better to draw them then to wash them but I did both.
I cleaned out by the garage and my small storage area by my barbeque today. I had to organize this area to get ready for the new trash cans we are getting. It seems that the city believes that every house hold should have 3 garbage containers that are 96 gallons each. I don't know where I am going to put them. The dishes were the easy part.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


This is my Sketchercise workout for this morning.

I walked this morning with Ivy and saw this street to sketch. On the way back I stopped and sat on a low wall to sketch this street that's about 1/2 miles from my house. I like all the vertical lines. This is one of those streets that have the purple trees (Jacaranda). I will have to paint the trees next time. The blossoms were everywhere and many, many bees. Ivy doesn't like them.
I started with the front curb and stop sign and then just finished the car when the car owner came out of his house and drove away.

Monday, June 22, 2009


This is my front yard. I have been removing more and more lawn over the last few years and finally removed the last part at the end of winter.

I dumped all of my compost in one corner, put in a veggie garden and planted anything that was growing from my wormery. The wormery is a box with earth warms in it that receives my entire kitchen green garden waste like peels, seeds, spoiled fruit or veggies, potato peelings etc. A neighbor contributed a Halloween pumpkin and the seeds started to grow so I put them out in the front yard. The result is this huge mass of green. I have potatoes, tomatoes (looks like all kinds), squash, pumpkin, watermelon, and some stuff I don’t recognize. I have posted some of the squash on an earlier post. I guess when the bees pollinate the flower the seed can be a mix of anything in the area. This pumpkin has become very big and the plant is now growing through the rose arch and onto the sidewalk.
This pumpkin is the exact same color as the squash blossoms.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I spent the day in Italy today via the Virtual Paintout.
I found this location via Google Maps
The Google Map picture is below.
It is fun and I enjoyed going up and down the streets looking for a location to paint. I made a few sketches and the just painted this one taking artistic license with the light and color.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Coyote Hills

This area is land that the oil companies have worked and owned. The area is slated for development (houses and probably more stores) and the Save Coyote Hills group is trying to stop the development and the destruction of yet another open wild life area. It is hills of California native shrub, prickly pear cactus, eucalyptus (not native to California) and many animals. I drive there in the early morning, just at sun rise and then Ivy and I walk the area. I have seen opossums, skunks, coyotes, all kinds of raptors (hawks), mice, many kinds of birds, and insects. It's a lovely quiet place.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dana Point, California

It is so relaxing to sit and paint while feeling the wind, hearing the waves and the laughter of children playing in the water, the fog horn and the smell of ocean all this while I am trying to get the waves right.

When pelicans fly over their shadows follow them along the sand and over the rocks.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Here is Ivy relaxing. She has had to make do with too small furniture in her house. But as you can see she has made do.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


During my morning walk I came across this butterfly hanging from this blossom. I of course grabbed for my camera but the memory chip was in my computer at home. I started to sketch it thinking that it would fly away any moment. It seemed to wait for me to finish because it flew away just as I was thinking about doing a better more clear drawing. The entire time I was sketching I kept thinking that I wish I had more time and some colored pencils or pastels. The wing calls out for pastel.

Then after my walk and already thinking of my day, with my house in view a neighbor child stopped to show me this butterfly she had found. I asked if I could sketch it and she allowed me to take it home.

Top of butterfly
Underside of butterfly
Maybe I will get my wish to try colored pencil on this beauty.

Monday, June 15, 2009


This is the sketch for my Sketchercise walk. I walked 2 miles today, up and down hills. I didn't have a garden today so I thought I would challenge myself. Then I got home and had to go to work anyway. Then I had a late night. Oh well, it was a nice plan. I have taken two Tylenol in hopes I can overcome some of the pain. I keep telling myself that the physical labor of gardening is good for me and that it is just the same as going to a gym.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


My moring walk started with this Narnia like lamp post.

I walked to the bridle trail with ivy and then found this path to a corral where Ivy always says hi to the horse. Or should I say the horse bends it's big neck down so that Ivy can smell it's nose.

This sketch was in my book from last week so I finished it when I came to this spot. The sun comes through the trees burning out the lights and making the darks darker. The grasses and stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) are really tall now.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


The light was making long shadows on the stepping stones where I had set my bottle of water so I took up my garden journal sketchbook and did a quick pencil sketch.

I have been gardening constantly, both in other people’s gardens and my own. When I finally find my chair and some shade with an ice cold water bottle in my hand I think that I am finished, through, I will never work again. But after sitting for awhile I start to see that just one more thing needs to be done and then just one more thing and then another. I think without my water bottle and a little sit I wouldn't get anything done.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Sunset after a day of June Gloom. I couldn’t tell what colors I was using but it turned out OK. This is my favorite time to walk. A late summer day, cool and not full of mosquitoes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, yet!

Thursday, June 11, 2009


This is a stand of Eucalyptus that is on a hill. From this hill you can see Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. These trees are so interesting and the way they march up the hill stops me and makes me want to sketch or take a photograph every time. I have walked by these trees for 30 years and still I am sketching them.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Plein Air Art Supplies

OK, So don't laugh. Here is my Plein Air art supplies
and how I carry them.

Ivy has a back pack and she carries all the little stuff.
Small sketch book, paint box, a couple of brushes, a pen, pencil, tissue, her water and dish. I carry my camera, larger paper and/or a larger sketch book and my water. If I am going to be out all day, I have a chair that has a shoulder strap.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Sometimes I have such a hard time getting a get picture of my drawings.

Well I have taken up the Sketchercise challenge taken from Katherine Tyrrell's blog. This is the first day of exercise by walking and then sketching. Ivy doesn't quite understand why we have to stand for a while but I guess she will get the hang of it.

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Food was on the top of the list for all.

Yesterday was the Greyhound Picnic. Since Ivy is a greyhound I went and had a great time. It is a different experience to see 100's of people with 100's of greyhounds all in the same park.

Some people had more than 3 dogs; there were dogs for adoption and dogs with broken legs and dogs with grey noses from age and more. I got a new leash and collar for Ivy. She is styling now.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Here is the second harvest; oranges, apples and squash.

Friday, June 5, 2009


Rainy day painting. We are having a summer storm moving through Southern California, but I am continuing despite the painting is taking forever to dry. The rain and lightening is sporadic but I am cozy in my car.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


It rained today so I did this one from my car. The clouds were here and there and every time it clouded over there would be some rain and maybe lighting and thunder. I didn't have to water but I think my squash plant grew a foot. I wonder why rain is so good for plants since it is washing all the dirt out of the air.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


This sketch of a magnolia blossom has been drawn with a graphite pencil on recycled cotton paper.

The photo below was taken after I had sketched the flower and the petals had started to open allowing more opportunity to see the magnificent center.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I was helping a friend with her Rummage sale. The first couple of hours we made 25 cents. What do people do when they have time to do nothing? My friend took a nap. She was selling a huge old overstuffed lounge chair. I sketched these steps to the backyard across the street. The air was cool, birds were singing and I could hear the neighbors getting ready for church. I love to just observe nature and experience the morning.

Monday, June 1, 2009


The extra moisture in the plant is released at the ends of the leaves forming crystal beads of dew at the edge of the leaf.

This is a macro of a squash leaf and below a tomatoe leaf.

The first squash and apple of the season.