Thursday, October 20, 2016

something every day

October 19, 2016, Surprise October Rose Janice Skivington
Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good.
-Cennino Cennini

Mid-October, we are still enjoying some mild sunny days. Surprise and pleasure to find a rosebush producing two lovely yellow blooms at this late date in the year.
I spent my evening sketching and adding watercolor wash to the daily good moment in the world.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

to see the summer sky

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee—
—Emily Dickinson

Friday, October 14, 2016

warmth remembered

I know it is October, my most beautiful time of year. But here are my recent sketches from the last glorious days of September. I spent several weekend days on a Lake Michigan beach. Sand under my toes, soaking up the sunshine, splashing in gentle waves, playing with my grandchildren. Sketching in my book, and storing warm memories for winter ahead.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

drawing often

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.

-Camille Pissarro


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Black ink wash in background. Makes the highlights sparkle. Nothing new to a Dutch master!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

a little glimpse

September weather continues into October. All those summer flowers are still calling me.

A page glimpsed in my sketchbook from past weeks.
I think I will add some watercolor. Maybe I'll experiment a bit?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October is the best of the year

October is my month, I claim it for myself. The rest of you people can have the other 11 months.

Friday, September 2, 2016

so long delphiniums blue

End of August 2016. The days are no longer so long and so hot.The delphiniums are spent, blooms are drooping, yet still holding on to intense cobalt blue and violet.
I've painted these blooms several times in the past couple of weeks. Today they are sadly wilted, and I should clean them up and toss out the bouquet on the table here. Yet I love the color and the graceful  weeping lines of the blue delphiniums. I shall draw them one more time.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

square of blue

When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever... merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you your own naive impression of the scene before you.
- Claude Monet