Monday, June 30, 2014

A Good Day, A Very Good Day

We went on a little road trip to Yankton, S.D. today. We had lunch at Bonanza, went to the Westside Park and toured the Dakota Territorial Museum. Then headed over to Riverside Park and I did a quick watercolor sketch of a portion of the  bridge that is in that park. We made out way over to Myron Grove and I put my feet in the Missouri River. It was a Good day! A very Good day!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Watercolor Journal

I made myself a new watercolor journal. I used a 7gypsies book cover for the front & back of my journal. I used Duck Tape on the inside of my front and back covers. I purchased this Duck Tape probably over a year ago and never used it. I bought it because it is cute, wit no idea what I would use it for. This journal was the perfect opportunity to use it. The only embellishment that I put on the journal is a metal sticker that says JOURNEY. I am on a watercolor journey this summer, and it is a FUN journey! The journal measures 5" x 7" and fits perfectly into my watercolor travel kit. I only put 16 pages in the book, because when painted on the pages expand, and I still wanted to be able to close the journal when it is finished.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Today's Garage Sale Find

Today's garage sale find. 50 cents.
I Love it when I can find a Good Read at a garage sale!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Watercolor Live sketch

I sat out on my West lawn this afternoon & did a little live sketch of my birdbath, in my watercolor journal.

Watercolor Railroad trestle

Railroad trestle
Lennox, S.D.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Doodle Smile


I have no idea who this is. I bought her at a garage sale.
She came in a bag of ephemera. I drew her because she has such a big smile!


Doodling while watching movies with the Grandchildren.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Watercolor & Ink Selfie

Watercolor & Ink Garden Shed

Monoprint Necklace

This necklace is hand painted from one of my monoprints.
Monoprinting is a form of print making that has images or lines that can only be made once.
I also made the cord from embroidery floss with a lucet.
A lucet cord is square, strong, and slightly springy.
The cord is formed by making a series of loops, that are weaved around the lucet.
A lucet, which is a tool used in cord making.
This tool dates back to Viking and Medieval periods.

The cord on this necklace is 18" long.

This pendant is water resistant, but not waterproof.

I used toggle clasp on this necklace, making it very easy to put on ad take off.

You can find this necklace in my Etsy Shop .

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Watercolor Moon

Watercolor Moon
This was my view of the moon last night at dusk.
My husband and I had a Beautiful view of the moon last night while sitting on our South porch.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Watercolor live sketch at Falls Park

My husband & I drove to Sioux Falls This evening so that I could do a little live sketching at Falls Park. I really enjoy painting outside!!! I felt the Sun on my back, and a breeze on my face.  I did a bit of sketching in pencil, most of the sketching I did with the paint brush. This was a very fast sketch, it took me about 25 minutes to finish the painting. I painted in my small watercolor journal. I really enjoy live sketching, and I am going to do a lot more of it this summer. The only problem that I had was my paint dried very Fast in the Sun, an bugs keep getting into my paints.

Watercolor Frog

It is a Beautiful Day here in South Dakota today. I worked on my tan a bit this afternoon. When I came in, I sat out on my South porch and painted a frog in my little watercolor journal.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gelli Plate Printing FUN!

Just a few things that I made with my monoprints from my Gelli Plate.
Pendants, Flowers, & 3 D Butterflies.

Watercolor & Ink Rockbourne Cottage

Watercolor & Ink
I sketched this cottage from a picture of a cottage in
Rockbourne Hampshire, England
I am learning that their are so many different ways to paint trees and grasses with watercolor. I am having a Great time learning!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Watercolor & Ink Cottage

  1. I sketched this cottage from a picture of a cottage in Wales.
    Wouldn't it be a Great Adventure to go to Wales and live sketch this cottage.

Watercolor & Ink

Watercolor & Ink
This building is located on main Street in Lennox, S. D. Lennox is a small rural town in Southeast South Dakota. The population in Lennox is just a little bit over 2,000 people. This is a watercolor & ink painting of Roger's Barber Shop, & Frieberg, Nelson & Ask, L.L.P. Attorneys At Law.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Watercolor & Ink Bridge

For this painting I just sketched the bridge, because it was surrounded by trees & water. I painted the bridge first, some parts of the bridge were so light, it was almost white. Then I painted the water, and filled in the rest of the painting with trees. There were trees all around the bridge. When he painting was dry I added ink to help define the painting.The Sun was very Bright this day. This bridge is in Beaver Creek Nature Area in Brandon, S. D.

A Quick Sketch

Just a quick sketch in my watercolor journal.

Painting outside

I am painting outside in my watercolor sketch book today.
this is how I set things up when I am out in my driveway sketching and painting.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Watercolor & Ink Clock

This Beautiful Clock is located in Downtown, Sioux Falls. I painted the background first, the sidewalk and the Beautiful Blue South Dakota sky. Then I painted the clock and trees. When I finished painting I added ink to help define the painting.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gelli Plate Fun!!!

Playing around a bit with my Gelli Plate today. Fun for me!!!!!

Watercolor & Ink Cabin

Beaver Creek Nature Area. Brandon S.D.
A man named John Samuelson and his wife Anna Built this cabin in 1875. They homesteaded 160 acres in Split Rock Township, in Minnehaha County. They came here from Sweden. John & his wife were among the first pioneers in Split Rock Township. This cabin had 2 rooms & a loft. They raised 8 children in this cabin.
I painted this cabin with watercolors, and added definition to the painting with ink.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Watercolor & Ink Just Chillin

Tonight my husband and I are just Chillin on our south Porch. So I got my little watercolor sketch journal out, and did a quick little live sketch of him.

Watercolor & Ink

This is Arrowhead Park in Sioux Falls, SD. With this little painting I did all of my sketching with the paint brush. No pencil on this one. I used both ends of my paint brush to paint the trees in the background. I started the painting with the lightest colors, the sky and the water. When I finished painting the picture I added Ink in places to help define the painting.