Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sketching at the Equestrian Center at Mount Holyoke College with MaryJo

The girls at the Equestrian Center were practicing for the upcoming event this weekend. Lots of medals and ribbons will be given out. MaryJo and I met at the Botanic Garden at the college but soon we drove to the center to draw the horses and tack. Most of these were horses were 18 hands maybe even bigger. I took an old book to draw in because it is easy to hold -- I knew I wouldn't be sitting while drawing. This is Joy. A beauty. She never came out of her stall. And she moved around a lot. Justt when I was on her face, she would move. No cooperation at all. The pen I used is a pentel brush pen that uses cartridges. Love the brush...nice thick bold lines when you need it. And drawing on old book pages is nice because the pen glides across the page. Very, very black ink. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sunday, April 12 - TAG SALE in Florence, MA

 It will be a fun day in Florence. I'll be bringing lots of beads for jewelry making to sell. $1.00 bags.
Also, vintage linens to use in art projects, lace, buttons and nice vintage linens to use on your tables and bed. So MARK YOUR CALENDAR...just say you read my blog and you'll receive 10% off.
See you on April 12th.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Yum Yum Two dozen scones just came out of the oven!

Wanted to make some scones. Made the first batch and I couldn't get the dough to run around the cuisinart to form a ball. Had to add a little more milk and it still wouldn't form a ball. So I had to knead it by hand. Disaster! 

Went ahead and tried another batch. This time I over compensated and the dough was runny. Geez! 

However, after both batches were baked...they tasted remarkably the same. Undercooked the first batch, over cooked the second to get them brown. 

I haven't made this recipe in several months -- why? Because I was eating all of them. But I was really wanting a scone this morning! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9am - 2pm INDOOR TAG SALE IN FLORENCE, MA

I'll be set up with antique linens, beads, fabrics and much much more! 
Come by and say "hello". Mention my blog and you'll receive 10% off your purchase.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Went over to Mount Holyoke College Botanical Garden last Friday. Drew a little in the succulent room. Then went over to the Art Museum and oh my....There was a small exhibit of Yoshida Hiroshi and his family that created prints in Japan for the last 3 centuries. I never have drawn a boat. (Pencil sketch) I copied it ...The originals (4) were done at different times of the iphone was totally out of juice so I couldn't take a photo of these 4 beauties but I'm definitely going back.
Then I opened up a little set of inexpensive gouache tube paints....and I've been having a lot of fun painting with them. I love the way you can get flat color backgrounds.  I tried a turtle swimming deep in the sea.  What I learned was that the background water had to be dark in order for it to look like he was swimming underwater rather than above it.  Then the hardest of all -- a selfie -- using the gouache.  You can remove the paint easily giving way to highlights underneath (if the color is light, that is)....

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Sketchbook Artist for Danny Gregory to add to his list of teachers in Sketchbook Skool!

I literally stumbled upon a blogger who, in my humble opinion, is a creative sketchbook artist. And an instagram phottographer, and a calligrapher. His name is Jose Naranja. You can find him by going to

Leaf study in my sketchbook!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving dinner

Got to spend quality time with my grand children. Jessie and Jacob. 13 and 16. Jessie enjoyed squash, turkey and brisket along with a few pecan tarts and egg nog. The stuffing was Pepperidge Farm with cooked onions, celery and Chicken stook. The asaparagus was cooked on a tray covered in olive oil, with parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Jason brought the turkey that he cooked for the first time. Hot baked rolls and pumpkin pie were there, too. Oops, almost forgott the marshmellow and fruit side dish and cranberry sauce. Yuuuuuummmmeeeeee! Wish you could have been here.