August 31, 2020

What a Pain!

Painful knee - doctor appointments, x-ray, MRI - looks like a partial knee replacement is in my future...not happy!

August 28, 2020

Driving Rain...

I got caught in a downpour on Wednesday afternoon. I do not enjoy driving in the rain when it’s almost impossible to see out the window with cars zooming past me.   I was DEFINITELY not singing in the rain!!  When it rains like that, I like to be at home, reading a book and/or sipping scotch.

August 26, 2020

The Color Purple...

Remember the book "When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple" edited by Sandra Haldeman Martz?  I noticed the book on the shelf while dusting (yes, on occasion I do dust!). The poems and personal stories in the book are just wonderful - the inspiration for this painting in my COVID-19 journal.

"When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple and Very Red Lipstick!

August 25, 2020

Summer Getaway...

On Instagram I saw an oil painting "Midsummer" by Romona Youngquist, an artist whose work is absolutely beautiful.  My artwork is no match for Romona's by any stretch of the imagination, but I simply wanted to give it a try.  When I saw her piece, I thought that's where I want to spend my summer even if it's only in my COVID-19 journal!

August 24, 2020

2014 Budapest

 in 2014, my husband and I took a trip to Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.  This mixed media piece was inspired by one of the many photographs I took while there.

loose drawing in sketchbook; once again on journal page with Micron pen

journal page

August 22, 2020

Lest we forget...

Sometimes I forget and get too close.  I need to remember SOCIAL DISTANCING!

I found these fantastic Blackwing pencils at Dick Blick.  The color is nice and rich making sketching fun.

Remember 6' apart!!

August 21, 2020

the end...

 Finished this spread in my COVID journal. Inspired by a poem written by Harold Adamson.

"Time on My Hands"

Mixed media - Micron pen, watercolor, ink, image transfer

August 20, 2020

the beginning...

 Time on my hands...what to draw...what to paint...decisions, decisions.  A spark of an idea...let's see what happens...

August 19, 2020

"Make Mine a Double!"

Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places!  Mixed media: Micron pen, watercolors and acrylic paint 

Publix has flu shots available - comes with a free $10 gift card too.  I'll let you guess what I spent my $ on.  Richard bought himself apple turnovers from the bakery department.

"Make Mine a Double!"

August 17, 2020

The Woman Who Performed Shakespeare

An interesting article in the newspaper yesterday about Margaret Holloway.  She died of the Coronavirus in May and was remembered by friends as a gifted actor and director.  I was captivated by her smile and her hat - oh that hat!  My little drawing really doesn’t do her justice.  

August 16, 2020

Gary Skies Are Gonna Clear up...

Gray skies are gonna clear up...Take off the gloomy mask of tragedy...Put on a happy face.

Gray skies and plenty of rain around here this weekend - good subject for my COVID-19 journal.

August 15, 2020

What Shall I Paint Today?

 Trying something new.  Take selfie; sketch in Micron pen on scrap paper; draw again with India ink and pen in journal; paint; add shading in ink.

Just trying something new!

August 14, 2020

Losing It!

Picked out one of my drawings from yesterday's doodling exercise and translated it into a little painting for my journal.

 "I'm definitely losing it!"  COVID-19 be gone already!!

August 13, 2020


 It's fun to just to doodle/draw/sketch quickly - every once in a while something wonderful happens!

August 10, 2020

Tomorrow's Only a Day Away...

 I'm so tired of feeling sick and tired!  My knee still hurts (a lot!) despite having stem cell injections 3 weeks ago.  Seeing my doctor this afternoon (again!).  Everyday is the same.  Will I ever feel better?!

August 8, 2020

If at first you don't succeed...

 Small journal page - huge headache!  I reworked this page 3 times before I said that's it - enough already!


August 7, 2020

Keeping It Simple...

 Single line drawing - just keep moving that Sharpie pen around and around without lifting it up.  Add color with Derwent Inktense pencils and a touch of acryllic paint.

August 4, 2020

Vine Ripe Tomatoes

I love tomatoes.  These beauties were sitting on my kitchen island begging to be immortalized...

(I keep forgetting how hard painting in acrylics is - the paints dry so fast!  It didn't seem prudent though to "waste" my oil paints on my COVID-10 journal.)

August 2, 2020

COVID-19 Blues

We ordered curbside last night from Bonefish Grill.  

Who knew dinner would be an inspiration for my journal - you just never know!!