Sunday, December 30, 2007

Church Doodle

A doodle from church today. Drawn in blue black ink. I wanted it to bleed and provide the background which it did. The yellow and green watercolor was added at home. I tend to stay awake and alert a bit better if I am doodling. I have given up on trying to draw people as I sit on the podium facing the congregation. That would require some staring at people which I am sure they would not be comfortable with nor would I. Fiddle as I might, I still cannot get the scan the same color and look as the original!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Candy Continued!

I am continuing with the candy theme. I am not sure how big this will get, but I do have several more that I want to add. The Yorkie and the Lion look like they are marketed in the U.K. by Nestle' from Switzerland. The Lion bar is not that big but I wanted to get the whole thing in! The Phinney bar is out of Seattle Washington and was quite yummy!

Monday, November 12, 2007

More Candy

It has been awhile since I have painted. In a short month, I can tell that I have lost ground!
I have found some more candies and I started painting some of them. The yorkie cracks me up! It says it is not for girls and on the bottom of the package it says that it is not for handbags! It is a Nestle product from Switzerland.
Drawn with pen and watercolored on Albrecht Durer watercolor paper.

Sunday, October 7, 2007


More peppers from the garden. It is fun to see the different varieties and all of their stages of growth and color changes. I enjoy growing these mostly to paint. Some are pretty hot! The habaneros just have not produced this year. I must have started the seeds too late.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Another Pepper

Another pepper from the garden. I set this up on a white table top. It was interesting to see the reflected light on the underside of the pepper. The bottom edge almost disappeared to the whiteness. I did not capture that. I should have put a background in, that would have helped. I think this is a Purira pepper. It is extremely hot, rivalling a habanero!
Large Moleskine watercolor sketchbook with pen and watercolor.
The computer crashed. Shame on me for not backing everything up! I did lose everything! My biggest regret are photos that have been lost! A huge thanks to my good friend, Dave, for making several house calls and spending several hours trying to save my files and in putting my computer back into working order!!!!!!!!!!!! A true Friend!! Thanks!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

From the Garden

My apologies! It has been awhile since I have posted. It has been awhile since I have painted as well. I started a new job three weeks ago. I have gone from a sedentary job of selling cars back into a management position in the convenience/gas station business. So far, most of my work has been very physical. a glorified stock boy so far. It has given me a workout everyday! I have been eating a lot of Advil! It has also been very tough on my hands. The first week they were all swollen and broken out with the eczema and very miserable! I would goop them up with cremes and medicines and wear gloves around, trying to get ready for the next hammering. I have started wearing gloves at work. that has helped but hasn't cured. Anyway, I picked these peppers from the garden today and painted them tonight. Large moleskine watercolor sketchbook drawn in ink and watercolored.I would like to thank Joan Yosioka for awarding me with the Creative Blogger award. It is really appreciated! I have never been good at chain kinds of things so I am not good at passing this award on. I have left it too long and many that I would have nominated have been awarded by others. So here are some of my fav's. This may be a double award for them. I am not sure how to make the links, so here goes.
Suzanne at I really love her sketches. It would be great to take an art class from her.
Terry at a very talented artist. Great realism in a lot of his works!
Robyn at I enjoy her posts and her art! I look forward to seeing more of her art and imagery of Italy!
Karen at What wonderful journal entries and art of everyday objects. A delite for the senses!
Nina at I love the quality of her watercolors! Fantastic !
There are many very talented artists that I regularly stop and check on. thanks for your inspiration and your encouragement to me. thanks again Joan!
Now, these honorees may now proudly post your awards and give the award to five other creative bloggers. For more info on Christie and the Creative Blogger Award, including other awards, check it out here

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Quick and Loose

This was my attempt at quick and loose! I did this about a year ago. I am not sure how loose it is, but it was quick. I think that I have made some improvements in my paintings since then.
I remember sitting out on the patio to do this one. I really fumbled around trying to hold my sketch book and my paints. It probably would have been funny to watch!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

My Dad

I did this picture last year. It was my Dad's Christmas present. I had gone on a scavenger hunt to find all these things to put in the picture. My son had the golf clubs. They were my Dad's and also the clubs that he taught me the game of golf with. I always loved the leather club cover. These binoculars went on every vacation with us. I could not find the original old bird book, this is one exactly like it from EBay. We would always try to remember everything about a bird to identify it. Dad always seemed to already know but would help us find the right answer. Dad loved to tool leather when I was a kid. I found this old purse in his drawer. All tooled but never completed. His work is beautiful and I included a couple of his tools. Dad loves walnuts and will sit and crack them for hours at a time. His old pocket knife has seen better days, it is nearly worn out! We collected stamps and coins when I was a kid and had some good times doing that. These are a couple of stamps that we collected, both unused from the 1940's. The silver dollar was my allowance when I was 6 or 7. An 1898 Morgan dollar worth about $6 the day it was given to me! When Mom found out, she tried to get it back! I still have it! Dad and I went on a lot of rabbit hunts when I was a kid. I put in a couple of .22 shells to evoke those memories. A long with the painting was a three page letter about these and other memories. My Dad is not one to show emotion. I was excited and nervous to give him this gift! In fact I have never been more excited to give a gift! How would he react? Would I even know if he liked it? I gave it to him at our Christmas breakfast when the whole family was there. He was just starting to kind of tear up when Mom piped in with her commentary. I wonder if that was a protective thing that Mom did for him? Dad regained his composure and remained steeled. I was left still kind of wondering! I saw him the next day and he told me it was the best gift that he had ever been given! Wow! How can I top a gift like that?!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Across the Street

This is the cherry tree and two street lights that reside in the neighbors yard, across the street. I left out the house, no need for that. I think that we should be very safe all lit up with these two lights and two more that shine in from both sides of the corner that I live on. Good thing that we have some heavy drapes that block out all of this light! This is in a small watercolor moleskine.

Friday, August 24, 2007

From the Garden

A couple of interesting sunflowers from the garden. I liked the first one because it is a little wonky. Not the typical sunflower, personality!

The second one was only partially blossomed. I find it fascinating that those tiny unblossomed petals get as large as they do. It would be fascinating to watch. Do they grow and engorge like a butterflies wings? I might have to investigate this a little further.

Ink and watercolor in a small watercolor moleskine.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


I really like this San Pellegrino orange drink. The can has a great design. I rushed this one too much. I also simplified it a bit. The red dots should be stars! It was still fun to do. Pen and ink and watercolor in a small watercolor Moleskine.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our first Granddaughter, Lyra!

This is Lyra! Daughter of Jamis and Theresa. What a cutie! She was born last night. Mom and Lira are doing fine. Dad and big brother are pretty excited! Lira was 6 lbs. 6 oz. I cannot remember her length. Oh, Grandma and Papa are pretty excited too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Mess O' Peppers

I saw these peppers at Costco the other day and I knew they needed to come home with me. They were all in a bag together. Very colorful. An unknown variety of peppers, greenhouse grown in Canada. I still can't get things to scan exactly right, even after fiddling and adjusting. The actual colors are more pure and vibrant than my scan.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Venice 2

I thought that I would try this one again on real watercolor paper. I love Venice! It has been years since we were there. I think about it quite often. I am still trying to figure out how to get there again. The exchange rate was great back in 1995 but not so much now. I just seem to be getting farther away! I will keep dreaming!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Ybor City

This is from a photo or two that I took while in Tampa this spring. We were with friends, and ended up getting lost a few times. It always turned out great as we discovered things that we would have never seen otherwise! Ybor City was one of those surprises! Loved this place and it's architecture and charm! Enjoyed lunch seated on the sidewalk and soaked up the atmosphere, friendship and food! A very pleasant memory from the trip!
This is done in a small Moleskine watercolor sketchbook. Pigma Micron pen and watercolor.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Ginger Mints

Another of the candy collection that did not make it to the calendar. It is in a small Moleskine watercolor sketch book. I drew with a uniball signo.18 and painted with a niji waterbrush. I am using the waterbrush and like them a lot. The drawing is a bit off, but that is what happens when I draw with a pen. Live with the mistakes! I did this one at work today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mad Croc

I have been tagged and feel a bit like this Croc...just kidding! Just one of the left over candies from the calendar projects.

Here are the rules: 1-post these rules2-each person tagged must post 8 random(... hopefully interesting) facts about themselves3-tags should write a blogpost of these facts4- at the end of the post 8 more bloggers are tagged and named5-go to their blog and leave a comment telling them they're tagged. So, here I go.

  1. I once set a goal to run a marathon before the year ended. Due to an injury I missed the organized Marathon. To hit my goal I decided to run the marathon on my treadmill. I set it for slightly uphill and went a little farther than 26.2 and ran without stopping! 4 hours and 37 minutes. I also lost no weight between the training and the marathon! Not fair!
  2. Funnest vacation ever was a bicycle trip in 1995. My wife and I bicycled across Italy. It was hard to come home. If you are going to bike across a country, pick a small country like Italy!
  3. I have a hard head(In more ways than one!). When I was six, my brother and i were playing in a new home that was under construction. I ended up falling from the main floor to the basement, head first. I landed on the corner of a brick. A pretty nasty cut from above my eye to the top of my head. I think it really gave my parents a pretty good scare!
  4. As a new artist I joined the watercolor society. They had a week long paintout with a nationally famous artist. "teacher of the year". Paid my fee and took a week off work. All plein aire painting and I really struggled. The teacher gave me about 2 minutes worth of her time for the whole week. at the end of every day we had a critique. all critique and no positive for me. The last day I chose to paint for leaves rather than the creek and forest scene. turned out well. It is framed and hangs in my house today. I still think it is a good painting! Well, slammed again! It was years before I could pick up a paint brush. I am glad that is in the past. I have greatly appreciated every one's positive and encouraging feedback! You all are awesome!!
  5. I think that I have more art supplies and journals than I can use in a lifetime!
  6. I am a saver! I dread ever having to move! It is amazing how much stuff you can amass!
  7. Since Jr. high I have always been fascinated by pens. I now have quite a collection of fountain pens both vintage and modern, I am still not sure that I have found that "perfect" pen!
  8. Oops, forgot #8! I can't figure out how to post on EDM Superblog! Any takers on trying to clue me in?

Well there is my Quirky list. Anyone want to be tagged?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


I saw a picture of this Kookaburra on flickr explore. I loved the photo and asked permission to paint it. A big thanks to Ian Sanderson for the great photo and his generosity. This was great fun to paint. Kookaburra's are one of my favorite birds. Nothing quite like a gang of these out on your fence or clothes line, anouncing to the world that they are alive and well! One of the things that I miss most about Australia!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Today's Sunflower

A quick painting today. Trying something a little different. This was drawn in ink and painted with Winsor and daniel smith watercolors in a small watercolorMoleskine.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Some Like it Hot

Another older watercolor. Some of my favorite hot sauce bottles.

Monday, July 9, 2007

One of my older watercolors. This was in my first really active phase of my art. Somewhere along the line it took a long break! I hope that this time around it will stick. I will probably post a couple more of my older ones.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Old Valve Handle

Not sure what to actually call this. I foud it years ago when I was a kid. I always thought it was kind of cool looking and hung on to it. What can I say, I am a saver ( except when it comes to money)!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Every Day in June

I got excited and finished early. /this has been a lot of fun to do. Let me give some explanations:
8.. Chocolate filled with nougat, I am told. Europe.
10. Don't get caught with fish breath.
16. Lakerol pastilles from Sweden.
18. Russian? The writing indicates caramel but I don't get the lobster part?
21. Crocante from Brazil.
I have had great fun searching and collecting candies and painting them. I hope that you enjoy!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Tag Heuer

I used the wrong pen on this one. It was not waterproof and it really changed the color when I added watercolors.

I have had this watch for a number of years. I purchased it with part of a large bonus. I still had buyers remorse for a good long time on this! It has been a good watch and has kept good time and held up well.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Western Tanager

This is the latest addition to the art on the backside of my business card. I am now getting into trouble for doing these at work! That is a whole other story, don't get me started! I am still going to paint, I just have to be more discrete and sometimes a bit sneaky. The western tanager has always been my favorite bird that you can see in our area. They are gorgeous.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

King Pelican

First let me apologize. If you have not been seeing the comments that you have left, it is my fault. I did not realize that I had enabled the moderate comments. I just noticed that this morning and I have disabled it.
I love some of these old fruit and veggie crate labels. This is watercolor on paper that does not do liquid mask, so none was used. Much easier with the mask. This is one of the better ones that I have done.
Thanks to all that check out my blog and to those that leave comments both here and on flickr. It is greatly appreciated!!!!

Friday, June 15, 2007


I was surprised to read the dates on these water colors, 2000! They are in a journal project that I started back then. A really nice journal with great watercolor paper. I figured that I would paint a small picture on each page and then when I was finished, I would then go back and use it as a journal. Well, I got about a dozen pages finished and here we are today! I think that I will continue to watercolor in it and who knows about the journalling. It is a fantastic watercolor sketch book!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Flowers from the Store

We bought these at our favorite store the other day, Liberty Heights Fresh. We love this little converted gas station that is now a great source for great food ,fruits and veggies, cheese, flowers and bread! It is a 35 mile jaunt to get there, so we do not make it very often. we always spend too much when we do go!
There are parts of this that I like and others I hate, including the composition. I must be in a learning phase as I am sure making a lot of mistakes. I am still having fun though!
The June calendar is progressing nicely and I have found some interesting and fun candies to include! Stay tuned.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Garden Ogre

This sculpture is ceramic surrounded with metal. I kind of botched him. He has been place in our Japanese maple and kind of peeks out. I have to have a little fun in the landscaping1 I love the Japanese Maples and need to figure out where I can plant more of them.

Snow Whites

Snow White tomatoes from last falls garden. These are grape tomatoes and incredibly sweet, like eating candy. I will miss tomatoes for these next three years. We are in the Japanese Beetle zone and the spraying will render anything that we grow inedible. Nothing like homegrown tomatoes. I have yet to see one of these alleged beetles. The trap in our yard has managed to capture two honey bees so far!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

This and That

After the calendar, I decided to search for more candies and interesting labels. Do you know how hard it is to find interesting candies in regular grocery stores and c-stores. I finally found an import store. The lady bugs are chocolate, not sure where from. The milk n honees and mars are from Italy. The lobster candy looks like from Russia and I am most curious about what kind of candy that will turn out to be! The bananko also looks Russian. Loved the herding cats label and it is from South Africa. I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Every Day in May

May has been an incredibly boring month at work. Evidence of this can be seen in this desk calender. Pen and ink and watercolor completed while sitting at my desk at work. Surprisingly, the last three days have been busy and this month may be saved after all. This is not exactly every day in May. I started late, as a challenge from a coworker, and I have obviously finished early. It has been a lot of fun. It has given me ideas for future paintings and has entertained coworkers and customers.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pears yet Again

Some more pears from last fall. I have been painting daily. I just do not have anything to post yet. I have an every day in May that I have been working on. I will post that in a few days. That has led to some spin offs that I have not completed yet. Does any of this make sense? Sorry. The upcoming posts will be too big for the scanner so I will need to figure out how to take some decent photos. More to learn!

Monday, May 21, 2007


I once entered a contest with this watercolor. I won third place and an artbook. That is my claim to fame. Ha!

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I am officially declaring this past week as the most boring work week of my life!!!!
These pelicans found their way to my business cards(The backside). They are from a photo I took while on vacation to Florida. My photo does not show much detail because of the strong back light. Must do more to figure out my camera! These are a couple of the things I did to keep from going crazy.
Stay tuned for every day in May that I am doing on my desk calender at work.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Too Big for the scanner

My apologies about the quality of this scan. I just finished this painting and it won't fit on the scanner unless I bend it or cut it and I am not going there. Trust me, it looks a lot better in real life. This is on Cartiera Magnani hot pressed watercolor paper with pen and ink and watercolor.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Pen and Ink

This is one that I did in my journal. I am fascinated by capitals. They are really fun to draw.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Block Party

I decided to try out the blocks this week. It was so much fun, I have carried it over to my desk calender. I will try and post a picture of it at the end of the month. This one includes Lemonheads, Clearwater beach, Creme Savers, Sunflower, Burt's Bees, Tamarind Candy from the Thai restaurant, my idea of lizard skin and the uniball Signo .18 that I did the drawings with. I like this pen as it does not bleed when you add the watercolors.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Vacation Pears

These pears came right off the breakfast buffet at the Embassy Suites in Tampa Florida. I liked the personality that these guys have.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The First of the Pears

This was the first of many pears. This was painted quite some time ago. I tend to stick to things that I have success with. I have liked pears as an ongoing theme.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


I thought that this would make an interesting piece. I went out and bought three of the large size daredevil fishing lures. They were much larger than the ones I actually used when I was a kid.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


This one started my hot sauce collection and my pepper growing. I got tired of always buying peppers for my still life's, so I have been growing them ever since. I also have a decent collection of hot sauce bottles. My "masterpiece" has been drawn for some time now. Never got a round to painting it. It has about 20 hot sauce bottles in it. Someday!

Monday, May 7, 2007

Pierre Cardin Gloves, circa 1962

I took these gloves to work with me one day. I got to thinking about them and their history. I have had these gloves for 44 years. I received them for a Christmas present when I was eight. They were big on me then and they are small on me now. The reason for the gift was the sensitivity of my hands to the cold. The October before Christmas I was carving a Halloween pumpkin. The very last cut on the pumpkin my slimy hand slid across the blade of the knife. Long story short, I cut the nerves and tendons on the two smallest fingers of my right hand. Three and a half hour surgery to put my fingers back together. I still have wires holding my tendons together. So my fingers became very sensitive to the cold. After reading my journal entry about this painting my wife bought me a new pair of gloves for Christmas this past December. My fingers did not grow as big as my other fingers and I do not have full movement in them. I do have full feeling though. The sensitivity to cold has lessened over the years. I am glad that surgeons were able to put this humpty dumpty back together again.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Clearwater Beach

What a wonderful day at the beach on Monday. This picture says it all for me!

Friday, May 4, 2007

Donna's Treasures

We spent a wonderful day at Clearwater Beach. Very relaxing. A beautiful beach with very fine white sand. Some fun shells to collect and good friends to keep us company. We also took an excursion on the Sea Screamer out into the Gulf. Finally found some Dolphins that had a good time in our wake. Saw a couple of dozen jumps within fifteen feet of the boat. Very cool. It was a great day in Tampa.