Thursday, October 19, 2017


Inktober Challenge, Day 19.  A very hasty sketch of the pup. I began it with a newish pen that is hard to control, dry scratches one stroke and bold the next. Cleaned it up with a finer pen. My mom used to call anything with its head on one side and its tail end on the other a mugwump. Cracked me up as a kid.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Inktober Challenge, Day 17. A secondary challenge I set for myself today was to stay away from local color and play with tone. Had to sneak a little color in at the end tho.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

All the Leaves Are (Not) Brown

Inktober Challenge, Day 14.

Another leaf that I found yesterday. Although it's a little the worse for wear today, it is still beautiful to me.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Inktober Challenge, Day 13. The neighbors must have thought I was nuts, sorting through their leaves for the "perfect" one, but I found it! :)

Baby of the Family

Inktober Challenge, Day 12. Our little Billie, who won't be little for long. She's just 13 weeks now and as I sketched her, I took note of what will be some impressive musculature. She's a pit bull and already bigger than her fully grown brother, a Boston Terrier.

Monday, October 9, 2017

On the Maple Trail

Inktober Challenge, Day 9. Had a wonderful time with my kids and granddoggies at Hoyt Arboreturm today. I haven't done a lot of plein air drawing or painting since I moved back to the mainland, so it was a treat to sit on a rock in the sun on this beautiful, sunny fall day with my favorite ink pen and sketchbook. A truly perfect day.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Plan Ahe...

Inktober Challenge, Day 7. I took a workshop many years ago with watercolor legend Irving Shapiro, who taught "Fail to plan, or plan to fail." It's so important, yet I so often just plunge in, like I did today. Although you may not notice at first glance, these are my two grandoggies battling over a stuffed toy. I ran out of page before Billie showed up. Oh well, next time.