Category Archives: ink and watercolor

Skirmisher statue

Blues on the Bridge

Blues on the Bridge is a day of free outdoor concerts, with food trucks and vendors in downtown Binghamton.  This was my first year going, and I brought my sketchbook to give the Skirmisher statue another try.

I wasn’t happy with the first attempt, here:Skirmisher statue

But after walking around a bit, and running into a few family and friends, I sat for another try.  Pretty happy with this one, especially as I just put ink to paper, no pencil outline first.  Calling it a day!Skirmisher statue

Calendar collection

Looking back…

Organizing a bit on this perfect summer day, I came across my calendar collection.  I’ve been making these as gifts since 2012! Eight years of paper calendars led to adding planners, a perpetual calendar and even my first book.  Looking at these evokes emotions, when I see my older works, it can bring me right back to the moments it was being created.

For 2020, I wonder if you can tell me something – how many of you still use paper calendars? Even mine has been more of a wall decoration, than for practical time planning. Maybe I should just make planners for those of us still inclined to use pen and paper? Or smaller calendars that are more image without space to write.

I’d love to hear your opinions! Calendar collection

Garlic

A trip to the Farmer’s Market

This market is awesome for delicious and juicy fresh veggies!  They’re so amazing that, well, sketches were needed.

Here you go, fresh from market, and they tasted as good as they looked!  Hope you’re enjoying some fresh fruits and veggies this summer!

Garlic

Fresh garlic. 

Carrots

   Fresh carrots

Onion

Fresh onion

 

Jamey fishing

Goin’ fishin’

Hiking comes naturally to me. So does, being outdoors, enjoying the beauty of nature.  So when Jamey talked about going fishing, I was happy to join him!

So far, he’s brought me a 7.5’ fly rod, reel and a cool fishing vest!  I got some hip boot waders, so I’m all set! We’ve only been out once so far, as the weather hasn’t really worked with our schedules. The fish were not cooperating that day, but it was just nice being out there and relearning the method. After all, it’s been decades since I last fished! Yeah, I know, a very long time, right? 🙄

Anyway, Jamey had gone a while earlier, and got a photo taken of him while he was on the stream.  It called for a sketch, and here it is.

Jamey fishing

Love this guy! 💕

Scoot and boots

How do you describe yourself?

For the last several years, I’ve described myself as a scooterist. Obviously, that’s not all I am, but it’s been 6 years of fun with the Vespa GT200 in Portofino green!  Recently decided to hang up my boots and sell it, as Grey Matter is taking up lots of time and energy.  Alas, the scoot doesn’t have the same appeal as before.

At least, it IS going to a good home.  My friend Jim, who is the one who found it for me, is the perfect new owner for it.  He has given me driving tips and done the maintenance on it.  Happy scooting Jim! Scoot and boots

Coffee and tea and meditate postcards

Having fun with coffee and tea sketches!

It’s been so much fun with the coffee and tea towels (see that post here), I decided to add to it.  Here are a few postcards for sale, they’re 4×6 with an envelope. Coffee and tea and meditate postcards

I also ordered a mug from my zazzle page, just to see one, and I do love it! (You can get your own here). Of course, if you’d like a different design for your mug, send me an email and let me know which one!

Towel display at cup-a-jo

Coffee & Teapot tea towels are in!

On display at Cup-a-Jo

Very excited to share the latest items with my art.
The colorful screen imprint is of ink and watercolor sketches, original art by me.   These are printed so the design can be seen when hung. Towel display at cup-a-jo

These makes excellent gifts when paired with a box of favorite tea or coffee!
Pick any or all of three different designs.

1. Blue/ Silver
2. Green/ Brown
3. Orange/ Brown

I did these sketches on site from displays at a local coffee shop, Cup-a-Jo, on Front St. in Binghamton, NY.

These soft flour sack tea towels measure 28″ x 28″.  Art size is approximately 5″x8″.  Fabric color is white. Machine wash and dry.

Towels are $12 each (plus shipping), buy any 2 or more tea towels for discounted pricing!

How to purchase? 1. Stop in to Cup-a-Jo, enjoy their delicious food and get your towels there!  2. Message me  3. Visit my Etsy page. ($14 includes shipping)

Spectacled owl

Raptor love!

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a raptor show at the Waterman Conservation Center. I brought my sketchbook and camera. A few very rough sketches made me realize I could best capture them with my camera, and soon, only with videos!

It paid off, though.  I came home and, using my photos as reference, completed eight 9×12 ink and watercolors.  Very happy to share them with you today.  Hope you enjoy them! Aplomado falcon Bald eagle Barn owl Caracara Eagle owl Gyr falcon Spectacled owl Harris hawk