Thursday, October 20, 2016

something every day

October 19, 2016, Surprise October Rose Janice Skivington
Do not fail, as you go on, to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good.
-Cennino Cennini

Mid-October, we are still enjoying some mild sunny days. Surprise and pleasure to find a rosebush producing two lovely yellow blooms at this late date in the year.
I spent my evening sketching and adding watercolor wash to the daily good moment in the world.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

to see the summer sky

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
True Poems flee—
—Emily Dickinson

Friday, October 14, 2016

warmth remembered

I know it is October, my most beautiful time of year. But here are my recent sketches from the last glorious days of September. I spent several weekend days on a Lake Michigan beach. Sand under my toes, soaking up the sunshine, splashing in gentle waves, playing with my grandchildren. Sketching in my book, and storing warm memories for winter ahead.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

drawing often

It is only by drawing often, drawing everything, drawing incessantly, that one fine day you discover to your surprise that you have rendered something in its true character.

-Camille Pissarro


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Black ink wash in background. Makes the highlights sparkle. Nothing new to a Dutch master!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

a little glimpse

September weather continues into October. All those summer flowers are still calling me.

A page glimpsed in my sketchbook from past weeks.
I think I will add some watercolor. Maybe I'll experiment a bit?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October is the best of the year

October is my month, I claim it for myself. The rest of you people can have the other 11 months.