Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Final baby quilt- at least for this month!

Here's my last baby quilt from the summer baby boom.  My colleague is having a girl and decorating the nursery in neutrals, so I used this lovely charm pack.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mule deer and bear

I decided to sketch from the dioramas at the Peabody today.  One older gentleman was there with three children and made a teachable moment out of watching me sketch. Apparently they had been making watercolors, too, so one of the little boys took a photo of my work. I should have photographed their sketches for this blog!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

More people in church

I just returned from a Sunday road trip to church and then Bennington, Vermont.  The church has a pulpit with an egg timer on it, presumably to keep the preacher from talking too long during days of old.  I got a lot of practice drawing the backs of heads.

Admittedly the next drawing was not done in church, but during a life drawing session earlier this weekend.  One similarity is that the model had a timer, too!

Friday, June 20, 2014

A heron, an egret, and an ibis

...walk into a bar. Just kidding. They were just at the Peabody, where I drew with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Swallows and small birds

At the Peabody today, I painted some swallows.
I've seen many robins this spring, so I painted one along with an Eastern Bluebird of happiness.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Small birds and figures

I decided to paint some birds on a page in my sketchbook which already had some figures on it. It looks like one of the sparrows is investigating them.

I also wrote a letter to some friends and drew an egret on the back of the envelope for good measure!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Life drawings

Here are some drawings from a life session I attended tonight.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


While I was drawing the birds at the Peabody yesterday, a staff member was literally painting them.
 He may have been dusting them, too, but he definitely was touching up some of the feathers.  Had never seen that before.  Here are some gulls an other shorebirds.  The woodcock was a funny, fluffy bird that I had to draw.  He looked as if he were part rabbit.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Warblers from the Peabody

Here are some warblers from the Peabody.  The museum was packed with school groups today - sadly no one watching me paint enquired about purchasing work like the last time I painted in public!  These are made with watercolor pencil which is easier to use in a museum setting.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Rose Festival at the NY Botanical Garden

Today I went to the NY Botanical Garden for the Rose Festival.  It was great fun and there was a botanical watercolorist on site.  A few actually.
This is an ornamental rose shrub called Peach Drift. One passerby asked if I sold work but was less interested when I told her what I sold my work for the last time I ripped a piece out of my sketchbook.
These are from my other two journal pages from the trip.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Grey fox and feathered friends

Today I was drawing from the Peabody Museum dioramas and a bunch of school kids came up to watch me sketch.
One girl complimented me on this grey fox. Considering that I thought it was a raccoon at first when I saw it, this little girl is an astute observer and has excellent taste.

Here are some birds. I had a few more personal cheerleaders among the elementary school crowd, so I told them they could watch me paint anytime.
These are done with a Pentel pocket brush pen, which I love, and watercolor.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Peabody sketches

Here are two more sketches from the Peabody today.
You can see where I drew a diagram of the puffin's beak because I didn't have time to paint it in the gallery.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Baby quilts

Here are two more baby quilts. These are for folks who don't want to know the gender of their babies, so I just let them pick out which fabric they'd like.

Below is a quilt for my colleague who said his wife would like fabrics that looked like Rory Gilmore's bedroom. Never having watched the Gilmore Girls, I had no idea what that would look like and insisted he choose fabric.

This next quilt is made from a charm pack called "crazy daisy." Since both sets of fabric have a lot going on, I didn't do any fancy piecing and used a solid border.