More Sketches

We went on a trip this past week to Oregon for the graduation of Dennis’s granddaughter. Loads of driving since Dennis couldn’t drive yet due to the broken shoulder. But I did it and even had some time for a few sketches while we were there. We stayed in a cabin on a cattle ranch so these are a few scenes from the cabin.

We had a wood stove and it was chilly so we even started a fire in the stove one night.

This was the lamp above the kitchen table. I used sepia markers for this one and worked on hatching and cross hatching techniques.

And there was a taxidermy deer for decoration. This one is a pencil sketch and turned out better than I thought it would.

Before we left, I took Dennis to church. This is Trinity Lutheran Church in Kalispell, Montana. While he attended church, I sketched and then added watercolor. I didn’t really have enough time to get it completely finished but it came out OK.

Now off to work on finishing up my nuno felted landscape series. I have been blogging about those over on The Felting and Fiber Studio if you haven’t seen them.


Trip to Glacier National Park

We went to Glacier National Park this past weekend. It’s about a 45 minute drive from our house and I wanted to check out the wild flowers.

Several years ago I found this patch of Mountain Lady Slippers. These are a wild orchid and this is the biggest patch of them I have ever found. They are right by MacDonald Lake Lodge but I bet the majority of people walking by never even see them.

I found a few more flowers and then I went looking for trillium. They are usually on the path at Avalanche Creek but the problem is that there is a wooden walkway and you aren’t supposed to go off the trail. So I have a really hard time getting a good photo.

Here’s the best photo I could get and it’s a little blurry. But I did get to see them. I don’t have any trillium around my house.

I also took the obligatory bark photos. I must have thousands of these by now.

Here’s the “famous” Avalanche Creek photo. So much water rushing through at this time of year.

And here are Symphony and Dennis on the board walk. It was a great day!

Maple Leaf Sketch

Here’s another sketch that I worked on this week. I painted the leaf with watercolor and then added colored pencil on top.

The colors are a bit off in this photo, a little more green to the leaf. I still think I need to improve the blending of colored pencils to get the right effect. I think the next one like this I will try on smoother paper to see if that makes a difference.

Have a great weekend!

Daily Sketches

I have continued working in my sketchbook on a nearly daily basis. I have been averaging at least 5 days a week and I’ve been trying different techniques. I have also been sketching the same plants at different stages in spring growth. That has been fun. Here are a few:


The very colorful pine cone was inspired by Teri’s post here. The stool at the ortho office was because hubby broke his right arm. Sigh… Now I am care giving and doing double duty of chores. But he didn’t need surgery and it’s beginning to heal so I just keep going and try to be positive.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Little Birds

My brother-in-law is a birder and takes some awesome photos of birds. I decided to use a couple of his photos for inspiration for creating a couple of collages for class.

This one is a real mixed media piece with a bit of collage but mainly paint, pencil and markers. This is a Carolina Chickadee.

And this one is more of a true collage with a painted background. This bird is called a Golden Crowned Kinglet. I don’t think I have ever seen one of these birds in person but I liked how he was hanging on this branch eyeing those new buds. I might have to try a few more birds as I enjoyed making both of these.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.