Wednesday, December 31, 2008

burrowing armadillo


If you stand still for more than 30 seconds in the woods, you can hear the loud rustling of leaves. I watched this armadillo zigzag past me with no knowledge of my presence. When I walked towards him, he finally heard me and quickly dug himself under a pile of leaves. Apparently their brains are tiny, he was really noisy even while hidden. He came out of hiding, then loudly buried himself again. They are comical little creatures.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

pasture grasses



I went for a walk in the woods with the intention of sketching. For the first time I noticed the wonderful design of these curly bladed grasses. They were too interesting to pass up. I should remember to look at them again in the summer when they are green and alive.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Blanco River cabin


Bamboo is threatening to overtake this tiny cabin. Bamboo spreads by its voracious roots that are very difficult to control. Sketched at the Rio Bonito River Resort on the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas.

Friday, December 26, 2008

let it snow!


A quick sketch from a miniature snow globe. Colored with Photoshop.

cheesecake


Schilo's German restaurant and deli. When in San Antonio, this is my favorite place to eat. An old-time diner with wooden booths and a long deli counter add to the nice, friendly atmosphere. They have the best weinersnitchel anywhere around (parts of Texas were settled by large populations of German and Czech immagrants).

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

San Antonio souvenir shop window



This window display stopped me in my tracks. This is where old, lost souvenirs go for one last display. The lighthouse salt and pepper shakers are 150 miles too far north. I personally don't associate San Antonio with John Deere tractors and deer with rifles. Plastic ponies and ceramic cowboy boots...okay. Odes to armadillos and chili pepper strings of lights...perfect, Lil' Sherriff!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

overcrowded neighborhood


This was done for the fun of it. I should be doing more important things, but today is my birthday (45th), so I'll make up for it tomorrow.

The Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas


An old pedestrian bridge over the San Antonio river. From what I read while browsing giftshops, the Riverwalk began construction in the year 1900. I didn't quite get the mossy patina in the lines here, but this is a nice rustic old bridge. The Riverwalk is a beautiful place to wander around. Also, for those who love to location sketch, San Antonio is full of places to sit with chairs AND tables!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

the Alamo


A window on the backside of the building. San Antonio, Texas

Saturday, December 13, 2008

late night conference


Sketched while working as PowerPoint Graphics Girl at a medical conference in San Antonio. This was a dinner meeting, with doctors from around the world. Most had traveled that day, everyone looked very tired. I am not a night person, so this is not my best time of day. Thank you moleskine for helping to stay awake.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

parked under trees


Looking up in a pickup truck. This was a challenge to sketch. I felt very dyslexic...upsidedown became backwards.

Monday, December 8, 2008

The dinner roll


I know this is ridiculously obsessive, and not all the great, but I had to post it anyway. It's another experiment with lines.

giant aloe vera


With nine months a climate with temperatures between 95 to 105 degrees, plants such as the aloe vera thrive in the sun and heat. During the winter with temperatures well below freezing, plants such as these are vulnerable to dying without human intervention.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

abandoned summer


This swimming area is crowded in the summer. Looks like there are no visitors in December.

Friday, December 5, 2008

conference call art



I really need to draw during long phone calls.

the edge of the woods



This was sketched with none of the usual wavy lines. It was a great challenge.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Cypress Creek bridge


Wimberley, Texas. The late afternoon sun made it difficult to sketch this, so I added a sun flare. If you can't beat it, add it.

Monday, December 1, 2008

the dingleberry fish


I have a small, fish shaped vase with small sunflower in it. I started to draw them, and came up with this instead.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

clouds


This was an experiment with lines. It's strange, but it was fun. This took several sittings to finish.

Monday, November 24, 2008

rock...



A very large limestone rock with holes in it.

....roll


I often drive past these rolling hills. They look like little cartoons, I just love them.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

sunset parade


State Fair of Texas. The eccentric scarecrow and punk rock swan lady are stilt walkers, and the clowns are Shriners. It's best to view this with rink-a-dink-a-dink circus music in your head. I love this parade!

Friday, November 21, 2008

a spring in the fall



During rainier times of the year, this is a healthy flowing creek. With the drought, it is only a small, springfed pool. Poor fish.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Austin yard art


A quick sketch while in Austin last Sunday. Keeping with the city's motto, "Keep Austin Weird".

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oak Grove


Intertwined trees on a hillside.

Charlotte Harbor, Florida


A quick sketch done this summer in a watercolor moleskine.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

more suburbia


I have this love/hate relationship with suburban America. I grew up in it, my family moved around the country quite a bit in my childhood. We always landed in suburbia. I suppose we need comfort and safety in sameness. I would prefer to live on a boat.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cypress Creek


Sketched while sitting on the ground in front of the tall grasses.

vineyard in a glass


Have a look at all of the wonderful moleskine sketchbooks and journals offered by the artist collaboration headed up by the great folks at modofly. http://www.modofly.net/

Thursday, November 13, 2008

candletree bush


"Cassia Alata" with seedpods. This time of year the candletree produces its seeds. I collect the seeds every autumn, then plant them in the spring. This plant is the 4th generation from the original seeds given to me from a friend. The plant was much smaller this year due to the drought here in the Texas Hill Country.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The new books are out!



Modofly, the artist collaborative has just released another round of spectacular moleskine sketchbooks and journals. Have a look at the great works at http://www.modofly.net/

Suburbia


Friday, November 7, 2008

Tex-Mex a la carte


Tortilla soup, salsa, taco and tortilla chips. I sketched quickly before eating.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

people, places and things


This took about 6 weeks to complete, evolving through many travels. It is the final page of the sketchbook, I am beginning small moleskine no. 7 for 2008.

my porch


Large moleskine sketchbook, Faber-Castell PITT artist pens.

sunset


View from my porch. Large moleskine sketchbook, color pencil and brush pen.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

pumkin patch


Sketched from the local town square. Half page from large moleskine sketchbook. Ink and color pencil.

Devil's Backbone ridge


I've started using the larger moleskine sketchbook (8.25"x5.25"). This was the first sketch, using the full two pages. It seems huge, my lines go on and on across the page. A vast open-sky landscape was appropriate for a start in this book.
Drawn on location at a roadside rest stop's picnic table. Old Blanco Highway, between Wimberley and Blanco, Texas. Sunday, October 26, 9:00 am.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

hillside agave



One of many varieties of agave in the Texas Hill Country. You learn quickly to avoid the sharp points on these plants.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

free napkin with every order!


Blanco, Texas cafe. While filling my truck gas tank for $2.20 a gallon, I noticed this cafe. The shoe polish graphics on the windows have such a great sense of humor, I just had to sketch this place.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wimberley Valley in the evening


After lots of traveling since August, it's good to be home for a while. This is a sketch from up on a ridge, very close to home.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Fair Park, Dallas



Fair Park, Dallas. Finished in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Exhibition, this park has the largest collection of art deco buildings in the world. Along the Esplanade there are 6 statues of women representing the nations that once ruled Texas. Along one side are Texas, the Confederacy and Spain. Along the opposite side are Mexico, France and the United States. This statue represents United States