31 Paintings in 31 Days

Art, Pastel

I have been in a drought as Julia Cameron calls it in her book The Sound of Paper: Starting From Scratch. Oh, I have plenty of ideas, it’s just the creating of them that has me stalled. Well…NO MORE! I have taken on two challenges this month. Inktober with Jake Parker, where you use a prompted word and then draw in ink from that is one of my challenges. The other is 31 Paintings in 31 Days from How to Pastel by Gail Sibley.  In the pastel instance, I am using the same prompts as the Inktober. Today, October 1, is Poisonous.

For my pastel challenge I am offering up the humble Twinkie. In today’s world it seems that food that used to actually have taste and was delicious to eat is now a poison for our bodies. Unpronounceable ingredients, MSG disguised as “natural flavor”, fire retardants, yoga mats, dyes, genetically engineered food and who knows what else in our food. Why in the world would anyone in charge of a company put that kind of dreck out into the food chain for PEOPLE to eat? How do they sleep at night? Even Oreos taste like plastic now. Sigh. The best thing to do is buy real ingredients and cook for yourself everyday. It will make a difference in your life and your future. The only thing you really have is your health.

I used a charcoal paper. It did not have a lot of tooth. I really enjoyed it. So different than my preferred textured Sabretooth paper. Terry Ludwig pastel, handmade Terrages Diane Townsend, Unison and Rembrandt and a couple of Stabilo pastel pencils.  #HTP31in31


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Illustration, Ink

I’m participating in Inktober for the first time. It’s 31 days of ink drawings. I needed this exercise, so wish me the best. The prompt for October 1 is #poisonous. I think #gossip is poisonous. Sometimes, I want to let it rip; just wag my tongue about others. To what purpose? It’s just a reflection of what I have to work on. I know this…whenever I’ve judged someone, soon after I’ve let it come out of my mouth, I am doing the very same thing I’ve judged another. That’s instant Karma. Thus, the tale of the wagging tongues. #inktober #inktober2018


Mushroom Party continued – 2018

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography

These are the rest of the mushrooms we saw on our hike at New London Tech Trails in Bedford County. I can’t wait until we go back again to see what we can see.

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The tiniest mushrooms we saw.

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Some were growing on trees.

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I love that mushrooms push their way through whatever.

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So earthy.


Never eat anything bigger than your head mushroom

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography


This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. See how the shadow of the leaves fits on the cap? I wish we would’ve thought to put a human next to it when taking its picture. This was on the hiking trail at New London Tech Trails.

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I like the way the shadows of the leaves hit the top. It should give you an idea of how tall this was.


This mushroom was at least 16″ tall. What a treat to see.

Red Mushroom – 2018

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography

Isn’t this a handsome one? It’s so wonderful to walk through the woods and see these beauts peeking through the leaves. Once again our hike gave us a gift. New London Tech trails. Okay, because I do love to research, this is a Butyriboletus frostii

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Butyriboletus frostii or a red capped mushroom.

Orange Mushrooms

Mushrooms, Nature, Photography

More mushrooms from our hike on Bedford County’s New London Tech Trails. I thought about looking them up and naming them, but for now I just want to enjoy their color and beauty.

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I cropped this because the colors and texture are so beautiful


Wider shot of this orange capped mushroom.

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Somebody took a bite.

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Hmmm. I wonder what this mushroom will be when it grows up.

Colorful patterns at the market

Farmer's Market, Nature

It’s a bountiful time of year when the farmers bring their harvest to our community market and the farmer’s market in Forest. The fruits and vegetables are so beautifully arranged and always beg for a portrait. I love how they all line up for their close ups.


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Sketching instead


Every morning I disappear into my phone. Where does that get me? How does that advance my skills? I sketched these pretty flowers from my husband. Is it perfect? No. I don’t care. It taps me in to the person I was who drew everyday. I’m working with values here mostly. Getting back to basics. So satisfying. #sketching #valuestudy #gettingbacktobasics #learning #meditative

Illustration of the City of Lynchburg, VA

Art, Caricature, Fun, Graphic Design, Illustration, Inspiration, Posters

It’s finally done! This project took a little over three months to create. The best part about finishing and delivering these posters are the smiles I leave behind. It gives me so much joy….and I deserve that after the sleepless nights thinking about arranging everything to drawing all day. I got so focused that I had to put a timer on to walk during the day. I have a quote written above my computer monitor, “Movement is Life.” It reminds me to have balance.

I draw each building separately and then place them in relation to each other. There were graphic challenges along the way…rearranging some buildings towards the end of the project, redrawing some, adjusting colors. I also learned a lot. All part of the process. Life is better with good challenges. My favorite part is drawing the people. The fisherman is my husband who inspired me. He’ll get that whale some day.

Illustration of the City of Lynchburg Virginia

Fun Illustration of the City of Lynchburg, Virginia. 24″ x 36″

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Paul goes for the whale!