Friday, March 31, 2006

Almost Auto

I almost ran out of week before I almost drew what is almost an auto...or in this case an SUV. I did it in a hurry, and, well, I left out a whole section of the car!...but I got an almost auto posted!!

Tree for OnlineArt

This tree is for OnlineArt and for the last part of Cathy Johnson's Watercolor Class. The class is fantastic, and I advise anyone interested to take this online course the next time it is offered. I also recommend her book First Steps in Painting Watercolors. And for anyone who is interested, this can be a spring theme for Illustration Friday, if they don't like my link to the redbuds!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Bethy - Grade 4

Our Beth is in the 4th grade at Travis Elementary School in Mineral Wells. She is 10 1/2 and is a real beauty!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

MacHenry's




Fort Worth Songwriters Association hosts a song circle on Tuesdays and an Open Mic on Wednesdays at MacHenry's. This is certainly not my favorite venue, but we did have a great meal at the Ocean Rock Seafood Restaurant on Bluebonnet Circle. All-in-all, an interesting evening.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Thunder Wins Again













Our second oldest granddaughter, Beth, is the catcher wearing red.



Beth's team, Thunder, is the youngest in their division. Their ages are 9 and 10. Last night they played a team of 13-year-old girls, and Thunder beat them! As well as playing in the local league, Beth also plays in a select league.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Sunday Evening Supper

Jim, Louise, Raf, Barney, Margaret

Last night we had a great meal. Our friends came over to join us. One of them, Jim Dillard, is our Texas state area biologist and writes a column included the Nature Writers of Texas Blog. We had a wonderful time visiting and eating, and we hope to do it again very soon!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Dale Marsh at H2Jo

My drawing of a Big Boy's Toy and the song Yahoo while listening to Dale sing.
DALE MARSH






Dale Marsh came from Arlington to sing Saturday night at H2Jo. Dale is a very good singer/singwriter, and H2Jo in Mineral Wells, Texas, is a wonderful place to sit and read and listen to good music. And it's family friendly. Dale will be playing in Mineral Wells on May 20 at the Famous Water Company's Saturday Night Live. Check their website for information.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

North Central Texas Mixed Media Group -- Second Meet-up

Our local mixed media group met for the second time. This time we met in Dallas. We had a great time. Check the blog title link to find out more about us!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Monster - Illustration Friday Challenge

I guess I am not very imaginative. I couldn't think of a monster. I finally centered on one from teenagehood: The one eyed variety. But as I was watching figure skating tonight, and Sasha Cohen was on and fell, the announced said, "The jump is her monster."

Then I had it...so this is Sasha's monster :-)

Friday is also a day

Friday all day
Not just any day
But another day
A day of work and play

Friday before Satuday
The weekend comes away
Not another day
But any day
A day of play - a play day

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sign of Spring - EDM Challenge #59 and for IF on March 31


I painted a redbud stem twice. The first one I did is the one of the right. It is pen and watercolor. The second I did in watercolor only. Can't decide which I like the best..

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Wednesday

Well, I have been busy NOT creating art! Oh, my. I've been computing so much, I haven't even drawn or sketched. I started three ATC's for the North Central Texas Mixed Media Group, but I haven't finished them! I have set up to have a new domain name-rafandsioux.com, but nothing is there, yet. I have FINALLY found a new web authoring software to work on MAC OS 10.4.5. Old Claris Homepage just won't work any more. :-( I love that software. Oh, well. We went to church to Stations of the Cross...each Wednesday in Lent. We bought a new door made in Mexico from long leaf pine. We have to go get it now, and we will need both grandsons to lift it! It is really heavy, but it's beautiful and a real, real bargain at $350! So, there went my two days...Oh, and I got a new version of Fetch and figured it out. Now it is almost 11, and here in Texas it is supposed to snow tonight. Oh, and I'm reading a D. Price book, a C. Nice book, and a mystery by Randy Wayne White, as well as The Creative License!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Foxfire Bluegrass


Tonight we went out to Back Acre RV Park to hear Foxfire, and they are a really good bluegrass band...all brothers and sisters. The are a lovely family and had a tremendour sound. If you have the change to hear them, you should do it!

Saturday Evening

We had a wonderful Cajun dinner with Barney and Margaret on Saturday evening...Barney's photo didn't turn out, so I'll have to try again later.

Red 4X4 Swap - Violette





Here are the red 4X4's we swapped from Violette's page. They are beautiful!!

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Feet -- Illustration Friday Challende

Here are my old feet. I'm looking through them while watching MASH...about midnight.

Two Women and Time

We were in Barnes & Nobel yesterday, and I drew this woman reading. I like it. And I think it rendered her very well. Raf said he thought it really showed the way she looked like.














Last night we went to H2Jo to hear Casey James, and I drew this woman. I also used Graphitint pencils to color it.

Question: the first took about 10 minutes...no color, etc. The second took about an hour, and it doesn't look like the woman at all. What's the answer??

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Crane Fly for CPS


This week's prompt for Cloth Paper Studio in the Be Prompt! challenge is FLY. So I decided to draw a crane fly. I discovered a lot of information about the Crane Fly, as well. I drew this with my Micron pens and colored it with Derwent Graphitint pencils and then used Niji water brushes to brighten the colors of the pencils.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Hat for EDM

This is a hat I had to buy in Midland, Texas, in December. We were visiting my cousins when there was a cold snap...blue norther...with wind and ice and rain. I had taken a light coat, so we went to the ever present WalMart and purchased a white coat, blue gloves, and blue hat. This one is fuzzy, and I don't know how to texture yet (Hey, Kate, this is something I want to learn!!). I don't actually wear this, or any, hat much as here in Texas it mostly in the 80's, even in the winter. The hat in this picture is hanging on a walking stick by the door. We have an old ice cream can loaded with walking sticks and canes.

Wednesday...a day for Louise and Sue to catch up!

This was a great day for Louise and me to catch up. It has been a couple of months since we have been able to do more than email. We had a lot of fun, did a lot of talking, and just, in general, enjoyed each other's company. It's wonderful to have a good girlfriend!

Tuesday--Glen Rose







We had a car full Tuesday as we took a trip to Glen Rose, Raf and I, Remo and Cynthia, and Bethy and Bailey. First we went to Fossil Rim, then to Dinasour Valley State Park to see dinosaur tracks, and then into Glen Rose itself to wade in the Paluxy River. It was a nice day, and we all had fun. It was nice to renew old friendships and for all of us to be able to go together. The girls enjoyed each other's company, as well. However, I have learned not to go to Fossil Rim during Spring Break. There are too many people, and the animals hide!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Monday, Monday


I took this photo of Jake this morning. Actually his head was turned the other way until I took the picture, which I didn't look at until tonight, and it's fuzzy! Oh, well. Jake was having a very restful day today. He is about 2 years old, and we rescued him from the forest in Tennessee when we were staying at an RV park...almost 2 years ago. We called him Tennessee Jake Brake because we kept hearing jake brakes coming up the Mountains.

Anway, I have not sketched for two days!!! But I did machine embroider two shirts because we are taking Beth to Fossil Rim with Remo, Cynthia, and Bailey. I embroidered the girls shirts that had a giraffe on the back with Spring Break 2006 and their names on the front. I did not digitize the graphic because I am just learning to do that!

So...as Dell Shannon's Luis Mendosa used to say in her detective stories..."Tomorrow is also a day!"

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Illustration Friday--Tattoo

This is my first Illustration Friday. This tattoo I call Celtic Horse Dragon. My husband got a small tattoo from Lyle Tuttle years and years ago, and we just looked him up on the web. This is a recent interview with him. Anyway, this tattoo was sort of fun. I hadn't tried anything like it before.

The Back of my Hand

I was reading The Creative License and got to the part where Danny says do we really know the back of our hand. Then he challenges us to draw the back of our hand and to get to know it better...so I did. This hand isn't what is used to be. It's older now and and has seen a lot, but that's ok, it's learning a lot right now, too.

Friday, March 10, 2006

EDM Challenge 57


Draw a picture frame and the picture in it. Write about why it's special to you. I did this in less than 10 minutes, but I didn't want to miss a challenge.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Signs of Spring

The sweet soft green of new Spring buds on great oak trees surrounding our home are glowing brightly in the rays of morning sun. Last night was the first tornado warning of the year! Today Blue Jays, Robins, Wrens, and Doves are flying overhead and calling. The flowering quince is bursting with new green leaves...soon red flowers will appear. Rooster tails are growing long on the old oaks. The wind is whipping the long tree limbs which no longer look like skeletons but rather like slinder women adorned with new green dresses of Spring. One half expects Baccus to appear on his old donkey with sprites in new garments dancing all around as they prepare for their first Spring feast. The sky is powder blue and small, whispy clouds rush overhead as if pursued. A few winter birds are left in the trees, as if deciding whether it is truly safe to return to their northern summer homes. The local birds will gladly see them go so they don't have to share places with them on the feeder tables. The hectic pace of Spring's arrival is hastened by gusts of wind blowing from the north...or perhaps the north wind is holding off for one more round before he allows full Spring to come in.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Primary Election Day in Texas

Journaling During a Slow Election Day







One of the Election Clerks



Yesterday was the primary election for the state of Texas. Raf and I were election clerks. There was a very low turn out...Republicans 62 and Democrats 58...and this was for 4 precincts. I believe this was the same all over the county (Palo Pinto).

There were only two contested races in the county, both Republican, and several folks signed in, went to the NEW voting machines, and decided they had signed in at the wrong party table! Some people refuse to read even when it's right there before them! It was a mess...that and the fact that the machines didn't work right, but we got the election done, and it was really not a bad day. Can't wait to hear the results.

In Texas you are not registered with a party; therefore you can vote in either party's election...but not both, of course. However, if there is a runoff, you must vote in the same party that you voted the first time AND you may not vote in a runoff if you do not vote in the primary.

Hope everyone out there voted!!

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