Day 2051 America

Got the perfect book from Amazon right before I and taking an plein air urban sketching painting class from the great Vlad Yeliseyev a Russian emigre whose an amazing plein air watercolor artist that I ran across at Olmsted Plein Air last year.

Ronald Searle in NYC

Been trying to find a class with him since and one unexpectedly popped up so back to Atlanta tomorrow.

Las Vegas

The book is a huge coffee table book in near mint condition.

San Francisco

Normally the book costs $85.

Central Park

Used the book was $30. Score.

China Town


even Disney cartoonist where inspired by him. This is 101 Dalmatians.

His tools. Hard to see in the small book pic so I took one of it to see what everything was. Where’s my black grease pencil?!

Just love this book. Go get your own on Amazon. In my dreams I draw as well as Searle.

How can you go wrong with these two hysterical American icons?!

Margaret off to book club and then Atlanta tomorrow. Xoxoxox call me yo-yo!!

Day 2050 Hmm Down the Seine

My favorite Paris sketch. Three glasses of wine on the boat made it seem a good idea to walk a mile and half down the quai pronounced key to the Lit up flashing Eiffel Tower were I sat on a curb and drew this. What were we thinking?! A highlight of our trip and we lived to tell it lol.

Back to the boat to listen to Nickie to serenade us up the Seine.

A couple of composite sketches of houses and buildings as they passed by the ship. We were going too fast to draw each town we passed just the way it looked but you do get the flavor of the place as we passed by and many bits do look just like the town especially the locks picture.

Bytw if you dispare of ever being able to afford a cheap Viking trip. Call them like we did. Ask what the cheapest trip they have is and when it’s leaving. You might be in for a surprise. Our trip cost $2100 including air fare from Atlanta and all the beer and wine we could drink at meals AND ALL the tours but Versailles or the Louvre. Not a sou More did we pay for our trip. Well there was a three day extension at a posh hotel the Rochester on Rue de la Boitie just 3 blocks off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Not bad and they pick you up from the airport whisk you to your destination. You never touch your suitcase once u leave the US. Hurrah. Run and book one. Let me know where u are going.

Margaret recovering from her trip planning to head back to Atlanta on Wednesday for my class. Xoxoxox

Day 2049 a few more from France

Happy Easter!! We are busy with the Easter bunny. How about you.

Manets beloved Rouen cathedral. He only painted it 26 28 times. I stood across the street in the Rue de Gros Horlages and drew it in a typical French drizzly rain on Veterans Day.

St Maclou and old medieval buildings in Rouen. The people were not there at the same time. I dropped them in as they walked thru the plaza. Once again drawn in the drizzly rain. Who cares!? C’est la vie!

The Rouen market square where Julia Childe ate her first French food a file of sole aka flounder. Sounds better en Francais n’est pas?

The highest point in Paris – Montmartre topped by Sacre Couer and St Dennis cathedrals churches?! What a view!

The infamous Moulin Rouge at the bottom of the hill.

Back to Easter activities. Hope yours is full of family fun.

Margaret in Decatur xoxoxo

Say 2048 Sketchbook Done

Am alphabet done with a namiki Fude Noodler Eelskin Black Ink.

A sketch I did at Hunans during Masters Week. The guy on left works for NBC sports and was having an avid discussion on shots for tv with his coworker who walked off before I got a chance to draw him. Not my fav sketch. Should have left his hat off which is how I drew him first.

Lamy Ef Watercolor pencils and inktense pencils.

Journaling is done with a watercolor pencil that I dropped and splattered clear water over.

And I had Livie age 4 draw a page in it which seems to be a good way of keeping up with what she’s up too. Have to add her story that she has that goes with it.

Margaret who has to boil Easter eggs. Xoxoxox


Day 2047 Some of my favorites

From my Biking cruise from Paris to Normandy.

First night on the Champs d’Elysses. Who doesn’t love the arc de Triomphe and a rainy night in Paris.

All the variety of doors just fascinated me. I could have filled a book with doors and

The amazing variety of lampposts.

Drawing in the Louvre. Who knew you weren’t suppose to?! And I sat in the main hall near the Mona Lisa drawing away. I mean they had these really comfy sofas.

Whiskey painter box Noodler Ahab pen platinum black ink strathmore mixed media sketchbook

Back to grandkids. Truly Margart Xoxoxoxo in Decatur.

Day 2046 The cutesy shop

Not wild about this drawing of the cutest little shop on a trailer. I like the people walking and talking. I LOVE the little building. Had wierd things like flying pigs and Campbell’s soup can chicken clocks that where too much fun.

Nobody to buy them from that I could tell but what a nifty way to do a craft show. Pull up. Open your two sides up with a drop leaf desk type of thing lower the steps and you are open for business. Of course you have to stick around and sell stuff right?! Hmmm.

Derwent Watercolor pencils Lamy Ef Eelskin ink hahnemuhle journal

Margaret off to Atlanta in the am but would rather stay home on the sofa. Did I say Henry has lost his first tooth?’ 😳👍🏻🤗Xoxoxoxo

Cute shop at Soda City #urbansketching #ink #lamyjoy #stillmanandbirn #columbia #sc #southcatolina #mainst #drawing #sketching #streetfestival #downtown #Sketchbookskool #sodacity

Day 2045 More urban sketching

I decided to draw the state capital again since I had messed up the perspective on the last one. I had drawn the capital dome higher than the buildings on Main. It’s really the other way around. Buildings taller than the capital.

And don’t forget to make all the peoples heads the same height. Something I have learned since I did the Notre Dame sketch. Oopsey. We live and we learn right?

Bytw speaking of Notre Dame great youtube to listen to all the French churches ringing their bells together 48 hours after the fire started. The video starts with St Denis Cathedral. After decaptitation on Montmartre St Denis is the patron saint of Paris and France who walked around Paris with his head under his arm I think around 300 AD.

One more story about St Denis. We were in France during the bombings of the Bataclan. All public buildings shut down our last day. We stayed out in Conflans outside Paris to be safe.

Then Viking got us up at 5 am to drive to Charles De Gaulle right thru St Denis where the bombers were found three days later. Not a very safe route. We also went right by the Basilica of St Denis where he is buried.

Of course missing Versailles and d’Orsay is a reason to return right?! And I can light a candle at Notre Dame or nearby Sainte Chapelle.

Hahnemuhle journal watercolor pencils Lamy EF Eelskin ink

Margaret Xoxoxoxo

Drawing the state capitol #urbansketching #ink #lamyjoy #stillmanandbirn #columbia #sc #southcatolina #mainst #drawing #sketching #streetfestival #downtown #Sketchbookskool #sodacity

Day 2044 Thank Goodness

It’s saved. I bought this lovely painting print?! At a local consignment store three years or so ago. Can’t find anything out about the artist. But it’s so nicely done I wish I knew more. Google has NOT been helpful.

To console myself as I watched the fire I made this card last nite for a sick friend who loves hummers.

Lamy watercolor on Stonehenge print paper.

I thought I would share some great sketches by one of my favorite artists Ronald SearlesA British artist who died Inn 20111 but lived in Paris for quite a long time.

Guess when this sketch was made?! The 70s?!

And now for a few of my photos from Notre Dame three years ago. Hope you enjoy them. It’s a lovely spot. and Hopefully will be again soon. Joan of Arc

Margaret received the building stands but worried it may have lost its integrity and be irreparable.

Cheery thought. NOT. xoxoxox

Day 2043 Horrified

That Notre Dame is burning. A rose window gone. One of the towers on fire as I type.

You don’t have to be catholic to know that this is one of the earths most holy spots.

I drew these when we were in Paris four years ago. We thought the November bombings that happened while we were there were horrific but this … leaves me speechless and close to tears.

I think we need a go fund me for the Cathedral.

Pray for Notre Dame.

Noodler Ahab Platinum Black Ink my whiskey palette with winsor newton watercolor.

Margaret so sad today xoxoxo

Horrified one of my favorite spots on earth is burning #notredame #ink #urbansketching #ink #lamyjoy #stillmanandbirn #notredame #sc #paris #iledefrance #drawing #sketching #notredame #downtown #Sketchbookskool #paris

Day 2042? Soda Sunday

Rather like this. Colored with derwent watercolor pencils.

Took a lot of coloring to get it this dark so going to try my faves castells. The derwent seem quite waxy compared to them but since it’s a new journal a hahnemuhle it could be the book.

Here’s the ink sketch. I added a few more people to it. Always important-to keep the heads at the same level when adding people. None of these people were there at the same time and some are not even drawn all From The same people because they kept walking by aka off.

Lamy Ef Eelskin Black Ink hahnemuhle journal

Margaret Xoxoxox

Main St #urbansketching #ink #lamyjoy #stillmanandbirn #columbia #sc #southcatolina #mainst #drawing #sketching #streetfestival #downtown #Sketchbookskool #sodacity