A Birdie kind of Day

Still not finished but clueless what to do to finish him. It will come sooner or later. He kept me awake last night thinking about him. Still no answers but thoughts if a bigger one on wc paper instead of in my journal. Delft Blue Derwent watercolor w Black Inktense and indanthrine, red, yellow and orange faber Castell watercolor pencils.
So while i was thinking about number 1 number two came to visit. Pitt pen , Black Inktense pencil and red, yellow and orange faber Castell watercolor pencils. Guess I need to finish the fence hes standing on.
When i left the neighborhood this am two random geese were crossing the road in front of me. Since i drive a prius they couldn’t hear me and they were oh so pokey i finally beeped at them.
I could head one say to the other RUN BABY RUN! Did u know geese are mated for life pairs?!

Margaret xoxoxo

Marathon continues- Finishing edges

Yeah its a thing. Spent most of the afternoon painting the gallery wrapped edge of the mountain painting w a 1/2 Winsor Newton imitation mongoose flat.

Thats a 12 FOOT strip about two inches wide trying not to get black paint on the front of the painting. Formerly stark white it’s now black. I tried ultramarine blue but didn’t like it.

I used blue tape to tape the edge off but was worried it would peel off the fresh paint.
Another problem w blue tape is that it always leaks when i use to to tape off walls. 🤪 I was NOT interested in painting it again ever. Then i realized using a damp paper towel i could wipe any leakage off the dry paint from yesterday. Zip and it was gone.
Edges looking good.

The blue tape DID help. Painting those edges is always an onerous task when you do an acrylic because they never stay clean.

One edge done.

One more day varnishing it w Miniwqx polyeurethane. Drying time makes the process take longer.

And i missed sitting out on the back deck today enjoying the gorgeous early spring . Tonite there are frost warnings. Brrrr

Margaret xoxoxo

Coming along

Blue Ridge 2’x4’ Acrylic
Like it much belter now. Spent quite a while getting rid of all the green and decided to use artistic license and make it a fall scene. Sky needs work but thats for tomorrow.
Here it is from yesterday. Same sky. Wonder why i liked it better then?! That yellow green had to go.
Used fall color photos from the cabin in Sapphire to color the trees in the painting. My imagination on the mountains and some of my photos. Only have abt 35000 i have taken on my phone. I do delete alot but evidently i need to delete more.
Haley posing this am.

Margaret xoxoxo

Way too yellow!

An acrylic i am doing for my son. Its 2×4’ so its a big one but as i said too yellow. That said might be an easy fix w a variety of blue transparent washes of acrylic gelInt. U can thin the paint w acrylic medium and wash it with blues. So thats for tomorrow.
Heres the original picture which i think has way too much green in it anyway to make a good painting aka its a boring photo so it will make a boring painting. We shall see.
Tonights sunset. It got really pretty.

Margaret now tired from speed painting. Xoxoxo

The New Tictocer


My husband has discovered Tic Toc. Not sure how he did that but there it is. He loves to watch our daughter in laws tic tocs under Lee Lee Lawyer but he watches all kinds of things w amazement. I tend to NOT want to do anymore social media. IG and FB are enough w WordPress. Since i am also his tech support (i used to do Tech Support before i quit working) he gets a little miffed when i have no clue how to do anything on tic toc and tell him google it. Thats what i would do. Bad wife right?!
And a page of scrubbling what was on the table in the den. Really needs a clear up. Both are Uniball pen in a stillman and birn alpha.
Been busy baking vats of chocolate chip cookies today. A double recipe with plenty to give away. I make the toll house recipe on Nestles choc chip bag but use butter. The more expensive the better with Kerry Gold being the tastiest.

Margaret xoxoxox

Animal sketching

One of my fav things to do. Stillamn and Birn Alpha w a black uniball micro pen These were done while we streamed Red Squirrel channel on Youtube. Great shots of mostly birds and some Eurasian red squirrels which are just adorable. its considered cat tv. Two of our cats Weenie and Haley love to watch it when its on which is funny. Well at least to us. You know they are trying to decode how to get a BIG bird off our huge tv.
Tonites sunset brought to u by the Savannah River.

Margaret xoxoxox

Court reporter

In my next life i want to be a court reporter. Since we have alot of connections w the low country esp Edisto and Beaufort we have been following the Murdaugh trial. Today he testified which never happens. I could not resist drawing him.


Calling this Better than Alex did with the Sketch Artist

SLED asked him to work with a sketch artist for a portrait of the man who shot him on the Salkahatchee Road. Needless to say his idea of his attacker a man he knew well his Cousin Eddie was grossly inaccurate.

And that finishes off my Stillman and Birn Alpha book. Watercolor pencil. This was done with no pencil sketch like you do w watercolor but just coloring til i got it right.

I have Pumpkin ready to pour. I did her whiskers and wispy hits with a crowquill india ink pen just dipping it in and drawing with it quickly.
And then theres this ballerina Mike and I are virtually meeting up to work on tomorrow.
Supposedly she will look like this if we paint fast enough!! The Jury is out in this one. As in we shall see.


For some reason I spent way too much time drawing my husbands favorite cat Pumpkin. Next up is masking it so i can pour the background but life keeps getting in the way. Hopefully tomorrow.

Heres her picture. Shes a torby although some people consider them light tortoise shells. She has orange spots here and there. Sometimes she looks like a pale grey cat. A chameleon cat.

The Escort Cat! Her sister Weenie went for a walk with us today. Little kitty walked over a mile.
And darned if I didn’t miss a fantastic sunset. This is the CSX train bridge crossing the river at the end of the street.

Margaret putting her feet up xoxoxo