A couple more questioners

I think Himes is one of the better sketches.

And turner is not bad.

One dem one republican. Keeping the news fair and balanced!!

Just baked a coconut cake and a coconut pie. And started the refrigerator yeast rolls. Two pumpkin one pecan pie and a couple dozen deviled eggs plus dressing and frosting still to go.

Hugs. Off to the botanical gardens momentarily to see the fabulous Christmas lights. Hope I don’t run out of energy.

Thanksgiving is coming.

Margaret Xoxoxox who did draw a bit too.

Heroes for our times

“With very little money the Russians have disrupted the greatest democracy in history.”

Dr Fiona Hill Russian and Ukrainian specialist on the National Security Council.

Everybody I know wants to vote for her for president. Too bad she’s an immigrant from Yorkshire England.

I do wish I had not made her hair too long. Perhaps it’s fixable?!!

“He was interested in the big stuff.” David Holmes foreign service at our embassy in Ukraine.

Stillman and Birn Alpha watercolor pencils and inktense pencils

Margaret playing with her newest grandson in Atlanta. Xoxoxo

Two down

And two to go.

Lt Col Vindman son of a Jewish Russian immigrant who left the USSR because of Jewish persecution by the Communists.

According to Vindman he speaks three languages Russian Ukrainian and a little bit of English!! 🤣 The Ukrainian was authority on the National Security Council.

Williams a career state department employee assigned to Pence as his Ukrainian authority.

Have not drawn the other two witnesses today due to going to see Harriet. Super movie. Go see it.

Margaret off to book club. Xoxoxo

One for the Bins

Or the compost heap I think. The problems are endless although there are bits I like. I suppose I could fix her but I don’t care enough to do that either.

This is what it should have looked like. Instead of tired and overworked which I knew it was even as I painted.

Margaret back to her binge watch. Xoxoxox

Candace Bohannon

The other half of the dynamic duo that taught us this weekend. What a sweet heart and so talented. Can’t wait to see them both again next time.

I drew both of their sketches when they were standing mere feet from me. I think Candace looks a bit older than she does in real life. She’s glowingly 7 months pregnant but that didn’t slow her down a bit.

Everytime I see that delicious nude she painted on the first page of her website I wish I had bought the one she brought to class to sell. It just glowed. That’s what tempera does when it’s complete and polished.

Well I have completed my order of pigments from Natural pigments Wonder if I will like stirring up my own paints?! Something new in art I haven’t tried. Also need to finish my painting and polish her. Maybe tomorrow.

If not when I return from Daufuskie. Margaret ready for bed. Xoxoxox

Crash and burn

The first ink layer

Taking a painting class in Raleigh with Julio Reyes and Candace Bohannon on egg tempura painting like Andrew Wyeth did.

My friend Mike talked me into taking it because she loves Andrew Wyeth and his realism.

First we mixed our egg tempura paint. That took all day.

We separated our yolks from the eggs and rolled them around on paper towel to remove the last of the egg white.

Then we pierced the egg yolk sack and squeezed the yolk out.

You have to check your paint to see if your paint mix is thick enough by painting stripes letting them dry and scraping them off.

If they curl the egg tempura is thick enough.

Step 2 the watercolor underlayer. Not wild about the greys but ok.

Now I hate it. Blobby streaky ickkkk. I hear it gets worse before it gets better. Let’s hope it does. The only thing I still like about her is the hair.

And don’t tell my friends but I used a size 0 and a 1 on this painting. Eeek. I never use anything smaller than a ten.

What was I thinking of???

Margaret in rainy Raleigh xoxoxo

Eaton Street #1

If you ever go to Key West you really should go to Coles Bakery on Eaton Street. Great food amazing deserts and breads. At least half the restaurants on Key West use Coles Bread. Delicious.

I drew the view out their windows at least three times and various houses in various arrangements. You can always suit yourself since you are in charge and draw one or two houses add people chickens cars and do it in the air conditioning while you enjoy those delicious lunch.

Stillman and birn Zeta uniball micro because I keep ruining clothes with my Lamy splatter is permanent ink. Sadddly. I do love my lamys but the uniballs are waterproof and a nice change. So annoyed I ruined a nice red and white striped linen shirt from LL Bean with my Lamy vista.

Funny story. A couple of guys were sitting at a high too between the scene and myself so I kept craning my neck to see around them. One guy actually thought I was drawing him. Came over to see how it was going. I did tell him I often did but today I was more interested outside the windows- a theme of mine in this miserable heat that keeps giving. Glad I am heading to the mountains later this week.

Margaret off to Goldfinch but glad she finally got painting. Only about thirty sketches to go. Eeekk. Xoxoxo

Washington DC and the Marine Corps Museum

Visited the museum on my drive home yesterday after we buried Dad in Arlington Friday.

This is his quote on the wall of the Marine Corps Museum. You can read more about it on my old blog.

Dad was 96 and ready to fold up his tent and go home so the funeral was more of a wake than a sad time.

He was the first lieutenant in an amazing, terrible battle called the Battle of Fox Hill during the Choisin Reservoir campaign during November 1950.

Mom listened to the news back home saying he and all of the two regiments of the first Marine division -10000 men- were lost in frozen North Korea surrounded by 100000 Chinese.

His Marine rifle company Fox Company – about 220 men – was holding the retreat at Toktong Pass all alone, surrounded by 10000 more Chinese. Everyman was wounded but half of them survived the vicious five day battle to fight their way out on the coldest longest retreat in US Military history and enter the legends of which Marines are made.

To this day Marines and West Pointers study Dads battle plan on how to set up a defense using a small rifle company against overwhelming enemy numbers.

According to Dad one of his gunners Hector Cafferati killed 3000 Chinese but dad only wrote him up for 500 when Cafferati got his Medal of Honor because Dad thought no one would believe the real number.

You can read more about Choisin here or buy the book The Last Stand of Fox Hill on Amazon.

Rest In Peace Major Dad. Margaret xoxoxo

From the Middle of I 95 near Titusville

The Palm fascination continues.

I drew these as we drove north from Key West in S. Florida which has a plethora of Palm varieties. Literally everywhere you look there’s a new kind of palm. Now that we are up near Cape Canaveral and Daytona Beach the trees are becoming more deciduous.

Will paint these when I am not sitting in a car.

Margaret ready to stop for the night. Oceanside at the Holiday Inn. 🤗 Xoxoxo