Day 1815 It’s Saturday

Ashley Should have taken a queue from the chilly monsoon today and stayed home in bed but no I went off to lifemodeling.

The drawing first break. Not going well. Brought a homemade apple pie for a treat and people were lined up for it in the kitchen during break. Along with Freds lattes. Yummm

Second break what’s with those legs. Cut them off cut them off. So I did. Whack whack. One thing good about paper you can always crop it. Hurrah.

Ashley a slip of a thing about 100 lb was challenging.

I do like the lost edges on the right side. And I like her face. And hmm that’s it. Chop chop.

Canson Bristol Charles Reid colors plus Prussian blue and Daniel Smith hematite burnt orange.

Drew Murphy first break

My friend Andrew Murphys

Amy Lockhard Ness best of the batch. Charcoal pastel

Rich Klein’s pastel

Leg trouble was rampant.

Fred keeping it loose and zany.

Bill Daniels oil on metal panel

Thomas Needham the other successful one. Watercolor

Tyrone pencil

Margaret putting her feet up with Zoe. Xoxoxox

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Day 1813 Tam

Tam and her iPad in her happy spot on the porch at Key West where you can listen to the trade winds rattle the tall palms. She would still be there on the porch if she could.

Went to a great show tonight at the Aiken Center for the Arts. George Dawney was showing some of his gorgeous sketches and oil paintings.


As I told him the most beautiful sketches I have seen since the sketches from the Louvre at the High Museum Show a few years ago. George is also on Instagram.



Misanthropist Study Mixed Media


In Camera Oil

In Camera 2 Oil


Indigo Equus

Sport of Kings



There was one more large oil that I forgot to take a photo of.

Margaret ready to savor this weeks Big Bang xoxoxo

Day 1814 Added Benefits

Of my dog sitting is that I usually draw the dogs at least once or twice. Depends on how long I stay. It makes a nice record of our family dogs through out their lives.

A not so great side benefit is that I can tell when they are fading which makes me sad. I do wish our pups could live forever. Or at least as long as we do. Should be a rule. On the other hand the pounds would be worse off than they are. Zoe and I have been toying with adopting another lab friend for us. Right now falling on the no side. But who knows.

Noodler Eelskin Black Ink and Lamy Ef in my Stillman nd Birn Alpha. May or may not get paint. He’s a black and white polka dotted pit bull.

Margaret tired from baking two apple pies from scratch AND hunting all over town for yarn to knit Christmas twizzle hats.

Day 1812 One More Trip to Key West

Well Maybe.

Nope still have some more left. Guess I better count and see what I posted. This is actually one of my favorites. I drew the people staying at the Hyatt Beach House that week. Every week at the Hyatt starts with a give away from local businesses.

We have won all kinds of things. This year it was a bottle of Papa rum which is a good sipping rum. We have won free art work my personal favorite the shark hunt tour where we went chumming for shark. Fascinating what the captains know about the Waters around Key West.

Charles Reid palette Lamy Wf with Eelskin Black and a Stillman and Birn Zeta.

Margaret poopped from too much shopping today. Xoxoxo

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Day 1811 Food Crawl

dessert at La Grande above Duval street where you could watch the world go by. Key West is in general very flat The highest spot on the island is only 18 feet. We actually wondered one night on a gallery crawl WHERE you would go during a hurricane. Not sure why the front porch and yard of Le Grande is built up but it is with a great view of the street. The outside area is lovely shimmering in the candlelight with lots of umbrellas. in case you forgot what we ate. The deserts were delicious and my Jamison’s hit the spot.

Margaret feeling a little peaked today. Hugs xoxoxox

Day 1810 One more trip to Hog Fish

Guess why those stickers are there? I still have a few more that I have yet to decide what to do with them. I like the idea of covering up boo boos with the stickers. I used gel medium to glue them on. Put a layer of wax paper over the stickers while they dried.

DO NOT USE your good brushes with gel medium. Like acrylic paint gel medium which is the base for acrylic paint will ruin your brushes especially if you leave them out. It’s hard to get all the gel medium/acrylic out of brushes. Sooner or later it kills them.

Margaret back to a new episode of Big Bang. What will we do when there are no more episodes?! Eeek. Xoxoxox

Day 1809 More Pepe’s Cafe

Pepe’s Cafe outdoor patio and bar. They also have another older section where we ate inside.

My wheezy gorp was back today so will make this short. First restaurant I have ever been in that you can pet a cat. Of course the car would probably make me sneeze since I am mildly allergic to them. Sad because I do like cats.

Charles Reid colors mostly M Graham or Holbein because it’s easy to rewet them unlike Daniel Smith. They are both made with honey which helps.

Lamy EF Eelskin Black Stillman and Birn Zeta.

Margaret back to lying around. Xoxoxo

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Day 1808 It’s Saturday

Back in the groove with Macy as model.

First break

Second break

Did a really good eye but somehow my phone makes the peacock blue nasty. Greys it out.

Eves charcoal the pipe fitter can draw!!

Al Beyer Oil

Bill Daniels oil on metal panel

George Dawney check out his website. He’s awesome. Conte I think. George is having a show at the Aiken Center for the Arts starting Thursday Dec 6 at 6 pm.

Drew Murphy 2×3′ acrylic

Tom Needham Watercolor quarter sheet

Dr Rich Klein oil

Dawn Beckering fairly large oil

Amy Lockhart Ness. Charcoal and pastel.

Fred’s large acrylic. He was off to a really fun start.

Margaret in the death throws of the UGA Bama game. Sigh. Xoxoxo guess we won’t be number 1

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Day 1807 A quickie

My favorite restaurant Louie’s Backyard. I could eat there everyday if I could afford it. So delicious.Sitting out on the back porch enjoying the breezes off the gulf and a cosmo or two. Amazing lemon cheese cake. And I am not a cheese cake fan. Rock shrimp to die for. Tams quip of the day- Beware of deer aka bicycle riders. Hahahahaha

Iguana Chasing thru the bushes at the condo

Annoying the chickens for pics

What a handsome boy!! ❤️❤️❤️😎😎

The better to paint you sir!!

What if one of those roosters decided to chase me?! So far so good. I really just follow them around taking pics and or drawing them.

Margaret who got sidetracked even though I meant to post this this am. Oopsey. Better tomorrow I hope. It’s Saturday. You know what that means!! Xoxoxox

Day 180? something or other

Two Friends on Front Street. What a fun place. Chickens AND pigeons. What more could a bird nut like me ask for?! Loved the lady at the next table in her funky hat so I had to draw her. Jan and Tam are so patient with my incessant sketching.

A great place for lunch before we head to the Key West light house. Best thing was that frozen mango mojito. Yummmm. Too cold for one now but give it a chance we will be back up to 80 in a second. Two Friends has such a great menu full of pictures of old Key West that I took pics of it to share with you.

Yes it’s THE Tennessee Williams overdue notice and library card. Eekkk

Williams was a BIG supporter of the local library.

Pres Truman and the US Navy on Key West

wouldnt a Ferry to Key West be fun?! Before the bridges and the Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West including a bridge aptly named the Seven Mile Bridge. Only 125 miles of road. So I wanted you to be able to see the prices. $1 for a hotel room. $2-4 for a ferry. Of course how much would that be now?!! $20-4o???

Anyway painted with Charles Reid colors Lamy EF Noodler Eelskin Black and Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook

Hugs. Bingeing Hallmark movies so I will get in the mood to decorate for Christmas. Anyone want to come over and help!? Xoxoxox

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