Day 1061 -how many more?! And a beach party!!

Still quite a few!!! ūü§óWe have no shortage of talking heads in this country. They offer great drawing practice. If you can pause your tv it even takes the pressure off of trying to draw them quickly. 

And all they do is talk. And talk and talk. 

And pass a lot of laws that half the country don’t like no matter which side you are on making the other half is unhappy! 

The Decatur Businesses Beach Party in downtown Decatur on the square. Ponce de Leon became a giant beach!!  Free beach buckets, beach balls and balloons oh and washable tattoos for all!! 

An amazing stilt walker. The kids had no idea how he could be that tall! Several people on top of each other was their best guess. 

And there he goes legging it down the block or should I say stilting down the block?!


And a rare shot of the old Decatur Courthouse with sun on its face. It usually sits in the shade. Bytw this is now an art gallery. 

Off to play with my grandkids. Hugs!! 

Day 1054 St Comey? WIP?

Should have stuck to the hot press fabriano I started to draw this on. HOWEVER a I have more Bristol Board than Hotpress so opted for Bristol. NOT next time. And I may redraw. 

I could not loose an edge to save my life on this paper. And it took forever dry. Maybe I should have put it on Stonehenge. I do have some of that. Next time.  Or maybe hat Fabriano. Fabriano hot press is the loveliest paper and I know Cheap Joes has more and so does Dick Blick. 


Inked with my Lamy Safari and Lamy Fine point. 

WIP because I may do it over and also may add a bit of mixed media like what about a gold paint pen halo edge!?  Could be fun.  

These ideas pop into my head and I keep a list of them on my cell phone. Check back by or check my Instagram feed MaggieinSc for an update because Rachel Maddow is on soon and it’s time for a shower so I am ready. 

Wonder what she will unloose tonite. an ongoing spy novel. 

Ttyl Margaret xoxoxo

Day 1053 РPolitics 

Hard to avoid it today. It’s all over the tv the radio Facebook twitter. I don’t know about you but the last few days have been riveting. THIS IS WATERGATE!! 14×20 Mixed Media 

Enough to get Rachel Maddow back from her sick bed where she had been for almost two weeks.  

I got the brilliant idea to do this one on arches #140 cold press. BIG a mistake. Hard to write on with any ink pen or marker I had.  

I finally picked up a Japanese brush pen I thought had permanent ink. I tested it on a scrap of paper.  It didn’t run. 

Fast forward to all the heavy lines in this sketch are done with that brush pen especially on Dan Coats. 

When I started painting him he turned into a gray runny mess. This was supposed to be a watercolor.  EEEKKKK.  

I dug into my mixed media art supply grove. Caran d’ache Neocolor ii to the rescue. I started coloring. I lightened him up. The only person that didn’t have some runs was Comey. ūüė≥

A lot of the letters ran. The names!! Eeeekkk. On this rough paper there was no clean edge. Tried a grease pencil which works great in my sketchbooks. NOPE TOO rough. 

Got out a white gel pen on the letters.  Better!! Got out a paint pen. Even better. More outlining with the Lamy Safari. 

Done. Whew. Not what I had in mind BUT finally pleased with it. 

Margaret planning another but it will be on hot press paper. Xoxoxo the news is calling. 

Day 214 Hoping for better LucK

Hopefully this post will not disappear before I publish it like yesterday’s did!!

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My sweet Jack Russell Zoe snoozing on the back of the sofa. She was annoyed because she wanted to be in my lap and I was drawing.

This picture is done completely with markers- blue, green, red and grey Tombow markers, a Staedlee pen and a Pitt white marker. That’s it. Nothing else.

I used a water brush to give the effect of watercolor, mixing color on the paper. The white marker was used to brighten some of the white lights. I am so good at loosing those!! The paper is Strathmore 500 mixed media.

Did you find Zoe’s second ear?! It’s there!!

Thanks for looking.

Day 214 Hoping for better LucK

Hopefully this post will not disappear before I publish it like yesterday’s did!!

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My sweet Jack Russell Zoe snoozing on the back of the sofa. She was annoyed because she wanted to be in my lap and I was drawing.

This picture is done completely with markers- blue, green, red and grey Tombow markers, a Staedlee pen and a Pitt white marker. That’s it. Nothing else.

I used a water brush to give the effect of watercolor, mixing color on the paper. The white marker was used to brighten some of the white lights. I am so good at loosing those!! The paper is Strathmore 500 mixed media.

Did you find Zoe’s second ear?! It’s there!!

Thanks for looking.

Day 208 – Dr Sketchys and some InK!!

Every month we look forward to Dr. Sketchys¬†Anti Art School in Augusta. ¬†Its always the last Wednesday of the month at Chat Noir on 8th and Ellis in downtown Augusta GA. ¬†THE most fun an artist can have all month. ¬†Fast sketching, interesting off the wall models – we have had strippers, burlesque dancers, performers, side show performers, automatons, actors and actresses…next month a circus performer.

I arrived with the intention of drawing with my Noodler Creaper loaded with Carbon Platinum Black ink and my Black and brown pentel brush pens plus hmm then I discovered the water brush and the Tombow markers…and it was history! ¬†Most are done in my 8.5×11″ Strathmore 500 Mixed Media journal….LOVE that paper. ¬†Nice and crispy. ¬†Took the water very well.

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My Warmup Sketch

First I did a warm up sketch in my Stillman and Birn Alpha with my Noodler Creaper Ahab. ¬†I LOVE that pen…such great lines. ¬†I like to do a quick sketch before I get serious because no telling what I will draw. ¬†I am getting better at quickly sketching body parts…been practicing that since November or so drawing out and about in Atlanta, Key West and Augusta. ¬†Looking at her she actually has the right body shape!! I think I have improved since I started figure drawing a year ago.

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Waiting

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

This was a ten minute sketch. ¬†I got the figure done quickly and drew in the background…Kind of fun. ¬†I had limited pens to use. ¬†I drew all the sketches first with my Noodler Creaper. ¬†Then I filled in the colors. ¬†I only had a red, a green and a purpley blue Tombow and some grey¬†Tombows, a brown and black pentel brush pen and the noodler when I drew this, And two gel pens….gold and white. ¬†I used a brush pen to let the colors loose…TOO fun. ¬†I had my one and only martini at this time!! ¬†I used the red Tombow for all the skin tones. Some of the brown pentel brush pens for the darks.

It was fun not having all the colors though at first I wished I had brought my portable watercolor box….but later I was pleased with what I had done just using pens.

The gold gel pen was used for the necklace the stockings and the table.

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The Valkyrie

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

Loved the horns…and I discovered a few more markers in my bag. ¬†Three Wink of Stellas – gold, pearlescent and black. They twinkle with glitter. ¬†Another silver gel pen and a ¬†pack of 7 Varsity fountain pens in every color but black…thank goodness they were super on the flowers!! I drew the flowers with the varsity pens and hit them with the water brush!! AWESOME stuff.

I twinkled her with the wink of stellas. ¬†She definitely has the glitter going on!!! You can get Wink of Stellas at Binders in Atlanta. ¬†I had to control myself at $8.95 a marker but oh my is the glitter in them sparkly and wonderful. I used all three of them on her…the black on her clothes, the pearlescent and gold wherever. ¬†Silver gel pen on her antlers. ¬†A picture does not do her justice because she just SpArKLeS!!

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Sarah with whips

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

I really liked the costumes she had. And this pose was one of my favorites. ¬† I get tired of just drawing nekkid people. I like a little fabric to play with….she had a great kimono with alot of gold. ¬†And a huge pearl necklace. ¬†WoW!! All the pen colors are the same as the first one! ¬†I used alot of gold on the kimono both the gel pen and the wink of stella. Also on her necklace. The background is the pentel brush marker and the Wink of Stella Black marker.

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Sarah Birdsong

Strathmore 500 Mixed Media Journal

This is my imitation of my friend Ruth’s style. She’s just the most awesome artist with people. ¬†LOVE her work. ¬†You can follow her at BritPeach on Instagram. ¬†Nobody does a better nude!!

Back to the picture.  LOTS of red and the brown Pentel Pen.  Then wetting them with the waterbrush to let them flow.  Gold gel pen on the pearls. Rather like this one the best even though I did it in under ten minutes!

Thanks for looking!!