Plays With Pencils

Possum Patty from Pencil-vania Illustrating Life

Sunday, September 25, 2016

#139 little tree, big leaves...

What's on my mind?

Why do the littlest of trees have the largest leaves?

I looked out the window and this little tree had one yellowish-brown leaf. The next day it had two.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


because... there was acrylic paint left over on the tray.

because... i like purple and pink swirling flowers.

because...  i just wanted to play. 

because... there's no better way to spend the hours.

A fun journal page.

UFOs? Pillows? What are these?

With T.S. Hermine a few hundred miles off the coast and a big H for high pressure in control, there must have been some interesting air currents aloft because when I looked up into the beautiful blue sky, I saw these. Pillows? UfOs? What? Every day is a Cloud Appreciation Day. This was September 6th.

A few days earlier, on September 2nd, when Hermine was down off the Carolina coast, all we had were high cirrus clouds. When all was said and done, we did not get even a drop of rain. 

Art and Oatmeal with Peaches and Elephants...

While at the Farmer's Market, I bought this repro of an old Apple Bitters bottle. Awesome gold colored glass with dimensional apples on the sides.

While sketching and painting the bottle at breakfast, I just couldn't get a conversation that I overheard at the market out of my head.

Tall woman, "Do you have any coloring books with elephants in them? I love elephants!"
 Vendor, "I love elephants, too!"
Tall woman, "I love elephants and butterflies."
Vendor, "I love elephants and dragonflies!"

So, I had to add these characters to the page!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Into the Woods... Tree#138/10,000

The first Sunday of the month is Open House at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.

Carol and I invited visitors to stop and nature journal with us.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Harvesting Paper Moons...

Grabbed a handful of Lunaria annua from the garden to sketch during breakfast. You may know this Mustard Family plant as Honesty, or The Money Plant or Silver Dollars, or The Pope's Money, or a variety of other names, but I call it Silver Moons after it's botanical name Lunaria. 

Art and Oatmeal with Peaches and Paper Moons. 

Went a little cray-cray with the watercolors.

Art Studio Supervisor approves.

More Art and Oatmeal with...

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pumpin' Up the Color Volume...

Art and Oatmeal with peaches and a purple bowl. I painted the plant on the bottom during oatmeal a few days ago.  Afterwards, while flipping through the journal, I thought that it looked a little too washed out for my taste. So I decided to pump up the color . Picture me dancing and gyrating about the kitchen with flailing arms to the tune of "Pump Up the Jam." On second thought, don't.

The two sketches are the same one. It's just that the one on the top was taken after I went over it with some Peerless Watercolors from New York.

This is Joanne Sharpe's Palette. Love the colors!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Art and Oatmeal with Peaches and.....Caterpillars???

A small piece of paper with the number 3 written on it was  bestowed upon me for safe-keeping by the Lancaster Entomological and Butterfly Society. Within days I had 4 tiny dark-colored Imperial Moth caterpillars. Everyday I fed them and cleaned their container.

A breakfast only a naturalist can appreciate!

And, no, I did not eat the caterpillars. Just sketched them during breakfast. 

They eat White Pine needles. The container had a nice piney scent.

Part of my "Possum Patty's Sketch and Release Program." These guys are almost ready to dig down into the ground to pupate and overwinter, so I put them out into our stand of White Pines. Blessings and good luck!

Nolde Forest Turtle Pond Event

Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center "Explore the Turtle Pond" event. Carol and I set up our nature journaling station to paint with the participants. They caught a bullfrog tadpole, several salamanders, and a green frog. All were successfully released back to the pond after they posed for their paintings. My frog looks very lumpy, doesn't he? 

Have you ever noticed how their eyes sparkle? I used twinkling H2Os, a gold sparkle pen, and a white Posca pen to put a bit of a shine on this frog.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kay's pet frozen fish...

Kay bought 3 goldfish for pets and to sketch in her lovely Chinese brush style, but sadly, they all met their demise within a day. So she froze them. This is the darkest one. Directions: Sketch before thawing occurs.