Possum Patty from Pencil-vania Illustrating Life

Sunday, July 30, 2017

#DannyGregoryQuotes #3DaysinParsippany #TheTreeCity

Whether it is Winter or any other season
New Jersey is one of the most populous states
never-the-less it has a 42% tree cover 
with Parsippany being recognized as 
for the past 40,000 years
because the First Children planted 
the original groves of Weirwoods
in the eastern section of the township

where you can still find a few hardy specimens 
of this species in a secret hollow
that the ice age glacial cover did not reach
but these wise and aware ancient ones are rare
and you are more likely to encounter
much younger Weirwoods
that were planted from seeds
flown on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997
and provided by the NJ State Forest Nursery in Jackson having been planted in habitats that contain 
other outstanding and popular Parsippany 
native plants some of which 
may be endangered or of local concern
such as the Wahoo, Erect Bindweed, 
Meadow Cuckoo-flower, Spiny Coontail, 
Green Adder's-mouth, Floating Heart, 
Northern Panic Grass, Strawberry-tomato, 
Hooker's Orchid, Indian Physic, 
Black-girdle Woolgrass, Lace-lip Ladies'-tresses, 
Humped Bladderwort, and every artist's favorite, Stylosanthes biflora, 
also known as Pencil-flower 
which ironically has recently become hard to find in 

Monday, July 24, 2017

#DannyGregoryQuotes #3DaysinParsippany #ParsippanyPastelMountains

500 million years ago
a chain of volcanic islands
formed of polychromatic basaltic rocks
crashed into the Jersey Shore
creating the famous Parsippany Pastel Mountains
that grew to tremendous heights
in the western portion of the township

but were eventually worn down
by the shimmering and glimmering
 Rockaway River
 that flows into a basin
created by the Wisconsin Glacier
around 21,000 BC and looks like 
an old crone picking blueberries 
currently called Lake Hiawatha

in an area called 
a word from a Lenape Native American sub-tribe
 meaning “the place where the river winds 
through the valley of the polka-dotted sky”

 in an area where the strawberry boulders
are quite common above which
 the oddly shaped stone formations
 that are the remains of the Pastel Mountains
can still be seen today.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tree #147/10,00 The Rhine Pine

A doodled pine-ish tree. Watercolor and ink in a Canson Watercolor Sketchbook, 140 lbs cold-pressed paper.

Art and Oatmeal with California Peaches. First I sketch with the watercolors.

Then details are added by doodling with a Pigma Micron .05 pen.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Tree #146/10,000 A Bluish Beech...

A Bluish Beech with unusually colored foliage.

Close-up of tree trunk. Pigma Micron Pen over watercolors.

Doodled leaves. Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Sketchbook.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Tree #145/10,000: a series of hand-drawn arcs and linear marks...

Abstractedly done with acrylics and cellophane wrap in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Sketchbook. 

Close-up of texture made by crinkling cellophane over the wet paint and left on page until the paint was dry. Under layer of texture is from a layer of gesso added to the page before painting.

Didn't want the circles to be perfect so I drew them by hand instead of tracing round objects. More organic this way.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Art and Oatmeal: A Wishing Stone

A Wishing Stone has a white ring around the entire rock. According to Wise Old 'Possum Woman, if you find a Wishing Stone, hold it between your hands, make a wish, and then throw it into the nearest body of water such as the ocean, a lake or a stream and the wish will come true.

Art and Oatmeal with California Peaches (all gone). Derwent Watercolor Pencils and Water Brush. Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Limestone rock with white quartz ring. The top sketch was the first try. Hah, not even close. I have a tendency to elongate everything! Tried again below it and next to the rose. Better, but not completely satisfied with the result.

Happy enough with the third effort to call it "sketched".  On to the next rock...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday Portrait Workshop: Under much pressure sketching Santa...

Seasonally, this gentleman portrays the jolly old man himself. Last Thursday he sat for the art group. Warm-up contour sketch with Lamy Safari pen in BG Green Sketchbook by Metro Books, NY.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

60 MPH Challenge: Draw the Dunkelburger Bridges over the Merritt Parkway (Connecticut) as you pass under...

Road trip this past weekend! I challenged myself to quickly sketch each gracefully arched overpass between mum's hometown in Connecticut and the New York state border.

The Merritt Parkway, which is on the National Register of Historic Places because of these bridges, spans the distance between the Hutchinson River Parkway in New York and the Housatonic River in Stratford, Connecticut.

I believe there are around 40 bridges the whole distance, though my travels took me under 25 of them. In some stretches of road, the overpasses come up quite quickly making the details hard to capture.

All of the bridges were designed by George L. Dunkelburger in the various styles of the late 1930s: Art Deco, Art Moderne, French Renaissance, Gothic, Neoclassicism, and Rustic.

I believe I missed at least two! My sketches do not do justice to the beautiful art that each bridge actually is! If you ever drive through Connecticut, take the parkway and look up! You will be rewarded with cast iron grape vines, stylized Griffons, Puritans and Indians, rustic rubble rock, winged wheels, flowers, fiddle head ferns, and of course, the State Seal of Connecticut.

Lamy Joy and Safari fountain pens in a BG Green Sketchbook by Metro Books NY.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Art and Oatmeal: sunflower vase with Lamy fountain pen and watercolor wash

Wonky but fun!

Art and Oatmeal with Sliced Honeycrisp Apples and a sunflower vase.

Lamy Safari pen. Don't even remember where I got this sketchbook! It says BG Green Sketchbook, Metro Books. Nice smooth paper and it even took a little bit of wash with just a hint of wrinkle.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tree #144/10,000 "Friendship is a sheltering tree." Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Black Chinese ink and watercolors in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Sketching in the Kitchen with Kay.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just sketching Felines with a Fine Line Pen...

I was given the challenge of drawing with a Stables Ultra Fine pigment pen until in ran out of ink. So here are four pages of gesture drawings from life that I did by following my cats around over the course of 3 days.

First page. There are two cats individually labeled "tt" for Titi and "sw" for Stinky. Stinky is not fat, she just spreads easily.

Titi is an Abyssinian. Look in the Cat Encyclopedia under "most destructive cats ever." 

Titi is a runt with a very large self-image. Her full name is larger than she is - Queen Nefertiti.

Pen not empty yet. Crescent marker journal.

Monday, February 13, 2017

One Drawing a Day (the book) - Day 26 - Clouds

More clouds! The clouds today were moving very quickly. Wind gusts 40 to 60 mph at ground level. The wind must have blown a tree or branch onto the power lines because our electricity went out for about 90 minutes. Derwent Sketching dark wash 8B pencil in Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Whistle Pig...

First Sundays are Nature Journaling days at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center.

Marmota monax by any other name - "Woodchuck", "Ground Hog", "Whistle Pig" - is still the "solitary marmot".  Whistle Pigs are found in the order Rodentia and the squirrel family, Sciuridae.

Their skulls are large, flat, and heavy. Unlike most other rodents their incisors are white and not orange. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tree #143/10,000: The Temporal Aspect of the Standing People is beyond human understanding...

Wise Old Possum Woman was contemplating the temporal aspect of trees when she saw one in a rock.

The story in the stone inspired a journal page.

It's hard to see the texture and sheen of the page with a scan or photograph.

In the close up you can see the underpainting of light molding paste and resin sand.

The sheen is from iridescent acrylic paint.

In Kay's kitchen with acrylics and a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journal.