Posts Tagged With: drawing

Marathon Weekend- Art Marathon

Yikes! 9 hours of the Lord of the Ring movies, to sit and finish my botanical drawing homework. Still not finished.


Painting Icon boards with two coats sky blue wall paint. We use wall paint sometimes. If you can find the right color in mistints area, the paint is about $5.00 gallon. Or you can paint your son’s room, then use left over paint to paint boards.

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A bit of France- my luggage


Toile Luggage, just under legal limit for Delta Air. …lol

I found this large rolling luggage at Blair’s Jewelry and Gifts California, Md. . This store is truly amazing. Gifts of everykind, including fine jewelry. They will monogram almost anything, metal, glass and fabric.
I bought the suitcase several years ago, so I do not know if they still carry it.
Inside has a large zippered part on lid and two elastic straps to hold everything in.

My daughter was graduating from high school, i bought it for her. Then someone else gave her a luggage set. I decide to keep it and put it in my closet. I was looking at it this week and thought, that looks just about the largest luggage you can check. Well it measures 29x20x10 inches and can extend another 2 inches in front. That makes 60 inches. I think Delta Air check baggage is 63 inches. Now to keep it under 50 pounds. I will be a very fashionable traveler. White luggage, it won’t look this nice come late August. How funny…
Happy Travels…God bless Margaret

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Your Taking What! Art Cart to Alaska


Why on earth am I dragging my art cart or trolley for you guys overseas four thousand miles to Alaska.
Well I love this cart we have been together several years now.
BAC- Before Art Cart. I tried tote bags, boxes, paper and plastic grocery bags, milk crates on wheels, rolling backpacks, scrapbooking carts and the list goes on and on. Some I bought, some people gave me or lent to me, on sale or not on sale. Talking to other cart owners at conventions, stopping cart people on street. Going to workshops, art classes and conventions carrying my supplies up steps, in elevators and back and forth to car was killing me. This was a crazy back breaking obsession to find a better way. After I really hurt my shoulders at a convention and a couple months later pulled a couple of ribs out of place. I finally found my true cart love- Rest and Roll Trolley. This cart is like a good spouse, you think of ways you could change it, but all and all you are so happy with what you found. What is so great about this cart. #1 reason I love this thing is the fold out chair, that a full size human being can sit on comfortably and it ROLLS off road too. Now for the nuts and bolts of this cart.
QVC discription– One smart cart. From around-the-house use to away-from-home-excursions, the Rest-n-Roll cart is designed to simplify life. Carry anything from groceries to a change of clothes in the large, multipurpose storage bag, then, keep drinks and munchies in the insulated pouch. There’s even a there-when-you-need-it, comfortable, sturdy, flip-down molded seat.,Extendable handle,Durable, lightweight polyester construction,Open, measures 26″D x 37-1/2″H x 16″W; supports up to 300 lbs, Made in China.
11Pounds weight.
If you want a good laugh: watch the you tube videos for this product.

Well how much can this cart hold. 2 wood palettes, 4 wood brush boxes, medium wood paint box for oil tube paint, 2 plastic travel palettes for wet paint, small tote bag with turps, gamesol and other flamables.
Funnel, wet canvas holders, mixing tile, and two aprons.

Pockets inside and out are stategically placed for good use- umbrella pocket, small tripod pocket.
Came with a snap on pencil case- I have been thinking about what to put in it for 2
To top it off, the front of the bag has a insulated pouch for drinks, lunch and snacks.
Our trip to Alaska will be a sketching watercolor trip, so I will update later on the packing list.

Now, the big dilema it to fit it in my suitcase and not be over 50lbs. .It folds up nice, take wheels and handle off, i think it fits in my suitcase. ….I hope so at least…..
God bless you travels….. Margaret

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Luggage: Good luck with that!


The Dilema! Three weeks clothes, medicine, hats, hiking shoes, winter coats (95° in Md, 105° heat index today), art supplies, art carts, art supplies for the class we are giving in Anchorage.
2 bags checked free, 62 inches and under 50lbs. Two carry on bags. Hmm!
Well, to start Carol and I checked our luggage at home. That went well Carol and I found luggage that rolled(attic shopping). Hooray!
Now, the art carts were becoming a problem. Carol thought of having canvas bags made for art carts.
I went to staples for bussiness card case. After searching around for the card cases, I found the travel accessories isle. What to my wondering eyes did appear, large heavy nylon bags by Samsonite: Tote a Ton measure 62inches. Yeah, under the legal limit. I bought the last two bags. Now to see if they fit the art cart.
And they did!!!!! Now to pick it up! I will have to work on that.
Happy travels! God bless Margaret


Bag with art cart inside, perfect fit.


Samsonite, Carry A Ton bags

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Get comfortable! How this Art Expedition began!

Go get a cup of coffee and a comfortable chair. Carol applied for a travel scholarship, it requires that you plan your trip and write about it.
Well, Carol always makes the most incrediable presentations. She was planning the trip, every detail researched and planned. The award went to another teacher who planned a trip to Europe.
Well as you can expect, Carol and our family was disappointed. After a week or so of thinking and planning, a checking finances. Carol decided to go North to Alaska. Well, after a long thinking and talking, Carol decided to go alone. Soon after, my mother was talking to my brother Paul. Paul lives in Alaska. Well to make a long story short, it was decided that I was to go with Carol. What Luck!!!!

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Sketching Classes with Nancy Thompson


Carol and I had the great pleasure of taking a sketching class with Nancy Ellen Thompson of Snow Hill, Md. Wow! What a class. Learning to put your simple drawings and thoughts on paper into a sketchbook is freeing. Carol and I have tried sketchbooking before. Carol’s sketchbooks are beautiful detailed, but take hours and hours. Mine are disorganized and do not tell a story.

Nancy helped us to learn to layout areas for drawings, pictures and journaling. Next to block out the actual drawings of subjects, then to complete the drawings in a permanent ink pen, like a thin line Sakura Pima Micron pen. Even my 86 year old mom joined in the fun.

What a hoot!
Nancy has classes regularly at her studio in her Snow Hill Studio and at Anne Marie Gardens in Solomon’s Island, Md.
Happy Sketching! Margaret

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