Mom in Graffiti…


EDM #  67 Draw something Mom

Colored pencil on card stock

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”  -Washington Irving


Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!     And a special Mother’s Day wish to my mom and Mrs. Ottaway.   We Love You!

Carol and David

I wish I was an Ostrich…

edm-37EDM #37 Draw some keys

Graphite on sketch

    (Panic: The Beginning)   I woke up this morning to get my daughter off school.  We did our normal routine she got ready, I threw on clothes,  put on coffee and drove her to the bus stop.  After the bus pick her up  I came home and made  a hot cup of coffee and settled down to my desk to check my emails.  I noticed that Sam (the dog) was no where to be found and I thought I may have left him outside.  At this time it’s still early and I didn’t want Sam to bark and wake up the neighbors so I went outside to get him.  I looked around and he wasn’t in the back yard so I thought maybe he was still in the house and I just didn’t see him.    I went to the sliding glass doors he was staring at me.  So problem solved.  I went to slide the door open and it was locked.  Crap.  I can see the through the sliding door to the front door and it was locked.  Crap.  So here I am standing outside in the wet cold grass wearing a ratty worn crazy looking jogging suit, unshowered, hair not combed, teeth not brushed,  barefoot , David’s out of town and  I’m locked out of the freakin’ house.  Craaaaaaap!

     (Panic: Part Two)    I thought Karen! she hasn’t left for work and she has a spare.  I walked to  her house.   She doesn’t live that far away but cars were passing by and slowing down to stare at me in confusion making me  fully aware that I  looked like a barefoot lunatic who just escaped the ward.   By the time I got to her house my toes were numb, my jogging pants were wet and I was embarrassed.   She told me that  may have the key, but guess what?  She left it at work if she has it at all!   Craaaaaaap!    

    (Panic:  Part Three)   I thought Alana! she has a key!   I got in touch with her  and she had a key in her book bag!!! Sweet relief.  I couldn’t go into the school, so I borrowed Rob’s car and followed Karen to the school.  And she went in and got the key for me.  By this time I am gitty with relief and drove home to unlock that @#$* door.  And I did…. except the lock at the top of the door was in place and the door would only open  six inches.  Craaaaaaap!  

    ( Panic: The Final Chapter)  I sat on the front step trying to figure out which would make David less mad… Is it better to break a window or axe the lock on the back door… Keep in mind even I called a locksmith something was going to be busted up… So I figured I would do the busting for free.

     Then I remembered that I opened the window in my bedroom when the weather was warm.  EUREKA!!!!!   And I noticed that David left the ladder outside,  (This is when I heard the angels singing)  I went to the bedroom window and was able to finally get into the house.  Here I thought Friday the 13th was last Friday but I may be wrong!  This experience has taught me five lessons: 1.  Don’t get locked out of the house.  2. If I would have stayed calm I would have remembered the window and saved Karen and Alana a lot of trouble. 3. Come up with a plan B in case I get locked out again.  4. I am completely safe in that house when David’s away. 5.  Lock my bedroom window for lesson 4.

     Drawing these keys was the obvious choice for the weekly challenge.  And I am going to put my head in the sand until tomorrow.


German Shepherd Part 2

Caran d’Ache Colored Pencil on drafting film

EDM#  118 Draw hair or something with hair

german-shepherd-cp1 ( Cropped from a photo taken by mural-artist)

     I just love drawing dogs.  I made a list of all the dogs that I want to draw. Why?  I think it’s the fur that attracts me. When I do all those monotonous strokes I just go into a trance like state.   I guess it hypnotizes me because I am always left relaxed and calm.

   This is my second attempt in using drafting film.  The first time I was struggling  and it didn’t turned out the way I wanted it to look.  This time… much better.  I didn’t have any trouble aside for the normal complications that I would have had anyway.  And I am very happy with the results.  I love it when a plan comes together!

You say tomato, I say mater . . .

EDM #14 Draw what you see in the morning when you get up

EDM #17 Draw a musical instrument

EDM #206 We call it (a)


EDM # 14 is my vitamins.  I have to keep them on my dresser so I will remember to take them.  EDM #17 Is the electric guitar that my daughter got for Christmas. 

      EDM#206 is a new challenge and we call it suppa not dinner.  Back home lunch is dinner and we call it dinna.  We went out to eat with some friends on the 40th birthday of my sister and myself.  It was a very nice restaurant in a renovated old church.  We had so much fun and at the end, the husband of a couple ask me how I liked the food.  I said, “Suppa was really good.”   He turned to me and said, “Suppa, what the hell is suppa?!”  I am almost sure he knew what I was referring to, but chose a smart remark to belittle me, so I replied, Suppa is when you share food with people you love and dinner is food you share with people you don’t and then I walked off. Of course I didn’t mean it, but I wasn’t going to let him talk down to me I think he was drunk. Idiot!  

      Let me see if I can remember more stuff  :  going shopping=goin’ to town,  tractor trailer=transfairy truck, aluminium=a -lyewn-yum, yours=yalls-is, and=’n, bologna-bolonie, alot=a mess, ing=in’, tomato=mater, potato=tater.     If my Granny Lucy was still around I’d have a bunch for you. 

      I guess you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take country out of the girl, and that is completely a okay with me.

A New Year Begins….

 EDM #9 Draw a bit of organized chaos

EDM #12 Draw what you ate for dinner

EDM #13 Draw your telephone

EDM #15 Draw a tree, leaves or branches

EDM # 16 Draw your favorite tool

Graphite and Colored Pencil on Sketch


     EDM 9 is the inside of a wrist watch. EDM 16 is a wire bending tool for jewelry making. EDM 12 is a sad drawing of a great dinner.  EDM 15 is my Harry Potterish tree.  EDM 13 is my phone with the number 867-5309 on the screen then I just had to add a bathroom stall.  I know I am dating myself, but as I began to draw the phone that song just came to me and I ended up singing it until I was finished drawing.

    I have been giving a lot of thought to my resolutions, goals and lists.  I really am not into structure; well not in my personal life anyway.  I have been in a  K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) mode ever since I quit work to stay home with Alana.   So in the end I have no resolutions, no immediate goals and no list for them.   I am just going to enjoy the drawing, the painting, the beading and the reading all year long.

Goals, Resolutions and Lists, oh my!

EDM # 7 Draw a bottle, jar or tin from the kitchen

EDM # 8 Draw your watch or other piece of  jewelry

EDM# 10 Draw your hand or hands

EDM#11 Draw your glasses or sunglasses

Graphite on sketch paper


These are some challenges that I managed to complete over the holidays.  

Wow, there are alot of lists, goals, and resolutions expressed in the blog world.   Myself, I have never been a list person.  I mean, there is the occasional grocery list or I’ll jot down quick stuff for Alana at times, but I have never wrote down any kind goals for myself that I can think of.   Which leads me to believe that I really should, because I am exactly the type of person that needs one.  I have things that I need to do, want to do to and should do, but some times it just falls through the cracks never to be seen nor heard from again.   I wonder if writing things down make goals more tangible?  If that is the case, then there is another reason to make a list and sign me up!    But instead of a resolution or a goal list can I call it a wish list? 



The Tazmanian Devil….

EDM #98 Free Choice.  Draw anything you like.

Graphite on sketch

e-j-drawing    Well, I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I have been really busy trying to get ready for Christmas before the season actually gets here.  I will have lots to post after the hoildays.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises. 

     Well, this good lookin’ little fellow is my nephew.  He is the baby of the family, and we all have spoiled him rotten.  I got to keep him for a whole week over the summer.  It was his first time away from home for that long. We also live about six hours away, so he was a real trooper.   I wonder how many time-outs we caused him to get when he got home.  I hope he will get to visit next year. 

     This is my first completed portrait that’s not balled up in the trash.  I would love to give this picture to my brother, but I drew this with a grid and you can see squares all over it.  I was too pleased how it was coming along to throw it away.  I tried transfer it, but it didn’t work.  It definitely looks like him, well, atleast enough to resemble him.

Ink pens….

EDM#31 Draw something you collect

Ball point on copy paper


When I was little I absolutely loved getting school supplies.  I would hid packs of paper under the bed and roll up every pen and pencil I could find in a rubberband.  I would get in so much trouble, because I lifted my brother and sisters’ stuff as well.   To this day I still can’t deny my love for a cool pen.  So, many moons ago, you can’t imagine my happiness working as a Patient Care Coordinator in a doctor’s office.  There were alot of perks that I miss:  free treatment with medication for colds and such,  the drug reps would bring us free lunch and cookies, then we would work half day Fridays.  But what I really enjoyed were the weird and crazy ink pens we would get.  Man, I loved those pens.  Patients would try to take them all the time, but I never let one slip by me.  I still have a lot of them even though they no longer write.  I guess I should throw them away…but…I probably won’t

A Republican and a Democrat went trick or treating…..

EDM#38 Draw something Halloween

Colored Pencil on sketch

Well, I hate halloween!  When I was little I was so scared of people dressed up that when we went out trick or treating I had to lay in the floor board of the car so I would’nt see anyone and I had to wait until I was the only one at a house to get  candy.  Needless to say I didn’t go to many houses. Then, I would get dropped off at Grandma’s house and I hid in the back when the doorbell rang.  To this day, I hate masks of any kind especially clowns…Now, clown masks really freak me out! 

Now regarding my drawing, Aren’t they cute!  and atleast these two are getting along.  I have my favored candidate and I will be voting Tuesday.  I think it is a huge responsibility that I never take lightly.  With that being said I absolutely hate politics.  It’s brutal to watch all the conflicts, scandal and the do-do slinging….I just hate it and I am looking forward to it just being plain over!!!!

My name Carol and I approve of this message:)


EDM#124 Draw something yellow

Craft Paint on 5 x 7 canvas panel

 I gave this little Sunflower to my sister-in-law this weekend when we all got together for our yearly shopping trip.  We started this tradition about eight years ago and it is a nice little girl’s only get away.  Our trip involves alot of shopping, alot of eatting and then we pile in a hotel room for the night leaving the kids and the hubbys at home.  I usually use the time to Christmas shop but came home empty handed on that end.  Either I wasn’t in the mood  or nothing caught my eye.    Either way, This trip was just what I needed.  Boy. . .  I can’t wait til next year!