First of all, let me explain my blog title:
Raleigh - INSIDE&OUT.

If you were born in the old Rex Hospital in the early 50's like I was, you weren't born INSIDE the Beltline. You were just born and lived IN Raleigh. Period.

It wasn't until the early 80's, when the Cliff Benson Beltline was finished that homes and their residents and pets were assigned the titles "Born Inside The Beltline" or "All Those Other People," otherwise known as "Outside The Beltline."

As a result, at the ripe old age of 30-something, I became an Inside The Beltliner through no fault of my own except being born to parents that owned a home on St. Mary's Street.

So, now let me explain what you'll be doing here. You will be following my journey, through sketching and lettering, while I meander Inside and Outside the Beltline.

I'm new at this, so I hope I either give you inspiration to try your hand at it as well, a boost to your ego because you've found someone who's not as good as you are (yet), or at least a good laugh!

In any case, come with me. Be my passenger. And let's enjoy this journey together!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Okay, so you probably thought I'd abandoned you. No, just in Cancun at my niece's Destination Wedding! Since we stayed in a resort, the scenery stayed the same. Therefore, all I managed to do were two pages of sketches. The one with the buildings was our view from the eating veranda. Pools were encircling them. I pencil sketched it while sipping coffee and eating breakfast.

The other page has vignettes of random things. I like that page better, the way I managed the watercolors.

With the Horse's Head Statue, I drew the whole thing in one continuous line. Can you figure out where I started and where I ended?

(Yep, misspelled Palladium!)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Loft - Elm City

The Loft was made for my girlfriend by her husband. A place to get away from it all. A peaceful place you can call all your own. Where you can be alone. Or where you can share your silences with your girlfriend. A place to watch Lifetime Movies, nonstop, just because you feel like it!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pam's Farmhouse - OTB Raleigh


Oops! I ALWAYS also order "crispy" bacon!

Jordan Lake - Between Here and Pittsboro

I did not sketch while at Jordan Lake, but tried to keep the image in my mind until I got home. Pretty simple, really. My clouds are a bit iffy - wanted to use a fan brush to see what it would do. Thus my clouds look like fans!

I colored the sketch from top to bottom, clouds first, ending in the sand at the bottom. Then added the umbrella, chair, and blanket.

Thought I'd use two of my tree stamps on top of the treeline. I like the effect.

It was also fun coloring around Jordan Lake.

When I look at this page, I get peaceful...and I smile, thinking of Lydia, Miss Tea, and Jonny Boy!

Girl Trip Gone Wrong - Rocky Mount

Excruciating Pain was outlined first. Then used 2 blue Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolor Crayons here and there around and between the lettering. Added water to this, and it did not do what I expected it to do, which is blend and smooth out. It basically just got wet! So I was now stuck with this rough looking color. Next added more blues and some greens from a different watercolor set. Darkened the outlines of the lettering with a Pitt Brush Marker.

Next came the yellowish-green color to the left of this. But not before drawing the eye and coloring it.

Picked out the stamp in the upper left-hand corner as well as the one with all of the circles to put under the teardrop. All of the vacant areas were written in.

"Dendritic Ulcer" is Uncial and was lettered with a Zig Marker and so was "July 29."

There was a tiny empty space at the bottom, so I filled it with the little bird stamp.

All of my entries are experiments with all of the different watercolors I have as well as stamps and lettering styles. I try to make them all fit together into a cohesive piece.