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!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Granddaughter!

I have been very busy with the birth of our 3rd grandchild this past Sunday. What a joy! So when a group of us calligraphic/artist gals got together last week, Gabriella was on my mind! Did lots of exercises with her name. This is the one I did in my journal.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Collaging off Ridge Road

Have any of y'all done collaging lately? Do you remember when it was the thing to do?
I can't remember the last time I ever did it. Don't think I was really ever into it, to tell you the truth.

But I am part of the Triangle Calligraphers' Guild, actually the VP this year, and some of us gals get together to experience other artistic avenues. We teach each other.

So, as far as journaling goes, I think I might see a future with this collaging and my lettering.

It's something to explore!


Riding in two planes to get to Cancun can be tiring. Especially if you happen to have two babies on the 3 hour leg of the flights...who cried...continually. One of the babies was about a year old. The Mommy and the Daddy were two rows apart. When the baby was with the Mommy it cried for the Daddy. When it was with the Daddy it cried for...you get the picture!

In any case, I had my small sketchbook with me and did a little sketching and lettering while en route. That was over two weeks ago. Finally today I added color with watercolor pencils and a yellow gel pen. The lettering was done with a simple Zig Broad Edged marker. Nothing too fancy while jostling in midair.

I had a book of crossword puzzles that I annihilated. Also read a book, Pandora's Daughter.