Peach Blossom

March is the month of pink clouds on the peach trees here in South Carolina. I sat on the deck sketching many things but I kept coming back to the peach tree. A fast pencil drawing at the tree then I retired to the warmth of the deck and started working on the pen and ink.Peach blossomPeach Blossom, Inman, South Carolina 03/31/2016

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Still life on Table

Seldom do I work in this fashion because it takes an inordinate amount of time to produce a finished produce of this size. This is on paper , 10X8 and consists of pens of several different sizes. There is some eight to nine hours worth of work here. The problem is with me; I need to develop the patience to keep going. The last time I made a piece like this was a fer years ago and it was 24X20 on Bristol Board. After that I swore not to do that again. I have a portrait I attempt in this fashion maybe with colored inks. That can, if I manage it, will produce a pointillist pen and Ink on Bristol Board. Size, hmmm, let me see how I feel.
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Still Like on table, Studio work, Inman South Carolina 03/19-20/2016

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Heading to the yard

Giving someone directions in Spartanburg by telling them to take a turn after crossing the railroad tracks, will guarantee they’re lost. Spartan burg is called the Hub City for good reason; the Norfolk Southern and the CSX have yards here and you can’t drive in any direction for any distance without crossing mainline tracks, spurs or driving around yards.
Once this consist rounds this curve, there is a straight run into the Hayne yard.
A Google map look at the city will show the trackage in and around the city. With this there are a number of people who seem to believe that grade signals are party lights; vehicle-train accidents occur with some frequency with the usual outcome.
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Heading into Hayne 02 Center city near Magnolia St. Spartanburg, South Carolina 02/20/2016

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Power on steel

Whether sitting on a siding or pulling a consist, a locomotive radiates power. They’re massive. Even for their size, sometimes more than one is necessary to move a string of cars, called a consist, from one place to another because of grades. Interestingly enough, real trains act just like model trains. You cannot have a series of empties in the middle of a long line of laden cars. On a curve, the light cars will take the shortest distance; that isn’t on the rails.
As powerful as a locomotive is, a penny placed tightly under each wheel will prevent the locomotive from moving. For all that power, it cannot lift it’s own weight up to go over the height of a penny.On the siding 02 Hayne Yard, Spartanburg, South Carolina 02/20/2016

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Old farm structures

The weathered wood tells of the age. Yet this building stands in the corner of a small pasture, providing storage for fodder for the stock and tools. At the moment, horses are contained here. I doubt sheep are raised here any more.Old Carolina farm 02 Edwards Road, Inman, South Carolina 02/19/2016

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Who you lookin’ at?

Cattle are quite curious. As I mentioned elsewhere, any animal that spends most of the day with their face stuck in the ground don’t rank high on the IQ scale.
Take old Clarence here. If you walk up to him, when you get within five feet he’ll bolt. The area around the front and to the front sides are his ‘guard zone’. However you can walk up behind him and rub his back; he’ll stand there. Lucky for him he’s a herd animal, somebody else is watching his back.Carolina cattle 04 A curious critter, Edwards Rd., Inman, South Carolina 02/19/2016

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Carolina cattle and a steeple

Driving around Upstate South Carolina, one finds much evidence of the burgeoning economy by the clearing off of land for housing. Spartanburg and Greenville Counties are growing.
Then one turns down another road and you wonder if a warp opened, the world shifted. Farms are present cattle graze and there isn’t any sign of tract housing. But there is that ubiquitous steeple. I haven’t figured out if there are thousands of them in the South, or someone runs around sticking the same one in all my images.Carolina cattle 03Edwards Road, Inman, South Carolina 02/19/2016

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Saving your dumb butt from death

So you forgot again. You must like sleeping on the couch. Well here is one last chance to save your ass from eating cold dog food for a week.
All the hard work has been done. A couple of simple things are needed to make you look like a real lover. Let’s get started.

Here’s the card.

Screw up

It scales out to 7X5″.

  1. PRINT CARD OUT ON 10×8″ CARD STOCK
  2. TAKE A COLORED ‘SHARPIE MARKER AND WRITE IN HER NAME NEATLY ABOVE MY VALENTINE
  3. AFTER THAT DRIES, USE A TRANSPARENT MAGIC MARKER OF A LIGHT COLOR AND MAKE UNEVEN DIAGONAL STROKES OVER HER NAME
  4. SELECT ANOTHER LIGHT COLOR AND REPEAT WITH ALTERNATING SPACES
  5. GO TO THE SEWING KIT AND GET THE PINKING SHEARS, CUTTING OUT THE CARD LEAVING A ½” BORDER ALL SIDES.
  6. GO MAKE HER BREAKFAST AND PLACE CARD NEXT TO PLACE SETTING (You do know how to set a table, don’t you?)
  7. WAKE HER UP AND WISH HER A HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Here’s hoping you didn’t pay attention to that dumb ass art teacher in grade school. Notice there are no lines. You can’t stay inside them.

You owe the Woodchuck big time

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Rebirth of a woodland

In a woodlot nothing goes to waste. A fallen tree, last years leaves, dead fauna and other detritus from past storms all slowly rot, turn into humus and become rooting material for new growth. The decay provides nutrients for next years plants to grow another season. While a fallen tree takes time to decay it becomes shelter for newts, toads and snakes. The undergrowth gives shelter to box turtles and provides food for them too. What is really amazing is all this can be contained in an area no larger than 10,890 sq ft. That is ¼ acre, the size of your lawn. Open your eyes and enjoy what’s around you.Rebirth of a woodlandStudio work, The edge of my yard, Inman South Carolina 02/13/2016

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Just a little something

Because this is a Leap Year, Spring arrives on 4/20, ½ hour into the day. Since I have way too much time on my hands, and feet, I took off my shoes and started counting back from that magical date, 45 days to arrive at today. I didn’t know I had so many fingers and toes. Hope “Springs” eternal!Halfway Hibiscus from my flower beds, Studio work, Inman, South Carolina 02/03/2016

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