Pen and Ink Doodle using Doodle Patterns for background and textures

Egret Pen and Ink Pen and Ink By Sandra L Gaile

Egret Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink
By Sandra L Gaile

There have been so many Egrets on the lake lately. A new one arrived, I guess on migration, that I looked up and as close as I can tell, it is  Great Blue Heron. What a beauty! I was inspired to do this pen and ink of an egret with wings spread open. I used doodle patterns for the textures in the background and on the wings. The doodle patterns are on You tube how to videos and so much fun! Some times I alter them, partly because I am not that good at following directions. But they are great fun to learn and do!

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My Small Cabin by the Lake in Pastel on Watercolor

This is My Home by the Lake, which started as a run down little cabin in need of lots of work and love.

It is still a work in progress after ten years, but I love it!

When I started this project, I started planting flowers everywhere instead of working indoors. Nature and Beautiful Views are my thing and I have that here.

I tried to express the feeling of the cabin looking from the lake back to the house. First, I started with a watercolor background and used pastels to liven up the colors.

Hope you like it!

My Cabin by the Lake

My Cabin by the Lake

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Not the True Image of Thanksgiving!

From Wikipedia.

The image burned into my mind of how the pilgrims and Indians looked on the first Thansgiving.

At least this was how I remember as shown in schools and school plays.

Apparently,  this image was wrong………… How about that…………….E

The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899). The painting shows common misconceptions about the event that persist to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear such outfits, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains.[13]


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“The Motion of the Ocean” A Pen & Ink with Copic Marker Colors


Sometimes we should just have playtime! That is what this Doodle is.

It started in my sketchbook as a free fun pencil drawing, then a play with Pen & Ink, then, oh why not, Color added with Copic Markers. Proportions are all wrong, colors are crazy, some doodle basics, (Mooka), and turned out a fun  happy sketch. Hope you enjoy!

Sandra Lynch Gaile

A  Doodle For Fun! The Motion of the Ocean

A Doodle For Fun!
The Motion of the Ocean

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Pastel Painting of My “Early Morning Sunrise” by Sandra Lynch Gaile

Early Morning Sunrise at the Lake by Sandra Gaile

Early Morning Sunrise at the Lake by Sandra Gaile

A fun thing to do  when the weather is cold was a pastel painting on black paper of an early morning sunrise on the lake. I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed creating this.

Here is a little info on using pastels and how very long they have been used. To me, pastels are more like drawing then actual paints. I enjoy the tactile use of them very much and although they need care to prevent smudging, they maintain their beautiful colors for a very long time.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the art medium. For the color family, see Pastel (color). For other uses, see Pastel (disambiguation).

Commercial pastels

A Pastel (UK: /ˈpæstl/; US: /pæˈstɛl/) is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints; the binder is of a neutral hue and low saturation. The color effect of pastels is closer to the natural dry pigments than that of any other process.[1]

Pastels have been used by artists since the Renaissance, and gained considerable popularity in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium.

An artwork made using pastels is called a pastel (or a pastel drawing or pastel painting). Pastel used as a verb means to produce an artwork with pastels; as an adjective it means pale in color.

Pastel media[edit]

Pastel sticks or crayons consist of pure powdered pigment combined with a binder. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer.

Dry pastels have historically used binders such as gum arabic and gum tragacanth. Methyl cellulose was introduced as a binder in the twentieth century. Often a chalk or gypsum component is present. They are available in varying degrees of hardness, the softer varieties being wrapped in paper. Some pastel brands use pumice in the binder to abrade the paper and create more tooth.

Dry pastel media can be subdivided as follows:

  • Soft pastels: This is the most widely used form of pastel. The sticks have a higher portion of pigment and less binder, resulting in brighter colors. The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Finished drawings made with soft pastels require protecting, either framing under glass or spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging; hairspray also works, although caution should be taken, as fixatives may impact the color or texture of the drawing.[2] White chalk may be used as a filler in producing pale and bright hues with greater luminosity.[3]
  • Pan Pastels: These are formulated with a minimum of binder in flat compacts (similar to some makeup) and applied with special Soft micropore sponge tools. No liquid is involved. A 21st-century invention, Pan Pastels can be used for the entire painting or in combination with soft and hard sticks.
  • Hard pastels: These have a higher portion of binder and less pigment, producing a sharp drawing material that is useful for fine details. These can be used with other pastels for drawing outlines and adding accents. Hard pastels are traditionally used to create the preliminary sketching out of a composition.[3] However, the colors are less brilliant and are available in a restricted range in contrast to soft pastels.
  • Pastel pencils: These are pencils with a pastel lead. They are useful for adding fine details.

In addition, pastels using a different approach to manufacture have been developed:

  • Oil pastels: These have a soft, buttery consistency and intense colors. They are dense and fill the grain of paper and are slightly more difficult to blend than soft pastels, but do not require a fixative. They may be spread across the work surface by thinning with turpentine.[4]
  • Water-soluble pastels: These are similar to soft pastels, but contain a water-soluble component, such as Polyethylene glycol. This allows the colors to be thinned out to an even, semi-transparent consistency using a water wash. Water-soluble pastels are made in a restricted range of hues in strong colors. They have the advantages of enabling easy blending and mixing of the hues, given their fluidity, as well as allowing a range of color tint effects depending upon the amount of water applied with a brush to the working surface.

There has been some debate within art societies as to what exactly counts as a pastel. The Pastel Society within the UK (the oldest pastel society) states the following are acceptable media for its exhibitions:“Pastels, including Oil pastel, Charcoal, Pencil, Conté, Sanguine, or any dry media”. The emphasis appears to be on “dry media” but the debate continues.


In order to create hard and soft pastels, pigments are ground into a paste with water and a gum binder and then rolled or pressed into sticks. The name “pastel” comes from Medieval Latin pastellum, woad paste, from Late Latin pastellus, paste. The French word pastel first appeared in 1662.

Most brands produce gradations of a color, the original pigment of which tends to be dark, from pure pigment to near-white by mixing in differing quantities of chalk. This mixing of pigments with chalks is the origin of the word “pastel” in reference to “pale color” as it is commonly used in cosmetic and fashion venues.

A pastel is made by letting the sticks move over an abrasive ground, leaving color on the grain of the paper, sandboard, canvas etc. When fully covered with pastel, the work is called a pastel painting; when not, a pastel sketch or drawing. Pastel paintings, being made with a medium that has the highest pigment concentration of all, reflect light without darkening refraction, allowing for very saturated colors.

Pastel supports[edit]

Pastel supports need to provide a “tooth” for the pastel to adhere and hold the pigment in place. Supports include:

  • laid paper (e.g. Ingres; Canson Mi Teintes)
  • abrasive supports (e.g. with a surface of finely ground pumice or marble dust)

Protection of pastel artworks[edit]

Scenery painter in Schlosspark Charlottenburg, Berlin

Pastels can be used to produce a permanent work of art if the artist meets appropriate archival considerations. This means:

  • Only pastels with lightfast pigments are used. Pastel paintings made with pigments that change color or tone when exposed to light suffer the same problems seen in some oil paintings using the same pigments.
  • Works are done on an acid free archival quality support. Historically some works have been executed on supports which are now extremely fragile and the support rather than the pigment needs to be protected under glass and away from light.
  • Works are properly mounted and framed under glass so that the glass does not touch the artwork. This prevents the deterioration which is associated with environmental hazards such as air quality, humidity, mildew problems associated with condensation and smudging.
  • Some artists protect their finished pieces by spraying them with a fixative. A pastel fixative is an aerosol varnish which can be used to help stabilize the small charcoal or pastel particles on a painting or drawing. It cannot prevent smearing entirely without dulling and darkening the bright and fresh colors of pastels. It is also toxic, therefore it requires careful use. The use of hairspray as a fixative is generally not recommended as it is not acid free and therefore can degrade the artwork in the long term.
  • SpectraFix, a modern casein fixative available premixed in a pump misting bottle or as concentrate to mix with vodka or other high proof drinking alcohol, is not toxic and does not darken or dull pastel colors. However, SpectraFix takes some practice to use because it’s applied with a pump misting bottle instead of an aerosol spray can. It’s easy to use too much SpectraFix and leave puddles of liquid that may dissolve passages of color, also it takes a little longer to dry than conventional spray fixatives between light layers.

For these reasons, some pastelists avoid its use except in cases where the pastel has been overworked so much that the surface will no longer hold any more pastel. The fixative will restore the “tooth” and more pastel can be applied on top. It is the tooth of the painting surface that holds the pastels, not a fixative. Abrasive supports avoid or minimize the need to apply further fixative in this way.

Glassine (paper) is used by artists to protect artwork which is being stored or transported. Some good quality books of pastel papers also include glassine to separate pages.


A pastel frottage created by rubbing pastel on paper laid over stone

On the Cliff by Theodore Robinson, 1887. A warm beige paper is used as a colored ground to enhance the pink colors. The rough textured ground provided by the paper also enhances the impressionistic style of the pastel work.

Pastel techniques can be challenging since the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface, and unlike paint, colors cannot be tested on a palette before applying to the surface. Pastel errors cannot be covered the way a paint error can be painted out. Experimentation with the pastel medium on a small scale in order to learn various techniques gives the user a better command over a larger composition.[5]

Pastels have some techniques in common with painting, such as blending, masking, building up layers of color, adding accents and highlighting, and shading. Some techniques are characteristic of both pastels and sketching mediums such as charcoal and lead, for example, hatching and crosshatching, and gradation. Other techniques are particular to the pastel medium.

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Earth’s Many Faces

So many kinds of faces of Earth’s Creatures.

Each different, Unique, and Special.

To each, its’ purpose.

Pen and Ink by Sandra Lynch Gaile

Earth Faces by Sandra Lynch Gaile

Earth Faces
by Sandra Lynch Gaile

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Fall Glow for 2014 is Cold but Beautiful

My Fall View From the Deck

My Fall View From the Deck

The Glow of the Evening Shines Warm Yellow.

The Cypress Trees Turning Golden Sienna.

Temperatures are Falling to Freezing.

Warm Sunny Days of Summer are Gone.

Fall 3014 At the Lake

Fall 2014
At the Lake

California Dreaming by Moma’s and Poppa’s

All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray
(And the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk
(I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day
(On a winter’s day)

I’d be safe and warm
(I’d be safe and warm)
If I was in L.A
(If I was in L.A.)
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way
Well I got down on my knees
(got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray
(I pretend to pray)
You know the preacher likes the cold
(preacher likes the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay
(knows I’m gonna stay)
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’) on such a winter’s day


All the leaves are brown
(All the leaves are brown)
And the sky is gray
(And the sky is gray)
I’ve been for a walk
(I’ve been for a walk)
On a winter’s day
(On a winter’s day)

If I didn’t tell her
(If I didn’t tell her)
I could leave today
(I could leave today)
California dreamin’
(California dreamin’)
on such a winter’s day
(California dreamin’)
on such a winter’s day
(California dreamin’)
on such a winter’s day


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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Read more: The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ Lyrics | MetroLyrics


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Passing Time

Beautiful thoughts on Time with the human desire not to run out of

Forest Garden

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“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness.

And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory

and tomorrow is today’s dream.”

Khalil Gibran


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“There are moments when I wish

I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away,

but I have the feeling that if I did,

the joy would be gone as well.”

  Nicholas Sparks


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“The strongest of all warriors are these two

— Time and Patience.”

Leo Tolstoy


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“The cost of a thing

is the amount of what I will call life

which is required to be exchanged for it,

immediately or in the long run.”

Henry David Thoreau


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“Until you value yourself,

you won’t value your time.

Until you value your time,

you will not do anything with it. ”

M. Scott Peck


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“Time is a game played beautifully by…

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An Owl, a Snake and Faces in a Tree

Art, Gardening, Survival, Thoughts and Nature

The Owl, the Snake, and  Tree People For Fun! The Owl, the Snake, and Tree People
For Fun! by Sandra Lynch Gaile

Some times Art should be just for Fun!

This is my fun pastel that I started with just the faces in a tree, then decided to add an owl, then decided it would be fun to add a snake, thus giving the owl a reason to look big eyed and startled.

The painting was bigger, but my scanner is not.

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Oooohhh! Canning Apple Sauce!

ApplesauceTis’ the Season to enjoy Apples Fresh from the Trees.

I am trying to produce or find veggies and fruits when they are in Season, so now, Apple sauce

I am tired now, but have enough applesauce canned to have a pint for every week. Also 5 quarts of apple pie filling, all needed for pie is the crust.

Next, I guess will be collards nd other greens when they are ready in the garden this Fall.

I do like having fruits and veggies that are without preservatives and are as close to fresh as I can get. Not always cheap, but tasty. I think these jars cost me about $1. 20, because I don’t have an apple tree. If I were young enough and could do things better, I  would have planted every fruit tree  because I do so love fruit! Yummy and just like I like it!

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