Monique Mcclellan

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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo sign on Story Road
I read an e-magazine available through RBdigital called Drawing Magazine: The Ballpoint Issue . I was so inspired to use a ballpoint pen as a fine art drawing medium that I bought a new set of Pentel R.S.V.P fine point pens from my favorite office supply store. The e-magazine articles recommended several books that the San Jose Public Library has or has access to through Link +. The books have techniques to learn by doing the drawing exercises. As well as, plenty of photos to admire the work of contemporary artists that use a ballpoint pen as their medium. On...Read more...
8 succulents on a white tray
Shopping for Containers For the last few months, I’ve been seeing in the garden section of stores a variety of containers with a mixture of succulents and cacti. My shopaholic brain wants one. However, I had a Goldilocks type of problem. The one at Costco in a 24 inches diameter terracotta pot was beautiful but way too big for any surface in my studio apartment and too heavy to hang on the wall. In my favorite craft store, the miniature plants were plastic. At another garden store, the containers had too many cacti. Cacti Phobia I have a tiny (miniscule...Read more...
Sour Marble Cake dusted with powder surgar
How can anyone mess up a yellow cake made from a box mix? Find out in this month's Cooking Gone Awry.Read more...
pile of pumpkins
Celebrate pumpkin day with fun history facts, decoration ideas, and tasty recipes!Read more...
total solar eclipse
Are you ready for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017? We've got info on when and how to view it in San Jose.Read more...
Jars of plum jam
Years ago, the plum tree in my mother’s backyard overproduced. These plums were small and sweet with purple skin and yellow pulp. I think they are used to make prunes. You could pop one in your mouth and I know it’s not lady like to say but spit out the pit. No matter how good they were after a while my family got sick of eating them. So, one of my friends convinced me to make jam with the rest of the fruit. I never made jam before, but she assured me that it was easy. I found a recipe...Read more...
Sign of Municipal Rose Garden
A year ago, I had the opportunity to go to San Jose Municipal Rose Garden as part of a drawing Meetup group. The only part of the title of the group that I can remember is Doodlepalooza. The group met on a weekday around lunchtime. I only had enough time to start a pencil sketch of the fountain before I had to go to work in the afternoon. I told myself that I would come back one day and finish it by adding color. I finally got an opportunity to come back … a year later. Visiting Rose Garden is...Read more...
orange coffee cup with pencils with the sjpl.org logo on them
National Pencil Day is on March 30, so whether you use a professional-grade graphite pencil, mechanical pencil, colored pencil, or the humble No. 2 pencil, go out and draw today.Read more...
Linus, a character from Peanuts, is holding his security blanket.
Do you crochet, knit, quilt? Or do you want to learn how? Donate your cozy talents to Project Linus.Read more...
sweet potato pie
Remembering Thanksgiving Every year my Mom would make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. This southern dish was a rare treat during the holidays since we didn’t usually have desserts in the house. It’s always the first of the leftovers to disappear. But one year when I was a teenager, the sweet potato pie tasted funny. Everyone at the table took only one bite of their slice of pie. Turns out she accidentally put baking soda in the pie filling throwing off the taste of the pie. FYI baking soda is not an ingredient used to make sweet potato pie. All...Read more...