Sunday, November 22, 2015

glamor girl in ink

Just playing with ink and patterns.

It’s cold here today. I walked the dog earlier and now I’m hibernating! I’m posting late today…nearly dinner time. My husband is making chili tonight. Oh, it smells delicious in here!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and be sure to check out Sunday Sketches!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

my apologies to…


My interpretation of the Sistine Madonna (detailed view of the angels).

I think I captured their facial expressions…the colors were hard to match up using watercolor.

I know I’ve been absent a bit lately. There is so much going on here. I’m having family come next week for Thanksgiving so I’ve been doing a bit of extra cleaning!

On top of that, I’ve been let go from my company. I still have a few weeks to work but mostly that will entail cleaning up stuff and archiving files to servers. Ugh.

It’s bittersweet. There has been talk of layoffs for a few months, so I thought long and hard and decided to raise my hand to be one of those to leave. After 31 years of working there, it’s really sad to leave. It was the one time in my life that I had a job that I loved…great people, fun projects, ideal work conditions.

So why am I leaving?

I don’t know for sure. It just felt like the time was right. The severance package is great…so I’m going to enjoy some time off before I look for something else.

I’m calling it a sabbatical. A time to rest and learn and just think about “what’s next.”

You’ll be seeing lots more art from me. That’s top of my list!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

orange zinnia and friends

Pink and orange zinnias with black-eyed Susan and some little bluish-purple things I just made up … which actually look an awful lot like blueberries ☺

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

my apologies to…

…Paul Cezanne

My interpretation of The Card Players showing cats in famous artwork.

I exaggerated the colors but if you look at Cezanne’s painting, there is a rainbow of colors in his, too. It’s just beautiful!

Monday, November 9, 2015

vacation souvenirs

It’s not even close to winter and I’m already dreaming about a warm seashore vacation. I’m not picky…just anywhere near a beach!!

I used some souvenirs as props for this little painting.

Friday, November 6, 2015

red rose and friends

I’m working on a series of 5x7 flower paintings.

I’m contemplating opening an etsy shop. Any advice? I REALLY want to know. What has been your experience in selling your artwork? Not just on etsy but anywhere.

Would you buy original paintings? Or prints? Greeting cards? None of the above?

Thanks for your help and advice, friends!

Happy Paint Party Friday.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

birthday cards

I’ve been trying to create my own birthday cards for family members.

It’s easy to take a flowery doodle and put it on a gelli print like this:

Or draw what you would have baked…if you weren’t miles apart:

Or just remove the label from a funky beer bottle for someone who likes a beer or two on their birthday ☺

Monday, November 2, 2015

i stink…

….at drawing faces in profile!

Everyone always comes out with a flat face!

At least I’ve got the hang of drawing curly hair finally ☺

Friday, October 30, 2015

happy halloween


We normally have about 150-200 Trick or Treaters every year. My husband bought two gigantic bags of candy last weekend.


I ate two pieces and made him hide the rest so I wouldn’t eat myself silly all week.


Tomorrow it looks like it will be cold and rainy.


I hope this doesn’t keep the kids away. I would hate to have to eat all the leftover candy!!


Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

couch potato in color

You’ll remember this drawing from a week or so ago. I finally got some paint added.

I don’t know if it’s the weather (rainy and cold) or my life (dismal with a chance of layoff) but I went with a really muted palette here.

Not my normal bright and cheery one. But it sort of fits the mood of the drawing so there you go.