Friday, August 11, 2017



more faces this week.  this first one is done with stability pencils,

black and blue, white gesso and a red china marker 

on watercolor paper.  i like the simplicity and 

challenge of using  just a few products.





these next faces are done on 





3 x 5 white index cards





with a micron pen




and spray inks.



they are easy




and fun warm ups.  i do like

to warm up before diving into a 

a larger project.  what about you?

in the past, the warm up and project

were done on the same substrate.  now if find 

it fun to do them separately... just a little different.



have a lovely week.  i post weekly on fridays 

when i  join eva and kristen and the paint party friday gang.















Friday, August 4, 2017


i flew into smoky and moist seattle

to join john arbuckle and brian kasstle

(both are talented artists listed on my sidebar)

for a three day journaling workshop

on whidbey island.  smoky because of the canadian 

fires, and moist because, compared to the drought 

in los angeles, there appears to be lots of water, though

i am told they, too, are in a drought situation.






the predicted weather couldn't have been more perfect.

notice the word predicted.  it turned out to be warmer

and more humid than expected but this did not dampen

spirits or creativity. 










the project was ambitious.  we were to make a stack journal.  this is 

made up of 6 pieces of cereal box cardboard transformed 

into pieces of collage and painted art.  that's not all.  we 

painted watercolor paper on both sides for a cover to hold  these pages 

and 

made african style bizi sticks to hold it closed. 

in 3 days!





does it sound like a lot?  it was!! 

9-4 every day.  a number of us crazies

returned after dinner for more work on our own.

here are a few of my pages.  wish i had more 

process pictures but as you can see from the 

above schedule,  there weren't' enough time!!











 when i finally did get back to my room, i had to finish


the art forger.   i finished it on the plane ride 

home.  it's based loosely on the biggest art 

heist in history.  500 million dollars of art was stolen 

from the isabella steward gardner museum in boston.  here's 

a short description of the robbery.


in 1990.  In the early hours of March 18, 1990, guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Bostonadmitted two men posing as police officers responding to a disturbance call. Once inside, the men tied up the guards and, over the next hour, stole thirteen works of art valued at $500 million – the largest-value theft of private property in history.





and a current update.  



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-06-20/the-hunt-for-the-isabella-stewart-gardner-museum-artwork


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please excuse the inconsistent fonts in this post. 
i blame it on the creativity of blogger this week.



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Friday, July 28, 2017




since i have embraced the fact that

i love painting faces, i have been drawing 

and painting so much more.






this is one of my quick daily  starbucks drawings

with black and brown stabilo pencils and water added.  

when his pencil hits water, it becomes like very 

pigmented ink or watercolor.   i love using it! in many ways!





i was drawn to this hostess at a restaurant, 

vera.  when leaving, i gathered up the nerve

i told her i was an artist.  my friend suggested

i show her my drawings. i showed her a few 

in my sketchbook.  i asked if i could take her 

photo so that i might draw her.  






this is a painting that i did in 2016

i  liked but didn't love it.




i reworked it, adding two more faces.




now i love it.  





and i painted this starting from a reference

image of four of my friends.  then the 

painting became its own version.

both are acrylic, stabile and gesso. 





when i look back at a week's worth of photos

in my iphoto library,  it feels like i have done a lot 

but on a day to day basis,  it's just a moment at a time.

next week i am heading to whidbey island to participate

in a 3 day workshop led by john arbuckle and brian kasstle.

i went last year and had a ball.  I am looking forward 

to the same this year.  i will  probably not post friday 

unless i figure out how to post when i am not at my

computer.    hopefully  i will saturday.  



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site with a supportive community of artists. 


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Friday, July 21, 2017




portrait on my easel as it evolves

i missed taking  photos of a few steps but 

you can get an idea.







eyes were wonky so i had to move them








last  saturday  i joined a make and take at 

 the south bay botanic garden

in palos verdes.  we painted a parasol

in the gardens  under a lovely trellis.  there 

was a steady stream of people of all ages coming to 

enjoy this activity.  i took an image of a geisha 

to collage on my pink parasol then painted blossoms. 


















i received my new italian acrylics this week!! yay!   

they were not easy to find.  i love the buttery consistency.

i will be showing new work using them soon.








southern california is at its best 

here at the palos verdes beach club.

i never tire of the view walking down the stairs.




i brought this book and joined my husband.  





my local library is hosting an interesting series.  

i missed most of them but will join in on the 

august session when  we discuss the art forger by b.a. shapiro 

and then  make art based on influences of the book.

clever, right?







posting with the lovely eva and kristen's










Friday, July 14, 2017





this week found me continuing with the daily

sketching.  i pop in to starbucks, use a reference 

image from a fashion magazine or make up a face.

i have been using a micron 02 pen.  this is a face

is  from my head.  graphite was added afterwards.







here's how she looks with watercolors.  both give

a different effect.  i think i ike the first a wee bit better.









these two are works in progress that i started 

at a painting workshop with jeanne marie.  what an indulgence 

to paint for two days in a small group of lovely women. 

after having recently attended jacki long's mixed media 

classes last month, and having so much fun, i am  looking to

schedule more group classes to scatter into the mix of my daily

art practice.   not only are they fun but there is a wonderful energy 

that comes with  creating in a group and i often learn something new.

i am fortunate that there are workshops accessible near me.   do you 

attend classes?  what is your experience? this weekend 

i saw a flier at the local botanic garden  for a make and take 

to paint a parasol!!! right up my alley!

i will show you what i create next week!


until then, have a lovely weekend!



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Friday, July 7, 2017

this week i pulled out various 







inks and drew faces using a stick











and snuck in a few starbucks drawings








my garden is bountiful!


X O X O 



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