Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Rainy Weekend

journals made and completed in 2012

southern california is having a much need stormy

week.  i have been staying in and shifting my studio to a new

space with delicious morning light.  i am so very excited

and will post pictures once it is presentable. 

i've tried my hand at charcoal drawing with the encouragement

of misty mawn in her face to face workshop.

i have been haunted by an image i saw

of this woman at the autry museum. 

a woman with a story.

carole, my friend from toronto says canadians love their tea.

she introduced me to red rose.  i am sipping my tea

while i write this post today.

thank you for stopping by.
wishing you a lovely weekend.


Bob Marley :::
O great creator of being grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Taking Stock

we are twenty five days into a new year.  three weeks 

ago, i considered making a new years resolutions

or choosing a word to describe what i would like to 

accomplish or manifest this year. my decision was to 

spend as much time as i could with friends, family, 

paints and create and learn what pulls at my heart.

this makes me happy :)

look backward, forward

take stock, be in the present

the only haven

as i frequently do on fridays i join rebecca brooks at  haiku my heart 
won't you join us?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Journal Pages

i continue to maintain a daily journal practice


documenting a life 

from creative license, danny gregory

in danny gregory's words

have a lovely day


Saturday, January 19, 2013


atc with acrylic, collage, ink, stencil

it's a new year and we have nothing but time

i was invited to join an international atc group by my 
prolific artist friend, john.  while i love to be included in fun 
activities, i have to admit that i am afraid of atcs.  but this year
i am facing my fears, big and little.  i asked brian and john, both members of
a gentleman's atc group for suggestions.  basically, i started and went from
there.  brian said he thinks of atcs as little works of art.  i like that.
like many things in life, the fear was greater than 
the actual experience.  i can't tell you how many times have i stopped 
myself from doing something that could have proven 
to be fun, a learning experience, could have led to
other avenues.  well, it is never to late. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Haiku My Heart

today i join rebecca's clan of 
wordsmiths who write haikus from the heart
i hope you visit some of the sites 

paint filled hands create

fanciful creatures that spark



i am loving this book,

principles of uncertainty 

by maira kalman

the title alone. . . .

here is the first page

it reads

how can i tell you everything that is
in my heart.  impossible to begin.  enough.
no begin.
withe the hapless dodo
galumphing innocently around
mauritius sporting a 
ridiculous plume.  then-
out of the blue- man arrives
with a hankering for a 
dodo sandwich and
by 1681 extinct.
no more dodo.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

During the Fleeting Span We Are Given

lean into this life

meander, wander, dwell in


i have written before that 
i am fascinated with faces.  included in my journal 
pages are images of faces, i draw them, i am drawn to them.
i paint funny faces, i doodle faces.

 so when i saw that misty mawn is offering face to face
an online workshop in painting, drawing, 
delving into faces.  i jumped right in.  

i can't recommend misty enough

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Three Muses

much to my surprise and delight,

three muses was awarded first place

in palos verdes art center show

acrylic, pencil, wax pastel - SOLD

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It Starts With A Tree


Danny Gregory's book, Creative License is teaching me to 
look around.  While getting into my car I saw this pine tree.
Normally I would get in and drive off but I sat a while and 
as I sat,  begin to see more and more details in the trunk.

A quick sketch and I almost stopped

without noticing at first the three background trees, 
and the hill, the flags, the greenery.  I could sketch this again 
and again adding color details, selecting different parts, abstracting 
the tree, endless possibilities, widening vision, taking time to see.

Wishing you a lovely Sunday.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013