Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sketchbook Skool!

Oh yes! I have entered Sketchbook Skool. I LOVE it! I'm trying to establish a regular habit of sketching every night. So far, so good. These are a few of the sketches I've done while in the classes. The top one is probably my favorite. It's a sketch of one of the teachers. She gave us a PDF of her using different expressions. I LOVE sketching expressions and had a blast with this one. :)

Here is another one I did and practiced sketching with only a little color added (with colored pencils).

Here's my calico cat while she was sitting beside me one night on the sofa.

I love creating little characters out of the top of my head. She popped up when I glued down the "hair" that I cut from a magazine. Even SHE looks happy with her new do! :)

I just started a new class called "Seeing" to get us to really look at the world around us. I can't wait to see what it brings forth in my sketchbook. Stay tuned!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Memory Lane

I'm taking a couple of classes right now that use collage along with illustration. I love the concept and am learning a lot. I pulled together different images and effects to create this one. The street sign is an actual sign here in town that I ran across last week. The lade was pulled from an archive images file and the skyline was created digitally. Lots more in process..

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Little Combination

16"x 20", mixed media

This is a fun piece I did in Gillian Lee Smith's workshop. I'm now addicted to this process. You first make two pretty large drawings of two different people. I did a male and a female. Then you cut up your drawings into squares. You combine the two and assemble new faces from pieces of each drawing. After you've glued down the pieces, you then paint it out. FUN!!!

The top photo was the first of the combined pieces. I then added a hat and the drippy sweater. Male or female? Hmmm... I don't know. Whatever you want it to be.

Here is what I did with what was left over from the pieces:

I call this the sister of the first one. :) In this portrait I added a hat, and collaged a coat. Then made it all blend together. Also I played with proportion and exaggeration. I love the looks you get when you just experiment.

Definitely more of these in the works!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


 Working in my art journal. It helps to vent...Art is my therapy right now.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Take Me Away

New Year, new projects. Art is taking some new turns. I've taken a portraits class by Gillian Cox and right now I'm taking an illustration class taught by Lilla Rogers. We are creating characters for children's books in Lilla's class, but I'm really more interested in the illustration process. This is just a quick sketch I played with. Nothing special, but a lot of fun. After one week of class, I'm really enjoying it, especially the loose style of working.

This is one of the projects from the portrait class taken last month. It was wonderful to be working in oils again:

These classes are what I needed to get some focus on new subjects. I'm looking forward to seeing where they take me.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Temporary Digs

I'm taking a little break from the art scene. I haven't felt the desire to paint at all. These phases happen and I'm good with it. I will post some art journal pages from time to time but painting is on hold.

Lately, I've been diving deep into photography. It's fun, has immediate results and there's so much to learn. I have a few cameras now and learning how to use each one has been very enjoyable. If you'd like to follow along, I'll be here exploring new avenues.

Thank you for following! I haven't stopped making art; just going down a different path for awhile. I hope to see you at the new blog!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Journal Page: Lost Girl

"...But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different."  -- Neil Gaiman

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


5" x 5" Mixed Media on Paper

"We are masters of the unsaid
words, but slaves of those we 
let slip out."
    -- Winston Churchill

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Miles to Go

12" x 12" Mixed Media on Wood 

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."
  -- Robert Frost

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Speed of Life

12" x 12"  Mixed Media on wood panel

"That's the shock: All cliches are
true. The years really do speed by.
Life really is as short as they tell
you it is."
                               -- David Bowie

Tuesday, May 17, 2016