Thursday, March 19, 2015


Eau de Aroma

There must be something in the air- Two posts in two weeks. But here I am, trying to sneak another pic in for Illustration Friday on a Thursday afternoon. If we want to stay strong, we have to keep moving, right? That goes for paintbrushes, too. (Swish, swish!)

This little stinker couldn't resist sharing that mini motivational pep talk for anyone who's visiting today, and a quick "scent"-iment as the season officially changes. 
Happy Spring to all! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I'm not sure if this old sentiment is actually an Irish blessing, but since it's close to St. Patrick's Day, I just gave it a few shamrocks and will stick with it as this week's contribution for Illustration Friday
My alternate, unabridged version of this saying adds "...It's just that all the sociopaths and psychopaths along the way create extra- long detours." (OK, maybe that was inappropriate, but that's what was on my mind. "Paths," get it?) A wee bit of mischief always comes naturally- I do have a little Irish ancestry and the leprechauns were calling again! 

Besides, if you're reading this, you're not too far away for me to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

P.S. I'd like to add that this was an experimental effort, a quick mixed media piece. I rarely discuss my process here, but lately I've been changing it up a bit for my own sanity's sake. Experi- "mental," maybe? This began as a really rough thumbnail sketch, hand lettered and then enlarged as a copy, painted over with diluted white acrylic paint (mainly to fade the sketch) and colored with pens on semi- wet paint, building up the color as it was still appearing pretty transparent. The final stage was to go over it with Prismacolor pencils. The paint gave the inexpensive paper a little more "tooth," grabbing the pigment more favorably. I might like to try this technique again using a heavier weight paper and with more concentration on my part. Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Looking back, I see reflections of some places, faces and things that I don't recognize anymore. 
The truth is not always as pretty as we want it to be, so we just get fitted with some rose colored glasses and keep moving along as we always do, as long as we're able.
You see, spring is on its way and there is still much beauty to behold...
Hope you're catching a glimpse of that beauty, too.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Home made for the holidays
Santa and his elves might be busy in their workshop putting the final touches on the goods, but the kitchen is where these goodies are being baked. Visions of sugarplums have been dancing in my head, by the plateful to share with friends and family
Here's a favorite recipe for Molasses Cookies, from my home to yours.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Drink up folks- Here's a "smoothie" of a different sort. Trying to sneak one in for Illustration Friday's theme. It seems like I'm always trying to pull one more smooth move here at the last minute. This one was just a fun "mock chalk" image done in Photoshop. 
Not sure if there is a real fountain of youth anywhere, but I can tell you that if there ever was one in California, it is probably dry by now. Maybe it will start flowing again by next spring...(Sorry, bad pun!)
Heading into November now. More warm and sunny days ahead. Still grateful, just thirsty!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trouble, Throwback Tuesday for IF

Immovable, Illustration Friday. Originally posted September, 2010

The past few weeks away from participating in Illustration Friday's challenges were spent tending to some other things that were piling up here. How fitting that in those two weeks, the themes were "Silence" and "Octopus." Sometimes it just works out best to remain silent, not to say (or post anything) as in "If you can't say something nice..." etc. I really felt strongly about not posting anything, not that I was going to toss about any unkind words here. And during those past couple of weeks, it would have been good to be like an octopus, eight- tentacled to deal with the projects I had going while the blog ironically came up empty handed again.
So today I decided that rather than taking a third week off, this was going to be my "Throwback Tuesday," a good day to re-post an oldie from a few years ago, re- purposing, multi tasking an existing piece. Sort of like how reheating leftovers is no trouble, this one was still waiting on ice to resurface in another form...An easy way to come up with something when the heat is on!

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Do you remember when water didn't magically appear from a tap indoors?
Or do you remember when it was common to see wells placed placed in yards and serving as somebody's decorative garden planter?

"Well" my friend, could you be wishing for younger days?
(Just sayin', of course!) ;o)
This is sort of a vintage thing I did for Illustration Friday, because I do remember "when,"
as in when we had lots of it here in these parts.
Meanwhile, I wish we'd find some water soon, before the well runs completely dry.