Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MOOdle time

A MOOdle about about my dog, Remy, and I think most other dogs:

You can see the hope in their eyes <3

I think it is yet another appealing aspect of a dog's nature :-)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

I tell myself...

Do not:

Mixed media
... because it doesn't help or make anything better.

Remember to:

Ink, Sharpie markers
... always.


Ink, Intense pencils

... deep down.

Keeps my head on straight :-)

Friday, March 25, 2016


These toys might be fun to investigate, especially if they arrived with no instructions :-)

"Capable of flight"

"Sound effects standard"

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Carved stamps

When I think of patterned repetition,  I think of die cuts and carved stamps.  I cannot make die cuts, but I can carve my own stamps :-)

I like to carve objects and words, but some of my favorite stamps come about randomly.

From yesterday's art journal entry:

Intentional and random stamps

I had to tell myself to "Stop" making stamps and complete the day's page or I would never get to the five (oy) paintings I have been working on.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

I don't know much about cats.

Except for me, all the members of my family (of origin) are allergic to cats.  Understandably, there were never any of these critters in our house.  Dogs, parakeets, hamsters - all okay - but cats brought on the sneezing, tearing, watery eyes, and rashes for everyone but me.

Therefore, if I consider cats, I have to admit that because I was never around them, their behavior baffles me.


This collage encapsulates the truth about my experience of cats; they are a complete mystery to me :-)

Friday, March 11, 2016

Little furries

From my art journal:

A chinchilla -

Pigma Micron pen, Inktense pencils

An Azara's agouti -

Pigma Micron pen, Inktense pencils

I think of them as little furries and technically they are rodents; but I prefer my term :-)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Doodling - a fascination with line

Often it begins as a little doodle of lines and before I know it...

Ink, gel pens, Sharpie pens, Copic markers

And then, sometimes it's single color doodling:

From my art journal, red ink lines

And also this, from yesterday's art journal page:


Friday, March 4, 2016

Wild cats and a penguin

A few sketches where my goal is to capture expressions:

Ink, charcoal, chalk


Ink and Copic markers

I like penguins.  To me, they look like they are ready for an adventure :-)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Random patterns

I enjoy drawing patterns.  Some will be random - pick a spot on the page, put the pen to the surface, and begin drawing with nothing particular in mind. 

At other times I may set limits such as lines and circles only, or create patterns using an object and its variations.

In this first one, I limited the kinds of shapes:

Circles Squares Triangles (pigment ink, Sharpie pens)

In the next one, leaf shapes:

Leaves (pigment ink, Copic markers)

I find drawing patterns allows the busy-ness in my brain to recede and I settle into a calmer place :-)