Feathers in Triplet

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When I first started doing art as an adult, I started with watercolor.  I love the vivid colors and graphic look that can be achieved with this versatile medium.  I soon moved on to mixed media, the medium(s) that most of my work is in these days.  But once in awhile, I return to watercolor.  I find it relaxing and love the rich washy look of the colors.

So, recently, when the mood again struck me to pull out my pen and ink and watercolors, these three feathers became the result of my doodles.  First as a black and white ink sketch, then with color applied with watercolor.


There is just something about the process that draws me back again and again!

If interested in the original piece, matted and framed under glass, it will soon be hanging in the meeting room at Dillon Nature Center in Hutchinson.

Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!


I am still plugging away in my Tribute Journal, and it is only fitting that I share my Abraham Lincoln page with you today.  I admire Abraham because he was an overcomer.  He overcame hardship and disadvantage, and even failure to become a man of great influence.  He carried that power with integrity, a rare feat.  His depth of wisdom and insight is apparent in many of his quotes.  I included some of my favorites on the page.

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend.”

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“Don’t worry that you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”


Forest Queen

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“Forest Queen” first appeared in my sketchbook.


I was inspired looking through my stash of papers, and my new line of stencils.  Dots in a Row is especially evident in the background.

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After getting everything blocked in, I did some reverse painting on the background, and started adding papers, like a lace print paper napkin for her dress.


Picking just the right papers is a difficult task!

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I added pattern with my own hand carved stamp.  Gold paint makes the design on the dress.


Slowly adding more detail…

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I used gold ink and a dip pen for detailing her hair.

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If you are interested in this 15 x 30 inch canvas original, contact Tessera Fine Art Gallery at (316) 262-2435.

Happy creating!


Turning up Flowers

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I haven’t had much time for art lately as I have been cleaning, and sorting, and moving furniture from one room to another.  Add to that the normal holiday rush, and I have only been able to squeeze in some sketchbook art here and there.

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It seems to have a theme!

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I actually have a collage series in mind… we will see if these sketches are the humble beginnings!

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I couldn’t resist adding some quick color to at least one!

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How do you keep creative when you are busy?


Art Journal – Gratitude Blooms


In the spirit of Thanksgiving I dedicated a spread in my art journal to gratitude… something I make an intentional effort to practice each day of the year. The more gratitude I express, the more aware I become so that gratitude seems to grow and bloom!


The line art was made with pen and carbon ink.  I love that it doesn’t run when I use marker or paint over it, and it has a super fine line. So great for random doodling!


The green watercolory look is actually a mix of blue and yellow Dylusions inks in an aquabrush.  A great way to do ‘on your lap when you should be sleeping’ painting.


Hope you all have a wonder full day overflowing with Thanksgiving!

Out of Africa


Using a copy of one of my own Citra Solv altered papers as the base, I reverse painted an elephant, and whimsical plant life around him using gesso and paint.  I added shading with my Derwent Inktense pencils, and did detail work with an ink pen.


It is fun to just let my imagination have its way once in awhile!

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The original piece will be available for the next couple of months at Mead Street Gallery. Call the gallery at (316) 262-5192 if interested.

If you are interested in a print, check out the listing on etsy!

Journal Pompt – Black and White


Today’s journal prompt comes straight from my sketchbook. We all love loads of color, but once in awhile it is refreshing to deal only in black and white…as well as being handy when all you have is a pen and paper.  On this page, I really played up the contrast to communicate those times when we have trouble making a decision.  What are some other areas of contrast in your life?  How do you pull it all together?


And for those of you stumped on yesterday’s ambigram post, the image says “inside” and when you turn it the other way read only the part that has burst through the wall….”out”. Inside out. Can you see it now?

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