Sunday, December 4, 2016

sunday sketches :: winter is coming


Well, no snow. Yet. Definitely colder here.

Winter is coming. (Not the Game of Thrones “winter is coming” sense hopefully!)

I’m one of those people who hopes for a White Christmas. And that’s it. One day only!! Then we can move on to longer days and more sunshine! Anybody agree with me on that?

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

sunday sketches :: no lily!


I started working on some doodles about one of our cats. She is a darling little thing. She found her way into our house about 2 years ago. Lily is sweet but sure can be stubborn and we find that we call her “No Lily” more often than “Lily.”

We live a few blocks from major streets and have lots of hawks in the area so we don’t have outdoor cats. She will howl at the door to be let out and we always tell her “No, you’ll get lost!” but she begs at the door anyway.


With Thanksgiving behind us, I’m now in full-on Christmas mode! Today, I may even venture to the attic and bring down the decorations. It’s time to make things festive around here!

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

at last … autumn


I was still wearing shorts and sandals until Thursday! It was an odd feeling to be wearing summer clothes yet seeing all the colors of fall around me.

But then the wind changed and started blowing from the north. Yesterday’s walk was an entirely different feeling. Golden reds and oranges of fall. Breezy day. And me, wrapped up like a mummy!

I don’t adapt to seasonal changes very well. I like when the changes are gradual. Not 80 degrees one day, 40 the next. My mind and body need to ease into it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

sunday sketches :: flower girl


I’ve been in a funk lately. Not really in the mood to paint. Hope this won’t last long.

I’ve been doing a little writing. Very little.

And this little doodle. And not much else.

Just wanted to stop in and say “hello” even though I don’t have much to share this week. Hopefully I will snap out of it soon!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

creative tuesdays :: wizard of oz


“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks to Michael for hosting.

This theme was perfectly timed with a conference I went to last weekend. We had to draw a book cover for either Peter Pan or The Wizard of Oz. Naturally, being from Kansas, I HAD to choose this one!

Today, is election day here in the U.S., I can only wonder who will be the man/woman behind the curtain tomorrow! All I know is that my daughter and I voted opposite so have cancelled each other out!! Oh, well, I put my vote and voice out there!

Please take a few minutes and look at other artists’ interpretations of this week’s theme.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

sunday sketches :: busy witch


Getting ready for Halloween here. I told my husband to hide the chocolate and he took me seriously. I’ve been looking for it all day!!

You might remember this drawing from earlier this year. I wanted to put more of a story behind the little girl cleaning her room. Who would have a broom? A witch! Why is she cleaning? Maybe she’s not your typical witch! Well, obviously that’s true. Her favorite color appears to be purple instead of black.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Please be sure to visit Sunday Sketches.

Now…back to the chocolate hunt! It has to be here somewhere!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

creative tuesdays :: treehouse


Treehouse is the theme this week at Creative Tuesdays. Thanks again to Michael for hosting.

I managed to finish this drawing yesterday. It’s a self-portrait really. Me – always cleaning (my motto: If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!). My husband – reading the newspaper (or his ipad!) in the kitchen.

He doesn’t pick on me for being a neat freak and I don’t nag him for reading (and re-reading) the paper.

My treehouse looks a bit hodge podge as treehouses go. A few years ago, I bought a book at the used bookstore about Building Your Luxury Dream Home or some such title. I will never be able to buy or build a LUXURY dream home…but I find some of the architecture features very creative. I’ve incorporated a few of my favorite windows here!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

sunday sketches :: girl at window


It’s been one of those weeks.

I went with my husband on Tuesday to the doctor. We find that as we get older, it’s best to take a second pair of ears whenever we go to Doctors. Anyway, he’s had a cough for a couple weeks now. He coughs mostly at night, so he can’t sleep. I can’t sleep. The dog can’t sleep. It’s been a grumpy house.

They didn’t treat his cough but did send him to the emergency room straight away. Abnormal heart beat…so he was in the hospital for two long, boring days of tests and new medicines.

I’m lucky that the hospital is near our house so I could come home every few hours and let the dog out. But after a while, I didn’t know if I was coming or going!

Anyway, he is home now. Still coughing, unfortunately. More doctor appointments coming.

And just now I walked the dog. Beautiful warm sunny fall day. Then I saw a snake in the street sunning itself. It coiled itself up and I ran as fast as my legs could carry me!

I’m never walking again. Until winter anyway!


Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England! I missed last week, so I’ll be sure and check in with other Sunday Sketches posts this week! (Note: I don’t have Google Plus so can’t leave comments on those blogs. Unless there is some easy way to do this without upgrading that I don’t know about? Let me know.)

Monday, October 3, 2016

creative tuesdays :: red riding hood

“Here is a slice of cake and a bottle of wine; carry them to old granny. She is ill and weak, and they will refresh her."
– from Little Red Riding Hood.
The theme at Creative Tuesdays came at a perfect time for me. I’ve been reworking some of my older pieces to include in an upcoming portfolio review. This one I originally did back in March.

I reworked the faces a bit, more color here and there, and have added a wolf waiting for Little Red Riding Hood!

Hopefully it is improved a bit!

Thanks to Michael for another great theme!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

sunday sketches :: cat pattern


Still playing with patterns. Of course, I had to do something with cats!

I drew them, then traced them in Illustrator so I could make symbols to repeat. Still debating whether or not I should color them in. I think I like them this way though.


Posting this to Sunday Sketches -- hello to Alexandra in England!