Sunday, August 20, 2017


Can't have too many cards.  These cute cards with watercolored animals, trees, chairs, etc. were a result of the on-line class by Danielle Donaldson.  Interested? Go here:

Use your old tea bags, scraps of paper and ATC cards.
Stitch on the sewing machine or draw stitching with a pen.

How much fun is that?

Until next time...



"The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter."
Marcus Tilius Cicero

I have always loved drawing faces.  When I look at my portfolio from high school, (yes, I saved them.  They must be true antiques by it is filled with faces drawn in pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel or watercolor.  I tried all the different mediums, except for oil.  I never could wrap my head around painting with oils or the yucky smell of no oils will find their way into this journal except for the occasional oil stick which is mostly wax.

With this journal, I hope to explore new techniques and perhaps find my identity. Will I prefer watercolor as opposed to acrylic?  Will I prefer drawing whimsical faces as opposed to realism?  Will I find my unique style or will I continue to follow the path of diversity?  Wherever this journey takes me, I will go with eyes wide open...accepting my successes as well as failures and learning not to be too hard on myself when things don't go according to my liking.


When I painted this girl in watercolor, I realized that I forgot how to paint skin tones.  I am sure that there is something on the internet that explains this but a friend of mine just happened to be at my house with her inexpensive set of watercolors which had a tube of paint named, of all things, "Flesh." 
Wooo hoo!  You can't find this color in artist grade watercolor so I am very grateful that she offered to share.  


This is the inspiration photo that I used for my painting.  I plan to tape them to the opposite page of my journal to remind me of my thought process and to see what I should have done differently or what I might try again.  


This face started as a pencil drawing, then I added s little collage to the bonnet, stenciled a few flowers and texture using gesso and lastly, it was tinted using Ranger Distress Inks.



"Goat Boy" was done using a technique that I learned in Kate Thompson's "Children Of The Wild" class.  It was drawn in pencil, painted and stenciled with gesso on a copy of antique ledger paper and then highlighted using a R&F oil stick.

If you are interested in learning this technique from Kate, her on-line class is still available on  I have taken classes from Danielle Donaldson, Wendy Brightbill, Kate Thompson, Jeanne Oliver and many other fine artists.  Also, this site has many free videos so you may want to sign up to receive their notices even if you are not ready to join a class. 


This guy started out as a pencil drawing then I shaded areas with a light wash using a Stabilo Aquarellable pencil.  I used a black Faber Castell Pitt big brush pen for the background.  These are two of my favorite tools for shading.  The Stabilo pencil is nice and juicy allowing for a very light wash to a solid black line and the big brush pen is perfect for solid black areas as it does not bleed through the watercolor paper.  It is filled with India ink unlike alcohol ink pens.


Well, I hope that you are enjoying the start of my new journal, "Faces." I am really inspired by all the photos that I have collected and can't wait to see how they reveal themselves on the page.

Until next time.....


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Work In Progress
I am starting a new journal.  Whoo hoo!!!  I love drawing faces and decided to devote an entire journal to faces drawn in pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, collage...or any other media or technique I find interesting to try.  I will most likely find my inspiration from the myriad of photos that I find in fashion magazines or on Pinterest. (Like the one above.)  I am not interested in obtaining an exact likeness of the subject but rather concentrating on the technique, color and most important..just having FUN!  

This is my new "Hand-Book" journal.  Squeeee!  I absolutely loooove it! It is just the right size for painting faces...not too large or too small.  The journal is 8.25" X 8.25", has a linen like cover, 60 acid free pages of scrumptious hot press watercolor paper and a clear pocket inside the back cover to hold notes, etc.  If you are not familiar with the "Hand-Book" journals, they have a variety of sizes and come with watercolor or heavy weight buff mixed media/sketch paper.  I have used both types and love them both!  (Mixed media journals have a book cloth cover and come in black, red, blue, or green.)

I just wanted to show you how I protect my journal from paint spills, etc.  I wrap the cover in Glad Wrap!  Yes...I learned the hard way.  My first linen cover journal was dragged through paint by accident but I'm not will be decorated in order to reflect the subject of the journal anyway.

Until next time....




 I am nearing the end of this journal.  Only three pages remain to tell the story
of the Trump Administration.  Three pages left to be illustrated, colored with
 Big Brush markers, watercolored, scribbled on, and splattered with paint.  

I must confess, I will miss the daily routine of waking up each morning 
to check the "breaking news" that occurred while I slept but I also 
need to say that following politics is stressful and I could use a break!
Whoo boy!  The drama never ends!

 Somehow, I have the feeling that the story will go on long after I have 
completed my journal and that I could fill many, many more journals 
but seriously...I am ready to move on.

That said, I have purchased a new "Hand-Book" journal and I am excited to 
announce that it will be filled with my favorite thing to draw, "Faces." 

So...stay tuned and check back often as I will post my progress and also discuss 
the many on-line classes that I know you will just love.  

"Spicey" hiding in the bushes.

A "broken" Whitehouse.

I hope that you have enjoyed my journey following the Trump Administration and that you will come back to join me when I start my new journal, "Faces."

Until next time...


Wednesday, April 26, 2017


I am moving right along in this journal.  Only eight pages to go and then I will need to decide if I am going to continue reporting in a new journal.  I THINK NOT!  To tell the truth, I am ready to move on to something else…maybe painting abstracts and using acrylics.  I love the Dina Wakley acrylics and can't wait to start experimenting with them.

If you haven't tried Dina's paints yet, do yourself a favor and buy a tube.  They are different from other acrylics as they are highly pigmented and can be watered down and used like watercolors without losing their intensity.  Plus, the colors are scrumptious.  Love, love, love!!!  And…did I mention that you can buy a writing tip that screws onto the end of the tube so that you can draw and write with them? lol…I guess that I can't hide how excited I am about them.

Here are more pages from my journal using the Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush pens and finishing with splashes of watercolor.  I am really loving the india ink in these pens.  The ombre letters below were made by first outlining the letters with a waterproof black pen, using a brush to wet the interior of the letter, and then inking the bottom of the letter while blending the ink with a paint brush.  Yes, the india ink can be watered down with a wet paint brush if you are quick.  Once the ink dries…it is permanent.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time….