Friday, November 30, 2012

Random Sketches

I have lots of little sketchbooks.
I keep one for random doodles, gesture drawings, and such.
There are lots of good articles on gesture drawings.
A quick 30 - 60 second sketch always helps in keeping the rust away.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Art Inspiration - Bottle

A moving little story about friends.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gratitude Journal - Psalm 139:14

"I look too fat, don't I?"

My mom, half paying attention, asked me this question, as she stood in front of her full-length bedroom mirror.  She was smoothing the sleeves of her new sweater.   I sat on the floor watching. 

At 8 years old, this was one of the earliest, most repeated memories of my beautiful mom.

Whether she knew it or not, her words stung me.  Confused me.  How could someone so beautiful think so poorly of herself?

As I grew older, I exhibited the same self-destructive thinking patterns.  I'd lean into the bathroom mirror and press on my nose.  

"Too big."  I thought.   

I'd pull back my hair.  "Too thick,"  I said.

I'd go to my job.  "Too eager," I'd criticize.

"Too trusting."  

"Too different."

Forgetting my real worth eventually led to all sorts of disfunction -- relationship problems, body image issues,  panic attacks, anxiety.     

And then I had a daughter of my own.  I was broken.   I realized that I didn't want to pass this poison along to her.

Frankly, there are thousands of flaws I could find in myself (believe-you-me, I have fretted over them & tried fixing!)   And I will always aim to be better than I was yesterday.   But, how does lamenting over my "faults" express gratitude in any way to my Maker?   It doesn't.  I imagine that it stings Him, even more than my mom's words stung me.  

So today,  I am grateful not just for my awesome loved ones;  I am going to be grateful for me too.   

Because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

What do you like best about you?  :)

Monday, November 26, 2012


Thank you, everyone, for the kind comments.

Yesterday's winner is: 


Azizah, please email me your mailing information at

I will mail out your package this week!
I'm so glad my paper pack has a new home.

Happy Monday, friends.

Friday, November 23, 2012


Over the many years of art projects, I have accumulated lots of paper.
I like using bits of it for my journaling and scrap-booking.

But I was doing some housecleaning today, 
and have realized that I have collected *way* more than I need.

I would like to give some away to you.
There are over 100 sheets.  
There are lots of wedding-themed papers, and a few seasonal ones.
I weighed them on the scaled too.  :)
Altogether, they weigh 5lbs. 

If you would like to win this pack, leave a comment with your name below.  
I will choose a lucky winner on Sunday and announce a name on Monday.

Happy Friday!

**Comments are now closed.  I'll announce the random lucky winner tomorrow!**

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pet Portrait... and a Favorite Drawing Tool

Hooray!  My computer is fixed.

After rebooting my computer what had to have been 20+ times,  and making several trips to the repair store,  I was finally able to get it working again.


When I wasn't messing around with my desktop last week, 
I was working on "Doug".   :)

When it comes to artsy stuff, working in pencil will always be my first love.

Drawing always fascinated me as a kid.  I loved that I only needed 3 tools to make something magical appear in my drawing pad - a pencil, eraser, and a sheet of paper.

It still thrills me.   And I still really only use the same, basic objects when I'm drawing in pencil today.

While working on this pet portrait, I thought I'd share with you one of my go-to, "grown up" drawing materials. 

My favorite tool is an eraser pencil.  

All you have to do is sharpen it like a pencil:  

Fill in a layer with your regular pencil:

And then erase out:

I always, always use it when drawing eyes.  

. . . 

Doug is almost there.  
I might take some time to finish him tomorrow, after some Turkey & pumpkin pie. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!  
Do you have any plans for the holiday?

I appreciate you all more than you know. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Art Inspiration - Inge Druckrey

Poo poo.
My computer, and all of the photos saved to my hard drive, took a dive yesterday afternoon.

I am posting from my hubby's laptop today,
and I'll be spending some time this week trying to fix my poor little machine.

In the meantime,
here is a delightful and informative documentary on Design,
featuring Inge Druckery.

Enjoy.  :) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Gratitude Journal - Hope

When I was a teen, I had cried my share of tears.
One of my favorite uncles was aware of the hard times I was facing.
One day, toward the end of an icy winter, he visited my family.  

While everyone else was out and about, he called me into the kitchen and pointed out our window.
"Do you see that?"
I peered outside.  
He said, "Do you see it?  There's a blue bird over there.  
She's a sign of new beginnings."   

I think of that little bird every time I am going through a difficult time.
It helps keep a spark of hope in my heart.


What helps you to hold on?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Keep shining.

Monday, November 5, 2012

New Journal

Since it was my birthday last week, 
I closed out my journal from last year & began a brand new journal.
I went back to a tinier, 3.5" x 5.5" sized book.

I'm partial to tiny things. :)  
Pages filled in with watercolor, pen, and a couple of stamps.

Happy Monday to you guys!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Pick Me Up

I like good music.
I like how it takes me to another place when I am painting.  
I like how it picks me up when I'm feeling down or helps me put things into perspective.

At the end of the work day, when I am tired & worn out, I get to come home to my husband.
I fill up a lot of my journal pages with memories of him.
He may frustrate me at times, but he is the one person with whom I feel the safest.

And at the end of the long, crazy week that just ended, this song reminds me of my soft place to fall.

Have a restful weekend, everyone.