Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Business Cards

I was waiting in line inside the bank this weekend, 
when a woman walked in with her adorable Jack Russell puppy (named Rex!).
I knelt down and let the little guy jump on me.  
She and I got to talking, and I explained to her that I do pet portraits.
We continued to chat about a few other things while I scratched Rex behind the ears.  
And then we went on our ways.
As I walked back to my car, I thought, 
"Oh my,  I don't have a business card.  It's time to make myself some business cards."

So, while I was watching reruns of Downton Abbey this weekend (yey for season 3!), 
I printed and trimmed some cards on Fabriano watercolor paper. 
On some of them I used a corner punch: 

But I think I like the square cards better.

My daughter has already given one to her teacher.  
Maybe the next time I see Rex, I can hand his mom a card too.    :-)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Art Inspiration - London You're Beautiful

A book by David Gentleman.
You can find his book here on

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stillman & Birn

So my husband bought me a new journal for my birthday in October.
(I put it on my Amazon wishlist. :-))
I just started using it this month, and I'm loving it so far.

It's from Stillman & Birn, and it's part of the "Delta Series".
The paper is Ivory in color, and 180lb./270 gsm in weight.  
It's nice and thick and toothy. 
Filled in with watercolor and white ink

Can't wait to show you a few other pages I've already filled in. :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

To the Sea...

Prepped January pages for the next upcoming days.
Watercolor, white ink, and watercolor pencils.

...Daydreaming of warm sun and salt air...
Hope you all have a lovely week.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Journal Doodles

Quick journal doodles, with a white ink pen.
Made while I was waiting during my daughter's dentist appointment today.

How's your day going?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Holly, a commissioned piece,
all finished in watercolor.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gratitude Journal - My Homeland

In school, at the start of every day, my classmates and I would press our right hands over our hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, 
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 
In History class, we learned about America being the greatest country the world has ever known.
I graduated from school, bright-eyed, fully believing that.  I still believe it.

But as I grew older, I began reading on my own.  I learned more and more about events in our country and the world abroad:  Slavery.  Racism.  Foreign Affairs.  Drones.  Tuskegee Experiments.  Being known as "Dumb Americans."  Worship of the Almighty Dollar. ...Things that make me heartsick.

If I'm not careful, I can easily get discouraged over it.

But when I do get sad about it, I remember 3 things:

#1)  Liberty.  My unalienable rights are given to me by my Creator.  I am grateful that no one can take them away from me.  Plus, I still live in the freest country in the world (is freest a word?), and I get to celebrate and express my freedoms here.  An enormous gift.

#2)  Making the world a better place doesn't begin with politicians.   I can make the world a better place, starting with the people closest to me.  The dark stuff gives me a deep resolve to keep shining.

#3)  This world is not my home.   My citizenship is still in Heaven.

I am thankful for true freedom.
That's where my allegiance is.   

What do appreciate most about your citizenship?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pet Portrait

A recent pet portrait for a friend.  
Pencil, 8"x6"

Monday, January 7, 2013

Things I Do When I'm Having a Rough Day

You ever have one of those days?
Days when you just want to crawl back into bed and pull the sheets over your head?

...Things not going right at work...
(To err is human.)
....Argument with the hubby...  
(He's cute.  I'm stubborn.)
....Winter blahs...
(I'm saving up for a sun lamp).

Me, Crankypants = 
This Week's Prepped-Pages, Empty.
That's what I do when I'm having a rough day.....

I take a break.  

I take a deep breath.  

I pray and cry and let myself get grumpy.

And then I remember that the rough spots are just bad moments in good days....  
and that even the most kick-butt people experience the not-so-fun moments:

And then after a little while, it's back in the saddle.

"Never, Never, Never Give Up."
Winston Churchill

What do you do when you're having a bad day? 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Christmas Pages

Here are my journal pages from last week:
watercolor, washi tape, and colored pencil 
in my tiny Handbook Journal

Happy New Year!