Sunday, March 31, 2019


Abstract Fall Forest, a Whim from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen & Ink

Saturday, March 30, 2019


Whim from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink Class"

Friday, March 29, 2019

Geisha Wishes

Card, 4 1/4" x 5.5"
Stamps on Deli Paper Gelli Print
Geisha by Recollections
Greeting by Biblical Impressions

I found that the best way to adhere a gelli print to a card is with a tape runner.  (Even a glue stick adds a bit too much moisture.)  I applied the tape runner to the card front, laid down the gelli print, burnished, and then trimmed off the excess deli paper. 

If anyone has any tips I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, March 28, 2019


A Whim from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen & Ink Class"

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Another Doodle Card

The background for this doodle card is acrylic paint on copy paper.   I think the paper was used to clean off my brayer when I made these backgrounds.  I used a Stabilo pencil to doodle with and a Scarlet Lime pen to write with.  The card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Know Your Values

This is an exercise from Joanne Sharpe's "Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink" class.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Gelli Print Birthday Cards

These two cards are doodles on gelli prints. The prints were done on deli paper. The cards measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  

I used a Stabilo pencil to do the doodling, and a Scarlet Lime pen for the writing.

Sunday, March 24, 2019


I'm loving Joanne Sharpe's new class "Whims in Watercolor, Pen and Ink".  I'm definitely "painting on a whim"!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Happy Birthday, Sloane!

Panda Stamp by Memory Box
Greeting by Biblical Impressions

This is a birthday card for my niece who will be six soon.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Whims in Watercolor Pen and Ink with Joanne Sharpe

I'm starting Joanne Sharpe's new class today.  I did this journal page recently in anticipation - a blatant copy of one of her promotion pieces. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Painting People as Shapes

I've been practicing painting people as shapes by painting models from the Talbots clothing catalogue.  All of these were done by painting first and drawing second.

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Marc Taro Holmes, Liz Steel and Suhita Shirodkar are running the OneWeek100People challenge again this year.  The objective is to draw 100 people in one week, in order to improve your people drawing skills.

I might participate this year, so I've been strategizing about how to do that.

I think that it might be easier to "paint shapes" first and draw after, so I tried this out in my sketchbook.  It took longer for the paint to dry than to do either the painting or the drawing.  Speed is critical for drawing people in real life because they tend to move around.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

New Sketch Bag

Well, OK, it is an old Amazon gift bag, but it fits my square sketchbook and field sketch kit.  I can carry it to another room or toss it into a purse or backpack for those "urban sketching" expeditions.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Modernism Week in Palm Springs

My friend Janice posted some photos on her blog from the recent Modernism Week in Palm Springs.  I can't be there to sketch these great buildings on location, but I did enjoy drawing this immensely!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Taking Time

I am an impatient sketcher.  Straight to pen, 5 minutes, and I'm done.  This time I took more time sketching Janice's favorite Lincoln, even starting with a bit of pencil to try to get the perspective angles right.  I think it's a better sketch, but it lacks some of the personality of the wonky ones.

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Joanne Sharpe has announced a new class beginning mid-March.  The preview video inspired this lily. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

First Coffee Sketch

The coffee shop and indeed, the coffee, make frequent appearances in the journals of many urban sketchers.  As well as making interesting subjects, one advantage of the coffee shop setting are the tables.  I've never spent a lot of time in coffee shops, but I met an old friend for coffee recently.  I arrived early and did this quick sketch before she arrived. 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Magic Pencil

I find myself reaching for the "magic pencil" to draw with.  It's fun, pure and simple.