Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Empty House

i imagine the air in there
is dense as sand and stale
from the lack of warm flesh.
it hangs there, lonely as i am, waiting

i look in. it's all i can do.
the porch creeks below
my swaying body.

the empty house has old soundwaves,
ones that had breath.
they slowly move inside my ribcage.
bounce back and forth until they
fall with dull thuds and extinguish.

the ache to go inside
is so palpable
it constricts my throat
it swells my tongue.
it is now time to
block it out
to move from the door.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mucha-inspired pen and ink

Here's a pen and ink i'm working on - i'll colorize it in photoshop and also hand paint with watercolor - this was scanned in before adding color... looking at a lot of art by Mucha right now...

just added watercolor...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

IF: Clandestine

Only she knew the bird was not really a bird.

Illustration Friday's word of the week - Clandestine

the original done in watercolor...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Drawings in Moleskine - Angels and Angles

trying to draw a little more just to draw...for no other reason other than to practice more...
did this last night in church on Christmas Eve - yes i should have been singing and praying but that's not my thing...i do those things in my head...

this is Cate Blanchett quickly drawn - i think the angles on her face are really fabulous (her actual face - not my drawing of it) - i like exaggerated line and i see that a lot in her face - i will try the new twilight guy next maybe because there are some serious angles there...

Friday, December 12, 2008

New Stuff - and beautiful skies

made this - ink and watercolor - don't know what to call it though - i'm running out of tree/egg/poppy names....

also both of these skies happened this week at my house...aren't they lovely?
one in the back yard in the morning

and one in the front yard in the evening...

Friday, December 05, 2008

Illustration Friday - Similar

Illustration Friday's theme this week is "Similar" - my two daughters are very similar. also very different.
This was first drawn in ink on paper, then scanned and painted in photoshop.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Illustration Friday - Balloon

The theme for IF this week is balloon - this quick sketch is called "One small gesture can change someone's life - just ask the dog"

It's been a while since i've done IF and i did it this week along with my 11-year-old daughter - she will also have a link to her illustration and i'll get that up as soon as i can...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


i found these fish on a wonderful blog - aren't they hypnotic??
here's the artist's blog where i "borrowed" this from - - actually her whole blog is beautiful!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Drawing of my daughter Gwyneth

well, i find i haven't been just drawing lately...if i'm not drawing to paint i'm just not sketching at all which i feel is i'm going to make an effort to do that a little more...must go buy a moleskin...this happened last night when i was supposed to be playing poker and the game changed to Risk...that's a big no way for me...this is from a photo - it's flawed but looks similar to her.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Adding leaves to the Mural

ok, it was even colder today...

filled in right side grass and added leaves to the trees...gosh i have so much more to do...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More Mural

here's a new addition to the mural for the Humane yes it was like 30 degrees outside and yes it did snow a tad...this is just the base colors - it won't be this flat looking...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Art of the Craft Show - November 2008

Click on the Title and it will take you to the museum's website for more information about the show.
If you are in the area, please stop in at the Reading (PA) Museum's Art of the Craft Show, November 15 and 16. I was invited back to this show from last year and am hoping to have a wonderful time - I'd love to see you! I'll have much new work...

(that's my tree painting on the postcard!)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Cherry Blossoms in November

yes, that's right...on my little tree outside in November...

Tree of Life Cherry BLossoms - W-I-P - SOLD

i really hope this gets done in time for this weekend's show - along with nine others that i have started and not finished...i really stink at the organization thing...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Cherry blossom girl - for sale

made this today and yesterday - it's approx. 28 x 42" - acrylic on canvas (that's my new easel! - happy birthday to me) - $400

Friday, October 24, 2008

Humane Society Outdoor Mural - Blue Sky update

It was really cold outside so i got as far as the sky - hope for warm days ahead! Tomorrow it's supposed to rain like crazy so don't think any painting is going to happen then!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Humane Society Outdoor Mural

I'm working on an outdoor mural for my local Humane Society - the one i created Spike and Tilly for. I'll try to post work as i go. Here's the outline and a cleaned-up Spike - tomorrow i add color!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New ladies

this is for a local restaurant called the Peanut Bar - i'm going to try to have six of these ladies by next Thursday - what do you think my odds are??? fingers crossed...

work in background - acrylic on canvas...20 x 20"


Thursday, October 09, 2008

Temptations - 20 x 20"

I have a bunch of work right now at Ettore's European Spa and Salon at the Marriott on Market Street, Philadelphia, PA - the opening is tomorrow night and i'll be adding a few paintings to the show including this acrylic on canvas...


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paper Doll

this is made of 300lb arches watercolor paper - it's a part of a larger project i'm working on, that right now is mostly still in my head...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Painted Pumpkin for the Fair

Every year at this time my house is full of piles of drawings and artwork by my little ones, getting ready for the Art Show/Contest at the Oley Fair! I decided to paint a pumpkin this year, because i had nothing else i had to do (HAHA) and came up with this vampire pumpkin...i enter it on Monday and should hear by Wednesday if it wins any's a very cute fair and lots of people enter work and it's a good opportunity for artists and hobbyiest alike....

UPDATE: she got a ribbon!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Living Magazine - Small Pic of me in there....

Well, this was fun...i participated in a fundraiser for a local help talkline group called Berks Talkline - a percentage of sales went to the organization and i sold a lot of stuff - it was a lot of fun - anyway, my pic from the event showed up in a local magazine...
I was also in this magazine in June with a photo of me and my Spike dog but haven't gotten a hold of that one yet...

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Beach Girls FINAL(ly)!! - SOLD

Welp, it's finally done and i'm too tired to even talk about use your imagination folks...

The actual title for this is "The Cabana Boy"

Friday, August 29, 2008

More Girls...

this is probably the last one i'll add until it's done because maybe this might be getting boring??
well, here's a blonde and now a redhead...this is so far from being done it's almost painful...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More work on Beach Friends

started to work on the first "friend" and added more to the sky and "beach" in the background...