Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coffee & flowers-

two of my favorites!

*A spread from my mini sketchbook.  I really like working on a smaller scale. (which surprised me as I tend to work large)  I can flush ideas out quickly without investing a ton of time.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beauty in the dark?

The extra hours of dark get to me every winter.  This year I'm taking a different approach & trying to find the beauty in the extra hours of night.  I got a new book about the stars and some lovely smelling mineral baths.  The pantry has been stocked with special teas. The fire place is flickering nightly & an orange blossom candle sits on my night stand to remind me that things will bloom again!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Feeling Grateful

Feeling fallish & grateful.
The sun came out to shine today!
(breaking a full week of gray)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Woof, Woof... it's wallpaper!

This is some wallpaper I designed for BN International (in the Netherlands)
I love how it turned out!  I'm definitely on team dog. (really allergic to cats)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dressed Up Digits

Did you have a good Halloween?  Hope so!
I think I have a candy hangover. (ugghhh-sugar)

I made these felt finger puppets while watching the second season of Stranger Things with my son.
(Think I still prefer season 1)

Friday, October 27, 2017


Woke up to a cold, winding morning.
Dreaming about heading south.
Besides, I think the weekend is that direction!
Happy Friday!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mini Sketchbook

Check it out!  I got a 4 x 6" Stillman & Birn softcover sketchbook.
I tend to work in stectchbooks that are much BIGGER.
Time to just play around is something I look forward to & do in the evening at least three or four
times a week.
With the next couple months being jammed packed I was looking to maintain my
sketchbook play but not make myself mental.

The solution is this mini sketchbook.  We'll see!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cobalt Kapow!

Rows of cut flowers & a marigold.

P.S. I love this shade of blue.  I studied in Mexico for a while in art school.
This blue was everywhere & it's hard to forget.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

A very spooky night indeed!

I've never found this day to be unlucky for me.
(knock on wood...)
Happy Friday.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Channeling my inner Vera...

Looks like a Vera scarf to me.
If you're not familiar with Vera Neumann look her up.
(she was a wonderful textile designer)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I was inspired to reinterpret this Josef Frank textile from the early 1900s.
(bottom image)
Thought the harvest like theme was very appropriate for this time of year.

Textiles have always held a special place in my heart.  
It's what I got my degree in at R.I.S.D.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello there October.

I don't do a shout out for every month but October I'm fond of you.
You're still warm, the sky swirls with falling leaves, & there's a playfulness to you.  A time when kids & adults can play dress up with the reward of candy.  Things can get a little scary but hopefully, not too frightening. (you never know anymore)
October, I'm ready for your dark delights!

Friday, September 29, 2017

X-ray Flowers...

October, I see you!

This is a floral mono print.
I thought it needed some detail so I went back in with orange & brown pen.
It reminds me of an x-ray.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Collecting Flowers

Here's a piece that I've been working on in a program called Painter.
Years ago I used it on a regular basis.  As my projects required more layers & a more universal software I eventually found my way to Photoshop.  I've missed all the textures & brush that Painter has to offer & I recently got the updated program.  (So crashing is less of an issue now- which is always a huge YAY!)  

Friday, September 1, 2017

See Ya Later Summer!

Labor day weekend is always a little bittersweet.
Summer is my favorite season but all good things come to an end.

Most of my summer check list has been completed:
  1. -eat lots of watermelon
  2. -add sprinkles to most things
  3. -play in the sun
  4. -keep the flowers alive
  5. -swim like a fish
  6. -gracefully let go of the season... (still working on this one)
*Now I'll start shopping for sweaters!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Toning it down.

I've been on a grey kick lately.  
This is unusual for me as I typically like to paint with 
a palette that looks like a rainbow.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What's wrong with this picture?

Looking good in all the spots she should NOT be.
(P.S. Sophie's not allowed on the couch. I can sense her inner delight!)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

Did you see it?  The Solar Eclipse was at high visibility in Kansas City.  We joined my son's 4th grade class & watched from a baseball field.  The excitement & energy of kids added to the fun of this astrological phenomenon.   Until next time! (which is in 2024)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017


Making my own candy shop!
Snipping & collaging sweets.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Place

Me, doing my favorite things.
Cutting, painting & arranging color!

Friday, August 4, 2017


                                        My thought on a bright, sunny Friday.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Birthday Girl

Painted myself a little birthday picture complete with hibiscus from the garden.
*It's going to be a great year!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Toning it down.

Not my usual rainbow of color.  Starting a new project that will need
a different approach.  These were some quick studies.
I actually enjoyed painting with less color. (surprised me)
Ready to try some more!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My favorite part of summer?

Painting OUTSIDE!  Dries quicker, with a chance of hearing a bird song, or bee buzz by.
Plus, a little dose of vitamin D!

Calling this one Summer House.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's On...

The forecast says hot, hot, hot all week.  Which inspired this camel caravan art.
I think I might be the rare exception- I actually really enjoy these bright, blazing days.  
(Although I do need some shady spots for a little relief & a fountain is nice too!)

Friday, June 23, 2017


I think if you bite into a rainbow it would probably taste like watermelon.
Just saying.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eat fresh.

This is an image I illustrated for Who's in the Garden? a book I did
for Barefoot Books years ago.  It still makes me happy.  
I'm smitten with summertime.  The bright sun, the long days, the colorful flowers
and the gardens.  Full of surprises, flavors & possibilities.
Awww, summer!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Go ahead give him kiss!
A good dad is such a gift.

Monday, June 12, 2017


Pink, pink, coral a little sparkle & more PINK!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Fearless Female...

Happy Birthday Friday Kahlo!  
(June 6, 1907- July 13, 1954)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ah, Summer....

I'm completely digging it!

Top piece is watered down gouache with cut paper letters.
Bottom-Summer peeps illustration is pen & watercolor.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer offerings...

compliments of my hibiscus tree!  Summer is definitely my favorite season.
I never know what new color I'll find around the next corner.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Surtex, done & dusted!

Me in my booth

A few of my buttons, I ended up designing 12 for a fun assortment to choose from.

A floral print giveaway for special clients.
Sometimes the booth got busy & I totally forgot about this.

Whew, I won't lie the amount of work that goes into preparing for Surtex is immense.  From updating your collection, being your own art director & editor, sending out some promotion, making banners, updating business cards, creating fun little branded giveaways & getting all that to New York-it's A LOT.  All that said it's always a great feeling of accomplishment once it's done & you're standing behind the booth.

I had a good show.  It's always important to me to stand behind my work & see what the response is like.  People will let you know what's working & what's not. (not always verbally, you can tell by body language or a look)  That keeps my eyes open & evolving which is essential as an artist.
Knowing and understanding your market is important.

I'm always blown away by how many super talented people there are in the industry and how kind and supportive most of them are.  We're all putting our hearts, dreams & days behind what we do.
And while it's not always easy it's a beautiful way to walk through life. (doing what you love)