Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, Everyone.  

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


This was an image I drew many, many years ago when my children were still small.  I loved the idea of a nursing mother Madonna because I had never seen one before.  But of course, how else did Mary feed the baby Jesus.  For me, it is a sweet picture.  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Art from Christmases past

This is something from one of my previous Christmas cards.  I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Be Kind Anyway

Wow, it has been over a month since I posted.  That's what happens to me during Show season, just too busy.  I did a big show in Portland and then back to back with another here in Spokane and some special orders in between.

This is one of the special orders that I completed recently for a customer on canvas.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Native American Marriage Blessing

This little design has been a year in the making!  I knew in my head what I wanted it to look like but I did not have enough photoshop skills to create it.  Thanks this week to a lesson from Betsy Ward, teacher extrodinaire!  I learned more about softening the airbrush and then I purchased a photoshop brush that made little dots.  Voila, my Native American Wedding Blessing finally had a background.  

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Personal Note

At the same time I have been creating artwork for my blog and to sell at my shows, I have been taking a two year course in Spiritual Direction.  I am now registered with Spiritual Direction International and available to work with people seeking Spiritual companionship.  We call it Spiritual companionship because basically we offer compassionate listening to another's story as they seek to be closer to God or to the Divine in their lives.  I will listen with my heart.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Better late than never!  Happy Halloween everyone!  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Canvas Art

Hi, this is my first venture into the world of canvas.  Seeing my work reproduced on a new medium was exciting.  I was really pleased with how it turned out.  I made two to sell, I wonder how they will be received?? 

Monday, October 15, 2012

What you Dream Flower

This is a photo that I have been playing. I took the picture and then added it to a program called ProCreate.  There I changed and painted the color of the background to pink and added some pink into the flower and changed the texture of the petals.  Then added my calligraphy on top.
"What you dream, you create,
What you think, you attract,
What you imagine, you become."

Friday, October 5, 2012

Repainted bird and success

Here is the finished saying of success with a repainted bird and leaves.  The leaves helped out the composition of the bird, I think.  Have a good weekend everyone.  

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Little Bird

Today I painted a picture of a little bird for a new saying.  The completed saying will have to wait for a couple of days but here is the bird.  I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest Artist, Pottery Place Plus, Spokane, WA

This month I was asked to be one of the guests artists at a local artisan cooperative.  On the first Friday of every month, all the wineries and art galleries are open late for people to mingle and go from one to the other.  I used to belong to this gallery and it is very fun to be a guest artist for the month of October.  The second photo shows some of my handmade books.  Have a great week, everyone.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Calendar 2013

Today in my studio I finished my 2013 calendar.  Every year I design 12 different months and each year has its own theme.  I pick all the quotes to match the theme and then I watercolor a picture to go with each saying.  This year the theme is Blessings.  Have a great week!  

Words from Mother Teresa

Yesterday I put up the picture of Mother Teresa but this is my favorite of her sayings.  I thought you might like to see this included with her picture.  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mother Teresa

Hi, everyone!  This weekend I worked on some projects for my Spiritual Direction class.  I had to pick a topic of a person who inspired me and I picked Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  An amazing woman who gave so much of her heart.  I included a picture of her for my brochure.  Drawing people is not my speciality but her it is anyway.  Have a great Monday!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Affirmation Card #1

I guess I did not explain my affirmation card project very well.  There are 31 positive sayings in each little box.  the size is 3.5 x 5.  The number 31 means that you can read a different one each day for a month and then start all over.  I always put this one about love for the very first card because I love reading about love and acknowledging how important it is in my life.  Have a great day.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Outside Boxes

Here is the part 2, 100 boxes.  I glued the cover artwork on top and a business card on the bottom of each one.  Now to fill them.  

31 Affirmations

Here is my dining room table filled with 31 piles of 100 each of my new affirmation cards.  Since I am having dinner company on Sunday night and actually have to use this table, I guess I better get at it???  Have a great weekend, everyone!  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Finished my 31 Affirmations

Today I finished my 31 affirmations.  It amazes me how long it took to letter and have pictures for 31 different quotations.  Here is a painting I did for them today.   Have a great day!

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Love Like This

This saying was posted on the internet by Patti, one of my friends!  I love it and had to put it in my calligraphy.  I hope you enjoy it too! xoxoxo

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Working in my studio, just no photos to share yet.  Yesterday, today and probably tomorrow, I am working on relettering and new art for my 31 affirmation cards.  They come in a little box so you can have a positive message everyday.  I will post a photo when I have one.  Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How to Stay in Love Forever

This is a piece that I hand lettered several years ago.  I recently painted the vines to go around it.  Have a great Sunday!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Struggles with a Heart -- Studio Notes

This week I was trying to paint an abstract heart and I must have done 5 of them in watercolor.  I finally decided that the colors were not as vibrant as I had wanted so yesterday I purchased some acrylic inks made by Liquitex.  They were great and kept the intense color that I wanted.  See what you think?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Studio work

Today I ordered mats from Redimat in California in preparation for my Fall shows and sent some of my Hawaiian greeting cards to a friend in Hawaii.  This is an orchid lei I painted about 3 years ago in Hawaii.  Aloha!  

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday, July30, Computer Art

This is my first drawing solely on the Ipad.  This program  is called Paper by 53.  It has cool little journals that you fill with drawings.  It is not too sophisticated and does not use very many tools but it is fun to do.  Just trying to teach myself new skills.  As for this afternoon projects, I have to pay bills.  ):  Not at all artistic.  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Studio Notes - July 29, 2012

Hi, Everyone!  I decided to change my format of my blog a little bit since I have been so remiss in posting blogs.  As I work, I am going to share what I am working on.  Today I designed a new blog header that you will see when you open my blog and I am working to finish my calendar, add some new sayings to my line, and working on a baby baptism plaque.  And if you have noticed that not only haven't I posted lately, I have not been commenting on your blogs either.  When I used to open my blog, I would see all of your blogs on the left side of my screen.  Blogger changed their format and now I don't see them anymore.  Don't you just hate it when something is fixed that was never broken in the first place???  Can anyone help me with this problem?

In the last week, I designed a new marriage saying for a customer and painted a rose wedding bouquet.  I have always wanted to paint a rose bouquet, that was fun.  Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


My calligraphy guild is taking part in a local art show coming in June.  The subject is HOPE.  This will be my piece for the show.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Day 2012

Happy May Day everyone!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Finished Baby Name

This is the finished product of the baby name that I was working on this week.  It is a gift for a young girl who is being confirmed.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hello World

It has been so long since I have done any artwork, much less blogged. In the meantime, we have sold a house and moved back to Washington. So much to do, so little time. (:

I received a name commission for two confirmations and in the middle of working on them, I used this verse. I will post the finished pieces when they are completed. Here is the verse: Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Off to see the Wizard! NOT

I saw this saying at my cousin's house last summer and I thought it was so cute and funny, I just HAD to do it. I hope you enjoy and smile. Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Comes the Dawn

Words of wisdom to nourish ourselves even in the midst of difficult times. Sending hugs

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Marriage Prayer

Hi, so sorry I have not been putting new work up lately. Recreating all my work for an upcoming show on March 2, 3, 4 and selling our home in the process. Lots to do. I hope you enjoy this new Marriage Prayer! xoxox

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Persistence collage

Thanks to some photoshop lessons from my sweet neighbor, Donna, I have been creating lately. This started with tiny purple dots, then a grunge layer of teal over that, then white grids, then white swirl, teal swirl, and one of my painted flowers, a calla lily. Then I added the words of persistence. It was so fun to do, I hope you like it. xoxo

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

This is a previous post from a year or so ago and not the one I was going to post today but it was a reading from our church service this morning so thought it was appropriate and what could I better wish for you for the New Year than that the Lord will shine His face upon you! xoxox