Latest WIP

Summer is slow going for my artistic pursuits. I have been busy with some submissions for publication, but have been itching to work on something new for my etsy shop. This is my latest work in progress. She is inspired by summer, infused with bright colors that remind me of the summer sky
and the beauty of the garden. She is even going to have a little ‘Mini Pearl’ tag hanging from her hat. I always think I like one season better than another, but I think I truly like them all, each for what it has to offer. I hope your summer days are long and lazy and filled with family and friends.

A Mother By Nature

Some days make you both proud to be a mom, and sad at the same time. Yesterday was one of those days for me. My oldest son Christopher, will turn 18 in two weeks. He has talked about going into the Army for several years, so it should come as no surprise, but he is signing up. We have talked to the recruiter and it is all set. Part of my heart is bursting with pride, but all of you moms out there will understand the part that says, “Wait! That’s my little boy! He’s not ready!!!” Why is it that while our boys tower above us we still see them as our “little” boys. The ones that play with legos, watch cartoons, wrestle on the floor, pick on their brothers and come inside with mud on their shoes? I was working on this piece while all of the talk of army recruiters was going on. My husband said “that is really nice, but she looks so sad”. I guess that is what happens in our art. Our feelings go into our work. So while she is sad, she knows that we only hold our fragile children in our hands for a short while, until they are strong enough to fly away on their own.

Untitled Lady

My fellow ZNE friend, Michelle Dobell, told me about a class she is going to be taking from Paulette Insall So I went to her blog and she does amazing work! So clean and precise looking. Just lovely! She has a very inspiring tutorial video series posted. This piece was inspired by her. I did a different background technique than it looked like she was using, no words on the video, but great music! I think one of the hardest things was trying to get the eyes the same size! It was a fun exercise working on a face. I know all the rules for drawing one in my head, but it’s a lot harder to put them into practice! The bacground texture was created using a stamp from Prickley Pear Rubber stamps. To see their stamps click here,