Life is like…

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.”

~Charles M. Schulz

I like the above quote.  I think most of us have a few regrets about things we should have done.

I try and stay upbeat about life…one rule for me is never watch the news.  :)

More pages from the altered book I’m working in lately.  This first one is a doodle page with lots of color and pen work done with mostly Sharpie Poster Paint Pens.


This page is acrylic paint, Caran d’Ache crayons and a some collage pieces:


This is a grid page…all acrylics with some pen work:


This one is all collage.  I used magazine pieces, plus some pieces of painted pages or doodles:


These last photos are some pages from my sketchbook:

another ink spill:




…making my unknown known.

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The New Normal

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working.” ~Pablo Picasso~

I’m back after a longer absence than I planned.  My computer has been in the shop.  Luckily, there wasn’t anything seriously wrong with it.

I hope all my dear readers find themselves engrossed in a lovely “new” year.  :)

I have been working several pages in my “let’s boogie” altered book.  I had the book open one day and spilled purple ink over all the open pages on the right side of the book.  The purple spots will be easy to spot on some of the pages.  This first photo incorporates some of Teesha Moore’s images along with my own drawing and magazine collage…this is “The New Normal.”


My regular readers will remember that “Let’s Boogie” was originally a book of cartoons…I played with some of the cartoon images when I created this page… lots of acrylic paint and collage pieces:


This next one is mixed media.  I used paints, collage. colored pencils, and markers:


I haven’t been sketching as much lately…I need to get back into it.  Here’s a random imaginary animal that I also painted:


This last one is a girl with doodle hair:


…making the unknown, known

I’ll be back!

another year almost down…

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”  ~Peace Pilgrim(1908-1981)


Another Christmas has come and gone.  It was a quiet one for us here.  We planned two trips before Christmas and didn’t get to go on either one of them.  We have put them off until next year.

I have been working in my Let’s Boogie altered book journal.  This is a book of cartoons that I have using as a visual journal.  The quality of this photo isn’t the best…the words say: “It’s me again.”


I left the original dog in its place on this page:


Several months ago, I made a 16-page journal as instructed by Teesha Moore. (Instructions for making that can be found on YouTube).  This is the cover of the book:


Two pages from the above book:



This is a pair of pillowcases I made for one of my sisters.  I really dislike  purchased pillowcases…no matter how expensive they are they always seem too small to fit the pillows.  I plan to make some for birthday gifts.  If you can sew a fairly straight seam, you can make these pillowcases.  There are many videos on the internet with instructions for making these cases….this is the one I chose to use>  Pillowcase instructions.


This will be my last post until next year.  Have a safe and happy new year!


The Winding Stairs

“We must laugh and we must sing,

We are blest by everything,

Everything we look upon is blest.”

~William Butler Yeats~


The above quote is from the Yeats poem, The Winding Stairs.

I worked on this collage this morning.  I think it’s the first collage I have made starting with a white background.  I see some things I should have done differently.  But mostly, I’m happy with it:


some crazy sketchbook glimpses…



close up



“I guess it can be anything if you don’t know what it is”  quote by me :)


…trying to stay awake

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies.  The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”  Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m thankful to be back home.  We had a wonderful (Thanksgiving)  visit with family but there literally is no place like home.  We took our little dog Taffy and let’s just say that she can’t run with the big dogs. There were three dogs plus one cat running around or running from each other…mostly running from Taffy.  I think she was like an annoying little sister :)

Here are a few pages from my sketchbook:




…inspired by Jennifer Nelson in the latest Uppercase magazine



I’m back again…

I have taken a longer break from the net than I intended…it just happened.  I had one or two people (family members) ask me about my blog.  I thought I’d post again just for them :)

We have a new dog at our house.  She’s a little rescue dog.  Her name is Taffy.  This photo of her was taken about a month ago:


She is a lot of fun and I think she’s very happy to have found her forever home.
We miss our Rottie but he wasn’t a traveler. We’ve been on several little jaunts since she’s been here and she is proving to be an excellent traveler.
A few weeks ago we went to Hot Springs (Arkansas). We enjoyed our two days there. Lots of fall color to see. Hot Springs is the oldest park (1832) in the US national park system.
While we were in Hot Springs, we went to a restaurant named “The Purple Cow.” I used part of a brochure I picked up(for collage) while we visited the restaurant.  The man was already on the page, I drew his lady friend. Here’s what I did with it:
The book I’m altering is a book of cartoons (Let’s Boogie) by James Stevenson. I think it was published in the 1960’s or 70’s. Here are two ink drawings on the first two pages. I love this FW Indigo ink!
Big flower with inks and markers:
I’ll finish with three more pages…the last one is a work in progress:



I have some sketchbook pages but I’ll save that for another day.
Let me know if you missed me :)