sketchbook, Ruben and Isabel Toledo…..

I’m still mostly sketching.  I said I have sworn off on-line classes but I did sign up for Carla Sonheim’s mini class, “Flower Crazy Mini.”  It begins March 7.  It looks like a fun class and I couldn’t resist it.  Here’s some pages from my sketchbook:




I have a book by Ruben Toledo.  I like his quirky style.  He has illustrated several book covers and his fashion art has been in several high fashion magazines.  This blog has more of his work and style, if you are curious.  It seems that in recent years, Reben and wife,  Isabel,  have joined together to design for Target Stores.  This article also mentions that the design duo are a favorite of the First Lady.




I hope you are having a great weekend!!!



….and spring has sprung


draw03draw04(NOTE:  These photos didn’t post in order like I wanted…I was having technical difficulties and finally decided to leave it as it is)

It was my intention of trying to post more than once a week but I didn’t make it this past week.

I’m feeling better now that spring is in the air….oh yes!  My allergies also told me so.

I have been having so much fun doodling and drawing lately but I am getting the urge to paint again.

Here’s a few pages from my sketchbook up through the first part of the month:





Winter chicken waiting for spring…

Hi everyone…it’s been awhile.  I have some excuses and I won’t bore you with all of them.  One thing, however, is that I have been dealing with a shoulder problem and have been going to physical therapy because of it.  It’s getting better but still isn’t where it needs to be yet.  One day, while doing my PT exercises at home (and doing a lot of loud groaning, etc), my husband said to me: “You have to remember you aren’t a “spring chicken” any more.”  I said, I know, but what am I?  He said, “you are a winter chicken”  We had a huge laugh over that comment. I was thinking along the lines of a late fall chicken.  :)

Since the beginning of the year, I have been doing lots of sketching.  I have sworn off on-line classes for now and have decided to improve my sketching.  I did purchase a DVD by Anne Bagby about grunge journaling and do want to try my hand at that soon.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I hope to do some sketching outside.  What I have been doing is looking at photos, magazine ads, and Pinterest for sketching ideas. I really like some of the old vintage photos.

Here are some of my sketches since the beginning of the year:







…and that takes us to the middle of February…more to come…maybe I’ll do some with watercolor soon.  I know you all have been on the edge of your seat wanting to know if I finished my goal of 200 4×4’s by the end of last year….No, I did not….almost is as good as it’s going to get.

…winter chicken signing off

I’m Back!!!!

I’m back…..or almost back!  I have a few people who still visit this art blog effort of mine…thank you!

I plan to post some new content in the next day or two.

I appreciate those who have encouraged me to continue.

4×4’s and more…

“Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God’s creatures – large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season’s first frost,
for the baby’s laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered “I love you.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I finished a good book last week:  A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson.  Go here to check out a great article about the book.  I don’t read a lot of biographies but this one is excellent!

I finished eight more 4×4’s.  I’m going to have to hurry to attain my goal of 200 by the end of this year :)

This set numbers 161-164:





This set numbers 165-168:


…some random pages from my visual journal


…collage using an altered page from a children’s book:


my photos aren’t coming out very crisp….I’m looking for another camera



odds and ends collage:



here’s wishing all in the US a great Thanksgiving Day this Thursday with family & friends!!!

are all four wheels working?

I’m still gleaning from Erma Bombeck’s book.  It’s full of lots of wonderful quotes.  Here’s a quote about shopping carts…still true for today:

A safety check would reveal there isn’t a shopping cart that does not have all four wheels working.  Unfortunately, all four are locked in stable directions.  Three wheels want to shop and the fourth wants to go to the parking lot.” 

~Erma Bombeck~

I completed another set of 4×4’s last week. I made use of some painted magazine and deli papers.  This set numbers 157-160:





I’ve been working in the journal I made two weeks ago.  The first page is a watercolor face I glued into the journal:


This is a two page spread that doesn’t really go together.  I glued the watercolor face into the book and added the border:


This is a monochromatic watercolor face using light oxide red (Van Gogh):


These last two watercolors are mixed media paper.  I may glue them into the journal:



I was looking through my photos for one special photo but I couldn’t find it.  Our Rottie, Toby, passed over the rainbow bridge on Thursday.  Faithful friend and companion….there will be no other dog to take his place.  He didn’t like to have his photo taken,  and about the only ones we have are of him sleeping.  I couldn’t even find one of those…so,  I took that as a sign that he didn’t want his likeness on display.  RIP,  dear Toby…we miss you!!

have a good day…

“The expression “Have a good day” was born the week our oil supply was depleted, water became scarce, telephone rates went up, gasoline was in short supply, and meat, coffee, and sugar prices soared.  It was as if the warranty on the country had just expired.”  ~Erma Bombeck~1970’s

I’m having a good day…it’s the first day back on God’s time :)

I made a new journal last week…I sewed the signatures together on the sewing machine and used duct tape to put the signatures together.  Then,  I found the middle of the journal and sewed that to the cover using a simple pamphlet stitch.  I will be using this method again.  I wanted to practice using a composition book for the cover.  The next one I make, I think I’ll try using an old book for the cover.

I mostly used painted papers on the cover:


Here’s the introductory page…watercolor and collage:


I spilled some ivory paint the other day…so, I quickly swirled it on some magazine pages.  After the paint dried…I went over some of the paint with pan pastels.  I like the effect that I discovered accidentally:




I painted these 4×4’s last week.  They number 149-152:


I made this set of 4×4’s today.  They number 153-156:





Last week we went for a drive to look at the fall color.  We made a little circle and came back home.  When we drove in our driveway, I told my hubby:  I think the prettiest leaves are right here in our own yard.  Here’s a photo of the Hickory Tree in our backyard.  After a rain, the leaves look neon yellow:


Side yard:


Across the front yard looking down the street:


Everyone have a great week and be creative in all you do!