Day 3


I used a Uni-ball Vision pen for this drawing.  No sketching with pencil first, just going for it.  I see lots of mistakes…like I said on day 1, this is for fun… and learning…no stress. I was looking at a fashion magazine page while drawing this one.


As I mentioned yesterday, that face was inspired by Ruben Toledo. He and his wife Isabel have contributed a lot to the fashion world.   I am not really  into “fashion” too much, never have been.   However, I am enamored by what they do,  and have accomplished as artists.  Here are a few photos from Ruben’s book, Style Dictionary:

under this photo it reads:  7th AVE. SAYS WOMEN WILL WEAR NOTHING BUT PANTS THIS FALL SEASON.   Details, August 1988




“ANIMATION PROJECT FOR “7th AVE. OPERA.”   Animation film, 1991

I’m still here…

I am posting again because I want to participate in Ayala’s 29 faces challenge.  I will endeavor to post a face each day.  I’m not sure that I can do it for a whole month but the goal is to try it 🙂   I haven’t used my blog since last February, so,  I’m a little rusty at the ins and outs of posting on it.

Here is the information about 29 faces, if anyone wants to try it too:  Go here

Here’s Face #1 for me:


It’s a fun doodle style drawing.  Most of the faces I do are going to be quick and I’m not going to fuss about doing them.  This challenge is for fun and to get me back into my art.

Here is a photo of the last quilt top I finished.  After it’s quilted I’ll post a photo of it:


Be back tomorrow!


“Life is like dancing.
If we have a big floor, many people will dance.
Some will get angry when the rhythm changes.
But life is changing all the time.”
– don Miguel Ruiz


 I have been continuing to work in my “Let’s Boogie” journal.  This page is collage…some magazine pieces and some of my doodles combined.  The paint brush handles and colored pencils are from Dick Blick’s catalog.


I doodled over the cartoon on this page and then added the figure collage:


This page is truly mixed media.  I used acrylic paint, colored pencil, Caran d’Ache Neo Color II, doodles and magazine pieces:


This page was lightly painted with acrylic paints… I started the face with my non-dominant hand.  Then, I finished with various markers and pens.


This is a 2-page spread as suggested by Tammy of Daisy Yellow. I took her class Novel Approach to Art Journal.   In this lesson, the instructions were to start with a painted page and then glue down various squares of graphic and text that resonated with you.  I’m not very happy with my color choice…the dark green doesn’t work for me.


Sketchbook snippets:

I have been getting back to doodling lately.  I can do it while I watch tv in the evening. Love those black Sharpies!   Here is one finished page:




…until the next time

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.

I really really enjoy comments…If you like what you see, please leave a comment and I’ll be eternally grateful.  If you don’t like what you see, don’t comment 🙂

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