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Rembrandt soft pastels on Arches watercolor paper, 18 x 24" from this sketch I did last night. This painting is SOLD


Lion sketch

Quick, loose sketch of a lion lounging around. Ballpoint pen on paper. From TV viewing.


New pastel painting! 18 x 24", about 2 hours' work from this sketch.


Badger sketch

Drawing from nature shows on TV. Badger in pencil.



Sketches in blue ink of some camels and dromedary, from viewing a film.


Giant Anteater

Today's painting: giant anteater, soft pastels on canson paper. For this one I tried something new; instead of sketching first, I laid out a background tone, paused a film on a shot of the anteater's body (it doesn't even show the head or feet, so I didn't really copy it, just used as reference for the locations of color on the body) and dived into color! It was really fun, quick and I'm happy with the outcome. I ought to do this more often.


Deer Colors

Revisions. Think I'm satisfied now.


Deer in the trees

Pastel on canson paper. I was pleased with this until I looked at it next to everything else I've done. I think the background is too busy; tomorrow I'll probably put it back on the easel, wipe out the trees and go with a more subtle background. More bold statement of shape like appeared in the first stage:

Done from this sketch today:


Prezwalski Mare & Foal

Pastel painting of a Przewalski (Mongolian wild horse) mare and foal. Done from this sketch.


Yellow Dog

One more pastel work today... my hands are about dried up.
Painted from this sketch.

City Cat

Painted in pastels the stalking kitty. It was viewed in a film about geckos and street cats in a Japanese city; the half-bobbed tail is probably a variety or cross w/ the japanese bobtail cat.

The original sketch

Tommy Leap

More revisions. I think it's nearly done.


I worked yesterday's sketch into a painting. Pastels on wallis sandpaper. The tooth grips the pigment so well, it turns out creamy textured. It was delightful to work with. No more strathmore or canson for me!


Impala Leap

This is my favorite of the sketches done from tv nature programs the other day. Lively, vibrant and full of information that just flew onto the paper. I want to paint like this- bold, loose and vividly... it would be a total change in style & direction, but maybe that's what I need to get started again.


I sat down again yesterday with my sketchbook and the television. These sketches are from a nature program on foxes living in an urban dump.


City Cat

Cat trotting through a city street, sketched from the TV. Ballpoint pen on paper.


Sketch of a yellow lab, black rollerball pen on paper.


Asher Again

This is the first drawing I have done in a long time; two sketches of my cat resting on the bed. Not the best photo; I'll repost if I can shoot a better one tomorrow. Ballpoint pen on paper.


Hello Again

Turtles sketch graphite pencil on paper

Well it has been a long time. Between the kennel job (gone now) and a busy three-year-old, my time spent on art just fizzled for a while there. A while too long. Tonight I spent a good amount of time just looking at art online, going through links and browsing blogs to get some inspiration. Somehow, looking at art makes me feel like creating art again. I promise tomorrow I will draw something. And no longer be as slow to pick up a pencil (thus the two turtles I sketched who knows when months ago). See you again soon!



Sketches of the Prezwalski, or Mongolian wild horse. From a tv documentary. Ink on paper.



Basset Hound unhappy in the bath tub at the kennel where I work. Receiving a special shampoo that had to soak in for ten minutes, during which I had to sit with him and make sure he didn't jump out, so I drew his picture. Ballpoint pen, 8 x 10".



Ballpoint pen, 8 x 10". Drawn from tv show.


Sea Otter

Sea otter diving, drawn from tv show. Graphite pencil on paper.


Kitty Kitty

Quick sketches of my cat in action. Graphite pencil on paper,8 x 10".


Cat Nap

Ballpiont pen drawing of my cat sleeping against a folded pile of laundry. 6 x 6".


Zebra Blue

Ballpoint pen, from a photograph I took at the zoo. Hence the larger than real hindquarters. About 6 x 8".


Asher cat

Two quick sketches of my grey cat, Asher. Ballpoint pen on paper. 8 x 10".


Beep Beep!

Four seconds flat, this old car sketched in pencil.



Portrait of a tan and white Boxer named Nacho. His owner said I made him look regal and proud, when really he's quite a friendly and timid dog. Graphite pencil on paper, 6 x 8".


Sidewalk Cat

Once I had some oil pastels. I experimented with them a bit, but never grew to like them. So when my toddler wanted to use "mommy's crayons" instead of giving her my nice soft pastels, I let her use the oil ones. They make much richer, brighter, bolder colors on concrete than regular sidewalk chalks. I didn't give them to her very often, since the colors plastered her hands as well, and I got concerned about toxic hazards. But her scrawls lasted on the patio and sidewalks outside our Petaluma apartment for many weeks until rain melted them. Even then you could still make out something. Here's a cat I drew for her at the top of some steps once. Oil pastel on concrete, a few feet in dimensions.


Touching the Floor

Figure drawing from an early life drawing class; charcoal on recycled paper, 18 x 24".

I have really been feeling the itch to paint again lately, but it seems so impractical right now and is difficult for me to get into the mood and carve the time out of my day. Since I've been working at my new part-time job, it's been difficult to rearrange the way I use time. My daughter demands more attention the hours we are together, and all the usual maintenance, chores and daily tasks of keeping a home neat have to be compressed into less time. I've found myself letting some housework details slide, and when I do have a half hour to myself, it seems so much easier to pick up my latest library book or to sit down and watch a nature show I recorded on the DVR a week ago, than to pull out my art materials and arrange my work area, my thoughts and my mindset into painting.

I do finally have a corner set aside to work in after re-arranging the bedroom, but somehow it has attracted the presence of an air humidifier, a stack of boxes containing I don't know what, and a pile of my husband's clothing. The easel remains in the closet. I am just too tired right now. I am beginning to think that in order to start painting again on a regular basis, I may have to leave the job behind (or find one with a shorter commute!)

So that is why for the time being, posts on here are rather sporadic and contain art I created months if not years ago. I am trying to keep up with it, but have not been making much new work lately.



Watercolor crayons on illustration board textured with gesso. 18 x 24"


Pit Bull

Portrait of an american pit bull I drew for a customer. Graphite on bristol board, 8 x 10". Now that I look at it fresh eyes after several months, I regret how I cropped the dog's elbows. His posture with head between his paws was so endearing.


Reubens Portrait

A study I did in school of a self-portrait of Peter Paul Reubens. The original was in oil, I reproduced it on cotton rag paper with soft pastel in many layers. My intent was to learn more about the amazing variety of color in the skin in his painting. The camera failed to capture all the subtle green and blue hues in this face. 20 x 30"



Caricature pastel and charcoal drawing of a model dressed up like a cowhand. On canson paper, 18 x 24".


Spori Building

This pen and ink montage illustration represents my years at junior college, where I began my formal art training. At Ricks College (in Rexburg, Idaho) the Jacob Spori building was the art department, where I spent most of my time. The other objects and animals in this picture are symbolic of the instructors I studied under who had the most influence on me.

The Spori building was the oldest building on campus, built with stone from a local quarry in 1890. This picture has a particular nostalgia for me because the year after I graduated, the building was torn down for rebuilding. It caught fire and burned down during deomlition. The new building has a similar character to the old Spori building, but it will never be the same for me.


White Pitcher

Even though this still life is fairly simple, it has always been one of my favorites. It used to hang in a light wooden frame (that matched the bowl here) in my kitchen, and I couldn't keep from pausing to look at it. Oil on canvas board, 11 x 14".


Three Eggs

Oil on canvasboard, 12 x 16".



various birds, coutour line in ink from reference in a book on sketching