Monday, December 31, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Santee Rocks

I had my first "Meet Up" with the San Diego Plein Air Painters Meet Up Group at Santee Rocks. It was a great group with friendly artists. I had a challenge with the multi colored rocks but I had a blast being out doors painting with other artists again.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


1 of my pieces was accepted into the San Diego Art Institute Regional Show for January. The VW piece was accepted into the one foot show. Special Artist Reception: December 14, 2012, 6pm to 8pm. San Diego Art Institute: Museum of the Living Artist.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012


One of the shows at the San Diego Museum of Art is Charles Reiffel, an American Post-Impressionist. He is considered a leader in the California plein-air school of painting. What I enjoyed was seeing a variety of his work in gouache, watercoler, sketches, oils and even crayons. There were many local scenes in the exhibit which included Del Mar, La Jolla and the Old Town Area. Your fee to enter the SDMA includes the show at the San Diego History Center which has more of his work including illustrated letters he wrote to friends.

If you enjoy figures, there is also an exhibit on figures at the SDMA.

Saturday, December 01, 2012


Today my husband mounted a HUGE roll of newsprint in my studio. I used to get my newprint in sheets fro the local U-HAUL. I got this roll from ULINE. The witdth is 24 inches. I wrote the date close to the core so I can see how many YEARS it takes to use it up! Probably about 15..

Thursday, November 29, 2012

worked late

thank you very much...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

My trip to the gas station

My trip to the gas station where I got solicited.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

California pizza kitchen

There is something to be said for doing ONE thing right.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

my personal graffiti

I got a new mouse for my computer and the "hard" plastic on the package was so thin it looked perfect for a stencil. Cut with an exacto knife.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sketchbook flip

A sketchbook flip of a little journal. Each page is 2.5 x 2.5 inches. Enties from August 2012.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

friday 11-19-12

Sketching in a parking lot. Waiting for lunch at the Macaroni Grill on Friday.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Making a tablet from scrap paper

A short video on making a tablet from scrap paper.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

San diego international airport people

San Diego International Airport people waiting for my daughter coming in from Vegas (Using a new R-2 rollerball pen i found at the dollar store)

Saturday, October 06, 2012

crow booklets

Crow booklets. Cover paper is made from a stamp I carved a while back.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Laser print transfer

laser print transfer, with vine charcoal

Friday, September 21, 2012

Garys 67 VWS

My latest relief carvings are 2 of Gary's VW's the 67 Bug and the 67 bus. When he takes the Ghia out of the garage, I will try that one.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


 Catalina is a little island off the coast of California (22 miles x 8 miles). I had to work there on Friday and got a few sketches done while at lunch and waiting for the ferry back to Dana Point, California. These images are 2x2 inches.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Skulls and Bugs

These started with hand carved stamps then colored with various media such as watercolor pencils, marker and guache. I plan to mount them on wood with wire.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

dentist appointment

Some of us are early, some late, and some just don't show up.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Carving Chops with Stephen

This is one of the chops I made at the Stephen class with my Rachel friends. It's about .5 x .5 inches carved in an eraser. The symbol is the first syllable of my name which means clever. hehe
The video shows my friends, a book we made and all of the other chops and stamps.

Friday, August 17, 2012

International Cottages

Sketching with my friends at the International Cottages in Balboa Park today.

the video shows the artists and the sketches.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Walmart Lady

I guess they can't hug anymore.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Kathy's mural installation party

This video was taken on August 12, 2012 in San Diego, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Kathy's mural is made from handmade tiles and handpainted. It measures ABOUT 6 x 8 feet .

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Human Beast: Printmaking Workshop

Today was the printmaking workshop at the San Diego Museum of Art at Balboa Park. The workshop on relief printing was given by Annika M. Nelson. The 1 minute video shows my linoleum, reference photo and some of the other students work.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

skull stamp aceo

an atc made with my eraser carving.

watercolor, eraser stamp, white out pen, ink, stamping ink

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Right Now

(what i heard a friend say this morning)

Friday, August 03, 2012

File Folder Sketchbook

I spent the day working on my neighbor's website and making 2 file folder sketchbooks. The instructions for the sketchbooks are from Sue Bleiweiss.This is an easy project!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Sketchbook Journal Page

a sketchbook journal page for July 30, 31 and August 1, 2012

Paper, sharpie, watercolor, whiteout pen, rollerball pen.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Key Chain Books

Today on my day off I made 3 little key chain books. They measure about 2 x 3 inches. The instructions were found in Cloth Paper Scissors, Pages Magazine, Volume 2 in an article by Sue Bleiweiss.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sleep Music

I heard Laura Cain on the Jeff and Jer Showgram talking about Sleep music a few months ago. I want you to know it REALLY works! If you ever have trouble check it out. I used Delta Sleep System by Dr. Jeffery Thompson.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

24 hour zine

I had a great surprise in my mailbox this morning. A 24 hour zine by Rachel Kopel, titled 9 Views of the Arbrary which gives a little tour of her new apartment. She also made some stamps. I only know what one of them means though...

(the zine is actually all white but I accidently spilled my coffee on it)

Friday, July 27, 2012

A journal entry in video form.

The video shows a few pieces from the San Diego Museum of Art, Petey Dietz's piece at the San Diego Art Institute, a few sketches at Balboa Park and Jennifer New's Books on Dan Eldon.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Watercolor Wednesday

Notes and Quotes from the Ted Nuttal Watercolor Workshop at the Fallbrook School of the Arts.

There is no object so foul, that intense light will not make it beautiful~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Day 2 of the Mosaic Workshop

The last day of the Mosaic workshop given by Gwen Pellecchia and the Ramona Art Guild this weekend. I made 2 turtles and the others made turtles, mirrors, a tray and a birdbath.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Crafters Devotional

A few months ago I was googling my name under BOOKS to see if my name showed up with the Urban Sketchers book. Well it did but I also found out my mermaid post was used in the book Crafter's Devotional - 365 Days of Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for unlocking your Creative Spirit by Barbara R. Call. On day 285 she suggests using mythical creatures in your art. My mermaid creature was used after making a tuna sandwich. I realized I COULD NEVER be a mermaid.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Figure Friday

I took down my drawer of conte, charcoal and pastel crayons to create this page of figures drawn from my favorite practice site, Posemaniacs.  I had already glued a sketch of my friend right in the center so I had to work around him.The oil crayons were hard to work with they are thick and wide. My favorite was the conte pencil and of course my technical pen. 8 x 11.5 inches in a large watercolor moleskine. BE YOURSELF.

Tooth Rock, Poway June 2012

This is my monthly photo of Tooth Rock taken from the trail on Espola Road.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mosaic Workshop with Gwen

My day at the Ramona Art Guild workshop with Gwen Pellecchia.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

the kuru toga mechanical pencil

When I first got the kuru toga mechanical pencil I thought the idea was silly and it was just another mechanical pencil. But after using it for several days I realized it is not just another mechanical pencil. It feels good in my hand and draws a steady width with each stroke.

I am used to being a little frustrated with my mechanical pencils, I have a heavy hand and the tip breaks often during use. Not with the Kuru Toga. You only have to press the top once to feed the lead out. Each time you lift the pencil from your drawing the lead rotates to give you an even point. I liked this pencil. I tried doing a zentangle with it as you can see in the photo. I only had to feed the lead out once.

This is not the first time I have purchased from Jet Pens. My favorite product from the website is the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen . I have tried many VERY EXPENSIVE Japanese brush pens from synthetic to pure sable tips. The is the first brush pen to give me an even flow every time. I hasn't dried up on me and is very reliable. It's my favorite of all time!