Friday, December 27, 2013

From Angel Time

An old sketch from the period when I was painting angels.  Here is the first large painting that came out of this composition: 

And then, unsatisfied with this, I painted over.   Here is the second try:

And that one got painted over too.   With something else altogether.  

Friday, December 20, 2013


From the old sketchbook.  

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Peaceful World

I remember this as a sketch for a painting that I worked on for a while and then didn't keep.  Fun to find birds were there already.  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Back to an old notebook (marked 2004 to 2010!)   Already then, I used to enjoy finding hidden figures in random shapes. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Companion again

Felt like retrying yesterday's drawing.  Here is the Queen's beloved companion again.

Note:  I cannot sustain my drawing-a-day while working on the finishes of my book.  I will reluctantly put this drawing exercise on hold.  In the meantime I will post images from old notebooks.  

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Companion

Starting the week with the Queen's companion.  Who is never without a book!

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Little Demon

The Queen has to deal daily with a relentless little demon.  Negative comments, odious comparisons, self-esteem attacks are some of his specialties.  There were years of debilitating aggravation.  The Queen has figured a few tricks of her own. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Friend

The Queen and her friend have known each other for many years.  They take walks together and talk.  (Food, the human brain, family issues, literature, art, health insurance.) 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Fool

Today, the Fool.  Very present in the Queen's world.  He comes with joie de vivre and also with foolish hopes.  With impromptu plans and impossible projects.  Why is he carrying a piglet today?  No clue.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Child

The most important person in the Queen's life.  Eliciting all kinds of feelings, from elation to exasperation to anxiety:  the Child.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Queen

Ripped last drawing.   Was great in my mind.  A mess in reality.  Felt at a loss and decided to go back to basics.  My main "character", the Queen, will be followed by portraits of her entourage. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Peaceful Moment

4 creatures living in peace.  My wish for the world.  Or at least for the weekend.  

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Cup of Tea Break

Life has felt very hectic lately.  Peace can come from an image if not from the real thing.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Inspired by the last piece in Risa and Laird's Ganesha collection.  The tenderness of the gesture spoke to me.  Plus I like elephants.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


The queen occasionally spends time re-evaluating.  I need to do the same.  But there is so little time!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Post T-day

Oh boy, the Queen ate too much!  But it was all so delicious!  

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Parade

Drawing from a tiny old notebook:  A Parade to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Green Hat

Pulled the gouache back out.  Here finding the "portrait" hiding in the shapes.  Something I used to do a lot with collage. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

I love comics

What I wish I could do.  But realize is beyond my scope.  Still, it's fun to try.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Piled up

Another creature pile-up.  Using Prussian blue ink, this time.  (other title:  the dreamer.)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Variation on theme

Trying out an interpretation of yesterday's drawing.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Motherhood again

In honor of my dear daughter's birthday, a Mother and child from an early Flemish painting.   The original painting is so beautiful!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

3 black and one blue

Piles + Ink blots = Piles of ink blot creatures.  Of course!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Blue World

Still playing with ordering the craziness of ink blobs.  Something seems to be happening here.   A real drama. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

November Being

No thought in mind, this came out.  How November feels, often.   For the record, it felt cold and gloomy last week especially after the change of time. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2 Funky Trekkers

Title courtesy of Gene Kannenberg.   I actually love it when things get a bit weird. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ink Blot Tree

Still playing with blue ink.  To file under "Controlling the unpredictable".  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Blue Creature

Blue ink today.  Surprising results.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ink Blot Creatures

Last week it was doodles, today: ink blots.  The variations on the game are many.   This one adds the bonus of watching the ink spread on the paper.  So alive!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Blue Creatures

This is a game: finding the creatures hiding in random doodles.  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Pile of Rocks

Playing with random pieces from the collage table.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Weighing Options

Playing with acrylics and letting things happen.   

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Doodle Tree

Starting with a spiral (from Lynda Barrie's workshop) and going from there.  It's fun and relaxing.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

When All Goes Well

Once in a while there is a day when all goes well.  Good sleep, good work, good news of Sam,  house clean and back not painful.  There was such a day last week, before lost package, bad sleep, worries about Sam, etc.  I'll look forward to next time. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

To the Library

A happy moment of the day: the walk to the library.   Especially if a requested item is waiting for me.  So thankful for my library system.  

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Morning Glass of Water

On to morning steps with a glass of water. 
And the realization I have been doing this drawing-a-day for over 6 months now.  I could quit and feel a goal accomplished.  I think I will keep at it.  It is very sustaining.  I enjoy it and am still hoping it will unblock something in me. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Green Socks

Eventually one gets dressed.  If that involves lime green socks, it can be a very happy experience.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Once one is up, one might as well start the day.  Here is washing face.   (Not sure about using colored pencils on such a rough surface.  Maybe an extra watercolor wash would help.  But no time.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Getting Up

Drawing on everyday life:  The daily victory: getting up!  (A theme I explored many years ago in many drawings and paintings.)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Marching Fool

The fool knows best:  keep going, no matter what.  A good weekend of rest will help!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Tower to Climb

Playing with scale and the column becomes a Tower. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dots and Stripes

For this 8th version of the 4 Trees, I chose some colored pencils that fell off my  pencil drawer.  A happy accidental color combination, I thought. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Marching Queen

Drawing on the theme of the walking figure, here is Marching Queen.  Ready to tackle the week!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Walking Figure

Last weekend at Storm King, there were a few marching or walking figures.   The theme inspired me. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

3 Hairy Plants

Where plants and columns meet.  

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Leaning Columns

Leaning on loved ones gives strength.  With columns, with people. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Column Family

Good to take a long weekend off.  And good to be back too.  Here is a little variation on my columns.  Reminds me of playing with blocks!  Which was so much fun both as a child and as a parent.  

Friday, October 11, 2013

Gathering Chi

Inspired from my very low-key and relaxing Tai-Chi class.  Just breathing and lifting the arms up sometimes help feel so much better.