Wednesday, February 7, 2018

7 days of love

So this week I'm going to do my sketchbook entries on the theme of love, because, you know, Valentine's Day. My first entry is an ode to my maternal Grandma, Beatrice Helen Birdsong, who was like a magic fairy to a bunch of odd and sometimes troubled kids.

7 days of love: Grandma

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The place where magic happens

When I was a kid, my mom went to have her hair done every week. Every week! That's how it was done. She would come back with her snazzy helmet hair, looking fresh and lovely. I think she and the girls had a great time at the Beauty Parlor while being fussed over and beautified. It was the place where magic happened.

The place where magic happens

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

This week on my drawing board: Still in progress

Once I get interrupted on something it can take a while to get back in the flow! Here's where it stands, today. The next time you see this, it'll be done!
Work in progress part 2

Getting closer

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New in the shop: custom pet portraits

I've done a number of family portraits through my Etsy shop over the last couple of years, and now I'm finally getting around to doing pet portraits! I've got a great introductory price which I may have to adjust later. I'll see how it goes!
Pet portraits | English Bulldog

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

A painting in progress: At the Nanny Park

This week I'm working on a painting from one of my Halloween sketchbooks where I get to indulge my fascination for all things Victorian and Gothic. I'm painting on an 11" x 14" cradled birch panel using acryla gouache, house paint and matte acrylic. Sadly, since the trees I planted outside of my studio a few years ago have grown in so beautifully, I no longer have as much natural light as I used to, so getting a nice tabletop shot is a bit tricky. But hey, I love trees.

At the Nanny Park, work in progress

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Florian is a police horse who decided to take a day off and see the world on his own.
It's Florian

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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