Monday, January 26, 2015

Bloom True

This made me think of a whole bunch of waterfall paintings I did once,
although those were all cool blues.

I made this more spring-like, which reminds me of resilience.

In the face of adversity, to bloom true.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Sometimes the simplest tools are the most fun!

Stylized botanicals with notepaper and pencil.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

'School time'

One of the joys of unschooling is that
there is always time to follow your passion.

We usually do a bit of reading. writing and math in the morning,
and some history and geography is bound to happen
somewhere in the day, along with whatever interests us.

We research what takes our fancy that day.
There's lots of play time, sometimes we cook together.

And there's drawing. Lots and lots of it.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

My thought cards for the year

Do you make New Year's resolutions?
I don't. I find it easier to try and be mindful 
on a daily basis, regardless of the calendar.

Does that mean I live mindfully all the time?
Heck, no. Do I want to? Absolutely!

But for me, small steps work better than
big huge lists of stupendous (yup, stupendous)
intentions and resolutions.

And three is a good number to start with :)

What's on your plate this year?

Monday, December 1, 2014

As seen in...SISTERS Magazine!

I just received a copy of the November issue of 
the lovely SISTERS Magazine,
and I have been featured in it as
"The Unschooled Artist".

I have yet to scan the article itself,
but here's the cover for now.

And it's pretty sweet :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The cat lady...or a lady cat?

Sample illustration...
that took a life of its own.

I couldn't resist adding the black-and-white rug :)
This drawing was entirely digital.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This one's for the turtles.

The NanoBot LOVES animals,
as in breathes, dreams, lives animals, 
so when a charity art exhibition opportunity came up
for helping the turtles at one of our 
favorite local haunts, called Heartland Forest,
it was the perfect chance for her to
flex her mighty artistic muscles.

For a ballpen-only, speed-drawing, non-colorist
she has done some pretty impressive colored drawings.

Here's a sneak-peek!

Aren't they just adorable?
More about this soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Just enjoying the process.

Every painting is a journey.

And I always like to stop and smell the roses.

The destination is then lost in the joy of getting there.

And that's OK.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Anatomy of Bliss - three ways

Painting in Photoshop. You know why it's so cool?
In a few small clicks...
you have a new mood.

This was done pretty intuitively, and in one go.
I didn't draw it out, or plan it to go any which way.

The part I like best about painting
(either with 'real' paints, or digitally)
is that the work takes on its own life and direction.

After that, it's only a matter of facilitating it,
and letting it manifest itself.

I could have gone on painting it,
but I stopped, and just changed the backgrounds.

In the end, I don't have a favorite - do you?