Saturday, September 21, 2013

A page from my sketchbook

A flicker feather
 . . . a thing of splendor.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crescent Moon Man

Crescent Moon Man watercolor 2.5" x 2.5"


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mushroom . . .

Mushroom ~ watercolor 1" x 2"


Monday, August 5, 2013

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow  watercolor 2.75" x 2.75"


Monday, June 17, 2013

Making Wishes . . .

Making Wishes (watercolor 9" x 11")
. . . for sweet sunny summer days . . . for crisp cool evenings by the fire . . . for long lazy hours listening to the sea . . . with good food and good friends all around . . .
The wonderful folks who host the Seaview Manor Bazaar asked me to paint the poster for their event this year. Every fall they invite a small number of talented artists and craftspeople to sell their wares at a beautiful beachside home in Seaside, Oregon. A generous percentage of profits are donated to the local Women's Resource Center. In October, I will make my way to Seaside to be a part of this event for a third time.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Snow Cabin

Snow Cabin 2.75" x 4.25" graphite on board

The last drawing of winter.

Friday, April 5, 2013


watercolor  1.5" x 1"


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Walnut Ink Miniatures . . .

1" x 1"  walnut ink

1 1/2" x 1"  walnut ink
Some time ago I made some ink from walnuts and painted a picture with it. You can read about how I did it here. Both of the miniature paintings above have been made exclusively from this beautiful ink.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

My Grandmother's Window

My dear grandmother once lived on a beautiful farm. I stayed there with her for a time in my youth. I found it to be a wondrous place, filled with innumerable birds, a gloriously productive garden, wide blue sky, and flowing fields of alfalfa.
She lives now in what they call an Assisted Living facility. Until recently her room had no windows and the plant-filled courtyard of the home is far away and difficult for her to get to.
So I have painted her a window. She can once again look upon a gently flowing stream . . . yellow flowers in the grass . . . a hill nearby with a grand old tree . . . and a cheerful visitor in the branches above.  
I began with a bit of cotton muslin about the size of a door and a basket full of acrylic paints.
And with a little help from my friend . . .
It wasn't long before we had this.
Soon after I sent this mural to my grandmother, she was moved into a new room - one with a view onto the courtyard filled with a myriad of plants, with birds busily fluttering about. But even at night, when all the other birds have settled in for the evening, she will always have her Cedar Waxwing there, keeping watch in the branches above.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pathfinder Beaded Bag

 My latest beading project is the Pathfinder bag.
I sewed glass beads onto wool I dyed with tea and iron in my own pattern. I gifted it to a friend who is searching for a new path.

Sunday, February 17, 2013