Friday, July 23, 2010

Sunday Sketches

Happy Sunday Everyone!

You can find more Sunday Sketches at Sophia's place.

Here is a new gal I did this week - I can't decide if I like her more with the black background or without...What do you think?

I am also feeling she is unfinished and am considering doing a lower half to complete her, which will be different from my other ladies. May be a full skirt with petal detailing....

Let me know what you all think...I love all your comments!

Smiles and hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Help with a name?

Hi Everyone ~ I need help naming this young lady. I had a pretty difficult time finishing her and a name for her just hasn't hit me...Any suggestions are most welcome.

This is the first mouth I've attempted that shows teeth. It's also my first (I think) time trying to have the eyes looking up and to side.

The scan sort of washed her face out - the original has more color than this.

Hope your Monday is going wonderfully!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunday Sketches "Pippi"

Happy Sunday Everyone!

For more great Sunday sketches head over to Sophia's place at and check out all of the wonderful talent!

This is the latest in my series of fun embellished ladies. I call her Pippi because this is what I think Pippi Longstocking might have grown up to look like. I think this may be my favorite so far ~ I just love how the hair turned out!
She's just so darn sassy!
I am really enjoying this process and all the wonderful feedback from all of you is so very much appreciated. I am a timid artist ~ this is the first time, through this blog, that I have shared my art, and it is so wonderful to see all of the great art out there, and have so many artists I really really respect visit me and leave their comments. So Thank You All! You make my week each and every Sunday!
Smiles and have a super Sunday!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sunday Sketches

Happy Sunday Everyone!

This is a new piece I've been working on this week called 'Harmony'. Its done in indian ink and colored pencils. After I finished it, I cut it out and mounted it on black paper. I really like how it turned out - very dramatic!


I decided to take this one from last week and mount it on black paper also. I think it frames it really nicely.

I am having lots of fun expressing myself with this series and S M I L I N G a that's a good thing!

For more great Sunday Sketches, please head over to Sophia's place and check out all the other talented participants.

Hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!


Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday's Child - 2 'STARGAZER'

Illustration: by Bernhard Oberdieck

Each night, after the world has gone to sleep,
softness steals like a whisper into Stargazer's bedroom and lifts her gently from her bed. To Stargazer, this always feels like a dream, all fuzzy and muted at the edges, but deliciously thrilling at the same time.

Stargazer grabs her very favorite kitty, Celestine, as she glides up to the open window. She presses her rosy pink cheek against the frosted glass, and gazes up, up towards the sky, eager to catch a glimpse of her sparkly friends.

The Moon, as always, has been waiting. Down drops a moonbeam, unfurling like a streamer at a parade, twirling and dipping this way and that, until finally arriving at Stargazer's window.

As she does every night, Stargazer is ready, and opens the window to step out onto the silky tendril of moonlight. It wraps around her in cosy familiarity and the downward spiral is reversed, carrying Stargazer up to her nightly cradle in the arms of the Moon.

Many people think the Moon is hard and cold, but nothing could be further from the truth. Stargazer always compares the Moon to the softest, downiest pillow ever.

"How do you do this lovely evening?" Stargazer inquires politely, just as she does every evening.

"Quite well now that you have arrived to keep me company." The equally polite Moon seems to shine a little brighter now that Stargazer is there.

That night the Moon carries Stargazer across the vast sky, introducing her to the new stars, teaching her their names, and quizzing Stargazer on those they have already met, their old friends.

They stop and visit Sirius, who, despite his name, always seems to chat about nonsensical subjects.

Then a favored visit to Capella for a lullaby, sung of course, without any accompaniment. Capella's voice is bewitching, and Stargazer cannot resist asking her for an encore presentation the following evening. Capella graciously agrees, smiling her shy smile, and glowing even more intensely with pride.

Tonight will also include a special visit to Andromeda, who is a princess among the stars, and very regal and proper in her manner and appearance. Stargazer and Andromeda are very different and their conversations are always interesting, so tonight's visit is a real treat.

Finally, in the early morning hours, the faintest tinge of pink colors the far horizon, and a delicate yawn escapes from behind Stargazer's tiny hand. Celestine, who has been curled up in Stargazer's lap asleep for most of the evening, opens one eye experimentally, and then turnes herself around twice and settles back down to sleep again.

"Oh my," Stargazer smiles down at the Moon. "Time has gotten away from us again. This was such a magical evening ~ I can never thank you enough!" Her fingers run lightly across the arch of the moon's curve in a loving caress.

The Moon colors lightly in response, and replies gruffly, "Will I see you again tonite then?"

Laughing at the Moon's formality, Stargazer impulsively wraps her arms around his neck and lightly rubs her right cheek against him. "You are my very best friend!" she smiles as he colors even more.

"Off to bed with you now," and the moonbeam wraps her in it's embrace again and transports her safely home.

The next morning Stargazer wakes slowly and stretches her toes and fingertips to opposite ends of the bed. Celestine purrs contentedly beside her.

"I wonder if it was all a dream? .... It must have been!" She turns her head on the pillow and smiles at Celestine, revealing her right cheek which is glowing with a golden radiance.
For those of you that don't know, I am participating in a writing group for children called
Monday's Child, hosted by bkmackenzie over at
She is looking for participants so head on over and check out her site.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunday Sketches

Happy Sunday Everyone! and Happy 4th of July!

I know this is a little early, but I couldn't wait. (plus I will be gone off and on Sunday)

You can find more great Sunday Sketches at Sophia's place so be sure to drop by for a visit.

These are two new pieces done this week inspired by amazing artist Rebecca Anthony at

You can click on each pic. for more detail.

You all know I love detail work, so after seeing her series of embellished, detailed work, I was oh so inspired! This is one of the very best parts of blogging!!! I always get inspired by all of you wonderful unique artists.

Hope you all have a wonderfully relaxing Sunday!