Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An Artist is a Sketchbook


I hate to waste time! Whenever I know I'll be waiting, I try to be prepared to draw.  Watching the clock makes me anxious. When I'm in "right brain mode" I feel relaxed and time quickly melts away. On my recent art adventures to New York City, I knew there would be time to pass while en route and while waiting in the train station. I packed a couple of greeting cards as reference material and a little notebook and was good to go! These little hummingbirds kept me company and helped make the journey more fun and relaxed.

 "Draw everywhere and all the time.
An artist is a sketchbook
with a person attached."
~ Irwin Greenberg

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Summer of S A N D Y - 2 0 1 3



"Perseverance is not a long race;
it is many short races one after another."
~ Walter Elliott



Dancing Daisies
SOLD •

"Just picked it up, it is even more lovely than it looked online!  Thank you so much!" ~ Annette


The symbolism of the daisy is
friendship, loyalty, love, beauty
and perseverance.

It's The Summer of Sandy and I'll need the perseverance of the daisy. The next three months will be spent rebuilding websites, revamping my business plan and of course, painting.

Instead of continuing with my yearly tradition of Drawing Everyday this summer, I'm studying and re-learning Dreamweaver CS5.5 so I can totally rebuild my websites. I know it will be time well spent. The use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and advances in web technology have changed web design significantly over the past few years.

After much frustration trying to follow the Adobe, Lynda.com and CreativeLive Dreamweaver tutorials, I found this GREAT FREE DREAMWEAVER COURSE by TimothyTraining.net. There are 42 videos in the DW course and for an optional $29. I downloaded additional course materials and over 80 website templates!  If you are interested in exploring this further, here's the Introduction to Dreamweaver Tutorial. Whoa, what a deal!  I am in shock and in heaven. Now, with Timothy's easy to understand, expert step by step guidance, I know I can do this! I'm finally making headway!! Horray, Thank you Timothy! 

And thank you loyal DrawingEveryday / SketchingEveryday Fans for understanding. Perhaps I'll be back at DAILY DRAWING and blogging about it next summer! Check back here and on my art blog from time time over the summer. Because you never know ... because I never know ...  where the art spirit will lead me next! 


Have a great season and proclaim your summer now!


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for Year Round News and Art! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012 Chatsworth Cranberry Festival


The 2012 Cranberry Festival Booklet Cover
and three inside pages are done!! YAY!!!

I decided to stay with the flat tire painting this year,
but finished the other one with the couple too.
(That'll be backup for next year.)


Here's a sneak peek . . . 
Each year I add something fun to the book.
Designing a crossword puzzle was a new one for me!

Do you ever get started on something and have second
thoughts, wondering where you get these bright ideas?

It was a little scary at first. I never do crosswords myself.
Keeping it simple, the challenge was met
and it actually ended up being fun!

This new JD image is now available here on iStock.

Got any Jersey Devil stories?
I'd love to come up with a special theme for next year!
It'll be the 30th Annual festival.

(Please Send me your ideas.)
Here's my new ad for this year's book, using
one of my best selling images on iStockphoto.
What do you think?

It just seemed natural to share these pages here.
Most of these were posted this summer as drawings.
Sometimes it's nice to see how images evolve
and a variety of ways they might be used.

X ♥ O


As always, your comments are most appreciated!

P.S. Be sure to go to my other blog and see how

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Jersey Devil and the Flat Tire

Another summer of SketchingEveryday has come to an end.
It went by so fast! Posting every few days made it a lot easier.
I may keep posting here from time to time throughout the year.
In the meantime, you may want to follow my main blog here.

I just announced my first Fall Giveaway yesterday!
Be sure to check it out and add your comment to enter.


Ending the 2012 Summer Sketching Series,
here's another idea I had featuring the Jersey Devil
for the Cranberry Festival booklet cover.
Do you think it's spooky enough?

There's another Jersey Devil painting on the boards too!
Stay tuned, because I may need your input
to help me decide which one to use.

I hope you enjoyed this year's offerings.
I am grateful for your comments and friendship!

"Delicious autumn! 
My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns."  ~ George Eliot

Wishing You Abundance Always, 


Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Crow in Hand


A Crow in Hand
5.5 x 7.5" - transparent watercolor on 140lb Arches paper, matted to 8 x 10"
Today's watercolor was inspired by 


yesterday's sketch.



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

Merry Magick
5.5 x 7.5" - transparent watercolor on 140lb Arches paper, matted to 8 x 10"

Have you gotten into the fun Halloween spirit yet?

- Free Coloring Pages for Your Personal Pleasure -

Please feel free to print out the following line drawings for yourself, a friend, your children's or grandchildren's coloring fun! Each line drawing fits nicely on a standard 8.5 x 11" sheet.


This drawing is a take off from last week's "Three Witches" sketch.


And here's the "Crazy Cat Lady Witch".


An idea for this year's Cranberry Festival booklet cover.



Or possibly this one? According to tradition,


On Thursday, Jerry and I celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary. As always, he showered me with love and gifts; including, flowers, candy, beer and a great Mexican meal. Here's the colorful sunflower painting done from this drawing.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Too Many Ideas

"The Chicken's Dream" After Pablo Picasso
"The Dream" Pablo Picasso
The Chickens arrived last Monday.
After being here for five days,
I was informed that it was time
for the troupe to move on.

I thought we would have more time together.
I was expecting a week of showing them the sites
in and around Southern NJ.

We barely made it off the Sandarosa.

"The Chicken Meets Kin"
Oh well, I guess I got carried away.
I did too much, had too much fun and 
simply had too many ideas. 

"The Chicken's Wedding Day"

We did have some exciting times while they were here!
I'm really glad they came to visit.


So on Tuesday morning, they were sent on their way.

Stay tuned - more details and pictures
coming to my web log tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rhinoceros Success


Many years ago, I read an awesome little book called:

Here are a few excerpts from the book
accompanying my stuffed animal sketches.

"You are a rhinoceros!
There is nothing you cannot tackle."

"You put everything you've got into everything you do.
Shoot and ask questions later."


"The more energy you put into something,
the more you are going to get out of it. "

"Stop giving and you will stop getting."

"Your life is like a river.
Keep the water flowing
and you will be refreshing,
life-giving, clear and beautiful.
Dam it up and you will stagnate."

"You are audacious, aggressive and enthusiastic.
Best of all, you believe in yourself
and in what you are doing."


"Luckily for you, you've got that two-inch thick rhinoceros skin,
because with your damn-the-torpedos charging,
you occasionally catch a torpedo or two."

"Never mind.
You are a rhinoceros!"

Charge on!




Friday, August 10, 2012

Sagging Sunflower Sketches


From the the big non-responce I got here from my last couple of posts on the Traveling Chicken I thought I'd better do a few normal posts, so everyone doesn't think I've completely Flown the Coop!

Jerry brought me a bunch of large sunflowers earlier in the week. They are very cool and really pretty but they are awfully droopy! It was hard to sketch them with their leaves all wilting and their heads hanging so limply, bent down real low. I put a couple of big "A" clamps on one as a stand and set it up high above my eye level to get this angle. 

"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."  ~ Iris Murdoch

Have a great weekend everyone!