Saturday, June 27, 2009

Little Drawing

This little colored pencil drawing is about 4 x 5.5 inches, done on a scrap of mat board. I think it's about 20 years old, but I did several versions. Sometimes I like to do the same drawing over and over just to see what variations will occur.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Poppy Shadow

This is from a series of flowers I did in pastel. They were about 24"x30", and I discovered working on these that I did not like to work big. I prefer doing small works. But I do love this image.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Favorite Etchings

Miss Otis Regrets

Pears In Snow

After all these years, these are still my favorites. I think they must be at least 20 years old; I've printed them in different colors, sold a fair amount of them, and "Miss Otis" won a few printmaking and small works awards. They are about the size of playing cards, the results of some experimenting I was doing with open-bite etching.


Monday, June 15, 2009


These remind me of the handwriting exercises I had to do in Catholic School when we were learning to write in script.

Girl in a Hat Redux

A fashion drawing done in Illustrator, inspired by the sketch below.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day of the week confusion

Since my sister has days off from teaching, we've been hanging out and doing stuff, and now I'm thoroughly confused about the day of the week. I'm days behind in posting; last post was Monday, and today is Thursday, I believe, so I need to post at least 3 images.
1. Sunglass girls - a theme I've been doing for years. I have zillions of doodles and sketches of people with sunglasses.
2. Reclining nude - I guess I've mentioned before that this is a favorite theme of mine, and also my favorite way to be: nude and reclining.
3. This is an African mask I saw in a museum or perhaps in a book. It must have been during my scientific illustration period, with the attention to detail and even the texture of the wood. I love doing scientific illustration and replicating something with the accuracy of a photograph. Actually, one of the advantages of illustration over photography is that details can often be shown more accurately in a drawing.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Kiss Kiss, Blush Blush

I did this digital illustration about 10 years ago for a client - I don't remember the client or whether it was ever published, but it did get me some jobs designing labels for makeup and perfume.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A simple motif to be used in an allover pattern. We generally call this paisley, but the motif comes from India, where it is considered a stylized mango. When fabrics were first imported from India to the UK, large woven scarves with this motif became very popular. A weaving company in Paisley, Scotland began to produce them in wool, and soon the scarves were known as Paisleys. Eventually, the Indian mango motif came to be known as paisley.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

Paper Doll

An idea for a Hawaiian-style paper doll...when I was very little, 6 or 7 years old, I had stacks and stacks of paper dolls, and I loved designing new clothes for them. I would trace the doll on paper, then draw an outfit, and color it with crayons or paint. By the time I was in 6th grade, everyone thought I would be a clothing designer. I did a lot of custom design and dressmaking (beginning at age 14), but I never worked for a clothing company, or put out my own line. I took detours into other creative areas, and now that I'm back in Hawai'i I would like to start designing clothes again.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


These silhouettes were the basis of several designs - I used them on a painted gourd series, and a miniature etching series. There's also a drummer and a piano player sketch somewhere...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Where to find my art for sale

I have added links on the sidebar to my shop on Etsy. Fine Art For the Fridge magnets: each thin flexible magnet frame holds an individual work of art, an original etching, printed by the artist (me). Most are 2"x2.5", some are 2"x2". I hope to be adding more soon, and some of my bigger prints (not as magnets).
I also have some of my couched gold embroidered pins. Each one takes about ten hours to complete; they are embroidered on velveteen, then stretched over a form to keep its shape. The back is covered with a small piece of leather holding the pin in place. These are all I have, and I don't know if I will do any more, unless someone has a specific request.
And there are fabric dolls - they are made entirely of worn, torn, faded cotton. There is no sewing, they are made completely braided, tied and/or wrapped. They are happy in your pocket, on a shelf, or sitting in a window.
If anything else on my blog interests you, just ask in comments if it's available. Most of the prints I post are still available for reasonable prices.

Swim Shorts

Another fashion drawing - I like the idea of wearing longer shorts for swimming. Many of us would rather not show our thighs and butts just because we are going in the water. Personally, I'd like a long sleeve/long pants combo so I wouldn't have to worry about the sun either!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I don't usually fill an entire page of a sketchbook, but I'm pretty sure this was the result of buying a new pen...apparently a brushpen. I was fiddling with it, trying to find the various ways to use it, and in the top left corner it says "pencrazy" (upside down).
Maybe I should buy some new pens, or drag out some I haven't used in a while. It always inspires me to draw, or at least doodle. I have a glass pen with a nib like a swirly ice cream cone. You dip it in ink and it draws for a very long time. I guess it would help if I had a table just for drawing.

Monday, June 1, 2009

More than one...

While trying to organize my files, I discovered that I posted a couple of works that I had already posted in earlier entries. So today, I'm posting a few to catch up. This swirl was a sketch for a repeat textile pattern. One of these days I might finish it.

Below, another sleeping girl, along with my life motto: "when in doubt, get horizontal."

Another little ink on mat board - color added digitally.

3 Pears X 2

Pears - a classic theme; two versions of a similar motif. I'm posting 2 today because it's technically Monday and I missed posting anything on Sunday. The one above is just pencil on bristol board, and the one below is colored pencil on frosted acetate. I love drawing on frosted has almost the same feeling as drawing on a lithography stone.