We have a new teapot!

Oh happy day. This new teapot is great! It holds more water than the one we had before, so we don’t have to keep refilling it with water. It also does not spill a drop… Continue reading

Mixing skin color

I was thinking of skin color and how I could start with a truly bright color and add the complementary to arrive to my color of skin. These are made with gouache. I… Continue reading

Me, Myself and I

I made this watercolor with a light brown pen outline and light watercolor washes. I then slowly added more layers to create depth.  This is normal for me but what surprised me about… Continue reading


Not to sound egocentric but…I love drawing myself! I am the only model that stands as still as I want, for as long as I want ha! I have drawn myself a million… Continue reading

The way back.

I was drawing at the airport when a woman and her daughter came over to talk to me about art. I love when that happens. I am a social person by nature and… Continue reading

California Love

It amazes me when font and imagery come together. I drew this palm tree from a pretty small plain looking palm tree. Then added the font to the bottom. I think they look… Continue reading

More California

There is something to be said about drawing a place at the same time of day for several days in a row. The light is right and everything seems to work just right.

California family

This is my niece, Hope. I asked her to count to 100 so that I could draw her. It was quite the exercise in speed. She sat there happily eating her chips and… Continue reading


First thing we did in California was drive further south to surf and camp! I have always been a water baby but I learned how to surf late in life (30’s!) so being able… Continue reading

Traveling to California

First, of course, you are on a plane for hours.  I was dreading the whole process until I started drawing. I had been watching sketchbook skool and had been practicing  the “deep dive”. That’s… Continue reading

Rose Bush

The new house has a gorgeous rose bush in the front. I made a study of it in black and white, that I thought was completely unsuccessful. But I am quite pleased with the… Continue reading

Kitty likes the new place

I do not own him. It is more like I am his staff. I pet him and feed him and then when HE is ready I get cuddles. I think he likes the… Continue reading

Drawing comes from our brains and hearts!

I am truly surprised at being able to draw with my right hand. It feels really weird. I can’t make any sort of detailed or straight line but i seem to be able… Continue reading

Drawing with the wrong hand.

I am left handed and I fell on my left hand! the tragedy!It wasn’t even a heroic injury. Like I was riding a huge wave and fell on the barrel of my life.… Continue reading

We have curtains!

This new house is amazing! I just can’t get enough of it and we now have curtains! We had bought these beautiful blue curtains but when we hung them up we felt we… Continue reading

We Moved

And we are exhausted. I would like to thank my man, my sister, the movers and all the fans that have gotten me here because moving is sooo hard!. Hugs to all.

Who doesn’t love beachgoers?

I love them. Because all the people at the beach are wearing super bright colors and mismatched prints. It is a sea of color that serious people would never, ever wear anywhere else.… Continue reading

My Lovely Sister

Two more attempts at drawing my sister. I used a lot of bright green on this one and it looks sort of okay. Color theory is quite surprising. It is also exciting that… Continue reading

The Three Sisters

My wonderful sister was housesitting while we were away. When I got back I was so excited to see her I drew her a lot. Here are three studies: Here I think she… Continue reading

Sally’s Garden

Sally, My husbands aunt, has a gorgeous garden. In fact, everyone we visited had the most amazing garden and was incredibly humble about them. I have no idea how to begin to make… Continue reading

English Breakfast!

At the end of our Italian trip we got to hang out with my husbands English part of the family. It was such a treat to go from hotels and trains to their… Continue reading

Colosseum in Rome

This drawing was made on the large moleskin watercolor notebook. I didn’t quite finish it but I love the pen lines as they show the monument. I have no idea how many times… Continue reading

Unfinished Business

I have a lot of unfinished drawings. I mean a LOT.  As always I was ruled by my hunger and I sat at one of the windows at the cafeteria in the Villa… Continue reading

Cultural Exchange in Arezzo

The reason we went to Italy and Arezzo in particular is because my husband is one of the leaders of a study-abroad program. He teaches italian and this time around was able to… Continue reading

Terrace at The Villa

Scott looked good. I mean when does he not? It was a nice warm day and Scott was all dressed up sitting with me by the terrace. What else could I ask for… Continue reading

The Market in Arezzo

This is the first large scale drawing I made in Arezzo. I found a comfortable spot and started to paint. The blue sky, the buildings and the liveliness of the market made me… Continue reading


This is Tyler, one of the students in the Arezzo trip. It is so cool to see students use their freshly learned italian.

Sunset in Arezzo

I must admit there was a bit of wine involved in this drawing. But you know when you see a beautiful sunset and want to capture the light but don’t know how? This… Continue reading

Caffe In Florence

I love coffee in Italy. When living there I would often get frustrated at the services that would not work briskly and effectively. When I needed a bit of a pick me up… Continue reading

Drawing on the table and Italian lesson.

In Italy I walk a lot. And Sometimes I am so hungry I can’t help but draw on the table mat. It is a little grease because as soon as the food arrived… Continue reading

Lamp at Palazzo Pitti

You can’t really see Palazzo Pitti here because I was sitting with my back to it. I found the most comfortable spot to sit and started drawing this beautiful lamp. I had wanted… Continue reading

Up the Hill in Florence

This was drawn from the garden of roses in florence. It is close to piazzale Michelangelo, but for some reason it is not overrun by tourists. It is hard to find some place… Continue reading

Hot day and cool night in Florence

After a full day of running around florence eating and drawing I did what everyone else does. I sat at the park. There is a small park on the other side of the… Continue reading

On a Picnic

They have so many beautifully carved sculptures all around the city of florence. There is so much to draw in Florence that I prioritize finding a comfortable place to sit and then draw… Continue reading

More Prosciutto

My love for prosciutto is never-ending. This was drawn at “la prosciutteria”. The tiny store I mentioned yesterday. As I sat in a corner to draw the meats I saw the sandwich makers… Continue reading