Monday, August 20, 2018

Flights of Fancy Art Exhibit

We were asked to exhibit our butterflies and birds in the new Unitarian Church in Virginia Beach for the summer. Now they have decided to host a reception for us, as you can see in the flyer. All visitors are welcome!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sheep Linocut

I love putting sheep in my artwork, hence this linocut! I always start with a drawing on my linocut, realist that I am. I'll probably add some color in the background but it's not certain yet. Sheep remind me of the time I tried to spin fleece with a drop spinner and even dyed some wool with natural dyes and made some sort of decent hats. You should try it! There's no lack of fascinating things to learn about and do in the creative world. It's easy to get tangled up in them!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Jupiter Painting Butterflies

Since I enjoy looking for paintings with butterflies, I found this one by Italian painter Dosso Dossi titled Jupiter Painting Butterflies, Mercury and Virtue, circa 1522-24. It certainly is a funny view of the supreme deity of the ancient Romans. Painting butterflies promotes relaxation! Apparently, since he is god, just painting the butterflies brings them to life.

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Charms of Door County, Wisconsin

Who can resist the charm of Door County in northern Wisconsin!

Summer Breeze Restaurant. Wow! So colorful.

Someone on vacation :-)

Panning for Gold??

Lavender from Washington Island

Good idea!

So cute! Pipka's in Sister City


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Friendly Thoughts

I tried a similar design earlier as a traditional etching but had some challenges when I did the aquatint to get some good tones. I thought I'd try it again as a solarplate etching. I drew it on the glass and then exposed the drawing under UV light to a light sensitive plate. The plate was washed, carefully inked and then printed. And truly, it's always more complicated than it sounds!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Birds and Butterflies Exhibit

I'll be showing my work with another artist in the Meyera E. Oberndof Central Library Gallery during the month of June. There will be paintings, linocuts and etchings on view. Come to the gallery the evening of June 6 and you will enjoy a brief presentation about some of the work and have some tasty food!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Seagull Linocut

I have more bird and butterfly pieces to make since I have two exhibits this June! This week I finished this linocut of seagulls. It was a bit of a challenge at first because the linoleum was an older piece I had and was somewhat dry and hard, as it will get if you keep it for awhile. I finally found that a heating pad will help to soften it so then carving was a lot more comfortable.
Seagulls are very common where I live since I'm near the shore. They can be amusing to watch but they have no qualms about stealing your food at any opportunity!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Titmice Solarplate Final

I exposed my drawing on a solarplate and then developed and printed it. I could add some color with watercolor but I like the black and white. Before long I'll try a different drawing with color! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Some D'ART FIRSTHAND Student Works

Here are a few examples from our two hour FIRSTHAND make and take workshop. The round prints were made from working on styrofoam and the square ones from Gelli plates, gelatin-like plates. There were ten people working and they all seemed to love expressing their creative sides this way. Making prints can be a lot of fun and the results are usually surprising!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


I'll be at the d'Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia tomorrow night with another artist talking about my art and creating magical take-home works of art with the public. You're welcome to join us!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Pretty Day on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Last week I picked up my artwork from an exhibit at the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Center in  Manteo, North Carolina. It's about a 2 hour drive south of my home in Virginia. Here are a few photos from my visit there, one that had to be postponed from the previous week due to 8 inches of snow. So much snow on our coasts recently! But this day was perfect for a visit.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

A funny idea!

Nearby Duck, North Carolina

The only butterfly I saw :-/

Duck, North Carolina 

There's a good restaurant here.

Another possibility to show art!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Tiny Pencil Gift

I received this set of tiny colored pencils for Christmas. So cute and best for tiny works! There's even a matching pencil sharpener. Easy to carry in a pocket with room for a phone!

Tiny vs Regular