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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

League of Unusual Animals

Illustrated ATCs swap
    Animals Wearing Hats, Boots and Gloves

Sir Rooster

The king of the coop with his garden glove crown.
This was a super fun theme to work on. 
 These are 2.5 x 3.5 acrylic ATC cards.  

Socks and Friend

Major Cheetah

Kitten and Mittens

 Just too sweet to chase mice.

See more great art cards at http://www.illustratedatcs.com/

Monday, May 11, 2015



Under the Sea # 2

    The words are from the Beatles son "Octopus' Garden".  The little mermaid is not caught in the tentacles of an octopus.  Instead the creature is a sea anemone and the little mermaid is a clown fish mermaid. 

 Clown fish and anemones are symbiotic. The anemone protects the clown fish from predators while the clown fish helps keeps the tentacles clean of debris. 

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Saturday, May 9, 2015


Experiments with Alcohol Ink

There are some people who have made some wonderful pieces with this medium.  Mine are, what is the word.. meh?  The colors of alcohol ink are beautiful and vivid but it is very hard to control.  Imagine trying to draw a perfect circle by dipping live earthworms in paint and then making them crawl and wriggle around to draw a nice, smooth round shape. 
 Not gonna happen. 

4" x 4" on yupo paper
The best way that I have found to work with alcohol ink is to not plan, let it go and let it decide what it will be like this one.  Blobs of colors revealed to me the shape of a bee.  
Using Sharpie, I added the lines to clarify the image.

 Flowers and bouquets are a natural for this medium

aprox 4" x 6"  yupo paper

These are both 2.5 x 3.5 ATC cards on yupo paper

These two were planned before I began to work.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015




I will try to follow this month long challenge beginning with this one which contains elements of some of my favorite dreams.

# 1   My Old Dreams

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Sunday, March 1, 2015


I Didn't Make It!

Nope, I fell short this time.   

This one is my last "story" face.   While working on "Annette" and this one, little paragraph long stories came to mind. 


It was spring, the warm air sang with birdsong and buzzing bees.  Wandering in the garden, Janine was puzzled at the sudden departure of her cousin from the luncheon being held on the broad open lawn of her grandmothers estate.  The large party had been planned by the two of them. For her cousin Chris to leave before all the guests had left was very unlike her.  Janine was an only child and she and Chris had always been close, more like sisters. Suddenly she heard the sound of soft conversation over the humming of the bees in the trailing wisteria.  Something in the voices made her halt without revealing her presence.  At first she could not believe her ears but soon she could not deny what she heard.  It was Chris and David.  David, who only a week ago had vowed ever loving devotion to her.

It is the first of March and I am scraping and cheating to make my 29 Faces. This month I drew aliens, animals, and a portrait of my husband's little dog that he still misses. I gave that one to him for Valentines Day.

These are all ATC size (2.5 x 3.5).  To make up for my lack, I have added a collage also.  This brings my total to 27 if you count the first one as two faces.  Only two short.

Linking in to  29 Faces in February

Thursday, February 26, 2015


Beauty and the Beast


The dancers at the ball whirled to the strains of a waltz, but Annette had refused all invitations from the handsome young men who had repeatedly begged for her to dance.  She would flutter her fan and smile while coquettishly lower her blue eyes begging to be excused and "would they please forgive her this once?".  The truth was that she was bored.  Bored, bored, bored with all the vacuous conversations and posturing of the young men and women that surrounded her.  With a sigh she turned to wander toward  one of the large open doors of the ballroom unaware that two  dark eyes were watching her from the shadows. The tall figure that  had watched her all evening  not only coveted  the dazzling jewels that she wore at her creamy throat and dangling from each shapely ear, but also found the blazing red haired woman that wore them  had captured his total attention. 

  MEDUSA   21

The Roman poet Ovid wrote that Medusa was originally a ravishingly beautiful maiden, "the jealous aspiration of many suitors," but because Poseidon had raped her in Athena's temple, the enraged Athena transformed Medusa's beautiful hair to serpents and made her face so terrible to behold that the mere sight of it would turn onlookers to stone.[6] In Ovid's telling, Perseus describes Medusa's punishment by Minerva (Athena) as just and well earned.

Saturday, February 21, 2015



Going off in left field a little here.  I have been making ATC cards for a challenge based on "Otherwordly Creatures and Their Pets".  So, I hope my viewers are not too freaked out by these faces.

        16                                17                          18                                 19
From left to right:
Clam girl.  She lives in a beautiful amber shell at the bottom of a waterworld sea.  Her companion is the little guy at the far right.  He is actually my interpretation of an earthly underwater creature called an axo.......

Second from right is Stella the cyclops starship navigator and her little green beastie pet. Two of her eyes are for navigating the paths between the stars and the third for navigating the halls of the ship.

And then there is another waterworld denizen. She is a water horse equiestrienne.

Two of these are parts of  larger compositions.

More earthly paintings to see at http://29faces.blogspot.com/p/february-2015.html