Friday, June 29, 2012


 Two Tree Spirits looking very refreshed in their swamp.

Pen and Ink with a watercolor wash
This piece is called "The Lovers." Created to go along with the tree and rock illustrations that are now hanging up at the Root Cafe in Lakewood Ohio. Thanks to my cousin Marie, who is on a quest to get me noticed. She works in marketing and promotions. She has worked with a lot of artists along the way. She seems to like us quirky artist types. Marie has taken it upon herself to represent me.

Marie and I kind of have a standing joke about my "art crap." As she was growing up, here and there I would give her one of my pieces. I once drew her a picture of Jim Thome when he was with the Cleveland Indians back in the early 90's. At some point along the way I again gave her something, and she said "Oh I have a shelf with all your art crap on it" Eitherway it stuck and we still laugh about it. So here she is 20 years later promoting my "art crap!"

I just want to say a big thanks to you Marie, and Gary for getting my stuff up at the cafe~You guys are the BEST!!!  Also Happy Birthday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Studio Pics

In the course of getting ready for my show at the Root Cafe in Lakewood Ohio, I thought I would take some pictures of my studio. I still have things I would like to finish off from the makeover last year. The walls still could use a second going over of paint. The ceiling didn't come out as gray as I wanted and I still need to paint the stairs. Then I had the bright idea of taking down the walls of the bathroom to restructure the entrance. The door to the bathroom was at the top of the stairs and when you're half asleep (since our bedroom is connected to the studio) I didn't want to go tumbling down in the middle of the night, or anytime for that matter. So I took down walls and haven't found the time to rebuild. I have some ideas I just don't know if I can pull it off. If I do I'll post more pics. If your want to see how it looked before the makeover click here.
Getting bookmarks ready for the show.

A picture of my Aunt Nina and my parents wedding.
My mom as a baby and our cat Crash.

The bathroom, in need of walls.

My gallery of art that will be showing at the Root Cafe
and then what doesn't sell will go onto the Erie Cafe in Lakewood.

Annie's lighthouse behind my computer :)

A view opposite of the bathroom.

Old printer, new printer. I still use the epson for scanning
 but I really need to find the power cord for my HP scanner!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


This fun little tree was made using sparkly-shiny gel pens. Wish you could see the sparkles :)
It's the first time I've used them. They were a lot of fun!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Illustration Friday~Hurry!

This was one of the pictures I did when I quit smoking, back in 1989. I picked up my markers instead of a cigarette.

I just recently completed my website. There's a line in my bio that kind of sums up the word hurry as it applies to my life: "Deadlines move me forward and give me energy. Being an artist isn’t a job, it’s an extension of who I am." I have this particular memory that comes back to me now and then. I'm in my old bedroom, in the apartment where I grew up. I'm sitting on the floor and there's various papers and art supplies all around me. Vividly I remember thinking that I would like to be an artist when I grow up, and almost in that same thought, I'm thinking about the need to meet deadlines, the rush, the pressure, everything that that goes with that. I then become unsure of myself, and think, no I can't do that as a career. 

As I grew up and went about pursuing different career choices, I never really felt settled. Yet my art was always a constant in my life, whether I was actively making it or it was only a thought. When I was 22 years old, I attempted college for the first time. I started by taking a class in drawing, unfortunately I was also at the height of another career, drinking! I had started drinking in my mid-teens. The two just didn't mix and I gave up on that class pretty much as soon as I had started. Looking back at it now, I know that this was my first attempt at normalcy; using my art as a way to find a path to sobriety. A year later I did quit, thanks to many people who loved me and a great support system. Today I am 29 years without a drink or drug. As the saying goes "But for the grace of God go I".

When I say in my bio that art is an "extension" of who I am, it's not just a line. When I was 29 years old, again in an attempt to give up a bad habit, smoking, I started back into my art. It was hard as hell to quit smoking, worst then quiting drinking and drugs! At that time in my life I was working at a hospital. Wilma Brass was one of the nurses I worked with. She was a kind woman. She knew I liked to "doodle" so she gave me gift; a set of markers and a pad of paper. A funny thing started to happen, every time I had the urge to pick up a cigarette, instead I would pick up my art supplies and go to it. That was the beginning of my quiting. I also chewed a lot of gum! I chewed so much gum it felt like my face would fall off!
These are some of the doodles
I did with the markers that Wilma gave me
When the word hurry came up this week, my first thought was that I really am under the gun. My cousin/representative, has arranged a show for me, and needs 10 pieces and some of my bookmarks by the end of this month. For the most part I pretty much have everything, but I do need to make business cards and produce more bookmarks, plus it would be nice to make a new piece.

So deadlines...sometimes it's a hurry, a mad rush, sometimes it's an easier pace. What I've learned throughout my life is that deadlines really do motivate, and move me forward. That being an artist is something I enjoy, and having the deadline is just as much part of the thrill as creating a piece of art that you love. That it all goes hand and hand.

To all my blogging friends out there--Have a great day, and may the muse be with you!!!

This was one of the first drawings I did when Wilma gave me the paper and pens. My husband thought it looked like it could be in a children's book. A light bulb went off, and I went back to school to pursue a career in art. You never know how one small step can influence your life. Thanks Wilma, and Larry too! ( Larry's my husband)