Monday, October 31, 2016
I'm still exploring with the idea of history, and ancestry in my work.  Here are a couple of pieces that I finished last week.

An art journal spread.  

I created this art box to honor my parents.  I love it!

Have you discovered a particular theme or narrative in your work?  

Make it a great week!




Thursday, October 27, 2016
My art is greatly inspired by anything vintage or retro.  I just love old things, old clothes, old music, old books, old people.  Anything with history really stirs something up in me.  

Sometimes, I like to incorporate vintage photos in my work.  I've been doing it a lot lately. I love looking at these old black and white photos. The people are so beautiful! I can''t help but wonder about their lives. Where they lived, how they lived.  It's all so intriguing to me.  I filmed a video of the making of this page honoring the beautiful woman in the photo.   I've entitled this spread " A Letter To A Beautiful Lady". You can view it over on my Youtube channel.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016
I bought a new Moleskine watercolor sketchbook over the weekend.  I decided to play around in it for today's installment of Watercolor Wednesday.  This book is really small! It measures about 5 x 4".  It's perfect for traveling and, I could even tuck it inside my purse if I want.

Today, I used a couple of my perfume bottles as references. 

I did a really loose sketch first.  

For color, I just used black and gold.  I mixed in a bit of yellow for the perfume as well.

I spent about 20 minutes on this exercise.  It was a lot of fun!

Enjoy your day!



Just wanted to share another art journal spread.



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I 've been working a lot in my art journal lately.  Yesterday, I decided to film a process video for this entry entitled "The Orchid".

I really enjoyed creating this page and sharing the story of the inspiration behind it.  Come on over to my Youtube channel and watch me paint!

Have a great day!



Thursday, October 20, 2016



Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Happy Watercolor Wednesday everyone!  This weeks watercolor study was inspired by one of my favorite movies, "Pride and Prejudice".  The film is based on a classic novel by Jane Austen.  Last night I sat down and watched the version  starring Colin Firth as the dashing Mr. Darcy.  My favorite adaptation however stars Matthew Macfayden as Mr. Darcy and Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth.   

When I sat down to start my illustration this morning, I didn't have a plan.  As I started to randomly sketch, a portrait of a beautiful lady emerged.  

So elegant and refined!

I doubt Mr. Darcy would have been able to resist her.  

I've been working on painting my subjects with more expression.  Working on these studies every Wednesday has really helped me with that.  Well, that's all for today.  I'll be back next week with more watercolor fun!  

Bis Später!

Friday, October 14, 2016

 Guten Tag zusammen!  I hope that everyone has had a great productive week thus far. I managed to keep myself busy with a few projects.  I finished some work, and started new ones.  Here's my week in review.

This is a canvas that I actually started last Friday.  I got to the extraction stage and then decided to let her rest over the weekend.  This is the progress that I made on Monday.  There are lots of layers and color.  I love it!

When I start a new work, I never now what will emerge from my canvas.  Can I tell you how pleased I was yesterday to discover that my "Tea Baby" has a big sister!

I dedicated Tuesday to working on my painting. This is a big canvas but, I took my time and was able to make a lot of progress.  

After a long day of painting, I decided to go out for a quick hike.  I went alone for the first time.  I really enjoyed the scenery and the solitude.  

Here is my Watercolor Wednesday study.  You can read all about the creation of this painting in my Watercolor Wednesday post.

 Thursday morining was a spent packaging up a large order of custom designed invitations.  I have an awesome client in the U.S. who is hosting a Christmas themed tea party.  Such a great idea!  I don't normally do commissions but, she's been such a great support to me since I started my Etsy shop, so I couldn't say no to her request.  The invitations turned out awesome!

It's Friday and the weekend is just around the corner! I hope to finish up my "Tea Baby" today.  Here is how she looks at the moment.

 I also have a painting which I started yesterday on my work table.  Hopefully I'll get to work on her at some point today as well.

So, that's my Week-End all Wrapped-Up.  What have you been up to this week?  Any big plans for the weekend?  Let me know in the comments!  

Bis später!  (That means "see you later")




Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Happy Watercolor Wednesday guys! I was at a loss for subject matter this morning so, I decided to get some inspiration on Youtube.  There I found watercolor artist Jay Art.  Jay is based in South Korea and he does beautiful watercolor tutorials.  His tutorials range from beginner level to advanced. Many of his videos are in real time, which I love but, are without commentary.   I found a beginner level video showing how to painting easy, simple flowers. Because I struggle with flowers, I thought this would be a great lesson for me.  Here's how my illustration turned out.

Jay does alot of color mixing with his watercolors, something I don't normally do.  
Mixing makes the colors more vibrant and, you can achieve better tones and hues. 

I also learned that I need to invest in more brushes.  The brushes that I am currently painting with just don't work with the techniques that are used to create really beautiful flowers and leaves.  

I really enjoyed my practice today.  Working along with a video was also a lot of fun.  The video for this lesson is in real time and last just over eight minutes.  I was able to follow along by pausing the video when necessary.  If you would like to see how Jay's easy, simple flowers turn out, here's a link to the video.  

Happy painting!



Tuesday, October 11, 2016
 When my husband and I were on vacation this past summer in Bavaria, we visited the historical town of Bad Tolz.  Bad Tolz is located along the river Isar.  It was there that I found this, a heart of stone. I thought how cool!  I kissed my husband that told him that this heart was just a reminder of our love.  Yes, I know, very corny.  I put the stone in my pocket with the intention of taking it home as a souvenir.

A couple of days later as we were visiting another town in Bavaria which sits on the shores of the river, I found not one but, two!  I brought the stones back to our hotel and placed all three of my stones on the window sill. I fell in love with my collection of these heart or "Herz" in German, shaped stones and I was so excited to bring them home.

 My husband and I love to hike.  We hit the trails just about every weekend.  I found this on a trail about a month ago.  Since then, I've found four more. 

Here is my collection thus far. 

I like to think that the stones symbolize more that just the love between my husband and I.  Because I found the stones on my adventures in nature, I see them as a sign that I am on the right path, headed in the right direction.  I see them as a reminder, a call if you will to just love.  That reminder is for all of us. With everything that is going on in the world, we can certainly use more.


Some people forget that love is 
tucking you in and kissing you 
"Good night" 
no matter how young or old you are 

Some people don't remember that 
love is 
listening and laughing and asking 
no matter what your age

Few recognize that love is 
commitment, responsibility  
no fun at all 

Love is 
You and me 

Nikki Giovanni



Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Happy Watercolor Wednesday all!  I decided to keep it simple today and I came up with these ladies. They were quick and easy to create.  I love their hair!

Make it a great day!

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