Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Since moving to Iowa 22 years ago I have always made the trip to Illinois to spend Christmas with family. This year I’m staying here by choice. I’m still taking time off as if I’m going out of town. I’m just eliminating the hassle of travel and adding peaceful, stress free time together with my husband, kids and grandchild. Ed’s mom has been in town and we visited her at his sister’s house Christmas eve. She and his sisters will be heading to Illinois today. I have two more days to do whatever I want to do with apologies to none and it feels awesome! Not that I don’t miss my family in Illinois, I do, I’m just choosing to stay home this Christmas and it’s a good choice, especially since I think I gave a little bit of the flu or whatever I had to Ed. He's been sick the past couple of days.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Told you so!

Merry Christmas to all! Today I'm making Christmas dinner for my family and friends. It's actually Christmas Eve for us because we usually head out of town by Christmas day since other relatives live in Illinois. This year some of us are going and some are not. The weather is a factor now. I have all my shopping done and I'm ready to celebrate. Tuesday I had to pay a visit to my Doctor, I had a case of my annual bronchitis. That was an ordeal. She jumped all over me because I hadn't had a flu shot yet and decided I should have an pneumonia shot too. After all she said people do not get sick from the flu shot......So I left there with 2 shots, one in each arm, a prescription for antibiotics and codine cough medicine. It was time to go shopping. A few hours into that and I was feeling pretty bad. One arm was really sore, not the flu shot arm though, it was the pneumonia shot arm and I had a fever. I didn't feel that bad when I went into the doctor! That's OK though, I was protected from the flu and pneumonia. But I'm here to tell you people do get sick from both shots. Admittedly, not everyone, maybe just me and my luck. The funny part is while shopping and not feeling so well I saw some pajamas that to me looked really nice at the time, and decided I should get 2 pair. One for my daughter and one for my niece. The next day I had to laugh, those are ugly pajamas, long underwear type! Good thing I got a gift reciept with them. I'll just explain to the girls that if they ever get sick those pajamas are going to look really good :)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Angel baby

Just messing around this weekend and tried my hand at black paper again and came up with a baby angel. It's 12" x 12" on Strathmore black art paper. Prismacolor and Polychromo pencils. Then I got a little more carried away and added gold and silver ink. Sometimes I need to learn to quit while I'm ahead....nawwww.....not a chance that's going to happen. I've been working on that for years with my big mouth :) I tend to take things to the next level, sometimes that's good and sometimes not so good. In this case I think I should have stopped with just the colored pencils. But then again she seems to glow.

Friday, December 7, 2007


I finished the portrait and the clients loved it. I did too, actually it was kind of hard for me to pass it on to them. Somehow I get attached to these portraits I do. So on to the next one! It snowed yesterday, it's cold, it's slippery and I'm dreading going out. It's suppose to snow and sleet again tomorrow. I like snow and all, I think it's pretty, I just don't want to be out in it. I know I'm a whimp. Anyway, here's the finished portrait.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Ronald McDonald House

Here's the finished drawing of the Ronald McDonald House. I'm kind of proud of this one. I find drawing perspective kind of tough, so this was a challenge, and my motto is; "If it's not difficult it isn't fun" so I guess this was right up my alley. This is the one that was auctioned at a charity auction for the Ronald McDonald House. 14" X 17" prismacolor pencils on Bristol vellum paper.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

State Fair

I finally made it to the Iowa State fair today and I sure don't have worry about getting my walk in today, we walked for 3 hours! Granted, the place was packed so I couldn't go the normal pace, still, my feet are tired. I really enjoy "people watching" there. I stay away from all the food, and there's tons of food, I don't think there's anything under 1,000 calories though. So I stuck with a diet root beer the whole time, why waste the walk. I got a few good pictures that I'll use for reference photos.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

You should get to know....

Hey! I made the news :D It's an article in the Des Moines newspaper about my studio. The funniest question was, if I could do something else, I would?...Well, everyone who really knows me knows I like to sing and can't, that doesn't stop me though. So the answer to that question was obvious, I'd sing ; ) .

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Twin girls

The twins are here!.....a bit early and a bit small, but they're doing fine. One was 4lbs 9oz and the other 4lbs 15oz. They were born July 3rd...my birthday and my daughters birthday :) They are so sweet! Here's a peak.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Getting back in the groove

Things have been hectic but going good here. They made it in from Florida and she's doing fine and her baby belly is so cute! She's 22 weeks along now and about as big as I was when I had my kids. Of course she's carrying 2! Two little girls :o) I'm hoping I don't drive them crazy, but I'm so glad they are here! Who knows, maybe her brother will move here next! It's about time I get some relatives here in Iowa.

I have been drawing....somewhat anyway. I haven't drawn a graphite portrait in ages. I was sitting in my kitchen with the TV book in front of me, which had a picture of that Soprano guy on it, my doodle sketch book, and a pencil was there too, so the next thing I knew I drew him. I debated about posting him but what the heck....it's not the best but it's a drawing.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Grandma again...Twins!

I spent hours last night updating my website, keeping busy. A lot of things have been taking place this past month. The most important thing is, I'm gonna be a grandma again, to twins! Well, a grandma by proxy anyway. Since I'm known as grandma the bestest and they have no one else, I've officially declared myself grandma. There's a whole long sad story behind this, but it's going to have a happy ending, or at least the happiest ending possible. I can tell you things happen for a reason and everyone has a purpose in life. I know, that I know, that I know, without a doubt, that life has prepared me to be the grandma to these twins. My "adopted" daughter and her husband are due the end of July and will be moving here next next week. I'm thrilled to know that I'll be able to be there for the birth!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Greater possibilities

Since I don't have anything ready to show yet, I decided I'd put up this drawing that I did testing different colored pencils on black paper. I found the photograph on wetcanvas a while ago and for the life of me can't find it now so that I can tell you who posted the photograph, so if anyone knows please let me know. It puts me in mind of being open to greater possibilites and focusing on what you want out of life. You can be stuck in a hole forever or climb up to see what's out there. It could also relate to going towards the light, OR it could just be me trying to draw perspective! That's more like it.

Monday, March 12, 2007


Ahhh yessss, guess I'm getting a touch of spring fever, I've got butterflies on my mind. The reference photo I'm using is from Wetcanvas user Queen Bee. I've always thought Monarch butterflies were fasinating so being I'm in a whimsical mood, here's the beginning of a "purdy" monarch butterfly. So far I've been using polychromo colored pencils on it, I may use prismacolor colored pencils and touches of acrylic paint for other parts of the picture. It's on Bristol smooth paper 11"x14".

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Bam! Kariann!

This turned out to be a mixed media. Kariann is done in polychromo colored pencil. The background is marker and acrylics. I love the smile on her face, she looks like she knows she's sexy. I also like the fantasy aspect. I learned a lot doing this portrait, one thing I learned is I'm getting a set of acrylics. I think they will come in handy. I'm not giving up colored pencils yet though!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I'm in the process of drawing a portrait of Kariann with a very different approach. She's really into fantasy so her mother came up with the idea of putting her head on a fantasy figure. It's been really fun to do! I've been wanting to add a touch of fantasy art to some of my drawings, so I guess this is a start. I can't help smiling when I took at it. I still have a way to go, but so far I'm pleased with it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Completed Frankie & Sophie

While getting through an episode of pneumonia and bronchitis, I finished Frankie and Sophie. The finished portrait is beautiful in my humble opinion. Hopefully in the clients opinion too. She hasn't seen it up close and personal yet, but has been following along on the work in progress page on my website. I'm looking forward to her seeing the real thing. That's always exciting.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Frankie & Sophie

Frankie's (Chocolate Lab) nose has proven to be a pain in the patootie. The area under her nose was hard to see in the photograph, so I was kind of doing it blindly looking at my own dog's nose and getting information from the client. Frankie is 13 years old, so she's greying some and boy does she have personality! My goal was/is to capture that. I think it's there! Sophie, the little dog, has lots of colors, even though she appears to be white, she's pretty colorful. I think she's a sweetie!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Studio Girls and Visions

Here's a photo of me and my "Apprentice", granddaughter, Sweetie Keely, doing what we do best. Also had to add my Vision board.

Saturday, February 3, 2007