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Holidays, humor, Illustrations, Revising Old Work, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

The Giving Christmas Tree

reworking of an analog drawing, now digital

I have always liked the saying “To give is to receive”. I think it’s because this has come true in my life so many times. I gave it a light and whimsical font to keep in the mood with the subject matter. The sketches were done very quickly with pen and ink on a sketch pad. They are in no order of importance on the tree. I think I laid them out digitally according to size. They represent things I have always held dear to my daily life, wherever I lived, worked or played.
There are plants, herbs, animals, dishes, quilts, furniture, an old fashioned windowsill, balloons, flowers in vases, a bumblebee, a big bow, a little cow, afternoon tea and of course a can of soup.
Here is the link to purchase this art on a ton of products. thanks for looking.

Ajijic, flora and fauna

Ajijic Plaza Umbrellas

AjijicPlaza copy-web.jpgThis is a small scene in the downtown Centro Plaza in Ajijic, Mexico. It’s a relaxed and sometimes very busy place.  Weekends find artisans selling their wares, musicians playing their instruments in festive songs. Generally it’s a busy but festive place. You can get and ice cream and sit on a bench and people watch or meet friends for lunch at nearby restaurants.  Food carts await and taxis sit at their stations ready to bring you anywhere you want to go.

The atmosphere is always friendly and there’s always the sound of laughter of happy children running in and out of the gazebo.  It’s a wonderful place to share with friends.  Flower are always blooming Ajijic Plaza umbrellas  against a clear blue sky.

flora and fauna

Fantasy Flower mandala feminine watercolor

I decided to take a little break from working on my picture books and do a watercolor with some very soft colors and textures. It’s a mandala but also a flower and also a very large image which is suitable for a big wall hanging or bed covering. I love the colors and had lots of fun drawing this because it is really not very symmetrical. I am fond of letting the pencil lay on the paper where it likes to and I don’t particularly care that it does not appear perfect. I am also enjoying the white feathers and little star flares peaking through. The coloring was done with watercolor pencils. Editing done in PSD2021

Here’s the image on a backpack.

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Goofy looking woman thinks she’s a beauty

Everybody has more than one side to their personality. I am no exception. I love to paint serious subjects and work with all the natural elements of fine art. But guess what? I also love to doodle and goof around. Here is a goofy gal that stole my heart. I have known a few gems like her in my life….hmmm. I wonder if I’m one of them.

I drew her strictly to use this new font called “Spilled Ink” by Michael Rafailyk . It can be found on My Fonts. What fun.

Here she is on a tee. Thanks for looking.

abstract imagination, humor, people, whimsy

Doodle faces and expressions

finished drawing

Sketching face doodles from imagination. At this point, everything I’m drawing is from my head only. Here I’ve transformed pen and ink on watercolor paper to a png with some modifications–text, cleaning up, background and color burns, etc. I saw this through a cloud of faces and hoped to represent it that way. I am calling this group the Curly-Q’s. I hope to incorporate them into one of my little picture books. I am sure I will find the right place for them. Here is another shot of how it started out. The whole image began with pencil swirls on watercolor, scanning and then went through a lot of changes in photoshop.

original sketch on ProArt field book, 7×10.

I’ve listed this on RedBubble and on TeePublic. fun

greeting cards, Holidays, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

making Mother’s Day greeting cards

3 topiaries

Here are cards I’ve been designing with original pen and ink drawings colored in watercolor

Mandala watercolor on toned paper

Some are funny and some are in Spanish.

siamese cat mess
pen and ink digital coloring

There will be more but I wanted to post these as they were so much fun to do. All my cards and paintings are available at Art Connection Art Gallery in Ajijic . The cards are also available at my
Red Bubble site.