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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.

humor, Illustrations, kids, whimsy

Valentine kid rescues a white cat drawing

So here we are facing February 14. This watercolor sketch is a sweet kid who has rescued a little white cat. He is surrounded by pink hearts. I love to draw this way. with the addition of fonts and fun. Of course the background comes in whatever color you wish. See it here

fantasy illustration, Illustrations, landscapes of imagination, thoughts behind the work

A paper mosaic garden

This is a watercolor that I did when I was in the process of building my house. I was working with real mosaics which I manufactured and installed myself. It was a very difficult process and many times was physically very painful. I did it as an act of love because I wanted to personalize my house and leave a stamp on it for history.

How sweet is that? I hope I will always be so naive as to think I could make any difference in this world. After the storming of the capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday, I was not at all surprised. I fully expect nobody will do anything about it. No answers will come as to why the police opened the gates to the anarchists and let them in. I don’t have much faith is the longevity of U.S. democracy. I don’t like to make political comments because people generally don’t want to hear them and deal with it in their own ways. I get that. The whole world is now confronted with massive injustice in most countries big and small.

Finding myself of my own accord living in another country that I love is a double edged sword. But for me, I had little choice but to do what I had to do considering my worn out circumstances and condition. I will never regret the move. Now that I have been here just shy of three years, and I have done everything in my power to secure my remaining days with what protection I could muster, the question for me now is…..what do I do now with my time?

With little or no power to change who I am and edit my history, I realize that for me one of my main talents has always been drawing and painting. That is something that no one could take away from me. Now above all the times in my life when I need it to hold on to, it has become a resource that gives me great joy.

Someone asked me why I’m doing print on demand. I guess it’s because it’s a forum that I can learn from and it gives me a good reason to go to work every day. It’s also fun to get a little feedback on my journey. I have always been a hard worker and at this stage, I could never change that habit. So here’s a little quote I wrote on my facebook page today which kind of sums it up…

“This is what I do to preserve my sanity. It’s about keeping up with technology and does not have much to do with art except in the simple process of art 101. It’s about learning new things. How can you be aware of what is going on in the world while realizing how few your options are to change it.? You do what you know best and hope sometime it might make a simple change for the better for whoever is willing to receive it. I think that is all any of us can do. For me drawing brings me to a higher place where I can escape and find peace.” I am focusing on silly stuff as well as trying to bring awareness to all the animals of our beautiful planet that are becoming extinct in my lifetime. In my lifetime and I can’t believe I am saying that. That’s hard to realize.

So here’s to positivity and hope for a better world.


fonts, Holidays, Illustrations, Revising Old Work, scratchboard drawing, whimsy

Kissing lips for valentine day

Once upon a time I drew this artwork in scratchboard and colored it with liquid acrylic. I’m guessing it was about 10 years ago…omg…. I drew my own lips. funny right?

Now I have reworked this art into a tshirt and other products, masks, etc. I tested myself to see if I have gained a little speed and yes, I have. I am having a stupid problem in photoshop because I don’t seem to be able to get my old settings back where I can load my artboard so that it lines up with the measurement grid….yesterday I wanted to cry and almost did. Like all things digital, if you could describe the problem accurately you could probably fix it. It’s kind of like going to the doctor and he says what’s wrong, and you are suddenly stumped. grrr. language throws me.

So here’s the new artwork in transparency for textiles. This is a new site for me “Tee Public” and I’m loving their interface. check it out. any comments as usual are appreciated. gracias.



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Owl Always Love You Valentine

Reworking the coloring process again. Actually I redrew this owl from an old pencil sketch today. The line art took 5 minutes. The digital coloring 2 hours –but I did learn a few things. If this were a painting, I would need a few more hours. But seeing as this is an exercise in the process of combining words with pictures at somewhat of a relative speed, I’m on the right track. Keep going little munchkin. You will make it to the finish line if the finish line doesn’t get you first.
I will do it again. Here is the pencil sketch from a few years ago…

pencil sketch barn owl

Here’s a link to see it on a kid’s tee.