Coffee Scoop BWGlasses Holder CBottle stop 3Silver Pen

I haven’t posted much about my flameworking (glass beads) lately.   This is a bit of what I’ve been doing, and how I’ve used the finished beads.  I like mixing art and functionality,  and the surprise of seeing beautiful beads somewhere other than a necklace or set of earrings.

In that same vein, I like to adapt my artwork to calendars or cards or small cubicle-ready prints.  There’s always room for more beauty in life…

Marden Sample Cards



Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “farewell.”

Goodbye 1

But then, every ending is a beginning of sorts…


I’ve always liked that quote, and every year it seems truer.

(Both pieces watercolor and colored pencil on 7 x 10 Canson Montval paper, with lettering courtesy of Photoshop.)

Rise to the challenge!

Artists in Blogland posts a monthly challenge in the form of a quote.  I love lettering, and I’m trying to take on new challenges these days, so…


Meanwhile, the Sketchbook Challenge blog theme this month is “spirals”, so I thought I’d try combining the two.  So far I’ve got a black-and-white version — fun, but hard to read!  I think I’ll finish it off in color, anyway, and then post that when it’s done.


The question is important

“You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” — Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Urban 2Urban 1

The Illustration Friday theme this week is “urban.” In the spirit of the city, where something new and different — a sight, a sound, a perspective — is around  every corner, I’m trying out some different styles here. I used my trusty Faber Castell Pitt pens and watercolor on Canson Montval paper for both, because when I venture into new territory,  I like to know where I’m going to park!

Fish gotta fly, birds gotta swim

Sometimes you have to go your own way, no matter what.

Buzzy 2

The IF theme this week is “egg.”  This is a rough from a story about a bird who…well, you can guess.  That project “hatched” another idea that never went beyond a sketch in my journal, but I’m including it here (cleaned up a bit in Photoshop) just as a variation on a theme.