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For Japanese, NEW YEAR is one of the most important celebrations of the year, a festive occasion. Traditionally the house must be cleaned of the clutter and dust of the past year to start the New Year afresh. Preparation of … Continue reading
Jackalopes from the Southwest Desert pose with winter banner as the brisk north wind whips tumbleweed like giant popcorn balls through the desertscape. I capture the scene with pen and ink. Banner with pinecone motif.
. . My mom and I drove to Sacramento to visit Sherry, a very good family friend. Mom did some shopping and returned with packages and a handful of brilliantly colored leaves. Capture them, I must. Sherry working on a … Continue reading
GIFTS OF THE GARDEN: “THE GREATEST GIFT OF THE GARDEN IS THE RESTORATION OF THE FIVE SENSES”. “All the windows of my heart I open to the day”- John Greenleaf Whittier. SIGHT: Absorb the colors in mass, squint and blur … Continue reading
Journaling on the Run. . . PACK ONLY THE ESSENTIALS. A sketching pencil (a dark watercolor wash pencil is also water soluble when a wet brush touches it), eraser, pencil sharpener (learn to sharpen with an exacto knife), Niji waterbrush … Continue reading
QUEEN OF HEARTS . . . Feeling, Passionate, Risk-taking, Accepting and Dedicated. Do what you love. Be true to yourself. Go out into the world. Travel light. Know what is essential in this world that moves you, that makes you … Continue reading
Sol+stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun”+”to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. Three days after the solstice marks a Midsummer’s Day. … Continue reading
I often get asked, “Have you always drawn?” Yes, and my favorite Crayola color was “Bittersweet” and “Cornflower”. I still have my first watercolor paintbox when I was a little girl growing up in rural Houston, Texas. I loved chalk … Continue reading
The first little ruby red strawberries are the sweetest tasting berries that you can even imagine. They are fragrant — It’s Spring. I’m teaching “Italic” calligraphy this semester. Sketch of our 5-tiered strawberry condo from my mom with two green … Continue reading
Full of wisdom. Curious about everything and always living “in the moment”. See! Hear! Taste! Feel! Smell! Paying attention to every situation can help you develop your idea. Work from the depth of your being. Have faith in your ideas … Continue reading
This is Francine Oller, calligrapher, from my “Studio Group” drawing on the paper tablecloth. A roll of paper, and several different types of oil pastels; water-soluble and regular, chalk pastels, colored pencils, intense colored pencils, brushes and water. Several others … Continue reading
Page two of my journal entry “Nature”: I am one of 18 other artists in a round robin journal exchange put together by calligrapher and artist, Renee Troy. Each of our handmade journals are themed and require 2-3 pages of … Continue reading
A mini-calligraphy workshop at the home of illustrator and toymaker, Marilyn Scott-Waters for the Orange County Children’s Book & Illustrator’s Schmooze Day. There I am demonstrating the letterform “b” with “eeks”–not enough paper on top for what should be a … Continue reading
The Toymaker and the Nature Journal Girl are having fun figuring out how to assemble a decent website. We need to break for lunch! . Click on the picture to get a PDF to make your own paper book.