Monday, September 26, 2016

On Her Day

A quick sketch of my daughter from a photo taken after her wedding several years ago. I loved the emotions playing on her beautiful face--happiness, complete peace, and most of all, love.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Hawaiian Drummer

I really enjoyed the drummer's intent gaze as he followed his Hawaiian dance troupe's movements. I wasn't satisfied with my sketch in the previous post so rewet the paper and went at it. Now this feels more like what we saw that sunny Hawaiian day in Waikiki.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hawaiian Drummer

Dad and I just spent a wonderful week in Hawaii, playing tourists, eating way too much ono (delicious) food, and visiting with family. When I left the islands eleven years ago, I never thought I would return so this trip was unexpected and all the sweeter for it. We serendipitously came upon a hula show in Waikiki and I got this shot of the drummer as he watched the dancers.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mountain Sunrise

Painting life is a lot easier since I began painting wet on wet, rather than dry and in my sketchbook. This is how I used to paint back in the day but had hesitated this time around because I now work on 140# paper rather than 300# and thought it would buckle too much. I solved that problem recently by buying a heavy plexiglass backing board and wetting the paper back and front, which seals it to the plexiglass, totally eliminating buckling. If I'm working larger than the plexiglass, I stick the wet paper flat on my desk, which is glass. Both ways work great so no need to buy the more expensive, heavyweight paper.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


That's what my brothers and I would shout when we were barreling towards something and others were in the way. I hadn't thought of that word for some time, but it makes me smile to remember it, and that's what this bird seems to be thinking as he comes in for his landing in the small puddle.