Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Messenger for IF

This was the perfect theme to paint one of my dove sketches. The messenger of peace and hope.


Take a moment to let the beauty of nature sink in. I wanted a simplified version of a complex scene, with a quality similar to silk painting.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ferocious for IF

I resisted the urge to draw lions and other beasts for this "ferocious" prompt, and instead followed my interest in birds. How could a bird be ferocious? Roosters can be pretty mean, and there are plenty of people who are afraid of birds. Having recently read about cassowaries I could have gone that direction. But some doodles later, this sketch of a bird over a city emerged. My son calls it a phoenix.

As I was posting this, I heard a terrible frightened sound from our parrot in an outside cage. A Harris's hawk was sitting on top of the cage trying to figure out how to get breakfast. Ferocious!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


We searched for the owner of this escaped pigeon who landed in our yard, but without more identification on the band, one couldn't be found. So we have a new bird!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Beginner for IF

Constantly distracted by birds, I am thrilled to have a nest of babies over the patio. I happened to look out one day and see them picking just the right place to build, and watched as they added pieces to the nest. I tried not to disturb, but couldn't resist setting up the ladder for a pic of the eggs and later the babies. They were just little fuzz balls then, but I imagine now they're beginning to look more like birds.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lesson for IF

No more more more music... Did the mayor learn his lesson?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Toy for IF

Why did I make it looked stitched? I've been trying to figure that out. I had a dream I was working on a picture created with little lines, so I've been playing around with different ideas. This is today's version for Illustration Friday's theme, "Toy".

Monday, March 14, 2011

Stir for IF

A spring breeze stirs the air. I feel very distracted now by the garden and sunshine, and all the birds and creatures that visit. This was a little sketch I began at the park while my children played. It started with leaves that became butterflies, then a mysterious bird landed nearby and invited himself into the picture.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dusty for IF

As usual, I made a few sketches of ideas and presented them to my children. Dusty old book was the favorite. Seconds later I heard a story of the girl who found a magical book found in an attic.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

DejaVu for IF

This one came to me in the middle of the night while thinking, "how does one portray an image of "deja vu"? I guess you could say this is what happens in my brain, my head spinning back and forth in different directions trying to figure out if it's a real memory or just that my mind stepped out for a minute and is catching up. The kids talked me into finishing this one, partly because they are very encouraging and partly because they got to stay up late and draw while I worked. In fact, I even borrowed their oil pastels. It was a good night.