Bandit Girl and the Bugs I

These are sketches for some bandit girl paintings I’ve been wanting to do.

And here’s the first one!

I added Diamond Glaze to the bugs and the eyes for a glass-like finish…

This original painting is available in my Etsy shop, where I sell my art and butterfly cards to raise money for CS research!

Hope you’re having a terrific weekend, thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check out my FB page for a sneak peek at the bandit girl painting coming up next.


More Butterfly Canvases

These two butterfly canvases are available on my Etsy shop for medical research.  All proceeds from my shop are donated to research for Cockayne Syndrome.

My little boy, Knox, was diagnosed with this extremely rare disease when he was 8 months old.  He’ll be celebrating his 3rd birthday this July, but there is still no treatment available.  His life expectancy is 5-7 years.

I’ve put photos of Knox on this public site, as well as detailed info about CS in order to raise awareness.  I receive approximately 300 visits a month from people around the world searching for information about CS.


Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by!


Blue Owl Postcards

I made these postcards using the owl stamp I carved and my Derwent Inktense blocks.

We didn’t have much of a winter here in central Texas, so the only snow I’ll see  is the sn0w in my art.

I stamped the owls in blue, then added more color with the blocks, and then finally added some more details with my .03 black pen.

A phrase crafted from book text…

Using a water pen to blend the Inktense colors in the background…

Red cheeks and red berries added with the Inktense blocks…

Lots of sparkly glitter in the forest…


I used some white ‘Fun Flock”  to add snow to the branch…

Thanks for visiting my blog and looking at my art projects!

Have a great week~


Music: “Angel Eyes” by Tommy Flanagan

Ladybugs and Toadstools

These are some drawings I did recently. Not sure what to do with them yet.  They were drawn with ZIG pens onto old blank book pages and then colored with pencils.

I flipped through some books and found some cute phrases that went along with the drawings.  Maybe I could get them printed up as  cards for Knox’s Etsy shop?




Hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

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Holiday Clothespins

I know, I know. It’s too early for Christmas, but you know how these art magazine challenges go. The holiday stuff needs to be sent in now!

I’m submitting these for the ‘Homemade Holiday” challenge for Somerset Life, so think  *holidays* for just a few minutes.

I took plain wooden clothespins and clipped them on a line outside and let them age for 3 months.

Then I gave them a wash of antique white.


I decorated these clothespins with embroidery thread, wire, beads, tissue tape, and a few other odds and ends.  Last but not least, I sprinkled them with some frosty crystal glitter.

I recycled these magnetic calendars from last year, gluing pieces onto the backs of the pins.

Now they can be used as magnets, too.

A set of three would make a wonderful gift.

They can be used to display photos on the refrigerator, as a pretty embellishment on a package,  an easy way to clip a gift card onto the tree…I’m sure you can come up with many more uses for holiday clothespins!

This package is wrapped in butcher paper, netting from a bag of onions, and then tied with some tulle scraps, with the clothespin clipped on.


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