Holiday Cards

Every year I make my own holiday cards. This year I’m going to make 3 designs to send out.  This is my second one for the season. I’ll use the red bird from yesterday as one of the designs, too. Watercolor and black pen are so satisfying to work with.
Have a creative day!


This mornings drawing warm up! I decided to only use red watercolor and this is what appeared on my paper. The holidays are showing up in my  art making.  Have a creative day!

Origami Crane

I’m making origami cranes as Christmas gifts. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.

Here is a link to the famous story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who became ill with leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing during WWII and how the paper cranes became a symbol of healing in Japan.

My experimental origami paper using regular bond paper and watercolor. It is a bit stiff to fold. I’ll be trying out some other papers.

Paper before folding


Folded crane




The Morning Warmup…It’s gingerbread season, time to get out the cookie cutters and make a gingerbread house.

I wish I had one of these cookies this morning, I’d better get baking.

Watercolor and watercolor pencil today.

Loon on the Lake

Last night, (while watching a Miss Marple Mystery) I drew the Loon on gray paper with a white gel pen and black Micron pen. I like the graphic woodcut effect. The bordered was added with PS Express, an app for the iPhone.

Floating on the lake
The Loon glides with the current
Slow down like the Loon


Cats and Coffee

Good morning – I’ve pulled a couple drawings from my archives, today. I’ve got a busy day ahead prepping for Thanksgiving and spending time with my granddaughter. I wasn’t able to put pen to paper this morning. Enjoy your day, I will too!

A cat on your lap
Sipping a cup of coffee
Cats and coffee, cozy

The Broad Art Museum

It took two months of waiting, finally, my daughter, son, grandaughter and I visited the the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The museum is free to enter, but a reservation is needed to attend.  We drove from Thousand Oaks to the underground train station in North Hollywood and then took the train to downtown LA. We only had to walk about 2 blocks to the Broad Museum. Check out the website for more information and too view the collection of art.

Here are a few artworks I particularily liked.

El Anatsui
Strips of Earth’s Skin
Found aluminum and copper wire

Jean-Michel Basquait portrait by Keith Haring

Sam Francis – The Big Orange

Roy Lichtenstein