Pen and Ink

Dragon Fly Minus The Fiery Breath

I was sitting in my booth at the National Oyster Festival and someone suggested that I draw a dragon fly.  TaDa!  Here’s to you, requester!



This pen and ink drawing was done for the “Masquerade” theme at the North End Gallery for October.  I discovered that seahorses can change color to match their environment.

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Often people will recommend subject matter for my art.  This particular one – the honey bee – I wondered if I could get myself interested in it enough to come up with the intricacies I like to add.  Lo and behold – it exceeded my expectations and I enjoyed every moment of this piece.  My […]

Japanese Paper Doll

When I was a little girl, I loved paper dolls.  My favorite was a paper doll of Shirley Temple.  In honor of my beautiful daughter-in-law Naoko, I’ve made a new favorite paper doll.

String of Paper Dolls

  Have you ever cut a string of paper dolls?  Fold up a piece of paper so it’s like an accordion.  Then cut just half of a person (right half or left half).  Unfold your accordion and what do you see?  My string of paper dolls was not really cut out of paper, but a […]

Say Cheese, Shelley

I remember this moment as though it just happened.  I was holding my hand as close to the surface of the lake as possible.  As the slow and gentle waves came to shore, they touched my hand.  I was mesmerized by the feel of the water, as though it were giving me a soft little […]

Meet O-Riole

O-Riole evolved from one thing to another.  I drew him out, then jumped in and started filling it in, keeping in mind that I wanted dark darks to stand separate from the rest.  About half of the Oriole was dark dark.  I was very pleased with how he turned out.  I decided to work in […]

Oriole Number 2

This one doesn’t look like an Oriole either, but I learned a lot (again).  Use an even finer pen.  Use a good light.  Work bigger.

My First Bird

I’m disappointed with this first bird.  It’s supposed to be an Oriole.  Failed miserably, but am going to try again.  After all, I did learn quite a bit with this attempt.  I think I rushed too much with this one.

Help! I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get OUT!