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!

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 […]

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.


This project took me the longest of all the ones I’ve done in pen and ink.  I made every single flower petal unique.  I could only work on it for an hour at a time and would move on to another project that wasn’t quite so challenging, then come back to it later.  Finally done.

Beer Festival

Today was the annual Beer Festival at St. Mary’s City.  I just want to say thank you to all who stopped by my tent to see my work.  It was a pleasure to talk with you.  To you who bought the eggs and the chicks – I thank you for seeing the fun and the […]


I find Zentangle relaxes and focuses me.  Combining it with a Celtic knot makes me think of friendship and how it affects all parts of my life.  When you meet a friend you begin an adventure that never ends.