Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014


I have a little seed of an idea for a story about a girl and her pet owl. Sometimes drawing the characters helps bring them to life and makes it easier to write about them..

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Free Form Sketching

Some of my favorite character designs have evolved from little "subconcious" sketches I've made while sitting through seminars, classes, and meetings. I doodled these three little guys during an illustrator meetup on Monday night. I'm pretty taken with the boy with the backpack and the girl who resembles Alice in Wonderland, so I'll put them in my ideas file, let them percolate, and possibly include them in a future drawing or painting.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Hand Painted Boxes

I've always liked painting on wood, so when I saw these little unfinished trinket boxes at my local craft store, I just had to try my hand at decorating them. They're small (only 4" x 4") - the perfect size for sweet seasonal decorations or a unique place to store special treasures.

After I finalized my sketches and color palette, I laid down a base coat consisting of a mixture of burnt umber, black, and ultramarine blue for a deep, rich background. Except for a cursory sanding, I didn't prepare the boxes with gesso or any other ground; I just started painting on raw wood. I was really pleased with the way the paint reacted with the wood - there was always an element of surprise as I painted, since the wood absorbed more of the paint than I expected.

Once I painted the sides, I finished them off with a DecoColor gold opaque paint marker. Since the wood was pretty rough, I didn't want to fool around with trying to get straight lines with a brush. As a final touch, I treated both boxes with two coats of matte acrylic varnish.

I was happy with the results - so much so that I'll be painting more: first I'll tackle a few Halloween and Day of the Dead commissions, then move on to some fall and winter-themed boxes.

The boxes are available at my Etsy shop:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fun and Prizes! Raven and Renn Greeting Card Assortment Giveaway !

Celebrate your inner Scottie dog! I'm ushering in October by giving away this exciting selection of cards to one lucky person who likes Raven and Renn on Facebook. The winner will receive a baker's dozen of Raven and Renn greeting cards - a selection of ten adorable Scottie dog cards plus any three additional cards of his/her choice from Raven and Renn's Etsy shop.

To enter the drawing, please visit my Raven and Renn Facebook page, click the "like" button, leave a comment, and share the giveaway. If you're already a FORR (friend of Raven and Renn) you're included, too - just be sure to leave a comment so I can add your name to the drawing.

The contest runs from Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, October 4, 5pm Pacific Time. I'll announce the winner on Saturday the 5th. Good luck - and thanks so much for your support!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Montana Avenue Art Walk

I had a terrific time at the Montana Avenue Art Walk. The weather was perfect (this is Southern California, after all), there was wonderful music, and best of all, I met such a lot of lovely people. Thanks again to Evelyn Lauchenauer at Prudential for inviting me to show my work, and to all of the wonderful people who stopped and chatted and bought art from me. I really enjoyed meeting you all!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Montana Avenue Art Walk and Music Festival

I'll be participating in the Montana Avenue Art Walk and Music Festival on Thursday, July 18th. You can find me at the Prudential Real Estate Office at 1308 Montana Avenue from 5pm to 9pm. Thanks to Eveyn Lauchenauer and all the lovely folks at Prudential for inviting me to participate. Hope to see you there!