Draw A Bird, February 2020

Gosh, how quickly a month rolls around. I’ve had the itch lately to do some early spring cleaning and purging around the house, which has eaten into my art time!

At least I’ve been going to my weekly art club and started a series of animal paintings. I am working on water animals first, starting with this paddling penguin. These birds make me smile with their funny antics and quick underwater maneuvers.

Paddling Penguin

Hope your winter has been gentle in all ways, and here’s hoping spring is right around the corner (and that I am almost finished with the spring cleaning!).

It’s My Blogiversary

Thank You

WordPress alerted me that this week marks the sixth year since my first blog post, aka a blogiversary. The first few years were dedicated mostly to my beloved card making papercraft, and while I still enjoy making cards, I now spend more time working on my watercolor skills and techniques.

Happy Puppy
Happy Puppy

Because this blog began with card making, it seems fitting to share what I made last week at a craft retreat.

Garden Gate
Garden Gate

These cards were made with stamps that are pieced together to create little vignettes suitable for card fronts. They are “inked” with waterbased markers and then “watercolored” around the edges of the images with a damp brush to give them a painterly look.


Really, these stamps were probably a gateway into my wanting to paint on a bigger scale, and it’s fun to go back and use them every so often.

Bird Bath
Bird Bath

Thanks to everyone who follows my blog and especially those who have taken time to leave a like or a comment.

Sleeping Puppy
Sleeping Puppy

I’ve found that followers/bloggers are some of the sweetest, most encouraging and passionate folks and am glad to have gotten to know so many of you over the years. Here’s to a seventh year of blogging and creativity!

Rustic Barn Scene
Rustic Barn Scene

Meet Sadie

This is Sadie, a rescue that belongs to my daughter-in-law and son, which makes her my granddog 🙂

Meet Sadie
Meet Sadie

Sadie’s bark is much bigger than her bite, and although she is a large-sized pooch, she thinks she is a lap dog and loves to cuddle. I enjoyed the challenge of painting her lighter fur colors and hope Maura was happy with Sadie’s portrait for her birthday gift. Happy birthday, Maura! ❤

Draw A Bird Day, December 2018

This one is named Morning Has Broken.

Morning Has Broken, Female Cardinal

Morning Has Broken, Female Cardinal

It’s been quite cold here, and watching our backyard birds is such a relaxing pastime, albeit from the warmth of the family room rather than the screened porch.  This weekend we will put out some oranges and meal worms and maybe get some new visitors at the feeders.  However, I think the cardinals will always be my favorite.  Have a great weekend!