Sunday, August 1, 2010

Art Gallery

As you already know, I'm planning to participate in the Sketchbook Project 2011.  I am stoked!  Creativity is flooding back into my conscious thoughts.  My brushes, pens, and pencils are calling to me.  A reassuring feeling has come over me, "I am still an artist, despite my busy, busy life as a parent, teacher, wife, homemaker..."  Is it me or does that word, "homemaker" still have negative connotations?  Being one, I realize how incredibly hectic it is, and how well equipped we women are to handle the multitasking workload that comes with being a parent at home.  Sure, I can't finish a thought, a sentence or speak coherently like I used to, but I am one of the legions of dedicated women who has their hands on the cradle of our future society.  Pretty important responsibility.  I take it seriously.  Which explains why I have dedicated myself to the temporary task of parenting and education instead of pursuing my career as an artist.  All in good time.

So I would love to share with you a sampling of my artwork, what I have managed to accomplish before the adventure of starting a family, and what I look forward to engaging in once that chapter has come to a close.

Colored pencil with gold leafing, approx. 11" x 11."  I took this photo of it before framing it to avoid any extra glare I would get off the glass.  As it is, it was very hard to photograph with the reflective gold leaf.  This piece, I am happy to say, sold.  It means someone loved the very unique blend of pencil and gold leafing in the same piece.

Watercolor and a touch of pastel, 22" x 30."  This piece almost sold several times.  I'm glad to still have it, because it is extremely inspiring.

This is a simple charcoal sketch.  Approx. 3" x 6 1/2."  It's the simple ones that have such a special charm about them.

Another one of the same dimensions.  So fun.

This was one of my commissions.  Approx. 12" x 12" if memory serves (I don't have access to my information, which is packed away.)

Colored pencil.  Approx. 9" x 12"  Loved this sold too.  It's a happy thing and a sad thing to see your work sell.  Weird, I know.

This was one of my commissions as well.  A watercolor, 18" x 24."

I had so much fun doing this pen and ink.  It's about 4" x 4."

This one is my last serious watercolor painting, 18" x 24."  It was inspired by an Arizona Highways Magazine photo.  Since the composition and subject matter are too close to the photograph, I would never try to sell it.  Even though I pumped up the color to a high degree and interpreted the texture myself, it is still too close and would probably violate copyright laws.  So (exaggerated sigh...), I have to keep it for my own viewing pleasure.

Doing the sketchbook project will be a welcome change of pace.  A return to my creative side.  And during my parenting years, I will pass along as best I can, a love of artwork.


  1. So thrilled to see your artwork again! I've always been and always will be awed by your talent! Love you sis!

  2. Wow, you are so talented! Love your use of vibrant color!