Saturday, September 23, 2017

Welcome Autumn!

I love Autumn.
The changing leaves always seem like a miracle to me, even though I've been a New Englander most of my life. I think, somewhere in my subconscious, that I associate Fall with starting a new school year, and I remember vividly shuffling through orange and gold and red leaves on my way to the bus stop. and I was one of those kids who loved going to school!
Today I drove around my town, looking for the first signs of Autumn. It has been fairly warm around here lately, so the seasonal leaf change is just beginning. 

This row of Maple trees in front of a local school
always transitions into a blaze of color as the weeks go on.

A couple of early leaf changers..

 Next, I went to a local nursery and loved the
 decorations and display of mums.

I settled on a coral colored mum for the front stairs.
but will definitely go back for more.

I picked what I think are the last of my hydrangeas - but you never know!
I love all the shades of green, blue, lavender and burgundy
that appear as the summer winds down.

Since I last blogged, I've been doing some projects that were very enjoyable.
For my friend Amy's birthday, I made this necklace - just for fun.
It has all of her pets in a row - yes, it is amazing how many pets she has!

And I started doing a few paper collages, inspired by a post I read on the Ihanna's blog.
I made a cut-out on the cover of a sketchbook and inserted some artwork, something 
like what she did on her sketchbook. I'll share some collages in a later post.

This is a little embroidery I did on a car trip with my husband...

And these are some fabrics I dyed in a shibori class over the summer.
This was something I had never thought of doing, but I'm so glad I took the class!

I hope everyone who stops by here to visit 
is enjoying the beginning of fall.

Hope to see you again soon!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

100 Day Challenge Completed!

I'm so happy to have done the 100 Day Challenge. It taught me some valuable lessons about perseverance and how much I love being creative. I'll have a longer post about it soon, along with pictures I haven't posted, but meanwhile, here's a little lady I embroidered last week. She'll be part of a fabric book I'll tell you about later.

I haven't decided on a name for her yet, but I know it will be "Mrs." Something!

So glad you stopped by -
Have a wonderful week!

Added later - my friend Simone suggested the perfect name for her,
while elevating her position in society:

"Lady Rose Fortescue - Hartley"

Love it!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Catching Up

I'm still doing the 100 Day Challenge -
for me, 100 days of faces!
I've been filling in my sketchbook, putting compatible
people side by side. This will make it amusing when 
I flip through it in the future1

This is Molly.

She is opposite her sister Sandy who
she suspects is something of a drama queen!

Here is Kevin and his dog Max...

They should get along well with Megan and her kitten!

Maureen is a proud mom,

who looks over and smiles fondly at her sweet daughter, Susie.

This is a little sketch of a lady named Jillian.

And this is James, who is glancing mischievously

across the way at his older sister, Maggie.
He will always be her kid brother!

Brenda is a nature lover

who loves to go hiking with her niece, May.
They are like sisters!

John doesn't quite know what to make of
Erika's advances!

They are residing next to a much younger couple,
Jenny and Bobby.

Peter seems to be totally captivated

by his neighbor, Amelia.

And Jacques wears a rose behind his ear

to tease his niece, Celeste.
He is her favorite uncle!

And finally, since I've missed a few days of the challenge here and there,
I did this drawing in celebration of women! I'll be putting it on the 
inside cover of my sketchbook.

I have to say, I've loved this challenge!
Just a couple of weeks to go!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What I've been Up To...

 Hello again!
Although I haven't posted here for a few days,
I have been working on faces!
This is Randall...

Since he is Felice's best friend, I put them together in my sketchbook.

Julie was originally done as a line drawing,
but I added color for another day's drawing.

And Enid, whom I had originally drawn with her hair in curlers,
now is shown in the morning with her curly hairdo!

Both images are side by side in my book.

And young Mary...

is placed beside her older sister Margie.
Hope they get along with each other!

Finally Marian, done as a pencil sketch,
rounded off my week.

I've come to look forward to making a face, a person.
a bit of a story each day.
I wonder what I'll attempt when this 100 day project 
is finished!

Maybe some stitching?
We'll see!

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Sending love to my British friends.

How do we comfort children
when we do not even understand 
acts of violence ourselves?

So sad.

Monday, May 22, 2017


Back to line drawing with a brush pen again today.
I'm starting to question my ability to draw faces,
as everything I make is beginning to look the same to me.

If you've stopped by to look at this post, I'm wondering -
Do you prefer my line drawings or colored pencil portraits?

I'm questioning myself, but I suppose that's to be expected
after all these days of drawing faces!

Thanks for visiting!
Hope your week is off to a good start!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jack, again!

Today I redid my picture of Jack, and placed him
in my sketchbook, right beside his daughter, Marilyn!

She is, after all, the apple of his eye!
I'm getting close to the 50 day mark in this
100 Day Project, so in my next few posts I'll be
ruminating a bit about what I've learned so far
and what I still want to accomplish in this 100 day period.

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


The first face I did when I started my "100 Days of Faces" in April
was Marilyn. Today I began a picture of her dad, Jack.
I want them to be side by side in my sketchbook,
and I'm glad I drew him on a separate piece of paper.
Not happy with my work today,
so I'll redo him tomorrow, on the actual sketchbook page!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, May 19, 2017


Another brush pen drawing!
Renee's pointy chin is a bit more pronounced than I intended,
but now she is planted forever in my sketchbook.
After making about 40 faces, I'm beginning to believe 
what I've heard from various artists,
that making art every day allows you to let go of perfectionism
and just enjoy the process.
Some are better than others, that's all!

Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Visit with Some Young Artists

Earlier this week, I visited a 6th grade art class which is taught by my friend Amy. The students are working on a project in which they are painting faces and writing stories about the characters they are creating. I brought my sketchbook and a couple of pieces of my work to share and then observed these young artists at work. They are painting on muslin fabric and will eventually cut out the faces, stitch them to a background, and create wall hangings with the stories written around the faces. I can't wait to see the finished products!
Here are a few photos of the artists at work!


I was really thrilled to be invited to visit this class.
Wonderful and talented young people with a fabulous teacher -
a very enjoyable afternoon!

Thanks for visiting!