Green Spring Gardens Sketch Club

February 20, 2020 § Leave a comment


I could have drawn this for hours, never tiring at looking at the dramatic fold of parts and edges

October 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

study - succulent

charcoal sketch for “That which is beautiful and Tiffany T No. 1007787”

May 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

I usually draw before I start to paint. This was done in charcoal, a favorite sketching medium.

It is fun feeling scared while drawing …. a wolverine’s skull

November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

wolverine skull

Scared, no, terrified! I’ve been thinking about what I could draw as a metaphor for what is lost in our culture? Recently I watched a Discovery Channel program about scientists finding skeletal bones of a dinosaur even larger than a T-Rex. It was amazing how much effort many designers, artists and scientists spent creating computer models and sizing missing skeletal parts to complete the entire dinosaur model. It walked the earth and now it’s disappeared, lost to our culture. Searching my computer I found photographs taken at the Alaskan Sea Life Discovery Center, a wonderful experience. I think that this one is a wolverine. More bone drawings to come.

take photographs whenever you’re inspired…to use as reference material for your artwork

November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

very old skates roller skate WC

I had a pair of skates just like these when I was a child. Inspired by the memory, I took a snapshot years ago. When I looked for something to draw, I researched my digital photo library and retrieved this photo. Sometimes the work in my sketchbook is about the drawing, not the painting so I’ve added just a painted leather strap. When you’re inspired by the subject of your work, it is a work from your heart and the effort is with passion because you care about the imagery.

drawing at The Clearing workshop

August 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

20140618 Prismacolors -1Prismacolors in a Stillman & Birn sketchbook

September sketchbook

September 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

20130907 handcycle-1



The challenge was to use some garden sketches and draw an imagined bicycle.  Since riding a bicycle is physically challenging for me, I researched more comfortable ones on the internet and came up with a hand driven bike with a plush seat.  I drew mine as a natural wooden seat, one that can last a lifetime.


My husband was taking photographs for a project and stopping in various locations.  I tagged along and drew wherever we stopped.  I only had to look up for inspiration, power lines everywhere.  The man-altered landscape. One page, 8 ½ x 11″, colored pencil.




20130921 powerlines-1

I am a fish!

September 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

Inktense on watercolor paper/pad



I love line drawing, just lines.  After spending a while drawing lines and more lines, this drawing didn’t look complete. I struggled to decide what to do.  What did it look like?  It was fishy I thought so I added eyes and lips using a vacation photo as a reference. I am a fish!


Candlelight Lane

February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is the first page of a new Stonehenge 9″ x 12″ sketchbook.  I purchased a Pilot Prera pen, filled it with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink and made so many lines. Loving the pen, the paper, then what? I struggled with a personal theme and when I found one, I created an imaginary home with its own power source, ‘a forever power plant’, map collage trees and a dive board from its roof top pool into the Aegean Sea. For about a week’s time, I rushed back to my studio to add to the work. 

Candlelight Lane - better scanned

inspired by digital design

November 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

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