Finishing up and framing!

I’ve been working on my photo editing skills in GIMP and I was finally happy with the results of the scanned files. This allowed me to order prints of various sizes online. I decided on square prints, I just prefer the square shape to the traditional 5×7 or 8×10. After the prints arrived I found some simple frames…..and here are the results! These guys are already on their way to a new home.











Christmas Already?

Experimenting with adding a Santa hat to the birds.


I’ve signed up to be in a craft fair in a few weeks. The last time I did a craft fair was before my kids were born! I plan to have watercolor characters for Christmas tree decorations. I’ll post some pics in the next few days.

I’ll be at OLV in State College on Saturday, December 2. Hope to see you there.



Work has been sucking the fun out of life lately so I haven’t made any art for a few days.

For this post I’ve included two pieces I did awhile back during my cat phase, each image has 20 animals all on the same sheet! It required a little planning and measuring (and starting over again about 3 times) but it was a lot of fun. I think I will do one of these layouts for dogs and bunnies too.

For these little blob animals, I do the watercolor first and after it dries I outline the animal and it acquires its personality.





Snowy Blue Day

What to do on a snowy Saturday? Practice your blob animals of course.

For these I start by painting around where the eye will go and then add some type of body. I make the paint very watery and then tilt the paper to see what happens. I don’t usually have an animal in mind when  I start. It usually appears as I move the paint around, although sometimes it waits to show itself until later when I start outling.

blue mouse

Paint blob before outlining, mouse maybe?

Here are a few that turned out ok, there were plenty more that were just plain ugly.

blue duck

Duck with a cape

blue bug

Scary bug

blue crow

Talkative blue bird





Not a great evening for drawing the other night. I was frustrated that I couldn’t even draw a cat and have it look like a cat. I guess it is just muscle memory or something, but after drawing rabbits and dogs, now my cats look more like rabbits.


Angry cat?rabbit?

So I tried some smudgy birds instead. The first step is to smudge some color on the paper and then draw the bird around the smudge, and of course using your wrong hand. That made me happy since it at least looked like a bird, maybe a little hunch backed bird but still a bird.


Tonight I am going to paint some blobs like the one below. I plan on doing rabbits, dogs and birds. They are fun because you aren’t quite sure what you will get. Once everything is dry, I use a black marker to outline and put in some details.


And you end up with something like this.