Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Little Something for the New Year!

I thought I had posted this before but apparently not. This little guy is waking up with the moonrise and since the Full Moon tonight is a Blue Moon, I thought he would be the perfect "Happy New Year" picture. Think of him as an Elvish baby New Year! "Moonrise Wake Up", 8 1/2 x 11, Prisma Color and Acrylic on Canson paper.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fun With Coloring

I love doing hand colored prints but sometimes it does feel almost like doing a coloring book. Back in 1991 I was doing allot of black and white stuff and also printing them on colored card stock to hand color. This picture has been a favorite of mine since I first drew it. His expression and pose just make me smile. "Imp", 8 1/2 x 5, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, Prisma Color and Copic marker on print done on goldenrod cardstock.

Joey/Cup Bearer Color

Since this is another not new exactly picture but the color version is new and since I did a picture 69 1/2, I guess I will count this as picture 70 for the year.

After digging out and posting the black and white picture I did of my son I really wanted to do a colored version. This isn't the best (the card stock we have is not great for painting on) but I like parts of it and at least it will do till I decide to do a real painting based on pictures of Joe when he was younger. 8 1/2 x 11 on card stock, Acrylic, Prisma Color, watercolor colored pencil, Copic marker and a bit of Pro White. The flesh tone is to light for him, he had a beautiful cafe Ole skin color.

Old Christmas Gift

Back in 1993 I did this picture as a Christmas gift for my husband, Don. He loves wolves and Werewolves. I am into Native American stuff (part of my heritage). So I came up with this, painted it, matted and framed it and gave it to him. I just took it down and got a good scan of it. I really still like it. "Wolf Moon", 11 x 14, marker, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Bristol paper.

3 Posts No Comments

I first thought that with the holidays, more people would have time to post comments. I guess I was wrong since I have had less since "the Holidays" started. Just making an observation ... trying not to complain that I get no feedback. I hope the second year of this Weble will see more comments and feedback.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Have You Seen This Child?

Actually, he is now 25, so if you recognize him from this picture of him at 8, you most likely can't help me find him. This is my "long lost" son, Joey (or Joe as he later preferred). We haven't seen or heard from him in 5 years now. He was at Pennsic for our 20th anniversary and made up with us, told us he loved us and gave us a drawing. But he disappeared soon after and I have no idea where he is or how he is. I miss him. "Joey/Cupbearer", 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, marker and zipatone on paper.

Tuesday Quote

Here is another quote from the "Messiah's Handbook", read, contemplate, enjoy!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

NonPrude Europe vs US

I hope this link works. I just got "Spectrum 16" for Christmas and one of the first pictures in it is this award winning AIDs prevention poster by James Jean . While I like it, what struck me most is that fact that in Europe, it wins awards while here in the US, you can't even really show a condom, let alone THIS when trying to encourage AIDs awareness or sex ed... I love Europe (at least where art is involved, and food, and culture...)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hot Stuff

OK, this is sorta new but not really. So I am not sure if I should count it as a new picture for this year or not. I did the original in 1997 but just did this colored version today. Originally done in Micron marker on illustration board I have prints of it which I just colored with the new Copic markers I got for Christmas and some Prisma Color as well. "Speed Demon", 8 1/2 x 11. Picture 69 1/2.

Friday, December 25, 2009


I didn't plan to do another picture before the scroll I have to have done for the end of next month. But as I was at church and bored last night, I drew this little guy and then for Christmas I got a 12 pack of Copic, I did this small 6 x 6 picture experiment. It will take time to get used to the Copic markers but I like the colors and the fact I can paint over them and they don't run. So here is "Seaside Elf; Experiment 1" done in Micron marker, Acrylic, Watercolor colored pencil, Copic marker and a tiny bit of ProWhite! 69

Thursday, December 24, 2009

New Header?

OK, I am trying out a new header for my Weble. I have several possibilities and I may try out several. Please let me know what you think of these. Vote on your favorite! Please note I will pick the one I like best but your input is VERY wanted!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

White on Black Native

I did this back in 2008, I like most of it but it just seems to miss the mark somehow. I love working on black paper with white pencil/paint. "Snow Owl" 9 x 12, Prisma Color (I am not sure if I used any Acrylic on this one).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Quote

I was going to make my weekly quote a Monday thing but since it's past midnight, it's Tuesday officially. This is scanned from my version of the "Messiah's Handbook". I will try and scan the pages that have art and just give the quotes for those that don't.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Picture 68

This will most likely be the last picture I finish before the end of the year, so I have done 68 pictures this year. Seems allot less than I thought it would be but early in the year I thought I had done allot. Anyway, this was inspired by my friend Kyr, some of Brian Froud's work and a couple other artists. IT was done an a dark rose/rust red colored Canson board and the odd shape is because of the great frame I found that is this shape. The quality of this photo isn't great but with the size of the picture and the fact I can't get outside to have the best lighting, it's the best I got! (Working Title) "Deer Satyr", 13 1/2 x 17, Acrylic and Prisma Color.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

MY Vampyre Story So Far
If this works this should take you to a good version of my story at least as far as I currently have it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hot Holiday Bunns

OK, these are not the kind you may have been thinking of. My Vampyre, Valentene (I have a story I have been writing about him for many years now) is not effected by the cold or heat and so wears only a dark blue cloak. He seduces men for food and uses his "charms" to draw them in. I was pleased with this as the strong light and dark, and the details of the background work well for me. I am also happy with his hands, something I normally have trouble with and don't think I do very well. He is NOT part of any game or anyone else's story line, he is all mine and based on the actual Vampyric lore from Europe. "Valentene; Tender Trap", marker on paper, 5 x 9 (or about that).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

To Hell With it All

Ha Ha, not really, those who know me may be shocked cause I don't cuss... and I still don't. In this case I am posting a picture of Lucifer, in Hell, so...

I did this for my black and white book "Darkness & Light; Demons and Angels". I love this and want very much to do a color version...some day I will and someday I will stop using 3 little dots in this post, lol. This is called "Lucifer's Lament" and has the King of Hell lamenting his fall from Heaven (all a lovely myth). The flames in the background and the clouds and towers of Heaven in the box. Lots of subtle stippling and I think a good pose, marker on Bristol, 8 1/2 x 11.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

29 Followers, Almost No Comments

I suppose the Holidays are partly to blame. Many of you are to busy with shopping etc to look at this and leave comments. I have tried not to complain about the lack of feedback (recently) but since again, I have to say getting feedback is WHY I have this Weble! I am ending my facebook page at the start of the new year...maybe I should give up on this thing as well?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bad Name, Bad Photo, Good Picture

I still don't like the title of this and I have no idea what to call it, but here is the "Steampunk Icarus" picture finished. It is to large to scan well and this digital photo is not very good, but it's what I got right now. This is 16 1/2 x 10 1/2, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board.Picture 67 for 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ode to Joy

Actually "Joy in a Drop of Water", this little black and white is a big favorite of mine and someday I will do a color version. I just adore this for so many reasons. The merboys expression, the pose, the concept just make me smile! Marker on illustration board, 8 1/2 x 10.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hairy Questions

Actually, not really I just didn't want to use "hair today. gone tomorrow"...I may start doing a quote of the week (quote of the day is just to much I think). So not to start with a bad one, I will give you one that is from "Illusions" by Richard Bach (one of my favorite books). In "Illusions" another book is referred to, "The Messiah's Handbook; Reminders for the Advanced Soul". This quote is from that book within a book;

"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours!"

Think on it and see what you come up with for your own life.

And here is the hair picture that sparked the title of this post and the start of the quotes. "Saphire", 8 1/2 x 11, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Anthro Heraldry

On Fur Affinity there was an artist who did a lovely and very detailed anthropomorphic Enfield (it is a strange hybrid Heraldic animal. part Fox, Eagle and Wolf). Her picture was a female Enfield so I was inspired to do a male version. I like my version, but hers was much more detailed and overall I think better. "Anthro Enfield", 9 x 12, Micron marker, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Bristol. Picture number 66.

The original is for sale for $50.

Book Review Question part 2

So far only 2 people have said anything about this idea (one was on Facebook). It doesn't look like it is anything worth my effort at this point, but I thought I would list a few books I have and would review just to see if I can spark more interest.
So here are just 4 books I own and would review;
"Origins; The Art of John Jude Palencar"
"Infernum; the Art of Jason Engle"
"Brian Froud's World of Faerie"
"Brom; Darkwerks"
These are in no particular order and some of these I love and some I am not so fond of. In keeping with my new life view, I will try to be patient and will wait till next week before I make a final decision on doing the reviews or not. Your comments will be the deciding factor.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Proof of Insanity

OK, I know I don't really need to point this out, but here is proof that I am insane! I am working on a steampunk version of Icarus. Trying to get the wings right drove me, well anyway, was hard. To my point, the correct, easy and right way to paint means doing the broad background and large ares of color first and then working in details gradually. I work backwards (and it is MUCH harder). Here is a picture of the Icarus picture as a work in progress. Note the background, witch will eventually all be painted in as sky going from a dark to light blue. Painting the background into all the tiny wing areas is such a pain. Maybe someday I will learn to do it the "right" way.

Answer Me This

I have a lot of Art books, books featuring the art of other people. Would anyone be interested in reviews of these books? Just something to maybe help you decide if you might want to buy a book about so and so or not. The idea would be to get my opinion of the persons work, of the quality of the book about them etc. If 4 people respond that this would be a good idea, I will try it. If no one responds or if people don't see it as useful, then I won't bother.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Magic Card..Not That Kind!

Here is another of my Tarot cards. This one just works for me on many levels. While it isn't the best art now, it does have many many details and an overall design that I think is very good. One of the meanings of the "Magician" card is perpetual motion. So here a boy is juggling the symbols of the card suits, an eternity symbol and a rose for love and an Orchid for Passion, with magic. All are reflected in a mirror and perpetual motion is achieved.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bad Photo of Unfinished Project

A few years back I wanted to switch our bedroom around with the guest/junk/cat room (which is a bigger room). I decided to decorate it elaborately (how else would I decorate?). Anyway, I had allot of energy and for a week or so I painted and designed and worked and got about, oh maybe a 3rd done and stoped. I haven't worked on it since, most likely can't match my colors and doubt we will ever switch the rooms around anyway. Here are the figures I painted around the window (there are 2 windows and I did not get the other one finished).

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Period Christmas Card...sorta

I have done 3 covers for the SCA ( magazine called "Tournaments Illuminated". The last 2 were wrap arounds with front and back connected. This was the back of the second cover, first wrap around. It is based on the works of Simon Benning, 1500's, Netherlands. The hunt scene was great for the Winter T.I. and seemed perfect to turn into a Christmas Card as well. Roughly 8 1/2 x 11, Acrylic on Bristol.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


If I follow the path of Tao, I will have to learn to be balanced. I will have to learn to "go with the flow" and to seek harmony. This picture came to mind not long after looking into Taoism and seeing it as a better path for me. "Koi Balance", 6 x 6 Acrylic and Prisma Color on blue paper. Picture 65.
The original is for sale for $40.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Going Steampunk

I haven't done any Steampunk art till now, well, if this counts. It had no real direction I just looked at what was considered Steampunk and did some gears and ended up with this. This is 4 x 6 1/2 Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. 64
The original is for sale for $40.

Tarot Incognito

When I created my Tarot deck, I changed the names of 3 cards and added 3 cards. This is one of my added cards and I think my favorite, "Life". The cards are 8 x 5 1/2 , marker and colored pencil on illustration board. This card was inspired by the works of Maxfeild Parrish and represents the powers, levels and cyclical nature of life.

Old Angel Card

In 1993 I was still printing my own Christmas cards. I did the art, scanned it and printed it, cut the picture out and glued it to card stock. It is SO nice to not have to do that anymore. The quality of the scan and print were not the highest, but it was nicer than black and white. This "Little Angel" was first drawn in marker and then painted with Acrylic. I have known boys who looked allot like this little guy, so cute.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Sounds Right To Me

"We believe in the formless and eternal Tao, and we recognize all personified deities as being mere human constructs. We reject hatred, intolerance, and unnecessary violence, and embrace harmony, love and learning, as we are taught by Nature.We place our trust and our lives in the Tao, that we may live in peace and balance with the Universe, both in this mortal life and beyond." Creed of the Reform Taoist Congregation

(Tao or Dow means "The Way") has more about this philosophy.


I love the music of Jethro Tull and this picture was inspired by one of my favorite songs of theirs. "Moths" is on "Heavy Horses" and the imagery and music have always been moody and magical. I did this on blue Canson paper, mostly with colored pencil (Prisma color I think) and a bit of Acrylic, 9 x 12.