Dragoncon 2015 matted remarques

It’s that time of year again when I’m preparing for Dragoncon. I won’t be there in person this year, but my art will still be in the art show. Here’s the first batch of pieces that I have just finished matting and drawing remarques on. As usual, my prints for the art show are made unique with individual hand-drawn remarques in ink. The remarqued versions are only available via the auction. If you’re interested in prints of any of these pieces, you can click on the titles for the links to my shop. * * * Dreaming Blossoms * * …

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A lot of small original paintings

I was digging through the storage trying to locate a painting, and I found a whole stack that I had forgotten to put up on the website. Mostly because at one point I was holding on to them waiting until after publication to release. Prices for these small pieces range from $75.00 – $245.00 To view the whole gallery of images, -click here-. I’ve only showcased a few of my favorites in this post here. * * * A large number of pieces from the most recent Dreamscapes book, Fantasy Worlds.    This mermaid is from the original Dreamscapes book, …

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“Gaze” 6×10 inches Watercolor & gold leaf Started with this little thumbnail drawing in my sketchbook for this mini painting. I knew the general composition, as well as the tonal focus. I had some initial ideas for coloring, and though I stuck to them for the most part, a few things got changed around during the process of painting. A more refined sketch on the Arches Watercolor Board surface that I like to paint on. I actually enjoy Fabriano Artistico the best, but with a lot of my recent techniques, I tend to lay the watercolor ground on very thickly …

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Immortal Ephemera finally happened this month, and I had a wonderful trip to Seattle for the opening reception. Many familiar faces, old friends, and some new ones. Thank you Yeechi & Frank for being my gracious hosts, and sending me back to California several pounds heavier for all the fantastic food (Amy & Darren, you’re equally responsible, although I did manage to resist the chocolate). Thanks to Julie Baroh, Kathryn McDivitt, and Yvette Endrijautzki for the amazing work in preparing the gallery for the show, hanging and for having my art grace the walls for a month. Thank you Susan …

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Insecta Notecards

New blank notecards are in for the Insecta paintings. Six designs: Cicada, Dragonfly, Honeybee, Ladybird, Damselfly, and Scarab. They’re 4.25×6 inches and come with white envelope. They are printed on recycled paper that has a lovely satiny finish. Available either as a 6-pack assortment (one of each), or in individual packets.   


Sylph size: 5.5×10 inches medium: watercolor prints ($16.95)  available -here- First chance I have had in many months to just do a piece for no other reason than “because”.  Now that everything is shipped out for Immortal Ephemera, and the next few deadlines are at least a month out on the horizon. Here’s a little sketch that happened the other night. I wanted to go for more muted colors. Not the crazy bright blues, greens, and reds in the recent paintings. Started with my india ink texture techniques for the background. Layered a thin glaze of Daniel Smith watercolor ground …

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Long Roads

It’s been a long road these past 6 months, painting all the pieces for Immortal Ephemera. The experience was a journey, pushing my artist limits. One week before the show opens, I find my art seems to have developed in a way that I never would have imagined a year ago. Or even half a year ago. I always find it interesting how the creative process is like a slow stream of consciousness that moves inevitably towards an unseen goal. “Unseen” because I think that the best evolution happens when you simply exist, and chase each spark of inspiration as …

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Dragonfly wings

Before I get to the meat of this post, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who have written in the past week after my previous entry to tell me how you appreciate reading my blog.  It is wonderful to know that these are so helpful, and it is inspiring to me to hear how it inspires you! So, onward! This is a piece in progress still, but I have been getting questions about the wings in many of these recent pieces. So here is a closer look at how it goes. I start with the pencil …

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I have fallen a little bit behind in keeping the blog up to date these days! Lots of events happening, a whole lot of art happening, and also a little bit of uncertainty about the audience interest in reading blogs these days. much as I love this format, the bite sized tidbits of social media seem to be the preferred choice of information consumption. However, I was gratified to hear from many of you that you have missed my blog posts on the process of my paintings. Now that i am coming to the end of a big deadline crush, …

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Interviewed on One Fantastic Week

Yesterday morning, I sat down to chat with Peter Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal of the video podcast “One Fantastic Week” for an interview. We talked about how I got started in the industry and the direction I took my work, the business of being a creative professional, making art, and how being a parent fits into all of that as well.  Oh, and bubblewrap. Can forget the bubblewrap! If you missed the live event, you can still come check out the hour long conversation on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU09FQP75q8  

Abutilon Flower Study – steps to paint

I have another botanical piece in the works for an abutilon (flowering maple). It’s still in the sketch phase. But since I won’t have a chance to work on it for a while, I did some studies of the flowers so that I could record the colors, just in case I can’t find any flowers when I get back to painting the final piece.Here are the colors I ended up using: Gamboge Genuine, Yellow Ochre, Quinacridrone Red, Quinacridrone Purple, Quinacridrone Coral, Leaf Green, Sap Green, Hookers Green, Neutral Tint I started with a dilute glaze of Gamboge Genuine on the …

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Ink Textural Demonstration Video

Okay, you guys finally wore me down. I’ve been getting requests for some video demonstrations for years, and though the hermit-artist in me hates video record of her existence, I’ve buckled down and done it.  At least, one video. We’ll have to see if there are more. If anyone has requests for short-demonstration type videos you would like to see me do, feel free to offer up suggestions here. I can’t do a full painting video, I don’t have the setup capability for that, but I can do little 5-10 minute bits like this one. So, that said, here it …

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