Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Birdsong family car trip

Ah, the road trips to Grandma's and to Skyline Drive. The boys fighting in the back, watching the landscape fly by while trying to fight off car sickness. Grandma had a game: "Higgledy-piggledy buttercup, how many fingers do I hold up?" and I can still recall the touch of her hand against my back while I was trying to guess how many.

On the road

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Illustration for Vegetarian Times

For the November issue of Vegetarian Times, I did this piece for the feature celebrating their 40th anniversary. Thanks to Creative Director Daphna Shalev.

Illustration for Vegetarian Times
Add here's the color sketch I did in my journal

Monday, October 6, 2014

Unexpected guest part deux

Here's one I'm revisiting from a while back.  Sometimes you just never know who will drop in.

Unexpected guest II

The sketchbook

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bad Luck to the nth degree

Finally getting back to my journals, and feeling the autumn bug, even when it's 90 degrees here.
Bad luck to the nth degree 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mo. & Co.

I've now completed this commissioned piece. I don't really have a name for it, but have been calling it "Mo & Co." It's gouache and acrylic on wood panel, 18" x 24" and has since travelled to its home in Oregon, where it will be a birthday present for a very young man, here seen sitting on a log petting a frog. Maureen, the client (left) was a pleasure to work with. It was truly a fun project.

Here's my progress. I could probably use some workspace efficiency improvements, but until then, I go as I go.

Wednesday. Good morning!

Day's end

End of the day Thursday


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sunshine Launderama

I don't know why I have such a fascination with laundromats — it's not as if I ever exactly enjoyed the time I spent in them, and yet...

Last Saturday at the laundromat

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy family

Here's a sketch of a custom piece I'm working on for an Etsy customer. The finished piece is going to be pretty large, for me: 18" x 24".

Mo & Co. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014


My day began on a whimsical note when my friend texted me to exclaim that the word "flibbertigibbet" was the best word ever. After trying to remember the song that used the term ("How do you solve a problem like Maria" from The Sound of Music) it was back to work and mundane household tasks such as keeping the larder full of cat food.

Buy cat food. CHECK.

Monday, August 18, 2014


If there's one thing I know, it's birds taking baths. I keep a big aviary and a koi pond, so there's plenty of splashing around that goes on in my back yard. I often finding myself sucked into a kind of trance while watching the antics. Here's a happy piece for a Monday.

Just bathe.

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