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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Doris's hat

I saw this hat on Doris Day in the movie "Pillow Talk" and never forgot it.
Doris's hat (on a cat)

The snack food saga continues

Coconutty snoballs

Hostess fruit pie#3

Friday, August 1, 2014

Little Towhead, finished

August is here again, and I didn't come anywhere near my goal of doing 10 journal pages in July. Oh well! Maybe this month. Anyway, here's the finished painting of an earlier journal entry. It's Sunday, and they have just gone to mass. After finishing their crunchy BLTs with toothpicks stuck in them, they enjoy a slice of pie with soda and coffee. As always, there is spillage.

Little Towhead, 11x14 gouache on wood panel.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Radio, the cycle complete

Here's another image finished, and how it popped out of my brain. I started out wanting to simply draw a vintage pink radio, but somehow, a fox terrier showed up. This and many other of my paintings and journal pages are available as limited edition giclee prints in my Etsy shop. As a thank you for visiting my blog, I'm offering a 20% discount on any of my prints to shouldawoulda blogspot visitors. Just use the code SHOULDA at checkout, good until August 8. Many of the items I have listed will be going away after the 8th when they'll be sold exclusively in Treehaus in Los Angeles. Thank you for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments.  A big THANK YOU also to fellow blogger Myra Caballero for nominating me for the Liebster Award. You can find her excellent blog here.

Radio. Gouache on 9x12 wood panel. 
In progress

In my sketchbook

They usually start something like this

Monday, July 28, 2014

Books I read in New York

I promised myself I would do at least 10 journal paintings this month, so as July draws to a close, I'm going back and finishing pages I began earlier. In this, I reminisce about all the wonderful novels I read during a particular glorious time when I lived in New York City.
The summer I read "The Woman in White" by Wilkie Collins. My dog Trixie was interested in pursuits less literary.

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