.....and other random stuff......

Friday, January 24, 2020


Sometimes an idea pops into my head fully formed.

I overhear a word, a sentence, a phrase and POOF there it is!

Then the problem becomes how to get it from my head onto the paper.

That’s where the Cintiq comes in.

Not to disparage Tabley but sometimes it felt like he was keeping my ideas small. I couldn’t stretch my wings….couldn’t let my ideas take flight.

With the Cintiq, she makes me feel like anything is possible. The sky’s the limit! I CAN do this!

23.6 square inches of pure possibility!

Sometimes she makes me feel like I can FLY!

"She believed she could so she did"............

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hands are Hard!

I want to get better at ‘stylized’ hands. (Actually I want to get better at any kind of hands……..LOL)

To this end ‘they’ tell me it’s okay, even advisable, to copy other artists.

This is an image by Ben Shahn. I LOVE his work.

Oh, that I could do as well! 
Actually, as I look at it here, it's not that bad.......
(Drawn on my new Cintiq. I think I'm getting the hang of it. Both the tablet AND drawing hands!)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Inter-Office Memo

Inter-office memo to: endocrine system re: internal thermostat control.


WTF? Pick one or the other!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sometimes I Miss Being A ‘Mommy’

Ah, but you still are I hear you say. No, I’m not…..I’m a ‘mom’ not a ‘mommy’.

There’s a difference.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my adult kids! I love being able to talk to them on an equal level. To make inappropriate jokes and talk about deep, albeit sometimes, ridiculous ideas.

But I miss some of the things that came with being a ‘mommy’. Even when it was a pain in the ass. 

Juggling all the things that had to be done. Feeling frazzled with a full time job, doing chores and errands, keeping up with the housework, making sure the husband didn’t feel neglected, caring for parents with medical issues.

Sometimes, just when I thought I couldn’t do it for another minute, one of the boys would take a running leap into my arms from across the room and strangle me with a bear hug that would literally knock me off my feet.

My heart would swell to three times its size! (just like the Grinch!)

And THAT was when I knew it was worth all of it. The exhaustion, the missed dates with Husband, the dust on the furniture, the toys scattered from the front door to the back…..ALL of it.

And sometimes I miss it.

(Trying out different styles of illustration....don't think I like this style....)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Ode To Soup

Ode To Soup

(children’s song)

You glance at the clock
You get your favorite crock

Find your apron or a smock
You boil up some stock
That's the way to make some soup, real fine 

You take what you got
You put it in a pot
Then you cook it real hot
You stir it quite a lot
That's the way to make some soup, real fine 

Add some spices
Shredded cheese or slices
Garnish to look nicest
Take my good advices
That's the way to make some soup, real fine 

Chicken soup, Mulligatawny
Gazpacho soup, Minestroni
Beet Borsht soup, Cream of Tomato
Asparagus soup, Leek and Potato 

Soup for lunch, soup for brunch
Soup's a super supper
Soup's a winner dinner
Night or day, every way 

You sip it from a cup, 
You spoon it all up, 
You lick it out the bowl, 
It's good for the soul,
That's the way to have some soup
That's the way to sip some soup
That's the way to slurp some soup, real fine

(The first official illo done on my brand new, awesome, HUGE Cintiq tablet.)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Santa was VERY VERY Good to Me!

And by Santa I mean the boys were VERY VERY good to me!
I’m so overwhelmed I don’t know what to say! 
Nothing like watching a good B&W classic AND creating art!
This is going to work out so well for online classes!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Ain't Nature Grand?

It's not often you see ALL seven of the colors in a rainbow!
Of course, as soon as I grabbed my phone and ran outside it was fading......
But they were all there! 
I'm taking it as a good omen for the new year! (I'm crossing my fingers too.....just in case!)