Friday, August 22, 2014

Birthday Wishes

I did this last year for a friend of mind. Taking a white piece of hot press watercolor paper, I did a quick abstract with swashes of color. After it dried, I used white gouache to create the calligraphy.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Miniature Painting

I have moved to a smaller space at The Word is ART gallery, so my paintings had to get smaller too : )  This one is 4x4 on wood and I did it just before Valentine's Day.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Self Portrait

The Word is ART gallery is creating a new window with the member's self portraits. I don't think this really looks like me but I sort of like the painting.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Painting Progression

I continually struggle creating paintings. I tend to think in words, (no surprise being a calligrapher), rather than conveying my thoughts and feelings visually. The first go at the painting is below. I liked the colors and the words, but not the composition. I don't think this painting is finished yet, I'm just not sure. Stay tuned for the next incarnation! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Affirmation Painting

I'm not good at reminding myself about this so I did a quick little 4 x 4 acrylic painting on canvas. More playful and positive than my previous post, that's for sure!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Acrylic Painting

I did this painting last month while I was obviously in a dark place. I'm not sure I love it, but I'm pleased that I was able to express myself through art. The painting is an 8x8 on wood. In addition to the acrylic paint, I laid down some pieces of heavy hand made paper underneath the paint. It's currently on display at The Word is ART Gallery in Culver City.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

T-Shirt Lettering

K.C. from Beachdude,Inc. sent me this photo today of my lettering printed on the T-shirts he sells. It's always fun to see my lettering used in different ways.                                                                     

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mixed Media Collage

Once a year Create in Irvine, gives a wide range of art classes days and evenings for 4 days. Last week I took a class with Chris Cozen on how to create a deeply layered collage.  Chris taught us to use a variety of mostly handmade papers and some fibers, that we tear and adhere to our canvas with matte medium to block out the colors and shapes for our piece. After that part is done, we then used acrylic paint, adding glaze to lengthen the time the paint remains wet and workable. Chris is a very knowledgeable and good teacher and I learned a lot from her. This collage is from a photograph I took while in Ketchikan, Alaska. It now resides (temporarily I hope!) in my space at The Word is ART Gallery.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quotes about Art

My friend and artist Cody recently turned 17. Her mom and I have been friends for thirty some odd years! When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she requested I make her something. Last night I made this book for her. I started with a Tim Holtz book kit that had the cardboard front and back, the ruler decoration, nuts and bolts and 10 plain paper pages. The background lettered image is a torn out portion of a print of a painting I did on canvas. I then used an old washer, a piece of old denim jeans, a leftover escort card and used calligraphy nibs to embellish the cover. I used some earth tone rubber stamps to color the paper with the book title as well as the fabric ribbon.

I took the blank pages and used liquid acrylic paints to create a variety of abstract backgrounds. I used paper towels and sponges to manipulate the paint. This is one of my favorite quotes.

After painting all ten pages, I added the calligraphy. I totally winged it and didn't do a layout or use guidelines...(which shows, but I tell myself that's part of its charm : )

And finally a view from the top so you can see all of the colors of the pages together. I'm happy to say Cody loved the book and was familiar with most of the quotes!

Monday, February 11, 2013


I've been so busy, both with calligraphy work and doing art for the gallery, I haven't shown you my new paintings! My challenge has been to communicate emotion through my paintings. As a relatively new painter, maybe this is just part of the exploration. I was whining to a friend about how I was stuck...okay, I was crying in frustration. She told me to hang up and paint. Boy was that good advice. This is probably my most emotive painting yet. In fact it sold the night of my gallery event on February 2nd!

This one started out as a woman floating and reaching towards the stars. It was meant to be ethereal. Well after three hours of working on it, it didn't look at all as I had intended so I took a tube of blue acrylic paint and squeezed it over the canvas. I then took a paper towel and smeared it into the canvas. The effect was pretty textural and interesting. I proceeded to use various colors and paper towels and sponges to create this piece. No brush used at all. Not very environmentally sound, but I do like the final painting.

Since the theme in the window was loosely related to Valentine's Day, or more generally about love, all kinds of love, my idea here was to make it look a bit like an old Valentine's postcard.

For this mixed media piece, I used and 8 x 8 wood board. I applied a few colors of acrylic paint, used a few rubber stamps and the very top layer of a decorative napkin for texture. The verbiage was composed by my friend Bill since this is a gift he is giving his wife for Valentine's Day.

This is another 8x8 on wood with the same materials and techniques as the painting above.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Word is ART Event!

I'm excited to share this upcoming event. I'm going to be the featured artist at the gallery for 3 weeks. Which means my work is in the window and there's an evening event to come see art and have some fun. In addition, 20% of all sales of my art during the three weeks will go to support BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center. If you're in the area, I would love it if you came by.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Envelope Exchange

This December I participated in an envelope exchange through the Society for Calligraphy. The calligraphy is a variation of copperplate. It was really fun to create this snowy scene. I received a very cute snowman design envelope from Florence!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Word is ART

I am ecstatic to tell you about a new gallery that is going to open on the 17th of November. And...I'm going to be an artist in the gallery! My good friend Renee Troy has had a dream to open her own gallery for as long as I have known her. About six weeks ago, Renee rented a beautiful space in Culver City and has been collecting artists and fixing up the place at record speed. It's shaping up beautifully. Above is the invitation I made up for the opening. Below is a sampling of just some of the artists' work. 

I've dabbled in watercolors and in jewelry making, but I never imagined I would be in a gallery. I know this will be a wonderful experience of growth for me. I am eternally grateful to Renee for continuing to be a shining example of creativity, strength and courage to move forward in life and keep evolving.

Below are examples of some of my work in the gallery. If you're anywhere near the area, it would be wonderful if you came by to check it out.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Oh So Beautiful Paper

I'm thrilled to share a post on Oh So Beautiful Paper . Several calendars are featured...and the one I did for Sugar Paper (see previous post) was one of them!

Monday, October 15, 2012

 I'm so excited to show you the lettering I did for Sugar Paper's new calendar! I love their choice to print in white on craft. Hope you like it too.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Style

The style I"m using here is based on a popular new font, Carolyna. I've gotten lots of requests recently to do this script which is nice because I always have fun utilizing a wide variety of styles!

Friday, August 17, 2012


I was cleaning out a cabinet full of supplies for mixed media projects (finally!) and found this scrap of lettering I had done at least a couple of years ago. I think it was something I was going to use for a round robin journal group I participated in. Anyway, I threw away tons of useless stuff I had collected over the years but thought this was kind of fun to show you.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Script Table Names

I just completed these table name signs for a client. Since the pointed pen can only make a line so thick, after doing the lettering with the gold gouache, I went back in with my pen to make all the thick lines thicker. The style is a variation of copperplate.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wedding Invitation

This invitation is another pretty one produced by Sugar Paper. The client had requested this style of calligraphy for their names and then later wanted to add a coordinating monogram. The bride, Rebecca, really wanted an interesting ampersand to help make their monogram unique. Using pointed pen, copperplate style, I was able to create something she was happy with. I always find it especially inspiring and exciting to design something totally new and customized for each invitation.

Saturday, July 14, 2012


A friend and favorite client of mine, was asked to contribute a piece of fabric to be incorporated into the chuppah for an upcoming wedding. Janis came to me to letter this quote onto a handkerchief that she provided. It's fourteen inches square and very thin. I went to the art store to get fabric markers, but they didn't have the calligraphy tip that I wanted. I bought several pens and thankfully one of them worked without bleeding ~ the Marvy calligraphy marker. I sketched out the quote on tissue paper then using my light box, tautly taped the handkerchief over the layout and did my writing. I had to work fast to prevent any bleeding so it would have been better in the end to use a fabric marker. I'm just happy Janis liked it and hope the bride and groom do, too!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Giving Tree

Bunny Luv is a rabbit shelter, rescue and resource center that I have been involved with for years. They recently did a fundraiser and asked me to create this poster for them. It's 50 x 92 inches! Since I have a small apartment, I taped the paper to a wall in the hallway outside my place to do the painting. A couple of neighbors were hoping it would remain on the wall since it added some nice color! I used acrylic paint for the tree and bunny. When I realized it would take forever to paint individual leaves (what was I thinking?), I tried making a leaf stamp out of a sponge, then a potato, but they just didn't look right. I ended up making a leaf out of cardboard, dipped it in paint and used that as a stamp. 

I cut apples out of red construction paper and lettered in white gouache. Each apple has a donation amount and the gift you will win when you donate. Some are gift cards to stores, products and services. When a donation is made in that amount and a gift chosen, the apple is removed from the tree. If you're interested in donating, you can go to Bunny Luv's website.

At the base of the tree is a painting of my sweet 9 year old rabbit Mocha. He passed away in February and I couldn't resist this tribute to him. Mocha was a rescue from Bunny Luv and I used to call him my velvet boy because his Rex fur was so so soft. He used to hang out with me whenever I was on the computer. I miss him terribly. 

Because my other rabbit, Maddie, also from Bunny Luv, was so lonely after Mocha died, I had to get her a new companion. Also a rescue, Dashell, has become our new family member. When I brought in the poster to add the calligraphy, I had it draped over my coffee table to work on it. The photos below will show you how that went! Dashell is the multicolored rabbit, Maddie, the gray and white.

Funny, it doesn't smell like a tree!

Hey, where's the trunk?
And finally, hiding underneath the tented coffee table. Peekaboo!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sweet 16

My good friend Susan's daughter Cody, whom I adore, recently celebrated her 16th birthday. When I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she requested I do several of her favorite Dr. Seuss quotes on canvas. It was my pleasure and joy do this piece for her. I surprised Cody by including three of her own fantastic illustrations in the piece. Cody is a very talented artist. Check out her work here .

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Bright New Year

I don't often do illustration, so when this request came from a client, I was happy to oblige. They provided some tree images that they particularly liked and I went about sketching the trees to surround the photo they would place in the center. Sugar Paper then set type and letter pressed the cards in this happy yellow.