Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Painting and Poem

I did this for my friend
Judy and used one of her
favorite poems by Emily
Dickinson. The prominent
calligraphy is the most
known verse of the poem
but I also incorporated
verses two and three.
I used gouache, acrylics,
brushes, sponges and
calligraphy pens.

Holiday Gifts

This was my gift to Susan. She and I met thirty-four years ago on our college tennis team and have been great friends ever since.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did this for my favorite 13 year old, Cody. She is the daughter of my very good friend Susan. Cody is an amazingly creative, bright, sweet girl and I adore her!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Calligraphy!

I don't think I've done my own card for several years now. I'm usually so busy with work this time of year that I don't make the time to do one. I was determined to make one this year! It's a letter pressed card. Now, if I could just get someone else to address them for me! Best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday and happy, healthy new year!

Holiday Envelopes

This year I had fun using a couple of different envelopes. I love the polka dot, and the white on that deep red is a favorite of mine.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Where I Live Journal Pages

Work has been non-stop which is wonderful. I finally sneaked in the time to do some journal pages for the journal group I'm in. This journal's theme is Where I live.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Long Shot

Okay, this is probably really silly but...there's an amazing interior
designer that I've seen on Oprah, Nate Berkus. He can take a space and make the most of it. I've been working as a full time freelance calligrapher for over twenty years and I've never had a room just for my work, never a studio. I work in a teeny tiny space meant to be a small dining room that is 8'x7'. My work has spilled over into every room of my apartment. Anyway, on the Oprah website you can email photos of your place and explain why you need Nate. So I figured what the heck, what have I got to lose. Here's a piece of art I sent hoping to draw a little attention. I know it's a long shot, but wish me luck because I could really use a home makeover!!

Monday, November 23, 2009


In C Magazine, my calligraphic monogram was featured on the "What's Hot" page! I designed and lettered it, and it was beautifully letterpressed by Sugar Paper.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Calligraphy Monogram

My talented friend Xandra has a brand new fabulous item on her Etsy. She's creating hand lettered custom snowflake monograms and they're beautiful! Check it out.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holiday Card and Gift Tag

A new card design by Sugar Paper with my calligraphy incorporated.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Store Front Calligraphy

I was so thrilled to see my calligraphy on the front window of Sugar Paper, one of my biggest clients! I've been doing calligraphy for many years and I still get a kick out of seeing my work in different applications. They blew it up from letters that were about 1/4 inch in height.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shipping Tag

Here's the tag I used to mail the Angels painting.

Shooting Star

Here's the second painting for another art exchange. Basically the same colors as my last painting (I have
got to get more acrylic paints!). With this one I added a little bit of texture with matte medium and some handmade paper bits. Above is the address tag for the outside of the package. This is so much fun!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Angels Painting

My first time painting on canvas! I was invited to participate in an art exchange by my good friend and fabulous mixed media artist Renee Troy. Renee also inspired me to have a go at using a canvas. Of course, I had no idea what I was doing, but I took out my limited collection of acrylic paints and went for it. I tried doing a layering technique that I had seen Jackie Sullivan do in a demo she did for the Society for Calligraphy. I did multiple layers using matte medium or a fixative spray in between, then finished it off with the final quote in calligraphy. So much fun!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog Award Honor

I've just been honored by Elizabeth Golden, whose wonderful blog is The Last Door Down the Hall . I'm so delighted that people enjoy my blog. I've met some many incredible people and seen such amazing artwork. I would like to share this award with some of those people of whom I am in such awe and who continually inspire me!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Play

I've got tons of work waiting for me but couldn't resist doing something quick for Halloween!

Some silly envelope addressing

Fall colors in Santa Monica...what?

Mocha clearing for take off

Maddie planning to stowaway!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Floating Journal

This topic was a tricky one. The closest I could come to the sensation of floating was my experience with hypnosis. Many years ago after a year long program, I became a certified clinical hypnotherapist. It was really interesting. Hypnosis is the tool and the underlying work as a therapist is really psychology. It was a great experience with a lot of personal growth and the opportunity to meet many fascinating people. Anyway, I was enticed back into calligraphy with an abundance of work and a love of the art.

Floating Journal

Sunday, October 25, 2009

350 Mixed Media Piece

This is the piece I bought yesterday at Zinnia and I love it. It was created by Joe Carrion .

Saturday, October 24, 2009

350 Art

Zinnia , a fantastic store in Pasadena with lots of tempting goodies for a variety of mixed media projects, hosted a gallery show for today's international environmental event. They gave out 350 5x5 wood blocks to participating artists. I would love to have been a contributor but was too late in discovering the project. Each piece sold for 350 pesos (about $26.) and a portion of the sales went to the organization. Here are a couple of photos of the amazing wall of art.

Today is the International day of climate action. People are speaking out all over the world in different ways. Take a minute to check it out if you can here and at

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A to Z Flower Book

Here's the book all put together with the cover and a bit of ribbon on the binder ring. For the cover I used a piece of scrapbook paper.

Flower Book Spread

Here's my little book all fanned out. The pages are held together with a binder ring.

Flower Book Unassembled

The Society for Calligraphy had their 35th anniversary party today and I wanted to make something for the silent auction.
So, I started this little 3x3 book idea I had at 8pm last night. Talk about procrastination! Anyway, I stopped at 3:30am and got up early and finished it at 9:30 this morning for the 11am party. I guess $75 was too high so nobody bid on it : ( I'm going to give a monetary donation to the society and keep my little book!

Saturday, October 10, 2009


The Deborah Award was created and bestowed on me by my friend Ces , brilliant artist, writer, thinker, friend, human. It warms my heart and is a great honor to receive. I am passing it on to my deserving and very good friends, Renee and Xandra
. As well as being amazing artists, they both embody courage, faith and hope and I love them.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lisa and Misha

I did this painting for my good friend Lisa. Lisa and her family adopted Misha when she was a young dog. Often dogs that are pets of homeless people become hyper vigilant about protecting their master. This was the case with Misha which made her unpredictable and a biter. Trainers told Lisa to put Misha down, that she would never be a good family pet. Lisa was dedicated to rehabilitating Misha and providing a good home for her. Through patience, love and determination, from Lisa and Misha, she was able to relax into being the beautiful, sweet dog that she was always meant to be.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New Journal Page 2

Here's the right page of the journal. I kept trying to think of funny outrageous things but out came serious thoughts as well.

New Journal Page

I just finished this page for a member of the journal round robin group I'm in. Debbie's a very inspiring artist and coming up with something to fit her "Outrageous" theme really made me s-t-r-e-t-c-h. I didn't realize how much I think inside the box until this challenge came along!
(By the way, all but 2 of the letters here are suspended on metal springs : )

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sticks and Brushes

In an effort to come up with new menu ideas, I used a stick to quickly letter the first example, then a brush for
the second one.


I did the calligraphy and layout for this menu for a client of Mindy Weiss
. It is a variation on copperplate calligraphy.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


I had fun playing
with the flourishes
on this card to create
one cohesive shape.
I chose a highly
textured paper making
it that much harder
to do!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sugar Paper Holiday Mailer

I was asked to do this style of writing for the Sugar Paper holiday mailing this year.
I've not really done a layout like this with the flourishes extending off the card. The "kindly deliver to" was pressed in white on the face of the envelope with the addressee below.I love the way it came out in letterpress!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Animal Journal Page

The finished journal page with a title and quote added.

Mocha & Maddie

Here's a painting I just did of my two rabbits on the couch. It's the beginning of an entry in another artist's journal. I will be adding some lettering, but first I have to think of something to write!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Wedding Vows

I just today completed this job for a client. He is giving it to his wife for their anniversary. The lemon watercolor addition to the piece represents the lemon groves in Ravello, Italy.

The textured paper the client wanted presented a slight challenge with the calligraphy. Thankfully he chose a style I call antique italic, which has rough edges and some broken lines, so it worked out fine for the look I was trying to achieve.

Once again, I had a great time doing the painting!

Watercolor Lemon Branch

Here's a close-up of the little watercolor painting at the top of the vows. It's less than 2 inches square! The couple visited Ravello, Italy which is nestled among lemon groves.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Plant Journal

This is the journal page I created using the gestural calligraphy to which I was recently introduced. The journal's theme is plants so this was perfect for my Lotusland pictures!

Gestural Writing

I recently took a class on gestural writing from the wonderful and talented Yves Leterme. This style of writing has a different flow and energy than what I usually do. It's hard but fun and I'm going to keep practicing!


Lotusland is an amazing 37 acre botanical gardens located in Santa Barbara, California
. There are 26 different gardens there! It was incredible to see such rare and exotic plants.