Illustration, Art Journals, Photography, and anything that moves me!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Going shopping

Well, I'm off to the stores today. I'm trying to find the "Fragile" tape made by Scotch. I'm not sure where to find it except for online. The tape is about 3.50 but shipping would be 7.00 so I'm hoping to find it in the stores. I've already tried Staples, Office Max, and Target. Then I'm going to stop by REI and see if they have any cool shoes I need. (Maybe bunny slippers) Well, I'm off!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

This wonderful illustration is by the fabulous Kim Carney

Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with friends, family and love!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This makes me very happy!

When I lived in California ages ago, I bought this exact mobile from somewhere in San Francisco. I can't remember where I got it. It hung lovingly for over 14 years either above my bed in my bedroom or above my son's bed when he was little. It finally got so old and dusty that I threw it away. I have been looking for one just like it and I found it! I'm sure this is the same maker. The quality is superb! I'm going to buy one as soon as I can. Here is the link

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Favorite ornaments and favorite child

Or, hmmm,,, I should say "only" child.
Remember these spinners from the 50's? You put them over lights and the little metal spinny things spin in the middle. I have a bunch of them, they are my favorite ornaments.
Some of them have little melted plastic spots because the lights were bigger in the 50's and some of the ornaments got too hot. I have seen them recently reproduced from the vintage style of the 50's.

Back to my favorite son. This is before the band concert. How nice is that?

8 x 10 inch journal page

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We may not be quite like what we seem

As I was making art today I didn't know this would evolve from me,,,, but I think it would make a good poster. It's about appearances, outside and inside. I made this piece after watching Oprah's show on domestic violence. Somehow this piece ended up as a page for Katie's journal. Art is like that for me,,,, I often don't know what I am going to create, I let the piece speak for me. This piece needed to be heard.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Here is a portion of my Santa collection. I really love Belsnickels and I have a few but they are too tall for my case. They are on my mantle. Click large to get a better look.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

The Little Things Illustration Friday

Do you remember the little things in life when you were a small child? Like opening a brand new box of 64 count crayons. Yummmmmm, the smell. And like wearing your favorite costume for days on end, and even to bed? I wouldn't take mine off, unless my mom made me when it was time for a bath!

available in my shop

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


I visited the Tacoma Glass Museum a couple of weekends ago. The museum itself was closed but the walkway bridge to the museum is always open. I feel if you see this you don't even need to go to the museum. These photos are taken looking up into the ceiling of the bridge. Isn't it amazing! I could stand there and look up forever.

Click on the image to see the LARGE version, amazing!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Busy Day

It snowed here in Seattle today. But luckily the rain melted it all and I can get out to go to work tomorrow. I made Christmas cards today and finished a page for my friend Katie's journal. I also made another painting, "Sister's in Bunny Slippers" for my Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


I am practicing just living in the moment. Living is not about living in the present in each and every day, but about living in the moment of each and every second. When I find myself in the moment there is great peace, there is just me. I am just me and nothing more.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Journal Book

I can't wait to see this new book. It is available for pre-order on Amazon,,,,,,, and I have a few entries in it! Yipee! Great Job, Dawn!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Bunny Slippers and New Purse

Bunny slippers and new purse
This is my latest painting. I am happy with the brightness of it and the background texture. I love Golden's molding paste because it drys quickly. I have been using it on a lot of my pieces lately. I'm also into a thing with bunny slippers. I never grew out of my desire to have waaaay cute slippers! They should make children's slippers in womens sizes.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

110 Glistening Eggs

110 Glistening Eggs
Originally uploaded by Christina Romeo
I just love Christina's work. Here is another one of her textile pieces. You can find her etsy shop in her flickr profile.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Four houses

I was so busy today. I did have time to create this. I like how it came out, and I am always reminded of how wonderful cheesecloth is. Can you guess the size? In the 1980's I had a greeting card company and I made cards with cheesecloth for texture. They were abstract and the texture was the main focus.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My Pet Turtle

I am on strike, well as far as household chores go. No errands, no taking care of things, just a day of making art.
I wanted to make something a little different today, so here's what I painted. I also made some aceo's that look similiar. I like that it is a little different but still has the feel of my other work. It is available in my shop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Journal Page

I'm feeling very frustrated today. I NEED more time to make art. I think I need to sell my home, buy a condo in a less expensive environment, near water or trees, or both, and make art to my hearts content. But then, how would I pay for my health insurance?

Friday, November 9, 2007

Letting go...journal page

I took a day off of work today. I went to the thrift store, something I love to do but never have enough time. I found and old watercolor paper tablet and a book on pencil drawing, how cool is that?
Here is another journal page. I made the art first then I'll add text later tonite.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Journal page

Journal page
I've been working on some journal pages that are not bound in a book. Well, not yet. My idea is to make single pages and then bound them into a book later. I like working on a single page sometimes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Hat, Illustration Friday

This is my entry for IF. I had a hard time with this one, and I'm not sure why. I make hats all the time, on my curious creatures. Well, maybe its just timing, I'm in a more serious mood today. This is an artist trading card size.
It is for sale here

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Artist you should know about

These journals are made by the talented artist Celeste Douville. I had the pleasure of meeting her at our artist meet up at Third Place Books. She creates amazing journals. She uses lots of layers, paint, and texture. I like the freeness of her work. She also makes PMC jewelry. You can see more of her work in her shop.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

If I knew you

"If I knew you and you knew me"

Mixed Media piece created on 5 x 7 x 1.5 thick gallery wrapped canvas. Fabric used in the background for texture, titanium white acrylic paint given for added texture. Collaged text from an old book.

Latest journal page

Journal page

I hope you had a nice halloween, we only had one trick or treeter. We live on the bottom of a culdesac and most of the action was up the hill!

Here is my latest page.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


I'm working on a theme called "Silence". This piece measures 11 x 14 inches and is on gallery wrapped canvas. I used artist canvas to cover the mouth and the word Silence is underneath. I stitched the torn canvas piece to the main part of the canvas using book binding thread.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Textile art

I spotted this crochet piece in an antique store in Port Townsend yesterday. Simply amazing! It was almost life size. It made me wonder about the artist and where he/she is today. Click on the photo to see large size detail.

Friday, October 19, 2007

These are so cool. This one is by Jason Vivona. You can see them all here. Make sure to click on each one, they rotate. I love these I might order the blank set to make some of my own.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Journal pages

I've been working in my journal. I don't write very much, but mostly paint in them. I'm working on getting free-er with my art.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Art Journal Progress

I have been working on my art journal this weekend. These pictures aren't very good, as it is cloudy here in Seattle. I took photos of the back, both covers, and the top.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Starting a new art journal

I am starting another new journal. After the "1,000 Artists Journals project" entries I sent off my journal and I am missing it, so I decided to start another one. It seems I never finish them totally anyway. Here is just the front. I will try to take some pics with my camera when the lighting is better. This is from my scanner. I got the journal from Daniel Smith. I'm not sure if they have these anymore but I really like the rough torn archival watercolor pages in them. I'll be taking more photos of my journal this weekend.

I used a new poster paint type white pen for my identification in her hair! It is a "Pen-touch" quick dry opaque white ink, permanent marker. I love it!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

"Papaya and Lemon"

I have been experimenting with different backgrounds. I love the muslin and the texture it gives. On this piece I have used joint compound. I usually prep 5 pieces at one time, then they are ready when I feel like painting. This piece measures 8 x 8 x 1.5 inches. The colors are much better in person. I use artist grade acrylics and an archival finishing spray.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Textile art patches

The fall weather motivates me to work with fabric more. I love making these little pieces in one sitting.
I made these art patches from images of my own art. The larger one has vinyl over the face of it giving it a polished look. They are stuffed with polyfill and hand stitched.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

I hadn't thought about that

I hadn't thought about that...

I created this piece over the weekend. I like how it turned out. I am so wanting to make fabric/muslin creatures or fabric brooches or something out of fabric. I get this craving when fall comes, there is something soothing about sewing,,,, fabric,,, tactile.

oh yeah, this piece is in my shop.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Artist trading card

This little painting is a mixed media piece, I used a rubber stamp, sharpie marker, graphite, pitt pen, and acrylic.