Saturday, October 31, 2015

Betty's Ire Sparked

Betty's ire began to spark only after she lost the Halloween contest for a costume that was deemed too realistically frightening.  She felt herself becoming one with her disguise...never a good thing.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Apple Doodle aka Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Here's a little apple doodle I did today...always trying to draw, you know?

It really is a drawing of the apple I was eating, but also, two of my friends, John and Maryanne, just got back from a road trip to NYC (thus the Big Apple reference).  Stay tuned, because before the month is out, I will tell you about this brush with fame John has been having with his painted pumpkins, and their appearance on both Good Morning America and tomorrow's, The Chew.
Pretty coolio.

Pen & colored pencils

Monsters' Ball

I had a lot of fun with this black-tie monster bash in honor of the following:  

I'm having an art show this Thursday, 10/29 with a crazy confluence of events.  

It's at 516 Bar and Gallery at 516 1st Street in La Salle. 
Stop by for my art, a Halloween vibe, Blues guitar-playing Steve Cerqua, food, drink, and 
a showing of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."  

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. with the show following.  Oh, yeah.

"Sweet Transvestite" with Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick

Monday, October 26, 2015


I had the urge to draw a little something before I went to bed Sunday.  I think it was my way of not letting the weekend go quite yet.  Of course, I ended up staying up too late and started Monday with my usual exhaustion.  What's a girl driven to draw to do?  Just draw, I guess...and be tired. (-;


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Blue Bonnet

Experimenting tonight and ended up with something looking totally old in the 19th century!  Not sure how it happened, but I don't try to question where my things begin or end...sometimes you don't want to be too inquisitive about mystery.

Oil, Enamel, Ink

Red Dot

Hmm.  Still using my phone to take pictures, putting into Instagram and posting to Facebook and then snipping onto my hard drive and then reposting to my blog.  Gotta get that camera working correctly!  I humbly say, I think my art work isn't showing off to the best of its ability with my roundabout posting approach.  I'll get back to it.  Although, I do notice I have a lot less hits from a certain area in the world now that my images aren't as sharp as the camera would present... hmm.

Anyway, this portrait actually has a much more vibrant, apple green in it than this picture would suggest, and I think a lot more detail.  Nevertheless, here is "Red Dot" as I can best represent her at the moment.

Monday, October 19, 2015


Here's a bit of a surrealistic piece.  I've had it hanging out with me for about 5 months.  Am I done with it?  I don't know.  I stare at it, think I'll flush out the guitar and its frets more, and then think I don't want to touch it.  It just isn't communicating with me well...or maybe it's already told me its enough.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Everyday People

Everyday People

I posted this on Facebook first and then a FB friend put a link to Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" (oh, yes, way before the Black-Eyed Peas (though I love that version as well.)  I told her, and I'll tell you, that it is one of my favorite songs ever (along with "Thank You Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin"), and it was used to such good effect in the movie, "Definitely, Maybe" although it was a favorite of mine waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay before that!

Everyday People

If you're interested, I found the entire "Definitely, Maybe film on YouTube in sped-up French! Voila!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert, and the Most Perfect Weather Ever

Oh, today was one of the most beautiful days on record. It's fall, it's 80 degree, with NO humidity and just gentle breezes.  Oh, my words are so lackluster here.  Please suffice it to say, that I kept thinking all day long and until the sun set, this is one of the most perfect days the Midwest has ever known.  I felt like I floated when I walked, it was so gentle and easy, the warm blowing air cocooning over me. So you can get my drift, here's a little picture of the colors around me--our neighbor's tree across the street.

See what I mean?  Look at those leaves and the color of that sky!  Heaven.

Now here also is heaven.  The book, "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I had it on pre-order from amazon and I received it 2 weeks ago.  I was on vacation that week and read almost all of it, but saved and savored the last bit for today.  Please get it.  It talks of the perseverance in practicing whatever art we want to follow regardless of any outside acclaim.  She talks of having faith in your path and SO MUCH more.  I love you Elizabeth Gilbert!!  I could quote every line in the book.  In fact, I have so many pages dog-eared and underlined and starred it's ridiculous.  Seriously, this tome is one of the best books on creativity I have ever read.

Here's a drawing I did on the inside cover while I was pondering over some of E. G.'s words.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sebastian's Wife Insisted He Dress Like A Chicken

At first Sebastian thought his wife's request to dress like a chicken for Halloween was an indicator of her tongue-in-cheek quirk.  However, when she emerged from her boudoir dressed like the KFC Colonel with a glint in her eye, an uneasy feeling spread through him.  Was this the beginning of some "Gone Girl" nightmare?  He was removing this beak mask and making a run for it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oh, That's Just My Goiter

"Oh, that's just my goiter.  Pay it no mind."

I was off work for a glorious week, and it was so lovely out.  I had all sorts of cleaning and organizational plans, but the fall weather was so heavenly.  I mainly sat outside reveling in the warm sunshine, rustling trees, chirping birds and squirrels, and pure blue skies.  I read, I thought, and I gazed up into the sky.

At one point, I looked up and saw a face floating by in the clouds above.  I grabbed my journal (always by my side) and did a quick contour drawing.  (Ya' know, when you just look at the object and not at your paper?)  When I looked down, I didn't have quite the image I had seen above, but rather this fellow.  He looked like he had a goiter.  Hilarious!  And that's how this drawing came to be.  The end.