Welcome back

Sitting down at my desk combing through papers, I discovered a piece of work that I abandon ages ago.  I can look at an unfinished painting or drawing with fresh eyes, such discoveries fill me with the inspiration to finish what I started. Welcome back!

A windows daydream… Water color, pen on paper.




Not keeping up with the times

So I wrote a letter…  not a text message, or an email but a hand written note using paper and a pen.

I have a friend who enjoys writing letters, occasionally she will write to me.  Feeling a spark of creativity on Sunday, I decided to finally reply to one of her letters, I included this sketch to adorn the front of my letter.

Marker & color pencil



#CED2014  #Marchtransition

Creative Everyday

Heart and Soul

Art and the heart- Wandering through life, whatever  the day may bring I take joy in creating. Drawing, painting, experiencing that first wash of color  leaves me joyful, grounded and all around thankful. Today I got lost the best way I know how, with a pen and paper.

What makes your soul jump for joy?!





Your the best!

Sometimes its the little things in life we are given that have the most meaning.

A recent drawing my daughter made of the two of us, it made my day!




olivia art




The dreaded white blank canvas

I have all good intentions to create, to draw out the ideas swimming in my mind. Over the course of the day life happens and I slowly dismiss all my creative nudges. At the end of the day when I didn’t make the time to do what I love, I am grumpy and irritable.  And this brings me to the dreaded blank canvas, the one I stare at on a daily basis. My goal is to allow myself one minute, one stroke of the brush one line of the pencil at a time to make my art. Some days a few minutes is all I have, and by allowing myself to enjoy the process of beginning maybe that is all I need.

-where the white blank canvas lives…..



Inspiration comes in many forms, the following is a list of recent books I found helpful and thought provoking:

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Sound of Paper, by Julia Cameron

Hero, by Rhonda Byrne

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Year of the horse








The Chinese New Year begins January 31, 2014, it is the year of the horse. Throwback to 2010, a pastel collage I created from a collection of newspapers from Philadelphia Chinatown.

#12 yrof tiger

Fortune, luck and good things to the New Year!

The Calendar 

About the Chinese New Year 

But its cold outside….

Happy 2014! Be bold, dare to dream and focus within.

Starting the year off with a return to Creative Everyday Challenge for the month of January. This month’s theme is:

Past Present and Future

A frigid snow day brought forth a creative fun day. I dusted off my watercolor box, sifted through piles- dug out some paper  (ok organization should be my resolution) and created this months challenge.

past present future

To learn more about the monthly challenge visit Leah at  Creative Everyday

Playground whimsy in the abstract

My creation for Lilla Rogers 2013 Global Talent Search. Theme:The Playground. Idea to create a journal cover design making use of classic play equipment.


Stage 1



pen and color pencil



Lilla Rogers Studio


Wandering inspiration

A weekend spent wandering around Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My husband and I spent time driving around Pennsylvania Dutch Country with a map in hand and no particular place to go. I was inspired by the historic towns, unique shops and sprawling farm land.  Along the way I captured some images that caught my eye.

Hope you enjoy the ride….


Lancaster has many covered bridges, 25 to be exact unfortunately we only found one.DSCF2948

Driving through Terre Hill, the delicate iron work at this cemetery caught my eye, had to stop and take a picture –  the clouds rolled in, in time for a dramatic shot.DSCF2951

A stop in Litiz. Chocolate!  Enough said…….DSCF2946

Fancy teapot display at Wilbur Chocolate Factory. DSCF2943


Couldn’t pass this up, had to check out the store. DSCF2941


More information on Lancaster PA:

City of Lancaster, PA

Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Things to do in Lancaster

Lancaster Arts

Doodling up the last day of November

Day 30 last day of November and for  Art Every Day Month . Thanks to Leah Piken Kolidas for creating this challenge. It has been fun, and challenging to create something everyday,  some days felt like an effort to pick up the pencil to draw.  But I happily made it to the end, my last post of November: Doodling with inspiration on the mind…

believe sketchcreatesketch

Until next time…   #aedm2012