Monday, May 20, 2013

Illustration Friday: Liquid

Liquid Not Included

I went to dinner a few weeks ago at a beautiful restaurant at the top of the hill with a commanding view of the Pacific ocean.   There was a mass of miniature rowboats tacked up on the wall, and I thought, 'Wow, that's really neat.  I wonder where they are floating to, all going upward like that.'  

Oh, look, there's another dead fish in my drawing.  Why the preoccupation with dead fish, I wonder?  I blame Ted Blackman.

I'm closing up shop for a few months to work on a project and spend time with family and friends.  Have a wonderful summer (or winter)!  See you later, alligator!

Making Peace with the Monster Within

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Illustration Friday: Farewell

Too Little Too Late

What I want to write has nothing to do with that picture.  That picture is kind of sad.  Originally, the fish had no eyeball, but my younger daughter was horrified and upset with me, so I relented.  

Forget about the picture.  What I really want to write is Thank You.  Thank you for visiting and leaving  encouraging words.  Thank you for not throwing in the towel, like I so often want to do when things get me down.  Traveling around the world through the interweb and seeing the unflagging hope and cheer and happiness and humor in your posts and artwork were exactly what I needed to get that ol' merry-making machine cranking again.  She just needed a little grease, that's all.  :)

And while I'm at it, I also want to salute and thank all the men and women in uniform, overseas and here at home, all the first responders and spontaneous helpers who risk their lives and rush into dangerous situations to help people in need.  Too often, they are unsung and under-appreciated.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Farewell and thank you, too, to Penelope of Illustration Friday.  Thank you for creating an amazingly nurturing and inspiring community of artists.  Some of the people I hold dearest I have met through IF.

Good grief, this is starting to sound like a retirement speech at a work party.

Oh, before I go, I wanted to share with you pictures of a photo album that Ana of Albumes Artesanales Y más created for a special young client.  Her craftsmanship is fantastic!  You can see more of her gorgeous albums at  Thanks, Ana!

(photos courtesy of Ana)

I hope you have a beautiful and energizing and mind-bogglingly amazing weekend!

*EDIT:  Just to be clear, I'm not retiring.  You can't get rid of me that easily.  :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wild

There was supposed to be some accompanying story here.  Something about a little girl who accidentally fell from a passing cloud and was rescued by a giant bat who adopted her.  It was supposed to be a happy story, but then this week happened and all the happiness in me has shriveled up.  My internal merrymaking machine is broken.

What a tragic week for America.  Cowards planting deadly bombs, someone mailing poison,  a Justice of the Peace murdering people for retaliation, first responders and dozens of citizens dying in a horrific explosion in Texas, and a Senate refusing to listen to the people because of selfishness and cowardice.

I have never been an activist.  I don't even like to ask people to buy things for my kids' fundraisers.  But when it comes to the safety of my family, I will do what it takes.  As you probably know, the Senate yesterday voted down a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases, even though numerous polls show that around 90% of Americans support it.  We can sit here and blame our politicians, but we should also be blaming ourselves.  Their inaction is due to our inaction.  If you are unhappy with the way your state's Senators voted yesterday, please take a few minutes to contact them via email or phone to let them know your disappointment.  If you do not know how your Senators voted, please click here.  Senators are not mind readers.  They need to know where their constituents stand.  One bee buzzing alone can be ignored.  The buzzing of a thousand little bees can resonate like thunder.  I have been contacting my Senators and showing my support.  I urge you to let your voice be heard too.

I wish someone could just wrap their arms around me and tell me that everything will be okay.  Maybe I need to go find myself a giant mama bat.  Now excuse me.  I need to find some spare parts to fix my merrymaking machine.  It is seriously broken.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Illustration Friday: Urban

I remember walking down to the liquor store on Melrose Avenue with my sister and some of the neighborhood kids, tightly clutching my coins and planning out just how I'd spend them.  Oh, the candy selection!  It was probably just a couple of low shelves in front of the cash register, but to a little kid with money to burn it was a wall of brightly colored, sugary goodness.  My favorites were the long, long, long sticks of gum that came in green apple or watermelon flavor and Abba Zabas.  And Fruit Stripe gum, the one with the zebra in the commercial.  Those were fun.  Remember those wax tubes filled with sugar water?  Or the candy cigarettes that really tasted like chalk?  Yep, just a bunch of urban kids enjoying their sugar high.  Good times.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Illustration Friday: Swim

Omg.  Axolotl.  Lol.

For the one who has been circling my head.  xoxo

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Illustration Friday: Talent

It takes a lot of talent to walk on water with a human on your back.  You betcha.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wool

That's as close as I get to drawing a neck.

OMG, something swallowed my squeaky toy!

Emmy & 9 take Frog Hollow by storm with their rousing rendition of Wooly Bully.
Rock on, sistahs.

Good night, everybody!  Drive safe and remember to tip your waiter!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wheel

Planets in my Wheel House

Did I ever tell you that I was once a Mongolian princess?  No?  

When I was in college, I met a woman in one of my psychology seminars.  She was older than the rest of the students, perhaps well into her 40s.  She worked at the graduate library, spoke with a Russian accent, and she became my friend.  She taught me a little about Tibetan Buddhism and took me to see the Dalai Lama twice -- first when he came to our campus and again when he came out to Los Angeles. Whenever there was a bad snow or ice storm and she could not drive home, she would stay with me in my little apartment off campus.  It was during one of these sleepovers that she insisted on giving me a full astrological reading.  Unfortunately, I remember nothing.  Oh, but she did tell me about my past lives.  That, I remember.  She said that all my lives have been female, and in one former life I was a Mongolian princess.

Why is it that whenever people talk about their past lives, they were always someone famous?  

Anyway, if you are wondering why this drawing is unfinished, it's because I lost interest.  I became obsessed with another kind of wheel instead...a chocolate wheel.  :)   I found a recipe for homemade Ding Dogs and had to give it a try.  Yummmmmmmy!  

It has been a very interesting day.  I woke up to the loud drone of four helicopters hovering in the sky.  A massive manhunt for a cop killer is underway in Southern California.  Then I was serenaded by this incredibly suave and handsome individual, singing one of my favorite standards of all time.  And for the first time in my life, someone said to me, "Have fun with your ding dong!"

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wings

It must be tough being just a floating head.  I mean really.  No one to really talk to, no one who truly understands, no fingers to scratch an itch.  I felt bad for my crazy haired ocean bobber from my last post, so I gave her two sisters to keep her company.   Then again, maybe that wasn't such a hot idea.  No fingers to plug their ears.  Hmm.   I call this series:

Things in My Hair

Emma:  She has a bowling ball eye.
Me:  Yes.  Yes, she does.

And this I call:

Hare in my Things

Needle felting is sooooo therapeutic!  I'm hooked.  And bleeding.

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Illustration Friday: Ocean

Sometimes I wish I were oceans away from here, a million miles away from now.

Thank you to Indigene and Lisa Rivas for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!  Given the greatness of their talent and their ability to uplift and challenge and motivate, I find it very humbling and flattering to be named by them.  Thank you!  

According to the rules, I am supposed to pass this award to 15 people, but come can I possibly limit myself to 15 when everyone I have met here has given me reason to smile and dream and to continue making art.  Even when I am feeling down and empty, my friends give me gentle nudges to continue.  Balance the bad with the good.  You know who you are.  Thank you.  Please accept this award from me to you.

And, as per the rules, I am supposed to list seven things about myself.  Ready?

1.  A few years ago, I participated in a tennis tournament and came away with a trophy-- Best Personality, a consolation for sucking so badly at the game.
2.  I am also a wretched swimmer.  
3.  My dog can only spin counter clockwise.
4.  I recently noticed that I rub my feet together right before I fall asleep.
5.  I grew up near Paramount Pictures with a view of the Hollywood sign out my window.
6.  As a little girl, I had an irrational fear of running water.
7.  Coffee ice cream sprinkled with Oreo crumbs that were sauteed in butter until crunchy.  Heaven.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Let this be the year
for positive change
for renewed faith in humanity
for peace and understanding.

Wishing you a happy new year filled with wonder and love.