Thursday, October 16, 2014

It is with the deepest possible sadness that we must tell you that Nita passed away on Tuesday.

Her art was incredibly important to her - we are so grateful to this community for your support of her and her projects. She was constantly creating, and greatly valued the opportunity to share her work with you.

For more information and her obituary, you may visit:
Davis Funeral Home

Please keep us in your thoughts - she was a beloved wife, mother, and friend, and will be missed more than words can say.

Take care,
Nita's husband Jim, and daughter Tracy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

fringed bear

This started as an idle shape and turned into the unexpected.

Mixed media in the Hand Book sketchbook.

Monday, October 13, 2014

chip bag folds

stiff folds of paper are difficult to indicate--complex!

2B pencil in the Hand Book journal.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

in the wind

Sat down with no plan, she emerged.

Pencil on Aquabee Superdeluxe.

Friday, October 10, 2014

criss cross

pen and colored pencil in a thing labeled "multi-drawing book"

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

testing a .01 Tikky Graphic

I dislike such fine points, but I see how useful they are.

Random paper.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Skool assignment

From this session's Sketchbook Skool, Storytelling.

Pen and w/c on Aquabee SuperDeluxe.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Imagining a creature

Testing a brush on softpress 140# paper. So much better for watercolors!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

piled fabric

A common scene when the weather changes and I keep trying layers for cold.

Watercolor and pen on drawing paper.

Friday, October 03, 2014

flying high

Testing a w/c paper that came with a lot of kinds from Legion Paper.

Watercolor pencil.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Four imagined flowers

Inspired by a similar piece, I created this one.

Mixed media on 140# watercolor paper.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

the smoothness of hot press paper

Completely smooth ice-like flow with a pen. Delightful!

Monday, September 29, 2014

snails and fish

Working with color and expression to move forward.

Mixed media on Aquabee Superdeluxe

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jack Kornfeld quote

From his book A Lamp in the Darkness

Friday, September 26, 2014

adding texture

In the journal.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Trying an easel w/c on toothed w/c paper, pencil added and web.

Don't like the texture for pencil, but it's all about trying things.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

baseball guy

This guy's hair fascinated me--all combed forward from the crown of his head.

From a photo in the Globe.

Pen in the journal.

Monday, September 22, 2014

dog in the paper

Copying a little photo in the Globe.

Pen on the newspaper.

Friday, September 19, 2014

the 2 basics

We use them almost every meal.

Black w/c pencil (dry) in the journal.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

a doodle that grew

I kept adding things and ended up kind of liking him. An imagined dog.

Pencil, Blue is w/c; yellow is acrylic, for no particular reason

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

inspired by Andrea Joseph

Fun to fill in patterns.

Pen on paper, duh.

Friday, September 12, 2014

the global sketching inspiration, Danny Gregory

Drawn from a photo he posted online. Founder of Drawing Matters, Sketchbook Skool, and creator of many inspirational books of great sketchers.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

last live drawing

of my beloved Chaucer, before I have to give him away.

He's been with us 12 years; but I can't live with him any more. He's going to a new home.

w/c pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

table jumble

Continuing to practice what I learned from Andrea Joseph's videos in Sketchbook Skool.

On Rhodia paper with the teeny dots--so smooth, and a Papermate Profile ballpoint pen that doesn't blob at all.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

for the patient

A cheery bundle with balloon. A tight bundle in a big glass bowl.

Hard charcoal pencil in the journal.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Drawing on Labor Day

Best play AND work of all on Labor Day--drawing!

Green pencil in the journal.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Matisse the Master

Drawing the photo on the cover the the book by Hilary Spurling.

Liquid ink pen on typing paper.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Selfie practice

My current goal in selfie drawing--to give myself level eyes. I think they're level in reality, but seldom in my drawings.

Prismacolor pencil on random laid paper.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

a drawn facsimile

Attempting a drawn version.

On Aquabee Superdeluxe paper.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

a sunflower for a native Kansan

This was a wonderful gift. Having grown up in Kansas, a sunflower has special significance somehow. Love the glowing yellow!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

smeary pencil

Idly messy, capturing more as he actually stayed still.

Pencil on Aquabee Superdeluxe.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

recipe for crunchy eggplant stocks

Watching Dr. Who (David Tennant years) and enjoying my yummy new snack, crunchy eggplant sticks. Creamy and crunchy at the same time.

Friday, August 22, 2014

drawing what's in front of me

Colored pencil on Aquabee Superdeluxe.

I draw little things and paste them into the journal.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Practicing the bear

Drawing, watching a movie, recording the moment.

Pen on Aquabee Sketchbook paper

Saturday, August 16, 2014

All that hair!

Clipped from an Aquabee Superdeluxe sketchbook and pasted into the journal.

Pencil, duh.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Junior Fritz Jacquet's tube faces

On amazing artworks are posted. Sorry for no direct link today, the computer is fighting me.

These are made from toilet paper tubes, squished by Junior Fritz Jacquet into expressive faces. Check him out.

Pencil in the PPP journal

use it or it really IS wasted

Afraid to waste paint? Leave it in the tube to dry or leak or harden.

Or USE it with a brush and surface. Something good will come out, even if it's just in the joy of splashing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rotring Tikky Graphic pens

These flow so well! Never a skip, a hestitation. This is a .01, which is larger than other pens of that size.

Doodling int he smooth paper journal.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Picasso quote

Dust is too mild a word. How about chaos, or pain, or stress or burden . . . those seem more accurate to what making art means to me.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

red bunnies

Strathmore drawing paper pasted into the journal. One nose escaped.

Friday, August 08, 2014

hatched cat, learning from Andrea Joseph

Inspired by Andrea Joseph, from Sketchbook Skool. I'm finally getting the hang of hatching

Pitt S marker on Aquabee Superdeluxe

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The best can opener

Never fails, good in a power outage, doesn't take up counter space.

Bic Cristal pen on Aquabee Superdeluxe paper.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

flower doodle

Pen in the Peter Pauper Press journal

Monday, August 04, 2014

rugged cowboy

This is actually a published writer, whose picture was in the Globe.

Maybe he's a cowboy, too.

Ballpoint pen on Aquabee Superdeluxe paper.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

180-degree paws

He had one front paw pointing west and the other pointing east.

An interesting, different shape for a cat pose.

Colored pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Green Lizzie

Green ballpoint in the PPP journal. A lot of writing shows through from the back.

Blue Jay

From 2 photos, overlapped.

Colored pencil on Strathmore drawing paper.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blue DeNiro, Sr.

Quickly paused video, in the HBO documentary on Robert DeNiro, Sr., painter. In that moment, his teeth were oddly irregular.

Colored pencil on drawing paper.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

floating cat

Apparently he's on a floating cushion, I liked the impression so didn't bother with the base.

I wet the w/c pencil for the cushion, what a difference in intensity!

On Strathmore drawing paper.

Monday, July 28, 2014

yet another nap

A familiar pose and place.

Aquabee superdeluxe paper

Friday, July 25, 2014

wonky blue teakettle

I've always found it hard to draw the proportions and curves of this! Used multiple times every day, seldom studied as closely as this

Colored pencil in a Peter Pauper Press journal.