Sunday, January 15, 2017



a sunday hello,






a teabag girl







and a flock of pelicans.




have a lovely day!


i will show you later what i am up to today
 (such suspense )

:)







Friday, January 13, 2017



today, a sweet teabag girl.  i used acrylic,

collage, charcoal pencil and hand made papers.






every year i talk about oshogatsu feast, the 

japanese new year day celebration.  






my friend hosts friends and family 

and i am the sous chef.  we stand next to each other

for hours and hours chopping, cooking, preparing, 

presenting the dishes for guests.   many of you

may not be familiar or have ever seen the foods

we eat on this auspicious day so i wanted to show you here.

  i have not missed one oshogatsu in my life! whereever i was in the world,

i came home to be with my family.  when i had my own family

and my parents were older, i carried on the tradition.

now my son, carries on, creating a small feast in chicago.  

















do you carry on family traditions?  i would love to hear of them.

thank you for visiting me at my blog today.

i appreciate your visit and any comments.  



today's post is linked, as is every friday with
friends at paint party friday, hosted by eva and kristen. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017



drawing practice 




a daily practice

hopefully done 

without criticism

without goals

just practice.


Friday, January 6, 2017



i participated in a fiber art swap 





for it, i used crochet pieces from the swap meet  






and made a little crochet teabag book 



the first week of the new year 

has passed.  it feels like a monumental

year.  i don't know why or what will take place,

but i have a sense of expectation.  






it's the sense i get when

i see a flock of

pelicans flying above




posting with friends at paint party friday 




Thursday, January 5, 2017


art journal has caught my fancy






after a hiatus, i am back.

here, exploring 






black gesso background, collage and white chalk pencil.



wondering what you are exploring?








Tuesday, January 3, 2017



i thought you might like to see a a follow up from 

the burn ritual i described in the last post. 

the black portion of this journal spread

is what was burned and glued.  additional paint, acrylic markers,

and journaling was added.   i found this to be a 

satisfying way to complete and transform feelings

in what was a difficult experience for me to process.  








Friday, December 30, 2016


 on this last day of 2016




i continue my daily 





teabag painting practice






using various mediums.






journals of the year stacked together

on my night stand for now. 







some sketches with micron pens,






a water brush and graphite. 






and i wrote a letter about

something that needed to let go.






the letter was burned, 

some ashes added to my journal 

to honor its place in my life

and to say a final goodbye.

while for the most part is has been a full and

wonderful year,



“I've learned a lot this year.. I learned that things

don't always turn our the way you planned,

 or the way you think they should. And I've learned that there are things 

that go wrong that don't always get fixed or get put back together 

the way they were before. I've learned that some broken things stay broken, 

and I've learned that you can get through bad times and 

keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you.” 

jennifer weiner




i am ready for fresh newness in 2017.







also, i say goodbye, once again, to my favorite 

sight every year as i come down my stairs. 



happy new year!

may your days be filled with 

inner peace, joy that you love

and are loved.   



X O X O 


posting with friends at paint party friday,
an online collective of artistic who 
share their work weekly.  Thank you to our
hostesses, Eva and Kristen for another
year of eye candy!