Wednesday, September 30, 2009

30 Days hath September

Butterfly collection
Oh how I wish it had many more days! It flew by so fast.
This is my growing butterfly collection.
New arrangement
New art arrangement on the north wall of our studio/school.

*I haven't forgotten about the last installment of my video painting the flying birdie, I will post it this coming Friday.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

They're here!

The cosmos are here!
The beautiful cosmos have arrived.
September Pages
& with them, inspiration for my late September journal pages.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Autumn leaves intervention

Autumn leaves
Found these on my walk with Turbo and gave them some TLC with my brushes and some paint.
I love the Fall! It's the season I am most inspired by.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Little break

South Wall
I will be taking a little one week break from the blog to get ready
for the new school year with my boys.
My view
I moved some stuff around the studio this weekend.
This is a little sneak peek, I'll show you more when I'm back online...
Until then I wish you a very lovely week.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Manolo's fresh corn tamales

Manolo's fresh blue corn tamales (tamales de elote azul)
Strip the ears of fresh corn with a sharp knife, grind the fresh cut kernels with a "molino". Season the mashed corn with sea salt and put a couple of spoonfuls of the corn puree on fresh husks and wrap them as little presents :) Steam for 10 or 15 minutes (we use the corn "bones" in the bottom of the pot instead of a steamer basket ) and serve with jocoque or yogurt cheese.
He does the cleaning, cutting and grinding and I wrap the little presents :)

Thursday, September 17, 2009


My very talented friend Gustavo Aimar is having a little party
to celebrate his blog's third anniversary and you are all invited!
He has created a special blog called 3 x 3 where he will be posting tiny 3 x 3 cms
(1 1/8" x 1 1/8") works of art by anyone that wants to participate.
These three little birds are my contribution.
I used watercolors, white acrylic ink and a Micron pen on gray bookboard.


If you want to participate email Gustavo at with a
300 dpi
3 x 3 cm (1 1/8" x 1 1/8") jpg file of your artwork with your name,
blog link and the technique or materials you used to make your tiny piece of art.

*He stresses the importance of actually making you art piece
in that small scale and not just adjust any artwork to that size
and format.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Manolo is celebrating Mexico's birthday by making fresh blue corn tamales.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Best present ever!

Best birthday present ever!
This is by far the best present I have ever received on my birthday (yes, today is my birthday!). My son Daniel (age 11), carved that Snoopy (my all time favorite character) out of balsa foam, painted it with acrylic paints & a sharpie marker and made him the perfect red house out of cardboard! He surprised me early this morning with it. He had been really sneaky and secretive about what he was making me for my birthday for the past two weeks :) Don't let anyone tell you otherwise...handmade presents are the absolute best.
Thank you Daniel! I love you so much. I LOVE my Snoopy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sketchbook cover...done.

Sketchbook cover in color
Now what should I put on the other sketchbook's cover? hmmm...
Done with Cotman watercolors and FW white acrylic ink.
The lovely Stephanie Levy interviewed me at Artists Who Blog,
if you'd like to read it click here.

New Sketchbooks

New Sketchbook
I found these beautiful hardcover recycled paper sketchbooks yesterday
at a big art supply shop the city. They're called Cachet Earthbound by Dalerâ—†Rawney
Sea Shell Postcard
This old postcard I painted a few months ago served as inspiration
for the coral reef drawing I made on the cover.
Reef drawing cover
I plan to color it with watercolors this afternoon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Update on bedroom lamp
We've been doing a little addition to our home the past few months.
This new niche used to be Manolo's closet.
New bathroom shower
We now have a new bathroom, walk in closet & laundry room
attached to our bedroom.
Our new bathroom
Daniel will have a room of his own (yay!) once were done
in what used to be our bathroom and laundry room.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


A little 4" x 4" handbound accordion style calendar I'm working on right now.
Six months on each side & printed on beautiful local acid free handmade paper.
I will hopefully have a whole bunch of these available in my shop by late October.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009


On my inspiration board today
Beautiful objects on my inspiration board today.
I modified the format of my blog this morning,
I hope you enjoy the bigger photos.
*If you are interested in learning how to make your
blog photos bigger I suggest you read this post.
I googled "how to post bigger photos on Blogger" and it came up :)
**Ups! I forgot to tell you that if you click on the photo
it will take you to Flickr where I placed notes with links
to all the lovely artists represented here.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

September pages

Second week of September journal page.
The September pages
First week of September journal page.
September! My favorite month!
Collage & Sakura Micron pen on my
Hand Book Artist Journal.
Click the middle image to see it BIGGER