Monday, April 30, 2012

For May

May calendar
Time to change your desktop calendar! Enjoy! :-)
Click on the image above to make it larger and download from there.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


On Manolo's chair Big rattle Cour Royale à Tiébélé A few weeks ago while Margie & Arounna were here we visited a tiny market in a nearby town called Villa de Progreso were I found a vendor that had a basket of gourds for sale. The shape of this one really caught my eye. I painted a triangle pattern a la Bookhou with black acrylic ink inspired by this beautifully decorated dwelling from the village of Tiébélé, located in Burkina Faso. Photo by Rita Willaert via Poppytalk.
*The amazing wood chair in the first photo is Manolo's design :-)

Friday, April 27, 2012


A Wood Egg
Painted Egg
All eggs in one basket
Yet another wonderful gift by Margie: A big batch of wooden eggs!
I painted one today in blue acrylic inks and rubbed it with spoon oil.
Thank you my dear friend ♥ they will keep me entertained for a long while!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tie-Dye Top

Tie-Dye Linen Top
Stitching Detail
I copied the pattern from a really cute cotton top I bought in San Miguel during Margie & Arounna's visit but cut it out of beige linen and tie-dyed it in a warm chocolate brown color. After I finished it this morning I decided to add some stitched details with turquoise and red embroidery floss. Remember this linen tunic I made last year?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Bird Room
A BIG box with fabric from my Cloud 9 Fabrics Alegria collection arrived yesterday!
 I immediately made new pillowcases for our bed using the Walkabout fabric.
 I over-dyed the fabric to match my old green quilt from CB2.
It was wonderful to translate my watercolor images onto fabric
but what I had most fun with was designing the selvedge info :-)
Working with Michelle on this collection was an honor & real treat!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's a party!

Party Picks
Cupcake toppers
Place Cards
New Galison Fall 2012 products featuring my birdies available May 1st!
Photos by Galison

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Good Egg

A Good Egg
Egg & Butterfly Simple little project I painted this morning while waiting for the anesthesia
to wear off my face from the "fun" root canal procedure I had this morning.
Bottom half of the rock is covered in wool felt that I glued on.
I painted the egg with my trusty Daler Rowney FW acrylic inks.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Mantis Alebrije
Found this little guy at a shop in San Miguel de Allende this morning
and had to bring him home. He makes me smile :-)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Books & Birds

Studio corner
Coffee table
Vintage Bird Books
The Pea and the Pewee
Palm Warbler
Bird Silhouettes My sweet friend ♥Margie♥ combined two of my favorite gifts:
Books and Birds in the prettiest shades of blues & greens.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Cactus Garden 2
Part two of my little cactus garden.
Watercolor & collage on dyed handmade Saint-Armand paper. 4" x 5"

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Plein Air

Pile of paper
Painting outside today
My faithful companion
It was such a beautiful morning that my faithful companion & I grabbed the watercolors and went outside for some plein air painting in the back yard
while listening to Peter Gabriel's 'New Blood'.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge
Scorpion snack
Back Yard
My 15 year old son Israel was stung by a scorpion that was on his pillow this morning.
It stung him in his lower back. Thank God he's doing fine but I was shaken up.
This mornings shenanigans inspired this new painting. I'm calling it Sweet Revenge ;-)
Watercolor & Acrylic ink on hand made Twinrocker paper. 6" x 8".

Monday, April 16, 2012


New Prints
Frida & Mushrooms are now available as archival quality prints at my Etsy shop.
Pancho & my plants
Meet Pancho, my new very well behaved pet snake :-)
He's from a tiny town called Villa Progreso near Ezequiel Montes, Queretaro.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Watercolor & acrylic ink on coffee stained Twinrocker 6" x 8" paper.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mexico in a Bag

Winner is
Congratulations/Felicidades Gabriela!!!
All these Mexican goodies are flying down south to Mendoza, Argentina!
WOW! Thank you so much for participating in this giveaway & the nice comments!!!
Arounna, Margie & I had a wonderful time reading all of them.
We wish we could send all of you a little something!
We Are What We Make
From the Top
So, if that quote on my pencil is true, am I a bird?
I'll show you my new Frida bird when I finish watercoloring her.
Happy Saturday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Feathers from Friends

Feathers and toes
Barbs up close
Pomegranate flowers
They've all flown from far away places to live with me.
Some have been delivered in person & others by post over the years.
Each one a treasured gift. Thank you friends! You know me well.
That gorgeous cobalt blue vintage inkwell is a gift by my sweet friend Margie.
and those orange beauties in the last photo are pomegranate calyxes
from my friend Julia's tree in San Miguel.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

San Miguel

Papel Picado
La flor del Desierto
Highlights from our stay in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.