pencil children’s portrait

Artist’s are allowed to make adjustments to make the composition work better. Thank Goodness.

Two young ladies standing by a garden light post. The reference photograph has the girls standing on different ground levels and the light post is positioned right between their heads. Kind of seems to interfere with my seeing their faces. So the layout is adjusted so that they are on the same ground level and the post is raised a little higher in height to not interfere so much.

Here is stage 1:

IS two young girls pencil portrait initial layout.

Garden Harvest This Weekend

The harvest doesn’t look real impressive sitting here on the kitchen countertop till you see the sizes of them compared to the size of my hand. These are oversized baking pans, so they look kind of normal but take a look at the third picture! Just slight large aren’t they?


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potatoes Yukon Yellow
Yukon Yellow Potatoes
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potato giant

Zucchinni, Yellow Crookneck Squash

Okay the zuchinni are the same way in deceit. They look small stacked there but average 3-5 lbs each. This is just 2 days from the last picking of both kinds. We are  not planting this many squash ever again.

yellow crookneck squash
yellow crookneck squash


We love the sweetness of our own tomatoes. Sometimes I think there must be some sugar sprinkled on them but nope. We have a variety this year including, Early Girls, Glaciers, Beefsteak, and Large Cherry Tomatoes

Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes
Early Girl, Cherry Tomatoes


Set to dry for next year-green beans, lettuce, spinach, peaches, zucchini. We got ourselves a book about how to dry your own seeds. It has saved us a lot of money and now that we have done it a couple of years, it has become real easy. Definitely something worth looking into if you enjoy growing your own food.

bean seeds
bean seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
lettuce and spinach seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds
peach and zuchinni seeds

Elk WA footwear fashion capital

left foot in clog, right foot in ankle brace sock and sandal.

Here is a picture of my great footwear fashion in Elk. I have spent the last 5 weeks on crutches nursing a broken fibia. I broke it while walking out to the compost pile.  The prior week was spent with grandkids doing Silverwood, swimming, hiking, and mountain biking but I break my leg walking through the yard to the compost pile. Really. Oh yeah!

Those of you who see us in “real life” know that in our home this crutch thing has been a real ordeal (stairs to the max). Having to spend the majority of time in the basement for 4 weeks, has been difficult but now I am able to do stairs and work in my studio on the main floor and …cook again. I even rode in with Pete to town and went grocery shopping and walked down to the garden this Sunday. Woo Hoo!

Kudos for Pete who is always there when I need him, working all day and cooking and cleaning for us when he gets home. He has always been an absolute angel in my life. I am truly a lucky woman. Anyhow I CELEBRATE! Not having to use crutches and just walking in the cast on uneven ground outside for two more weeks. My hands are free to carry stuff. On flat ground I am allowed to use a ankle brace to keep it from twisting – I just don’t tell them that in our house the “flat ground” involves two 16 step staircases. FYI I am not winning any races. I should be able to start driving again soon though. Hope so, I wouldn’t want to miss ski season. Yep. LOL

illustration progress

The author changed from b&w to color illustrations and by the way the title is, “Trapped in Enchantment” coming to Amazon soon. This is a middle school book full of imagination, a large part of why I love my job.  A fun illustration project with unexpected images.  Here are a couple shots of the drafting table I work on with the drying rack full of finished images ten so far. They are all done except for final pen work.

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Main character progressive…

illustration is done gradually… here are some progressive shots to show the process for black and white rendering with watercolors. Everyone has their own process’ this is just the way I like to do it. Now I await a reply from the author deciding whether he is wearing a helmet or not.

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I am walking more and more in preparation for doing Bloomsday this Sunday. Check it out here – My son and daughter ran it with me more than once and I sure miss them right now. They always had better times than me. Oh well, 7 miles and lots, did I say LOTS OF PEOPLE! In spite of age “ing” and health/healing issues. Am hoping to just enjoy the walk and make it to the finish line in good health.

February 2015 hanging art at POVN in Newport WA

Here are the five paintings hanging at POVN in Newport WA their website is at
Eye Spy pen & ink – $50
Portrait Attitude watercolor – $125
Donkey, Then Jesus Said watercolor – $175
Two Bluebirds On a Post watercolor – $175
Storm Approaching oil – $250Paintings at POVN Newport WA

Pictures First Week Recycling Scrap to Help Vets

Attached are pictures of our first week collecting Scrap Metal for the Orange Heart Fund.

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As we mentioned earlier, Pacific Steel & Recycling said, “this has never been done before.” So there was no book to follow on how to set up such a program. Gordon Lenke has been instrumental in managing the process, A special thanks to Bev Lenke (Gordon’s wife), who took the pictures.

Local farmers are joining in. One brought in six riding mowers. When the weather clears we have been invited to his farm to pick up old equipment, scrap, etc. Another farmer also donated scrap steel and invited us to his farm when the weather clears. This coming week we will be getting more from business that have scrap metal and have committed to help.

For those in the Spokane Area, you can continue going directly to Pacific Steel’s Recycling facility at 1114 North Ralph, which is just North of Trent. If you are coming in via I-90, turn North on Freya and then left (West) on Trent, then in two short blocks turn right (North) on North Ralph. Pacific Steel entrance will be on your right (East). Simply tell the person at the weighing station that your load is for the Orange Heart Fund. That’s it!

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Please keep sending friends, veteran neighbors and family to the collection locations:

The Trading Company  (1501 East Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID 83854 at the corner of 95 and Hayden.

– Phone (208) 773-3383

Super 1 Foods  (240 West Hayden Avenue #F, Hayden, ID 83835 – Phone (208) 772-5722

The collection area will be staffed by veterans from

7:30 am to 7:30 pm

(Jan 20th-27th, 2015)

We will be checking in with the CDA Tribe on Monday.