Still life with bamboos and grasses #art

I was always a bit mesmerized by those goofy little potted “lucky bamboos” (which I read or heard are not actually bamboos), so thought I’d attempt my own arrangement.

In memory of Nicky #cat

This one is dedicated to sweet Nicky, my friend Tom’s dearly departed cat. Walnut ink (same as my previous brush paintings) on watercolor paper

Back to my roots

After a long (30+ years) hiatus, with fits and starts in between, I’m hoping to get back into Chinese ink painting. My dad has been trying to clear things out of his house and gave me many of his brushes, inks, and Chinese art books in hopes that I’d put them to better use than he did.

I plan to take this further along than I had previously–striving to make one small painting a day–but am worried that, in the end, I will disappoint him like most kids disappoint their parents.

And on that cheery note, here’s one I titled “Falling Petals” (9″x7.5″; 23cm x 19cm on watercolor paper). All these original paintings will be for sale for about $20 each, so let me know if you would like to purchase any! Contact form at

Let me lend a hand…or two #sketch

Because Robyn J. asked, here are a couple of quick drawings of hands (an exercise in ink per Yuko Shimizu’s Skillshare class) I did last night while watching Jeopardy. I’ve been busy lately with writing, revising and querying.

Doodle Day 25 #illustration and #poem

I don’t know why I drew something for day 25 and the poem scans wonky but there ya have it.

“Don’t count your chickens before the eggs have hatched”

One, two, three, four…What the dickens?
It’s smart to not
count your chickens.
Before they hatch,
each egg you view
can hide a chick
or maybe two.

Shiny things, captain

The title is a nod to Firefly, the short-lived cult-favorite tv series. šŸ™‚

On Saturday, I hung out with my neighbor-friend (our wonderful chicken-sitter) to make jewelry together. I was in a warm, earthy-tones kind of mood, I guess. I made 5 good things instead of “One Good Thing.”

I officially have more jewelry than I’ll ever wear and need to sell a bunch.

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Crochet, eh?

I haven’t drawn anything in a few days (bad Teresa…must draw every day to get good at it) but I have been doing some crocheting as well as re-starting a pair of knitted socks. It’s not like I’m sitting idle. Ever. šŸ™‚

Doodle Day 10 #poem and #illustration

Doodle Day’s day 10 prompt is “beat around the bush.” And neither the poem nor illo are political! šŸ˜€ (Pssst, Russell, more bears!)

Have some fun
that can’t be beat.
Around the bush
with happy feet.
Close your eyes
and do not peek,
in a game of