Sketchbook/Blog

 It’s mid-winter, and the world is full of hush.  Mother gnome skis with her little woven satchel filled with willow bark, elderberries, tea, and syrups to treat the sick animals of the woods, and little gnome-lings who are ill.  (watercolor & pencil)

Ski Gnome

 

Mama mouse baking blackberry pies in acorn caps…cozy and warm in her little den with young mouse-ling…   (watercolor, pencil)Mama mouse

Winter Color- rosehips, horse nettles, mountain ash berries, and wild clematis.  Black-capped chickadee center.  (watercolor, pencil)

Chickadee

Celebrating Solstice and New Year’s…ringing in 2018 with dreams and resolutions!!!Playing with Solstice!

 

Finished, though I cropped the edges. There will be prints for sale with the entire image, this is a bit of a sneak peek!  (Watercolor, pen & ink, pencil, gold ink)

Winter fun!Hand stitched gnome, an uncle getting a bit tipsy in the corner of gnome house on tiny bottles filled with real whiskey!! 

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Where I create…
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And made these little guys….new characters on the block… (watercolor, pencil)

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"Welcome" calligraphied in Gaelic. Encircled by sea campion, harebells, blackberry brambles, and tea and nests all speak of home in Ireland.  September 2017.

“Welcome” calligraphied in Gaelic. Encircled by sea campion, harebells, blackberry brambles, and tea and nests all speak of home in Ireland earlier this summer.  September 2017. (watercolor, gold ink, pencil)

 

Calligraphy "Failte"/ Welcome

Detail of calligraphy “Failte”/ Welcome

close up sea campion, nest, etc.

close up sea campion, nest, etc.

 

The story of Grainne, a Celtic princess, betrothed to Fionne--  & Diarmuid- a soldier in Fionne's army whom she fell in love with.  Ahhh, Irish folklore!  My sketch, summer 2017

The story of Grainne, a Celtic princess, betrothed to Fionne–
& Diarmuid- a soldier in Fionne’s army whom she fell in love with. Ahhh, Irish folklore! My sketch, summer 2017

Nature study on Aran Islands, blackberry brambles, summer 2017

Nature study on Aran Islands, blackberry brambles, summer 2017 (pencil, watercolor, pen & ink)

Dream of Luna Moth (gold ink, watercolor, pencil, pen & ink)

Dreamed of this Luna Moth one night, full of symbolism.

 

My casual summer show at a friend's house summer 2017.

My casual summer show at a friend’s house summer 2017.

Handmade Little Witch with her morel mushrooms

Handmade Little Witch with her morel mushrooms June 2017.

dustpan close-up

Hand-painted dustpan for child’s play area.

Illustrations for new children’s book- knitting stories, Summer 2016

sketches for handwork book 4

 

Casting on and changing colors

sketch for handwork book 2

At the loom!!  September 2014

Enrolled in a weaving and dyeing class this semester!  Excited as we are learning about warp and weft techniques, inlay & brocade, doubleweave, and pattern making!!!

 

WEaving Loom

weaving close up

Weaving Brocade and Inlay, wool, cotton and silk yarns, September 2014Weaving Brocade and Inlay 1

close-up brocade work

brocade close-up

 

Wedding invitation Napa Valley, March 2014

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Katie

 

“Spring Mother”, watercolor & colored pencils &
Spring Mother

Wet-felted heart valentine, February 2014photo (12)

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“Traditional Sami Mother & Child”, pencil & watercolors, January 2014

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“Willow & woodpile, Grandma Dorothy’s house” watercolor and pencil, December 2013

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“My Grandmother” pencil, December 2013

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Grandma Dorothy

“Pussywillow Wreath”, watercolors and pen & ink, January 2014
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“Poppies” watercolor, 2013
poppies and mushroom in forest   (watercolor, acrylic, pen & ink)

“Girl” watercolor pencils, October 2013

“Mrs.Turban Squash” colored pencils, October 2013

“Untitled” pen and ink, December 2012

“Reindeer Fairy” pen and ink, December 2012

Sketch for “The Giant” watercolor pencils & pencil, December 2012