Monday, August 24, 2015

Drawings for AWST Chap books,

Amy Gentry, a guest curator for Awst Press invited me to submit some of my sketchbook drawings for possible use on the covers of 4 different author's chap books.  I'm excited to get to hang out with writers (at least in print) and am looking forward to seeing the final printed books.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New Litho...

Color sketch for the litho I'm drawing right now.  I decided to use a "fine" ball-grain plate.   I prefer the stone but it just seemed more convenient to use a plate for this one.  Hope I don't regret it.  Will try to do 5-7 colors before the 10th of Sept.  Today felt pretty good...haven't printed all summer but am looking forward to it.

Sketch for new litho

After I finish the lithograph I'm working on now, I plan to print this for an upcoming portfolio called Dog Head Stew #2.

More Sketches

As a little girl I remember how much I loved watermelon.  It was always a family event and the slices were HUGE!  Not sure where the Ritz cracker hair is coming from, but there are no rules when it comes to the sketchbook.  Maybe frizz from the humidity of the South...


It's been a very severe summer for me.  Not much time in the studio to make lithographs.  But I did find time to keep sketching.  Always helps to be able to take your drawing with you.  I keep a small Koi watercolor set with me when I go out of town. I have really enjoy the large format Strathmore sketchpads I started using about a year ago.  The heavy weight paper works very well with drawing and watercolor.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Pen and Ink Drawing

How therapeutic to doodle on this all day.  Used the #005 blue micron pen on tint-washed sketchbook paper.  I find that the tint washed paper gives a nice surface to draw onto and it makes the drawing have a better aesthetic for me.

Hand-tinted lithograph

This is a hand-tinted litho that I printed while I was at Brookhaven College in Dallas.  The key drawing was done on a ball-grain plate.

Graphite sketch

Pen and Ink sketches

Still enjoying the pen and ink work.  Tried using limited palette on this series.

Sketch in Red, Black and White

Thinking that this image would translate well to a litho made with Smartplates.

Pen and Ink sketches...

Enjoying working with the Micron #005 color pens.  They work well on the cover weight paper combined with watercolor washes.

Sketching everyday...

 Prismacolor drawing. I seem to be going between 2 sketchbooks these days.  I am gravitating to my most recent purchase of the Strathmore 11"x14" mixed media sketchbook.  The paper is heavier and supports washes much better.  However the smaller sketchbook is good for looser ideas and I seem to be less precious with it because the paper is not a great quality paper (less intimidating).

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pie Chasing Woman...

Just a reminder that I'm not a very good cook and that cooking for people is my worst nightmare.

I love women's hairstyles...

I'm always fascinated by the variety of hairstyles women have had through the ages.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Idea for new color litho.  Playing with "curtains" instead of hair with layers of curtains.  This is how the process worked out.  The top sketch will be the one I use.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"Mondo Tondo", My first round portfolio!!!!!

John Driesbach curated this portfolio for the "Sphere" themes that will be displayed at this year's SGC. I'm getting ready to print this image onto a special round die-cut BFK sheet.  Wish me luck, nervous about the registration for color.  I drew the key onto a ball-grain plate.  It was a medium grain ball-grain.  After drawing on this plate I ordered 18 "FINE" ball-grained plates.  yes, not a fan of coarse textures with my #5 Kopal crayons.
Meanwhile back to work.  Need to calendar my paper and print this afternoon...

Law and Order portfolio


This is the 6 color lithograph I did for the "Law and Order" portfolio curated by Richard Peterson from College of the Sequoias.



Sketching for upcoming edition...


Sunday, October 26, 2014

"In Her Place"

1 of 47 varied edition monoprints printed at Hartford Art School.


Close up of 1 of 47 15"x19" monoprints

I spent 4 days creating monoprints at the Hartford Art School in Connecticut. Working with their printmaking faculty and some students I was able to print 47 monoprints.  An incredible offset proofing press (with help from Master printer John Willis) allowed me to make these unique prints with slight variations on each.  I absolutely love the process and was really getting to understand how to do it when unfortunately it was time to leave. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

We're going to have a visiting Artist at LVIS!

This November we are hosting our first official visiting artist to L VIS Press, Ryan O'Malley.

If you would like to support this event please visit our kickstarted site at the following link

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"She's Been Plaid All of Her Life"...

Plaid Woman
Sketch and photoshop mock-up for "Plaid Women" lithograph series.


Sketch about smoking. Someone I care a lot about took up smoking again after 30+ years of being a non-smoker.  So strange.   

Strange sketch came from nowhere...

Not sure why I drew this. My grandfather used to make these hats for me out of our newspaper. The face looks a bit like a monkey.

"Learning to Listen with My Heart"

Hand-tinted lithograph, with tri-color (black, cream, and red) bumped "key" from the stone.

Sketching a lot...

A tired swimmer takes a dive...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hand tinted lithograph

Playing with watercolor on my black key lithograph.  Debating whether or not to add color.  Time is the main issue here.

Monday, September 1, 2014


More sketching, not sure if this one is important at all.  Drawn from a siting at Walmart.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Can't sleep...

Playing with the idea of how much pain we would inflict on ourselves for the sake of personal vanity.  What were we thinking?  Where were our priorities in the 60s and 70s.  Seems so bizarre today.

The Sky is Falling...

Playing with gravity.  The iron is a reference to my past.  Funny to think that most clothing is "no-iron" today.


This is a rework of an old lithograph called , "She Can't not See".  I'm enjoying using the Tucson red prismacolor.

Spilling mik...

Sketching a lot for upcoming editions... inspired by these brief portraits of women.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sketching, women's portraits...

I've rediscovered drawing with prismacolor pencils.  My most favorite is tuscan red.    I like the Col-erase pencils because they do erase but leave a ghosted dyed color cast to the paper after you erase your lines. 


Playing with the notion that sometimes I'm not out in the open with what my art is about.  Many years ago when I got my tattoo I asked for it to be the size of a band-aid.  Knowing full well that I would want to hide it on some occasions. This is the conservative side of me always hiding a little.  So the fictitious notion of a head tattooed and shaved and a hat that conveniently when lowered conceals the fact that I make a certain type of art, art that is not always palatable to everyone (my family and my conservative friends). Bottom line I like making art that isn't always sweet and pretty.

Winsor Newton Series 7

Playing with exaggerated portraiture of women.  Fascinated with hairstyles lately. Also realizing I am still relying on my Winsor Newton Series 7 brush from the 1970s.  There brushes have changed and the new Series 7 are not the same quality brushes as before.

The Petticoat...

It's a wonder women were motivated at all to change the world in the 1950s and 60s, when feminine undergarments were some of the most elaborate things in their lives.  I remember the importance of the petticoat in the 1960s.  Some of you don't remember those times because it was so long ago.  But in my household women were not encouraged to be good at Math or Science.  There was on emphasis on majoring in home economics (sewing, cooking and other domestic activities).  I remember sleeping in tight rollers with plastic spikes and wanting the most generous half slips I could find. I never knew that this would factor into my art but more and more I look back on that time.  What was my brain thinking!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Experimenting with Smart Plates...

I ordered some "Sharpie" brand pencils.  They seem to work okay on smart plates if I fuse them in the oven for a few minutes at 250 degrees.  Still need to try to do a larger edition (20-30 prints) before I would call them "tried and true".