Working with Procreate

I was visiting and Nina posted she had recently loaded Procreate on her iPad. I’ve been using the app, Procreate, for several years now. I use the program to make art by layering color, textures and collage pieces. Here is sample of a practice session.

This is an original color pencil sketch made several years ago I inserted into Procreate.

I added a layer on top of the original art and I made a line drawing around the Toucan, leaves and limb.

Here is a close up of the layers I used to add color and insert other images to acheive the final art. Once I traced around the actual art, I turned of that layer. You can see at the bottom the box is black without a check mark.

The final art….As I added color and images in the layers I whould erase what I didn’t need.
The background, leaves and limb are from another piece of collage art, the black body is from a picture I took of a woman’s skirt. I toned down the background by adding a layer of faded white and used the sketch tool Organic/Concrete Block to add some texture..

Strawberry Land

I live only a few miles from where the strawberries are growing in Oxnard, CA. Soon, there will be strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, and the pure joy of eating a sweet, juicy strawberry.

My morning warm up… acrylic, colored pencil on cardboard


Beach Days

I haven’t painted with acrylics for a long time. I had this painting in mind and I thought acrylic would be the best medium. Beach days are right around the corner.

12’ x 12”


Does anyone else like to eat leftover pizza in the morning? I know I do. I painted this watercolor sometime ago, it makes me hungry for pizza…hmm, maybe today. 🙂

Hungry for pizza?
It’s hot out of the oven.
First bite, delicious.


Art Trading Cards

Good Morning! I made a few more Art Trading Cards with a twist. One side is the art trading card and on the reverse side, put the cards together like a puzzle, and there is a small painting of trees in the park. Have a creative day!

Art Trading Cards

Reverse side of the Cards

Bird talk

When I walk in the morning, I see so many different types of birds. My apartment backs up to the Los Padres trail hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains, so I have lots of company along the walk. And, this what prompted my addition to my Words and Pictures Art Journal.

Red Tail Hawk

Bird Talk
Morning light is dancing on the sidewalk.
My footsteps gather speed.
Circling overhead is a Red Tail Hawk.
Does he expect me to follow his lead?

I’ll stay on my intended road,
moving in circles is for my flying friend.
I wonder, is he sending me a message in bird code,
using his feather movement in the wind.

As my footsteps collect in numbers, I come upon an abandon shed.
The building is quite old and in need of care.
I look to the roof and see something ahead.
My flying follower is perched and givng me a glare.

If only we could communicate, on this walk.
He’s obviously curious about my travels on the road.
Can I communicate in bird talk?
I can flap my arms to send my message in human code.

Oh, just a fantasy I dream of,
understanding the tweets and chatters,
of the Hawks, Crows, Blue Jays, Quail and the Morning Dove.
It’s nice to be among feathered friends, that’s all that matters.

Game of Cards

🙂 WARNING: this post will take some time to view, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and Enjoy!

I’m so happy to be finally posting the two Illustrated deck of cards made by my good friend Claudia McGill and myself made over the last 6 months. We took our time and did not give ourselves a deadline.

To see both of the completed card decks, here is a link to a new page on the menu at the top of my home page entitled Game of Cards.

How we got started

Last year in the fall (2017),  Claudia and I started this project together called the Game of Cards. Many of you are already familiar with Claudia’s prolific and amazing art making of ceramics, painting, illustration, collage  and more, plus  her creative and thoughtful writing. This is the third time we have collaborated together, and there will be more to come!

Claudia is also posting our Game of Cards project today so you can click this link to visit her art blog.
Claudia’s poetry is located here:

We decide it would be fun to each design a deck of cards and collaborate with each other. There is a total of 104 cards ( a daunting thought at the time we started) to present to you, a link is at the top of the page for all the cards.

We would work on two sets cards at time, then bundle them up and mail them to each other. Every time I recieved Claudia’s envelope of cards I was so excited to see what she had sent, I know that was happening at her end, too. We would email each other and gleefully give praise and express our happiness about the project. And, that just movtivated us even more to get the art done.

The JOy of Making Art together

Making the Game of Cards with Claudia has brought me so much joy. It is amazing how art brings us all together on WordPress. I’ve made so many incredible friends through the sharing of our creative thoughts. Claudia and I have been online friends well over 4 years. I would have never met her had it not been our exploration with blogging on WordPress.  We both have different styles of art but when we combine our creativity it is magic. Everything we do enhances the others artistic style. Thank you so much Claudia for this unforgettable experience and I look forward to more of our art making together.

Finished Cards

Size and Supplies: 4.25” x 6” cereal box cardboard, gesso, acrylic and collage.

You can now see how we both had two different approaches designing the cards. That added to the fun and suspense throughout the time we made the art.
Here is the link, again, to the complete set of cards:

Claudia started this deck and I added to each card.

I started this deck and used an animal theme and Claudia added her amazing style on the opposite side of each card.