Western Meadowlark

You might ask, why has a bird illustration popped up in the middle of my holiday art making? My youngest brother lives in Montana, and as I was making my family Christmas cards, I thought he should get something a little different. So, I painted him the Montana state bird….the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta). The Meadowlark also hails as state bird for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon and Wyoming.

5” x 7” greeting card
watercolor, watercollor pencil, black pen

Make an Ornament/Gift Card

Ornament/Gift Cards
This is an easy way to make two gifts in one.
I photocopied my art from my last post and made (4) 3” circles. Make your own designs using cardstock or watercolor paper.

After cutting out the circles, turn over and draw a line across the middle. Position the circles so the lines make a square. Glue the circles together.

Finished outside

Add a folded card.

Design your greeting and add a string to hang your ornament when completed.

Overlap the half circles and tuck the last one under the beginning fold. Done!

Holiday Card 3

Today’s Poinsettia is brought to you by the color Red!
Still my color of choice for my holiday cards.
I used watercolor on  the flower then added watercolor pencil for the shadows and outlining.

I hope your first day of December was a good one.

Holiday Cards

Every year I make my own holiday cards. This year I’m going to make 3 designs to send out.  This is my second one for the season. I’ll use the red bird from yesterday as one of the designs, too. Watercolor and black pen are so satisfying to work with.
Have a creative day!


This mornings drawing warm up! I decided to only use red watercolor and this is what appeared on my paper. The holidays are showing up in my  art making.  Have a creative day!

Origami Crane

I’m making origami cranes as Christmas gifts. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”.  Traditionally, it was believed that if you folded 1000 origami cranes, your wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). The cranes are strung together on strings – usually 25 strings of 40 cranes each – and given as gifts.

Here is a link to the famous story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old girl who became ill with leukemia as a result of the Hiroshima bombing during WWII and how the paper cranes became a symbol of healing in Japan. https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2015/08/28/how-paper-cranes-become-a-symbol-of-healing-in-japan/

My experimental origami paper using regular bond paper and watercolor. It is a bit stiff to fold. I’ll be trying out some other papers.

Paper before folding


Folded crane




The Morning Warmup…It’s gingerbread season, time to get out the cookie cutters and make a gingerbread house.

I wish I had one of these cookies this morning, I’d better get baking.

Watercolor and watercolor pencil today.

Loon on the Lake

Last night, (while watching a Miss Marple Mystery) I drew the Loon on gray paper with a white gel pen and black Micron pen. I like the graphic woodcut effect. The bordered was added with PS Express, an app for the iPhone.

Floating on the lake
The Loon glides with the current
Slow down like the Loon