EXQUISITE CARDS

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PERE LACHAISE CEMETARY

Here's another favorite Paris attraction that takes me off the beaten path. With a sketchbook & a picnic, I can spend all day at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery. It's 70,000 ornate & ostentatious tombs is truly an open air museum!












RODIN MUSEUM, PARIS

My visual re-cap of a long weekend in Paris. Top on my TO DO list is the Rodin Museum. A gem of a museum. It's elegance calms the soul.








Le Bon Marche is in the neighborhood, with a picnic from the Grand Epicerie, I can easily spend half the day in the garden.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HIDDEN NYC

A small job took me to Gramercy Park this weekend. With the fine weather & a key from the client, I was able to get past the park's iron gates. The Gramercy Park Garden is the only private garden in NYC. I used to pass by this neighborhood on my way to class.

a little detail on a wall can go a long way

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to Draw a Horse

With a horse sanctuary in my neighborhood, I have no excuse not to stretch my drawing skill. Whether drawing a tree or a horse, if one can see the shape of the subject, that's half the drawing. I like to lay down a general outline of the  shape onto tone paper. For this sketch, a soft 8B pencil on pastel paper gives me  nice grey shades when I do a little rubbing over the lead. 

I use a kneaded eraser to lift off some of the grey to indicate the muscle of the horse. Just a little light is enough to show the forms.

The final step for this sketch is the high light. I use a white conte pencil to show the sun light falling on the horse.

behind the wheels, my car as my studio

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jazz up your envelope with DIY

Decorated envelope makes for a great first impression. I start with a marker and some simple swirly patterns that I like. 

Using the printer, I can scale it to fit the envelope. Transfer tracing of swirls onto envelope.

Hand glitter is the icing on the cake. 


It's fun to experiment with different color markers on different shades of envelope.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

City Mouse vs Country Mouse

December is a good time to soak up the hustle & bustle of NYC ...






then come back to my studio to connect with nature. The wonder of it all!