Sunday, October 23, 2016


She's not much of a scarecrow, in fact, "Sabrina" can never stand still and has a flock of feathered friends following her wherever she goes.

This Sunday Sketch was created in India ink and is a part of my Meditative Misses series.

Rain or shine, warm or cool, have a beautiful Sunday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


For my Graphite Girls series I begin with "Contemplando," which is the Spanish word for contemplating. Is she thinking of quitting her job? Did she just go through a breakup? Is she watching tonight's final debate between Hillary & Trump?

Sketching is similar to finger exercises on the piano; the more you do it, the more comfortable you are with drawing and the better you get. Sometimes I'll try to play an old song on the piano and if I think about each note and what it is or how to play it, I freeze. If I sit down and relax, letting my fingers take over, I can play the song.

Part of it is taking the time to practice and the other is trusting your instincts after you've put in the hours. It's interesting how that works.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Gift from Magic Love Crow

Nothing says Happy Autumn like this gift from my friend, Stacy, aka "Magic Love Crow."

The title of this mini masterpiece is "Witching Hour" and it will look adorable in my music room below the unfinished painting by my mother's friend, Lina (that's a story for another day). It has the same fall colors.

Thank you, Stacy, for the kind words that accompany this sweet surprise. Happy Weekend, everyone, and much love and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Matthew!

STORM UPDATE: I'm in Tampa and we are expecting lots of rain and some tropical storm-like conditions, but this is nothing new to the area. I'm happy to hear my friends and family in Miami are safe. Let's hope the loop the storm plans to make keeps it out in the Atlantic!

Friday, September 30, 2016

29 Faces - Sept. 2016

Here are my faces for this year's 29 Faces Challenge in no particular order.

I once heard, "If you practice something every day for at least an hour, in five years' time you will be a master at it." I'm not a master at portrait drawing, but I do sketch just about every day and I feel my drawing skills have improved because of it.

Remember my friend, Dottie? If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll remember the story about the organ she bought when she was in her late 70s. When asked if she realized how old she'd be by the time she learned to play it, she answered, "The same age I'll be if I don't learn to play it." Smart woman that Dottie was.

I'm with her, it's never too late to learn something to play an instrument, cook, paint, speak a foreign language. The list is endless. Once we know what we want to do, it helps to meet enthusiastic, like-minded people who are passionate about the subject, read articles and books about it, watch YouTube videos and documentaries and do whatever it is you need to do to help you move forward.

Five years go by quickly.

Happy PPF and Weekend to you! xo

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Maria

I broke the graphite-only rule and brought out some colored pencils for my last portrait of the 29 Faces Challenge.

"My Maria" was inspired by the 1996 version of the song by Brooks & Dunn. It came out the year my daughter was born and to lose the "baby weight," I took up line dancing on Sunday nights at a Miami café. The "My Maria" dance was one of my favorites; it had me spinning around to country music, something I never imagined I would do, and before I knew it I weighed less than I did in high school.

I need to find a country bar in Tampa before the holidays!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Somebody's Watching Me

My 28 day sketch is "Somebody's Watching Me," inspired by Rockwell's 1984 song.

I began this intuitive drawing earlier today and decided to leave it as is for now and possibly add to it later. My father arrived a little while ago and I'm off to enjoy his company!

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Rockwell is the son of Motown CEO Berry Gordon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simply Irresistible

My 27th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Simply Irresistible," also a 1988 song by Robert Palmer.

I remember the videos for all his songs, including "Addicted to Love" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," and the stone-faced models with their bright, pouty lips and heavy makeup dancing in high heels all around him. It was supposed to be sexy but it was hilarious.

My friends and I would imitate the models whenever a Robert Palmer song came on, playing air guitar with a resting bitch face while trying not to laugh. I loved the music we grew up with.

Monday, September 26, 2016

If You Leave

"If You Leave," inspired by the 1986 song by OMD, is my 26th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: John Hughes asked the band to write the song for the ending of his film, "Pretty in Pink," and because they were scheduled to leave on tour a couple of days later, they wrote and recorded it within 24 hours. Not bad for working under that kind of pressure.

I still love watching old John Hughes' movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles. They remind me of first kisses, dates and crushes. What's your favorite JH flick, if you have one?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I Don't Care Anymore and Should I Stay or Should I Go?

"I Don't Care Anymore" is my 24th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge and it was inspired by the 1982 song by Phil Collins.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: The song was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1984 but lost to Michael Jackson's "Beat It."

"Should I Stay or Should I Go?" is a 1982 hit by "The Clash" and it's the title of my 25th sketch.

Misunderstandings can happen and perceptions can be off but a gut feeling should never be ignored. Our intuition is usually right. It's not easy to walk away from an intimate relationship, but the right one won't have you questioning where you stand. Someone who truly loves you will not only accept your imperfections, they'll find them adorable.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Time After Time

My 23rd sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge  and Paint Party Friday is a page from my calendar and it was inspired by Cyndi Lauper's first #1 hit.

This ballad describes the heartache we go through when things go wrong with the one we love. It's a beautiful song, I just don't like the part where she says, "I'll be waiting." Under most circumstances, I don't think anyone should have to wait.

The drawing reminds me of Holly Golightly for some reason (the wide eyes, maybe), and I will be sketching her again soon!

Have a great weekend, amiguitos...spinning in the sun! Happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Up Where We Belong

My 22nd sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Up Where We Belong," inspired by the 1982 hit by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

The first time I heard the song was while watching "An Officer and a Gentleman." What a great film that was. Richard Gere and Debra Winger were amazing in it, but it was Louis Gossett, Jr. who stole the show and really made an impact. He scared the hell out of me! lol

Here's the song with some scenes from the movie. I need to add this one to my collection!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

With or Without You

My 21st sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "With or Without You," inspired by the 1987 U2 Song.

I feel if you can't live with someone, you will be able to live a healthier life without him/her...and if you even have to think about it, you should probably go with "without."

I'm off to enjoy this busy, sun-shiny Wednesday! ¡Hasta la próxima!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Eye of the Tiger

My 20th sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Eye of the Tiger," inspired by the 1982 song by Survivor.

Eyes are powerful. Someone once told me, "I wonder what I look like in your eyes." It was one of the sweetest things I ever heard.

"Eyes are the windows to the soul," they say.  Some are sweet and compassionate and others are dark, hollow orbs. You can learn a lot about a person by looking into his/her eyes. Tony Montana is right.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Purple Rain (2016)

My 19th portrait for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Purple Rain," inspired by Prince's 1984 hit.

The album, Purple Rain, is the sixth best-selling soundtrack album of all time. Prince once described the song as blood in the sky at the end of the world (red for blood + blue for sky = purple) and being with the one you love, trusting your God to guide you through the purple rain.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: After Prince recorded the song, he called Jonathan Cain from Journey to make sure it didn't sound too much like their hit, "Faithfully," which was popular at that time. Cain told him the songs only shared the same four chords, so he was free to release it.

It's always been my favorite Prince song...and yours?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sister Christian

My Day 18 sketch for the 29 Faces Challenge is "Sister Christian" in graphite inspired by Night Ranger's 1984 hit. This is also my Sunday Sketch.

A few of my favorite books on Christianity besides the Bible are The Case For Faith, where award-winning legal reporter/investigator and former atheist, Lee Strobel, examines the claims of Christ; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, where the author transcribes his radio talks in Oxford during the early years of World War II, and while bombs fell in London daily, Lewis, through his broadcasts, captivated his listeners and brought them hope; and The Message, a contemporary translation of the Bible by Clergyman/Author/Poet, Eugene Peterson.

Here's a short film depicting the beauty and power of the Psalms with U2's Bono and Eugene Peterson you might like.

Happy Sunday! ♥