The Cloisters

This past January, I had the privilege of being a chaperone for my niece's Make-a-Wish trip to New York City - our remarkable niece has been fighting leukemia for the past couple of years.  It was such a wonder to get to see her, along with a group of other tough kids, enjoy the sights …

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Christmastide Shop Update

  Preview of Etsy Shop Update: Tuesday, December 12 at 10 am PST at http://hearthstonefables.etsy.com   Frost has been carpeting the ground every morning, and we've been bringing in cedar & holly from the hillside to deck our halls.  We keep our fire going almost daily now, and I've been drying sliced oranges to add bursts …

Midsummer

"But why should we not have one genuine out-of-door day, a day when we shall see to it that every city child may romp and play in God's green fields, and when we make it a joyous duty to thank the Giver of all, not only for the harvests & for the full granaries as …

Drawing Process

A year or two ago at a craft store, I bought a pad of brown-toned paper on a whim.  In my acrylic paintings, I've always really enjoyed the process of playing with lighting - especially with glowing faery-orbs providing the illumination - but I wanted a way to sketch the lighting & experiment with it …

May Shop Update

Preview of Etsy Shop Update: Saturday, May 27 at 10 am PST at http://hearthstonefables.etsy.com After experiencing one of the longest, rainiest winters in the Pacific Northwest, May is perhaps even more glorious than usual this year.  A little collection of springtime-inspired Vignettes and Drawings will be flitting into my Etsy shop this Saturday, and I hope …

Music to Create By

Music is a huge part of the creative process for me, and I wanted to share some of the artists & albums that are on regular rotation in my little studio. (I should mention that my hands-down, all-time favorite band is The Beatles...but I don't include them here, since I generally don't paint or draw by …