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The Cats out of the Bag

Uncategorized July 2, 2019

For several months now, my cat postcard project has grown into a full show of 14 paintings. The largest are 30×40. They are at least 8 that I have not posted on Social Media.

The show runs until July 28th. One of the paintings is on display at a separate location, the Roast Coffee and Tea Company, a few doors down from the theater.

The image on the exhibit postcard was scaled up from one that I did last summer. The original is 4×6, the one below is 18×24. Two of the paintings that were completed are portraits of my mom’s cats, also created from postcards.

Creating large work from tiny sketches presented many challenges. I had to play around with the aspect ration to ensure my proportions were correct. Plus, scaling up meant I had to do more detail. Many of the original postcards were created with random bits of collage and it was impossible to scale up a tiny piece of collage so I had to improvise, a lot. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to my next project.

If you are in the area, stop by and see the show. Check in on Facebook at the Patchogue Theater and tag me!

Where’s the Cats?

Uncategorized May 28, 2019

X Marks the Spot

This is from my daily doodle sketchbook, where I draw one 10 minute doodle a day from a random word prompt.

More importantly, where’s Gina?

For the past few months, I have been working on a series of paintings for a solo show here on Long Island.  There are 14 paintings that will be curated by John Cino, Curator for the Patchogue Arts Council.  The paintings he chooses will be hanging in the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts on Main Street and the exhibit will run from June 15th to July 28, 2019. One painting will also be on display at the Roast Coffee and Tea House, a few doors down from the Theater.

I just finished the last painting today.  The paintings range in size from 11×14 to a whopping 30×40, which for me, is insanely large.

They are a variety of collage and mixed media.  All are very different from all the other paintings I have ever done.  Working large was fun, challenging, and quite a workout.  Mark you calendars!

I will post more detailed information in a few days.


An update and today’s kitty for mom

drawing cats for mom, Sketches, Sktchy, Tombow, Uncategorized May 18, 2018

Mom received several of her kitty cards. She was really excited. She was a little confused, she wanted to know where I “bought” them. I had to remind her that I did them. She loved the Mother’s Day card with her cats and couldn’t stop laughing about it. She kept saying it looked like the bird feeder outside her window. Uhm, it was the bird feeder outside her window, we bought it and put it up for her, but she was a little forgetful today so things weren’t clicking too well. I suggested that she hold it up and look toward the window and then she realized that I drew her window, blinds and all. Lol.

I am glad it brightened her day. Here is the kitty that I am mailing out in the morning.

Last holiday surprise

map, Pen & ink, Tombow, Uncategorized January 9, 2018

Today’s post is my last surprise of the holidays.  I finished this map on 12/29 and I sent it along to They Draw and Travel.

I did a lot of research for this map.  There were three Miracle on 34th Street movies and in my opinion, the only one worth watching is the 1947 version.  It was exciting for me to find the actual house that Susan wanted Kris Kringle to get her for Christmas.  It is here on Long Island, sitting on it’s little hill,  humble to have been part of a Christmas classic.


Miracle on 34th Street

Here is the link to view the map on They Draw and Travel:



Over the River

Acrylic/Mixed Media, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized November 17, 2017

This post is a week early since the map has already been posted on Instagram by They Draw and Travel. I am really excited they liked this map!

Thanksgiving Day is a day of long tradition.  It is a day for spending time with family and friends over a traditional meal that usually involves turkey.

This year, I chose to do a map for Thanksgiving.  The most logical choice for subject matter was the poem that most people know as “Over the River and through the woods to Grandmother’s House….”

What many people do not know is it wasn’t grandmother’s house in the poem, it was Grandfather’s house.  And it wasn’t a song, it was a poem.  The title of the poem is actually “The New-England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day’ and it was written by Lydia Maria Child.  It was published 1844 in a collection called “Flowers for Children Volume 2.”

Lydia Maria Child lived in Medford, Massachusetts and after much digging, I found where she lived and how long it took her to actually get to Grandfather’s house. (Not long, actually, they could easily walk it on a warm day.)  She wrote the poem from her childhood memory of going to her grandparents house for the holiday. I never knew it was based on the writer’s memories.

New England did indeed get snow for Thanksgiving in the early 1800’s.  Which is not unusual, even in these times of climate change, some places still will have snow for Thanksgiving.

I started out this map drawing farmhouses and sketching covered bridges. John and I even took a trip upstate to see covered bridges for me to use as references for this map. I even used my Breyer stablemate horses as models for the two on the map….I have included that sketch below, as well as taking a photo of them “posing.” I had the poem all printed out and the last part of all of this research was where the author was from. Finding information about the author of the poem completely changed my map and the result is what you see here.

I hope this map brings you some fond memories of a holiday that is truly belongs to every American, whether you have been here generations or you are a new citizen.



Below is today’s sketch….

An itty bitty zombie doll

Acrylic/Mixed Media, Uncategorized November 7, 2017

For this much of this sketchbook, I pulled my daughter’s dolls out of the attic.  (Then I wound up in a project organizing all of it)

Here is the doll that shares the spread with the creepy Sktchy doll: (it’s an American Girl doll, also, note the Teddy Bear she is holding)

Below is what the opened page looks like. There is a “tab” page with the Teesha sketchbooks that you can either tear off or use.  I chose to use it for this sketchbook.  I put a Stephen King quote on it.