2014 originals on drawing table

2014 originals on drawing table

I was just getting started and explored lots of different styles, subjects, and mediums.

The pumpkins in the photo are not real -- I'd have to be crazy to put that much art on a real pumpkin (inside joke).

sampling of 2015 originals

sampling of 2015 originals

Evidence that I am learning more of the practical side -- mattes with plastic sleeves, guidelines to help me scale the mermaid drawing for what is visible, etc.

Christmas Ornaments - The Beginning

Christmas Ornaments - The Beginning

This is essentially where my Düüdles began: I was struggling to paint on a blank ceramic ornament, but that is a much more difficult surface than canvas. 

In a moment of frustration I picked up a clean blank and drew on it with a Sharpie.  Surprised at the result, I tried again with finer and finer markers and pens. 

My hubby took some of the ornaments to work and sold them.  I was so surprised and happy I spent the holidays finding ways to use the unexpected income to help others in need.

love birds

love birds

One of my favorite earlier works. 

Not everyone sees the love birds right away.

ornaments -- work in progress

ornaments -- work in progress

After my initial set of ornaments I tried experimenting with colors, but doing that seemed to lose more than it gained so I generally stick to black ink now.

Painting is still a challenge so I only do a very limited number of those, usually for close friends.

boy and dog and ice cream - friendship ensues

boy and dog and ice cream - friendship ensues

Even though I love meeting people and seeing their reactions to my work, I will be taking time off from art shows to focus on putting together a book. 

I have many ideas but not nearly enough time or talent to do everything I want.

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