Saturday, December 25, 2010


Another tiny one..made for a neighbor. However, one of the other neighbors at the dinner took it home so I'll be doing another one tonight for the first neighbor. It was a great Christmas, surrounded by good friends, good humor, and good food. A very "kind" holiday.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Crow and the Golden Retriever

I'm still experimenting with the Howlite rock. The Golden Retriever is only about an inch in diameter and the crow is under three inches. The crow's name is Marvin. When I had the store, we used to feed them and several  seagulls. The crows were a distinct family unit and Marvin was a big, gorgeous bird with eyebrows. He had rainbows in his feathers, sort of like an oil slick and everyone treated him with respect. I watched him smack a seagull (and the western gulls are big here) into the ground and tap dance on his/her head. I miss him since the store is gone. There were three seagulls we could recognize, Caca Zabor (mean and nasty, liked to bite other birds and pull feathers), Gabby Hayes (never stopped making comments), and Robert Gullet (ate a mini muffin and you could see it in his throat.

The crow is sold.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Parker on Marble

I'm really liking playing with this's my next piece. For some strange reason, I cannot get it to lighten to what it actually is so I may do another photo in the morning in natural light. I experimented with some color this time and discovered I can scratch it. I don't know if I can treat it like scrimshaw yet, maybe some of the darker pieces. It is available.

Kale on Marble

A neighbor and friend gifted me with some slabs. She showed me what she had done with them. I've been very intrigued but trying to stay with the straight and narrow. However, I couldn't help myself and did a small piece. I have another experiment scheduled to today that's going to be about the same size or slightly smaller....I'm going for color this time. Done with a very fine point ink quill, I present to brilliantly titled "Kale", cause that's what it is, not roses. This piece is three inches by three inches at it's longest points. At this point it is for sale, but I don't think I could get it shipped anywhere in a timely could be a late gift though. e-mail me at

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Pelican

A conch (konk, in oregonese) painted. I've been planning this for a while and I LIKE it. It is available for sale. Sorry, it's sold. But I'll be doing more.

A Force to be Reckoned With

A very common resident here on the coast. A Juvenile Western Gull. These guys are big, and they have attitude. Sometimes not the smartist or most opportunistic, but the youngsters are gorgeous with the speckles and markings. It gives them character.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Cheka's Aussie

Cheka wants an extreme close-up...very soft, but emphasizing the ice blue eyes. I think I've got takes a lot to turn scratchboard soft, so I scratched the whole thing in detail, and now, using ink and a fiberglass brush, he's becoming soft.