Tutu aflutter magnolia

A little magnolia flower, inspired by a poem I read on this blog, Leaf and twig: Her tutu a flutter magnolia dances to the wind song the tree an assemble en tourant, grand… Continue reading

My inbox: Eggplant wordplay from Debbie!

I was so excited to find this in my inbox today, from Debbie, of Dosankodebbie’s Etegami Notebook! The words on it, すなになす, is a bit of Japanese wordplay, in which the sentence is… Continue reading

Mulberry leaf

“All the trees of the field will clap their hands” — song title from Sufjan Stevens. My husband overcame his fear of heights to climb on the roof and trim back the mulberry… Continue reading

Strawberry from Tatsuaki!

A happy little strawberry from Tatsuaki, along with a photo of a lovely magnolia etegami!

Odd ducks

Ducks… these ones are rather odd, with the angle I chose to focus on. Look for a few more ducks over the next couple of weeks. Oh, and I’m selling the blue-billed one… Continue reading

Garlic Flowers and Big Bear Cafe

“This is an interesting planet. It deserves all the attention you can give it.” (Marilynne Robinson, Gilead). Memorial Day weekend was especially wonderful this year, as unseasonably reasonable temperatures have continued in the… Continue reading

There are no goodbyes

I painted this card as a sympathy card for a friend who lost her mother recently. The words are from Gandhi, with the full quotation being, “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever… Continue reading


Artichokes have been on my mind. Maybe because here on the east coast they are so hard to get fresh. Maybe I’ve been thinking about how my mom would boil them and we’d… Continue reading

A sumi tulip, a haiku, and a flower, from Kasia in Poland

A lovely pair of etegami from Kasia in Poland. Her sumi-e tulip card features what she says is one of her first haikus! She will soon be getting a colored tulip from me!

All gone pear-shaped

I have finally had time for painting again, after some time away… but little time to write posts or actually get something on the blog. It’s like everything has gone “pear-shaped.” (If you’re… Continue reading