I can get drunk on things like the gerbera daisy

The last few weeks I’ve been trying just plain pencil and ink drawing, using Keys to Drawing, by Bert Dodson as a guide. One of the first tasks is to draw your hand — draw… Continue reading

My Inbox: Flowers and Bamboo Shoots from Hideko

A wonderful takenoko, or bamboo shoot, which are in season right now. The words read, “Live as honestly as you can.” I will take those words to heart. And also try to find… Continue reading

a stamp collage etegami

I received a lovely set of etegami from Hyu in Vietnam, enclosed in a stamp-covered envelop. I guess it takes a lot of stamps to get cards to the US! The thing that… Continue reading

My Inbox, it overflows!

      A large collection of recently received etegami! I see I have some painting to do, to respond! Above is a set of cards from Shay in Hawaii. The one on… Continue reading

Beaver-tail Cactus Flower

I recently went to Joshua Tree National Park in California. For some reason, despite living in California all of  my childhood and early adulthood I never made it there. We went in late… Continue reading

Fresno Margarita

I tend to favor spicy, savory drinks, and one thing I am happy about regarding the upcoming DC summer is the return of spicy, jalapeno-based drinks to my local bars. I’m not sure… Continue reading

Sad cherry trees

Cherry blossoms in DC are scarce. A long cold winter seems to have scared them off. I did find a few this last week on daily walks to and from work, and I… Continue reading

Library Week 2014!

Library Week 2014 will be April 13-19th this year. Sponsored by the American Library Association, the week highlights the positive impact that librarians and libraries have on society. Last year I did an… Continue reading

Put a sun in Sunday, Sunday!

  It’s March 30th, in Washington, DC, Sunday. And it’s raining and sleeting. This really isn’t like you, DC, but if it means we’ll have a milder than usual summer this year, I’m good… Continue reading

One hundred percent

A larger format etegami done from a series of elephant photos from Flickr, I used a quotation from Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Hoo: an elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent. Happy Wednesday, everyone.