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Meet Bicker (My First Clayboard)

It is time, once again, to introduce you to a new book character.  You may remember Russ and Zeke from past posts.  Zeke’s book, Zeke’s Fate, is now available for sale.

These days, I am working on a prequel to Zeke’s Fate, which has a new set of characters, though there will be a few familiar faces from Zeke’s Fate.  In this prequel is a man who calls himself Bicker.  At first, he was to be a simple side character, but as I’ve written, he’s slowly, surely, become very much the heart of the story.  …I love it when characters take over! 🙂

This is also my first attempt at a clayboard.  What a fun medium!  It’s a lot like scratchboard, but instead of a wooden board covered with white clay and layered over with black ink, it’s just a board with the layer of clay.  It’s up to the artist to color/ink over the clay, and then the artist is free to scratch out details to their heart’s content.  It’s great!  Mistakes were made along the way, but I had a great time with this new medium.


– 5×7 inch Clayboard

– To add value, I used Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens of mainly the brush tip size.  I used varying shades of grays and blacks to get some depth from the start.  Once I was happy with the mass of shadow and form, I used an X-Acto knife, fiberglass brush, and some other sharp tools to scratch out details.  Since this was all new to me, I went back and colored over the scratched areas several times, changing things here and there, to get the result I wanted.  The face, especially, required a great deal of tweaking and little changes before I felt that this captured the likeness of my fictional character, Bicker.  I did use a couple of reference images very roughly to get some ideas and inspiration, but for the most part, Bicker’s face is from imagination.  As much as I looked, I couldn’t quite find a face that felt like Bicker’s…so I sort of pieced it together.

Unfortunately, the image makes this piece look grainier than in real life.  I’m sorry for that.

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Thanks very much for looking!  Stay tuned to hear more about the upcoming novel. 🙂


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Christmas is Fast Approaching

As I sit in the glow of my computer on this rainy Sunday afternoon, I find myself wishing I was out Christmas shopping at the mall.  Alas, I am not, yet I am reminded of the fabulous advantage of shopping online.  Which brings me to the point of this post.

I hope you will take a minute…or an hour…to browse the pages of my blog for some great gift ideas for anyone on your list, or maybe even a splurge for yourself.

A copy of my historical novel, Zeke’s Fate, would make a great gift for Christmas.  Just this once, I’m posting a teaser chapter from the novel, so I hope you enjoy it. Zeke’s Fate Teaser

I also have available for sale art notecard sets, fine art prints, and wire sculptures, so feel free to browse the various pages listed at the top of my blog.  In interested in purchasing something, please email me at for a quick and secure checkout through PayPal, or for other payment options.  Thank you for considering my work, and I hope to hear from you!  Merry Christmas!


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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Odds and Ends (Uncategorized)


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Josephine’s Shoe in Acrylics

You may remember the adorable little shoes I purchased earlier this year.  They reminded me of one of my characters in a book-in-the-works.  Her name is Josephine, and I imagine she wore shoes like these.

Painting is always difficult for me.  It just doesn’t come to me as naturally as drawing, so I tend to put it aside easily.  Still, the bug to paint comes every so often, and then I’ll take out my brushes and give it a go.  I’ve found that painting from life is much more educational than using a photograph, so I usually try to use a real object.  I ended up using one of these fabulous old shoes as a subject, and started in on the painting.

I used three basic colors for this, with the addition of white and black for values.  It is much less complicated to use a limited palette, and it really helps me to learn more about color mixing.

Josephine’s Shoe

– Painted with Liquitex Acrylic paints.  Colors used were Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Ultramarine Blue, Naphthol Crimson, Mars Black, and Titanium White.

– Brushes used were mostly coarse flat, bright, and round brushes.

– 5×7 inches in size, painted on a canvas panel.

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Thank you for looking!


Posted by on October 26, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings


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Josephine’s Shoes

Last Thursday, my mom and I went to an amazing flea market called Junk Bonanza.  It’s the second time we’ve gone, and we loved every minute there.  The amazing stuff, the talented ways the vendors set up and display their rusty, dusty, beautiful finds, the cheerful vibe of the whole place…it’s a fabulous event!

While there, I purchased a few things for my junk sculpture ideas including some old camera parts, an old gauge, and lenses from an eye doctor’s kit.  But my favorite find was a pair of women’s shoes which I believe date to the late 1800s or early 1900s.  They are leather, very supple yet, and just so tiny!  I have big feet, so these dainty little things are just adorable!

One other piece of happy news.  I believe I have finally settled on a new camera.  I chose the Canon T3i Rebel, and have the 18-55 mm lens as well as the 55-250 mm lens.  I’m having such fun playing with this camera, and the photos below were taken with this camera.  I’m still just beginning to learn about all the custom settings, but so far, I am happy with it. 🙂

Part of why I love these shoes so much is because somehow, it helps to have props to study while I am working on creative writing.  Zeke’s Fate may be complete, but Russ’ book (still untitled) is well in the works.  In Russ’ book, there’s a character by the name of Josephine, who will be a love interest for Russ.  When I saw these little shoes, I immediately thought they looked like they would be Josie’s shoes.  And they go great with my Bowler Hat, which I always visualized as Russ’ hat.  The two go hand in hand. 🙂

Josephine’s Shoes

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cute little shoes.  Have a great day!


Posted by on April 21, 2013 in Photography, The Cozy Red Lounge


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Zeke’s Fate

Dear readers of blogs (and hopefully of books), I would like to announce that my first novel, “Zeke’s Fate” is now available for sale.

Set in the year 1869, it is the story of Zeke Siegel, an American Civil War veteran who has struggled with amnesia for several years.  He finds himself entangled in a world of confusion and danger as he comes home to his wife, who has been told he was killed in the war.  She has begun to move on with her life after years of mourning him.  A new man, Fate, who is a bounty hunter of war deserters, has come into her life.  Learning of Zeke’s unclear and inconsistent past, he begins to suspect him of desertion, something even Zeke can’t be sure is true or not.  Suspicion gives way to vengeance as Fate grows more and more determined to destroy Zeke for the crime he may have committed.  In a struggle for answers, for understanding, and for life itself, Zeke is faced with a fate he cannot forget…

You may remember Zeke from this post made some time ago, and perhaps also from the post of the painting I did of Zeke.  I wrote this novel after being inspired by the fabulous NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge.  If you haven’t heard about it, check it out here.  It’s pretty amazing!

The novels are $10.00 each, plus shipping.  Please contact me at  Thank you!

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