Monday, November 29, 2010

New Works

Library Card Series for Vidhi The Lotus, Turtle and Dolphin Stories
stamps on painted library cards

Our friend Vidhi asked for a Lotus, Turtle and a Dolphin on the recycled library cards. Thanks for your inspiration Vidhi. I hope you enjoy.

Library Card Series 555
stamps on library card

Snail on Lotus with Turtles
stamps on wood disc

Drawings from Koyasan

Okunoin Study
pen on paper

While walking through the famous graveyard, Okunoin in Koyasan, I took some time to do some sketching. The day was great for taking photographs too. The graveyard is about 2 kilometers long and has some interesting sites throughout.

River Scene Study II at Takahara
pen on paper

Pyar and I spent time at the river on Saturday, November 20 at Takahara. It is a short walk from the Bed and Breakfast where we spent my wonderful birthday celebration weekend.

River Scene Study at Takahara
pen on paper

Study of Rocks at Okunoin, Koyasan
pen on paper

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Trinity UMC, Savannah, Georgia
watercolor on strathmore
5" x 12"

I made this watercolor for Trinity Church's new website banner.

Trinity United Methodist Church is located on Telfair Square in Savannah, Georgia. I wanted to capture the glow of God's work here and its amazing members. It is situated between the Jepson Center and The Telfair Museum of Art. Trinity Church's members and the Pastor, Reverend Enoch Hendry made Savannah my home for many years. It is one of my all time favorite places in the world because of the people. It was the first Church I visited in all of my life that welcomed me in the most heartfelt way. I was not asked my age or if I was married or why I was there, simply loved. They are a big part of my family and life. An arena to work out your faith, a must see and do when in Savannah, Georgia.

Sketch/Study for Trinity UMC watercolor

Takahara Kirinosato

We have many favorite places in Japan, and this beautiful place is in the top three. Kirinosato is a beautiful bed and breakfast in the mountains along the Kumano Kodo, only about a 4o minute bus ride from our home. This scene is from the outside deck looking down a short distance. The leaves are a lovely golden yellow and many shades of red. I tried to capture the season and mood through color and gesture.

Circle in Blue with Lotus
mixed media

I used the painting Circle in Blue to experiment with the platinum stamp pad and
my new lotus stamp.

Among Friends
mixed media
20cm x 20cm

I reworked this painting from May and finally feel it is resolved.

New Works

Circle of Lotus
stamp on wood disc

I used the watermark stamp pad for this design. Thank you MaryMom and LewisDad.

Sea Life
handcarved stamps on paper

Florida Box Turtle
handcarved stamp on paper

As I mentioned previously, Vidhi asked for a lotus, dolphin and a turtle. My first two pets, Terender and Shoelace were Florida Box Turtles. I was about 7 years old and always dreamed of being small and riding on their backs and feeding them gigantic food.

New Friends

Great Blue Whale
stamp on wood disc

Pyar helped inspire this new friend. I really love the gesture in his expression.

Baby Dolphin
stamp on wood disc

I made this one as a set of three from a request by our friend Vidhi. She wanted a turtle, lotus and a dolphin. I tried to not make her too cutesy.
Hopefully Jewel gives her approval.

Baby Piggy
stamp on wood disc

Lotus and Higanbana
handcarved stamps on purple paper

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chinese Zodiac Sheep Drawing for Mitsuko san

pencil on paper

One of our dear friends Komori, Mitsuko is a sheep in Chinese Zodiac. I made her this drawing for her birthday recently. She enjoyed it. She is one of my inspirations for learning Japanese since she is such a wonderful person and I would like to get to know her better.