Satisfying Lines

Satisfying Lines


Isn’t there something so satisfying about drawing lines? It’s basic. Primal. The first art work we drew as children were simple lines – all different kinds and shapes and weights and with different implements – crayons, chalk, pens, pencils.

I still love primitive lines and looks. It reminds me of living in a tribe in we each have our own markings that distinguish who we are. Maybe that’s why tattoo art is so popular. It’s a marking that tells the world something about the person who carries it around. (Sometimes I want to stop a person with an intriguing tattoo and ask how it all came about.)

The patterns I create with lines appeal to people who resonate with the childhood memories of just making simple art. The above pattern was inspired by chocolate and coffee house colors.  The one below is the same pattern, but inspired by hours at the chalkboard.


This chalkboard version is available as a print and for a variety of products at my stores on Society 6.

Blue Coyotes

Blue Coyotes


I painted this story awhile back using Procreate on my iPad.  I liked it then.  Now, it seems so primitive.

So I decided to revisit the blue coyotes theme because they are such a part of my life.  Each night and early morning darkness coyotes, although not necessarily blue ones, do what they do best – hunt and howl.  My neighbor has a beautiful Alaskan husky who howls along with them. Sometimes a 3 am, 2 am, I am dreaming of coyotes because I’m subconsciously hearing them. They run in the empty fields and shallow canyons around my home. Sometimes they even boldly venture onto my driveway and use it as a highway to wherever they’re running to.

I don’t fear them. I welcome them in all their beauty. Some times when I’ve been out walking early in the morning, I have encountered a solitary coyote. I stop and stand very still, watching him in the distance. He sees me too. He stops and stares at me. Does he wonder what I am, why I’m looking in his direction, if I mean him harm? It may sound a bit neurotic, but I kind of think we’re communicating.

The above painting is a placement print, suitable for products or hanging on the wall.  Below is a repeat print version, for wallpaper, gift wrap, fabric, etc.


Hope you enjoy the print and the story behind it. You can see more of this print and others on products at my store on Society 6.

The Roadrunner And The Lizard

The Roadrunner And The Lizard


I mentioned on Facebook a few weeks ago that a roadrunner had come to call and posted some photos of him perched on the back of a patio chair. Previously I’d seen him hanging around my art studio. He came racing around the back,tail bobbing, chasing after something with a vengeance, a lizard no doubt.  When he saw me he looked a little sheepish and took off, as if he was a bit embarrassed at being caught in a frenzy of pursuit.

These are the seemingly mundane stories that make it into my art. Simple things become inspiration. The real story – that God has been here and has left glaring evidence of His presence and creativity – is the truth behind every piece I do.

“The Roadrunner and the Lizard” is a repeat pattern, which I kind of imagine used on gift wrap or gift bags. Would you be delighted to receive a gift, wrapped up in this colorful story?

Lately, I’ve been designing very layered complex patterns with a visual story at the center, making it suitable for a stand alone print, which I will make available for purchase directly from my store on this website, or on products from my partner companies – Society6 and Fine Art America.

Hope you enjoy this little bit of color and the story behind it.

Cockatoo Envy

Cockatoo Envy


Living with other humans teaches us to overlook and forgive offenses.

I live with a feathered “child.”  Seriously, a cockatoo has the brains of a three year old human child. Like any toddler, they are messy and selfish. They are endlessly affectionate and throwing a tantrum the next.

Angel believes, apparently, that my “spotless” floor is a place to toss stuff she’s no longer interested in. In her mind she lives in a cockatoo forest high in a Eucalyptus tree. She drops anything she doesn’t want so it lands on the forest floor. She would argue she has no hands and no place to store what she doesn’t want so dropping it seems logical to her. I could clean up the floor around her eight times a day and it would still need more cleaning after that.

That’s the downside of living with a bird.  The upside is she’s smart, funny, affectionate and a thing of rare beauty. When you look at your own child, maybe a toddler or even a teenager, don’t you see their upside more than their flaws?

Living with a bird in my house is not ideal but it teaches me to be patient, especially with those who are totally unaware of their own shortcomings. Angel has no idea that I’m overlooking her offenses moment by moment.  As far as she’s concerned she’s just being the delightful creature God made her to be.

I envy the life of a cockatoo.  She has no bills to pay, is always fed, her area cleaned up by the “maid” and she gets a massage whenever she comes to me for affirmation that she is loved.

I wonder if that’s how God sees me.

“Cockatoo Envy” is a repeat pattern, even though I’ve shown just a closeup.  It’s meant to work as a stand alone print, or as wallpaper, a duvet cover, shower curtain, stationary, gift wrap, a serving tray, or . . . can you think of something else? Let me know what you’d like to see it on or if you would like your very own print, by leaving me a message below.  Hope you enjoy it.


Making Patterns = Seeing Bigger

Making Patterns = Seeing Bigger



Learning to make patterns has helped me see repetitions in my own life in a spiritual sense. Sometimes I repeat stupid things and wonder why I haven’t learned anything.  In the wondering there is opportunity to make new patterns to create a different journey – to make corrections that didn’t work the first, second or third time.

The above pattern took a lot of time to design.  First I had to draw dozens of motifs that go into a pattern design.  Then I had to choose a color palette to bring it all together in a unifying theme. Then the design phase begins.  What do I put where?  How many elements do I include?  Do I leave some out?  Create new ones that might work better? Is anything missing?  Are things in balance?  Are there dead spaces where nothing is happening?  How does it flow so that eyes move around the design and see what I want the observer to see?

After it’s done, I have to check the scale of the pattern to see how it looks close up, farther away and really tiny. These are all considerations for what product it’s going to be used on.  Tiny in scale, which looks good as the interior of a fancy envelope would get lost on the cover of a book or a large duvet cover.  How people are going to see it matters. Learning how this works has improved my vision. I see patterns on everything. I had no idea they were such a part of daily life.

My life has been full of repetitions – some that I wish would go away and others I can’t get enough of.  My journey, walking with God, is full of changes, re-working the pattern threads He has placed in the weave of my life. He reworks my design constantly based on the freedom of choice He gave me.  If I choose a direction He counters with balance, lessons, everlasting love and kindness toward me.  He knows I am a mere wisp of air, full of flaws and weaknesses that He must strengthen and hold up with His almighty hand. He is my grand designer and I rely on Him alone to see the entire pattern with all the intricate repetitions. I can’t see that big. Only He can.

On the spiritual dimension of patterns, I highly recommend The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias. He gives great insight into How God uses circumstances in our lives to make us who we are.