Life in a family that has two Aspies in it (I’m one of them) can be interesting at best. I don’t even want to talk about the “at worst” scenarios. Suffice it to say that there are times when try as I might, no matter how much I want things to go smoothly they don’t. This means that sometimes my passions, like art, music, and writing, get set aside for a time because, well, life.

A few days ago I decided to make it a point to do some art every day. Nothing big, but something. I’d like to share my work from day one and day two, both done in colored pencil, both 5×7. Today being day three, and it being the time of day that it is, I’m a little worried that my streak might end at two days. Unless I try a mini drawing. That just might be the ticket today!

I’m already finding that I’m becoming much more confident with colored pencils. When I first started out with them my drawings tended to look like a kindergartner went haywire with crayons, but not any more. I’m also trying to find my way to make my drawings look the way I want them to look rather than trying to copy other artists techniques and outcomes.

Anyway, here are my first two dailies. I hope you enjoy them!


Leaded Seascape in Colored Pencil 8×10

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Another drawing my my “Leaded” series, this seascape is a tribute to the first, and only, stained glass window I ever made. Rather than making the leading silver, I have chosen to use black. Why? To give a nod to another of my hobbies – quilting! Unfortunately I have yet to make a stained glass quilt, but I love how they look; very reminiscent of Amish quilts with their black accents throughout. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ with a generous boarder ready for your mat and frame.

Peek of Spring in Colored Pencil 5×7

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Can’t get enough of nature’s beauty? This lovely painting of a delicately blooming flower will help keep you satisfied all year long! Done on 100 pound paper in colored pencil with a mineral spirit wash. Finished piece is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for your mat and frame.

Stained Glass Windows

When I was 17, a very long time ago, I took an extension course at the local university to learn how to make stained glass windows. I loved everything about it – the brilliant colors of the glass, putting the pieces together, soldering the lead. Well, I could have lived without the cuts I got, but everything else was great! When I recently made my Leaded Mountains piece in colored pencil I was reminded of those days and how much I enjoyed myself. I’m currently working on another leaded drawing. This one is very similar to the project I made in that class so long ago, but without the sharp edges. I can’t wait for you to see it when it’s done!



Before The First Snow Colored Pencil Landscape 5X7

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Autumn is my favorite time of year. In this meadow landscape I have tried to capture a few things that I love about fall. Come with me and visit a meadow stream before the first snow of the year arrives.  This original landscape is done in colored pencil on 100 pound paper. The finished size is 5″ x 7″ with an ample border for easy matting and framing.


I’ve been working on some landscapes. Well, experimenting with them would be more accurate. I’ve been concentrating on using colored pencils for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that they are much more convenient for me to use – no prep time and no clean up which is very handy when caregiving. I’ll be adding mineral spirits to my arsenal tomorrow and see how that will affect my drawings. I can’t wait to give it a try. I’m also working on incorporating the tooth of the paper (the paper’s texture) into the finished piece of art. I love the soft look I can get with that. I’m looking forward to sharing some new pieces in the days to come!

Blue Mountains in the Mist in Colored Pencil 8×10

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Blue Mountains in the Mist in Colored Pencil 8×10. Shades of blue dominate this mountain landscape, whisking you away to a misty mountain morning. This drawing is done on 100 lb. 9″ x 12″ paper. The drawing itself is 8″ x 10″ and ready for your mat and frame.