“Does she only paint cats?” do you ask.

The thing is, at the moment  I can just grab this bit of time, in the morning. At least I have this, there will be better times for bigger paintings, but for now it’s this. Oskar and Knut. Knut and Oskar. Actually, more of Knut cause Oskar is a respectable older tomcat, he appreciates to be my model but after a while he gets sleepy and goes downstairs for a nap on his (uh, my)  favorite armchair.

Knut’s World – Ink and pencil on 24 x 32 Canson Paper 260 gm


My Father’s Garden

This is a painting I did in Germany, and I posted in on my Parisdreamtime blog already. Nevertheless I think the people who come here do not necessarily go there, so here it is. This is really about how I FEEL this garden and what it represents for me. Snuggling up in it, I feel safe. Back in Paris now, we finally have a fine summer, too. Have a wonderful day, enjoy nature and the fleeting moment, greetings from me to you, Andrea. AHdP

Ink and oil on paper (Canson 24 x 32 cm – 250)


I have taken an unfinished sketchbook, with drawings that I did 4 years ago. How time flies. The drawings in there looked naked, I drew them in the countryside, around cows.

Cows and Colors – Ink drawing, oil pastel, water-color


I decided to put some more ink drawings on top of the old ones, and play with color and ideas.

Sketching recipe: Ingredients: sketchbook, pencil, pen, ink color, things you like, and a sprinkle of fun.

Allow yourself being intuitive, you sketchbook doesn’t have any expectations….draw anything you feel attracted to, cats, laundry, food, trees, flowers, faces. You’ll thank me later when you look into your sketchbook, after a few weeks, and there they are, your drawings, sparkling little souvenirs!

Summer, then and now – ink drawing, watercolor, oil pastel

Derecho Storm



I said to Lesley, who writes the Glitz Art Glass blog, about one of her earlier comments; Andrea and I try to sketch each day.  Andrea is much better at doing that than I am, but I try.  Last week when the “derecho storm” hit our area things were really thrown off.  We lost power (and many poor souls still do not have it returned to them), internet, cell/mobile and land line phones, emergency contact phone (911) and we were even boiling our drinking water for a bit.  In a moment our lives were turned topsy-turvy, as we had very little warning about the destructive power of this thing.  During the event, I completely forgot about sketching as I was trying to keep myself cool and after that there were far too many other things happening like checking on people who still did not have power, etc.  I finally got around to making this sketch while looking out my front window, because going outside in this heat was not going to happen! Okay, so Andrea prodded me along to make it, too!

The frequency of these amazing storms really befuddles me.  You think of hurricanes and earthquakes doing tons of damage, but who had heard of “derecho”, well maybe weather people, but not so much artists!  Lesley also reminded me it was last year this time when New Zealand was suffering with the wrath of nature with mud slides and terrible flooding not to mention that being on the heels of two devastating earthquakes.  The wildfire in Colorado Springs has also had its way with a heavily populated area.  Sometimes I wonder if the earth is trying to tell us something.  In the end, she will win!