Monday, December 26, 2005

Happy Holidays

Christmas Illustration
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
I made a little doodle in my journal as the header for the day's entry. Sometimes I get quite elaborate, sometimes it's just a line to separate entries. Anyway, I hope all of you are safe, happy, healthy and have what you need in this holiday season!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

What Superhero Are You?

Your results:
You are Superman
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
The Flash
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Sunday, December 18, 2005


I took a bunch of my daughter's little plastic sea critters with me to McDonald's while the kids were playing to draw for Blind Contour Friday. Sutter and Niff both did sea creatures so I did, too. I did the manta first to warm up

Then I did the swordfish

and the octopus and the sunfish was last. I didn't have a pigma micron with me so they are all G2 ink with PITT pen in my hedgehog. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 07, 2005

Here's my little girl!! This is a photo I have posted on morgueFile and the website people emailed me to let me know they used it. Thank you!!! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
A nice chilly morning with some of the first frost on the ground. Delicate traces on the edges of stem and leaf, defining outlines. Nature's beauty in every crystal and blade. Stop and look.

Halloween Funnies

My bellydance sister Marcy sent these yesterday. Enjoy!! This one is SO me!!


This would be me, too...

For my math teachers...



Sort of a Friday the 13th moment...

Just plain silly


Last, but not least... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Originally uploaded by mdb2.
This is a BIG locomative!! I was surfing through the "train" pool on flickr and found this...I'll see if I can find out more about it...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Hand-bound Book
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
I finished my first Hedgie last week. It's a hand-made book the size of a pocket Moleskine with all the same features. The pages are 90# watercolor paper and the cover is some fabric I used for my husband and son's costumes. It opens flat, has a pocket in the back, a ribbon bookmark and an elastic band closure tea-dyed to compliment the cover fabric. I did a few things different than Leslie has on her .pdf: I made the cover from two pieces of cardboard with a paper strip on the spine for flexibility. The fabric glued to the cover should give the spine some strength; and I made the hedgie the same size as a moleskine, not quarter-letter size. I'm rather proud of the job I did; it's much better than the other books I've made. I look forward to making more and experimenting with papers and covers! Click on the photo to see other photos of the binding process.

Moleskinerie Group

Hedgehogs Forever

Leslie's illustrated binding tutorial

Friday, October 14, 2005

20 Random Things About Me

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.

Yesterday, Nita tagged me in the game, so here it is:

1. I'm a Scorpio.
2. I was born on Halloween.
3. I can make darn near anything.
4. I can fix darn near anything.
5. I play recorder, a medieval flute-like instrument, and have gone to Early Music festivals and done demonstrations for Music Appreciation classes. One year, my friends and I played at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
6. I also played piano.
7. I have a full darkroom packed in storage waiting for a house to set up in.
8. In photography class, I entered a contest and was a finalist in the Best of College Photography 1999.
9. I collect dragon figurines and had some of them in Crown Center's "Tons More Things People Collect" show last summer.
10. I know how to SCUBA dive and have my own gear.
11. I love anything miniature; model trains, Zip zap RC cars, dragons, origami, books, doll house stuff, you name it!
12. I take Middle Eastern dance classes and love tribla-style and fusion dancing.
13. I live in a 2-bedroom apartment but can only use one because the other's packed with craft supplies.
14. I used to own a car body shop.
15. My favorite classes in High School were metal shop, foundry and sewing.
16. I love animals and have had snakes, marine and fresh-water fish, dogs, cats, mice, rats, a duck, a madagascar hissing roach, a tarantula and snails.
17. I also love plants and had over 200 African Violets at one time (and will again!).
18. I was a free-lance photographer for the Wednesday magazine with several cover photos.
19. I once worked in a haunted house.
20. I'm Pagan.

There, now you know too much and I'll have to disappear from the face of the Earth! I'm supposed to tag some more people, so here goes:

Ruud Janssen
Jim Bumgarner
Big Harry Hindmarsh
Kathleen Marie


My First Studio Session

I've never used studio lights for portrait photography before so Amara let me use her as a guinea pig-er-model. She's one of my dance teachers, if you couldn't guess from the costume, and needed some new photos of herself also. I learned a lot and so did she. And got some nice photos from it! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Nita's Screenshot

Here's the screenshot of Nita's blog, I meant to send it but hit the wrong button!! Posted by Picasa


InkTracks is Nita from New Hampshire's blog. She's a member of the Everyday Matters group and does a lot of her work in a Moleskine (!). There's been some discussion about it and it's discovered that a bit of soap on the brush helps break up the sizing on the sketchbook's pages to make it more receptive to watercolor. Nita also uses gouache in her book to good effect. Another talented artist!

There's a game of blog tag going around. Someone tag me, Please!!!!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2005

EDM #36 - Draw in Public

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
The Main Street bridge over Brush creek on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Drawn in pencil in my trusty Moleskine yesterday from the children's section of the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza branch. It's also my entry for the Everyday Matters Challenge this week, #36, Draw in Public.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Esmerelda and Rianna

Esmerelda and Rianna
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
We went to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival last weekend with some of the gals from the Maya Zahira School of Bellydance. It was a little chilly in the morning but it was perfect for wearing costumes! Rianna got all dolled up in hers and Daddy wore his (after much cajoling and threatening from me). The cub was hopeless, I just didn't bother. Mine had a dye mishap and I found about 15 other reasons not to wear it. I had pockets and my backpack and could take care of the rest of the troupe just fine and enjoyed the day immensely. Rianna jumped on the bungee thing like in St Louis but they made her go too high and she got scared. Then I found her a garland for her hair and she was happy again. Go to my Flickr site (click on the badge over there --->) to find lots more photos from the day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Toy Train Blind Contour

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Blind Contour of one of my son's toy locomotives in my moleskine with a Pigma Micron pen while the kids jumped on the bed next to me! Last weekend was the Greater Kansas City Model Railroad Expo and the opening of the KC Rail Experience at Union Station. Check my Flickr page for lots of photos!

Thursday, September 15, 2005


If you haven't been to Laura's blog, Laurelines, then drop in RIGHT NOW! She draws in color families and brushes in ink and is living Everyday. She looks at the things in front of her, cooking, at the market, in the garden and finds what her sketchbooks are filled with. Drawing every day is so essential to progressing as an artist, just as photographing every day is and we can look to Laura as an example of how not to be afraid of your materials and experiment and experience. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 01, 2005

EDM #14 - First Thing I See in the Morning

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
A tousle-headed boy! Pigma Micron in my Moleskine.

EDM #29 - Architectural

Ron's Buildings
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Draw something architectural. These buildings, at 2 East Emanuel Cleaver II Parkway, were the first ones my husband drew on AutoCAD and the first buildings from Black and Veatch to be done on AutoCAD. He did the structural and architectural drawings for them.

Monday, August 29, 2005

EDM #30 Chair

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
I was given this dining set and some other furniture by a good friend who moved to New York a few years ago. The four chairs each have a different fabric on the cushion from her life.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I got an email today. A publisher is going to use two of my morgueFile photos for a book jacket of a Ukranian translation of "Changing Our School" by Louise Stoll and Dean Fink. I also got another email asking for the spelling of my name for credit for photos used in St Louis Women On The Move magazine! Nice!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Blind Contour (shaking out the rust)

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
My coin scarf for belly dance. I did most of it blind, just looking enough to fill in some of the beads and color it in with PITT pens. The sepia lines on the page are courtesy my bear cub. He decorated my moleskine for me a couple weeks ago!

I've had a bit of a drawing drought, made myself too busy with other things, etc. So I just did it.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Dahlal Internationale

Wow! I just saw this tonight! I'm going there next weekend while we're in St Louis to buy things and I'd love to get at least the hip scarf. Assuit is a material made in Egypt on the Upper Nile in a small town by little old ladies. It is a cotton net fabric with German silver threads woven into a pattern and beaten flat. I want to take a seminar on a form of folkloric dance called Raqs al Assaya, a cane dance, in Lawrence in August and the scarf would be a nice compliment to it. I'll be picking up a couple of other things while I'm there, too; a set of cymbals and something else nice. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 24, 2005

EDM #24 - Fruit

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
The kids woke up just as I finished the fruit and wanted it for breakfast! I had sketched the plate and shading on it but couldn't get the right colors easily, it's a celadon blue, so I did the plate and background in PITT pens. The peach and bananas are watercolor.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
For Illustration Fridays: Karma. Watercolor and ink in Moleskine. Who says you can't watercolor in them?

"The great spiral of life weaves its way from birth the source of all sacredinward as life quickens toward the first breath of life at birth and spins itself back out along its path learning what is there in this lifetime to death and rejoining the Great Wheel"

Sunday, July 17, 2005

My Foot, Again

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
A more refined ink drawing. Pigment liner on moleskine. Will paint later...

EDM #23 - My Foot

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
A blind contour drawing of my foot for Everyday Matters Challenge #23. I was trying to steal time to draw all weekend and this is what I squeaked out last night between putting the kids to bed and my heading there, too.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

EDM #12 - Draw What You Ate for Dinner

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
I ate chicken planks, hush puppies and fries with root beer and lots of malt vinegar at Long John Silver's.
Not one of my better efforts, I've been working on this small painting for about a week and a half and decided it was getting worse and stopped. The chicken was getting to be a muddy mess and the fries disappeared. If we don't make mistakes, we don't learn. So, I'm sharing my mistake.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Home Show

Driving down Ward Parkway, there are some homes that are just my favorites. This one was built by Boss Tom Pendergast, one of the first in the area, for his wife after their trip to Europe. They were especially impressed by the architecture of Provence.

This is supposedly the home of Len Dawson, former Chiefs quarterback and TV sports anchor. It was built in the last 5-6 years.

The Country Club Christian Church is a lovely compliment to the homes in the area.

The Meyer Circle fountain, known as the Seahorse fountain, was damaged by vandals several years ago, the top and upper bowl were shipped to Italy for repairs and returned to grace our city once again.

My favorite is a Japanese style home with shoji windows

that I didn't get in one shot.

A few days later, I saw this pooch cruising Shawnee Mission Parkway. Notice the owner's posture. Posted by Picasa