Friday, October 23, 2015


I don't spend all my time at the computer, you know.  Oh, I do now, but it wasn't always the case. I used to actually create things, & I'm not talking about my three kids.  For instance, my husband had a client who owned Happy Hen Eggs.  The hen on the carton didn't look happy at all--in fact, she looked a little nauseated.  I offered to draw him a new one, which he agreed was much better.  This is it:

Just a few (really!!) samples of my work:

I've personalized about a dozen or so mirrors
with refrigerator magnets, buttons, etc:
This is Nameless's--I made it when her girls were small.


In my entry hall:

(The bottom got cut off the picture.)
It says, "Love, laughter and friends are always welcome here."

A clay bust of an Asian man.
Sorry for all the light reflection.
He's only about 7" high.
I haven't sculpted anything in stone or marble--yet!!

Some charcoals

Some pen & ink drawings

(I love San Francisco Victorian houses.)


 My pastel version of a Turner oil

And oils

But what I love most is working in
stained glass!!

Some lamps
Nameless'--she loves geometric shapes

Matt's (AKA Fishman)

Two views of the same lamp
in Bud's home office

Above Nameless' front door
(I told you she likes geometricals!!)

For a friend:

This was at the landing of my cousin's stairs:

And these were on either side of her front door.
They are mirror image except for the placement of the hummingbirds:

One of a pair of Fishman's mirror image windows in his basement.  
The dirt grass comes up to the bottom of the windows outside.
And my own personal favorite,
a 4' x 6' window in my entry hall.
I try not to take things too seriously--
can you find the worm?

Below are the last things I did.
I made nameplates for Elisa's oldest girls 
& then I decided I should have one, too!!

Here is the last thing I made.
Elisa of The Crazy Life of a Writing Mom 
married her wonderful husband Mike in September.
Elisa had liked a poem by Janie Junebug 
very much & Janie asked me if I could incorporate it into some artwork 
to give to the newlyweds as a wedding gift from the two of us.

I mounted the poem on Masonite & painted the lakeshore with a 
heart shaped stone (with a tiny bit of glitter on it)
partially covered by the water.

Here it is framed (with reflections from my window):
This is Janie's poem:

The Stone
By Janie Junebug

a grey stone
found on the shore
of a great lake


cleansed by the waters
and made smooth
by fine grains of sand

the perfect grey stone



  1. Artistically talented as well as funny, I'm very impressed. And a little jealous.

    1. Thank you, but I have a brown thumb & yours is SO green!!

  2. You do lovely work. I've tried stain glass but my pieces were, how should I say...sad.

    1. I find that hard to believe--your camera work is lovely!!

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  4. How fun that you and Janie created something together. Some awesome artwork, Fran. I so love stained glass, and those lampshades are really awesome.

    1. Thank you--I really enjoyed doing them!! Wasn't Janie's poem perfect?

  5. OMG!! I am impressed, Lady! Is there no end to your talents? Wow! Kudos!! :) :)

    1. My talent comes to a screeching halt with singing--I can't carry a tune!!

  6. Brag away. TOTALLY justified.
    My jealous (and awed) self is slinking away...

    1. Thank you, but my comment to River applies to you, too--your gardens are gorgeous!!

  7. And I thought Fishducky just had a great sense of humor... Interesting and varied stuff, you are a talented artist!

  8. Wow, is there a medium you haven't conquered?? I loved that little black child's face but all your pieces are amazing. Be proud.

  9. You're a duck of many remarkable talents. Loved the art cartoons.

    1. Not as talented as you--I don't think I could make a living as an artist!! I would need a sales rep. I would probably say to a prospective client, "You wouldn't want to buy this, would you?"

  10. WOW! I am flabbergasted! How have you kept these talents a secret?

    I agree with Arkansas Patti. That little boy is my favorite. I also like the pen and ink drawings of the Victorian houses.

    As for the cartoons...Dali's delinquent air-conditioning bill!

    1. How about that--I flabbered your gast!! Actually, he's my co-favorite. I also love the little Afro-American baby looking away from the viewer. And my cartoons are all hand (actually eye) selected.

  11. Impressive. I had no idea you were so talented! Beautiful!

    1. Thanks!! As a kid I was told I had no talent for art. I took a workshop/class so I could get away from the kids once a week & whaddya know!!

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  13. Wow! You aren't just a pretty face with an awesome sense of humor... you are some kinda talented, too! You did some amazing work.


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