Spring has Sprung!  0

Well it’s trying to anyway. To get you in the mood below is the full color version of my latest painting “the Baby Sitter”.

title:The Baby Sitter media: watercolor& colored pencil

title:The Baby Sitter
media: watercolor& colored pencil


Just a reminder, this Saturday is Affair of the Arts- spring show. It looks like it’s gonna be a lovely day. Turtle Creek is a delightful spot to emerge from the polar vortex. Hope to see you there:)


Follow the link below for further details:




Spring Show

2015 Upcoming Events ….so far.  0

title:The Baby Sitter(sketch) media:pencil

title:The Baby Sitter(sketch)

Are  the short days and cold nights getting you down? Sounds like you need a little R&R.

Come and join me at Capricon 35 February 12-15 at the Westin in Wheeling ,Illinois. My work will be available for purchase in the art show ( Above is a sneak peek at the  sketch for the painting I am currently working on. Prints will be available for the first time at Capricon)  Also I will be teaching two intuitive watercolor workshops. One for kids as well as one for teens & adults. Also for the first time and as a special event for this show I will be leading and participating in an artistic Round Robin. Those of you so inclined bring your art supplies so we can all play together.  I’m precutting some mats so our collaborative efforts can be displayed in the art show on Saturday.


I will have supplies available but since I have no idea how many folks will show up? I request  that those of you who have supplies bring what you can.  Suggested supply list PDF


If you miss me at any of those activities I will also be taking part in the annual artist showdown that takes place just before the live art auction Saturday night.


My Capricon35 Schedule:

Friday, 02-13-2015

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Intuitive Water Color Workshop (teens/adults)  – Botanic Garden B 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Not Your Children’s Fairy Tales: A Discussion of Fairy Lore From Celtic Times -Ravinia A

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Round Robin Wrendering -Botanic Garden B (Special Events – Programming)


Saturday, 02-14-2015  

11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Water Color Workshop for Kids -Elm (Kids Programming)

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Artist Showdown- Ravinia A,Ravinia B

8:00 pm to 11:00pm- Art Auction- Ravinia A,Ravinia B


If you can’t make it in February there I have two more shows on my schedule so far.



Back by popular demand!For one day only!

Affair of the Arts-Spring Show

March 14,2015,  the Shores of Turtle Creek, Spring Grove,Il.



Spectrum Fantasy Art Live! 4

May 22-24, 2015, Kansas City, MO

Lots of changes this year at SFAL4, It’ll be in a different part of the convention center close to the Hilton where ConQuest will be taking place the same weekend. For more details see the event website here:


Stay Warm I hope to see you all very soon.

Seasons Greetings  0

I can hardly believe it’s been a year since I started this new website. Lots to look forward to in the new year. Will post again soon with all the news and previews of things to come. In the meantime I like to wish you all  Happy Holidays.


Below is what happens when you leave your toys alone with the spiked egg-nog  and pixie dust on Christmas Eve. Beware! what happens at the Xmas party doesn’t always stay there.


Baby Buddha, Frosty and Snowy take a selfie.

Baby Buddha, Frosty and Snowy take a selfie.



Happy Thanksgiving  0

As a Thanksgiving treat I am going to share with you this year one of my family’s favorite recipes.

(Click on the title below to download the PDF)

Zimmerman’s Pumpkin Dessert

(the Gault Street School PTA- recipe)

6 eggs beat with electric beater until frothy

Add 1 large can of Libby’s pumpkin (1lb. )

Blend well with eggs until smooth

Add dry ingredients:

11/2 cups of sugar

1tsp. salt

1tsp. ground ginger

¼ ground cloves

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

Blend gently.

Add 1 large can evaporated milk.

Pour into 9×12 lightly greased pan.

To Duncan-Hines Yellow cake mix,

add 1 cube of melted butter or margarine.

Mix together.

Make into a very crumbly substance.

Spread over pumpkin mixture.

Top with 1 cup or more of chopped walnuts or pecans.

Bake at 350* for 11/4 hours. Check in one hour.

Serve with Cool Whip- whipped cream on top.

This recipe my mother discovered through my elementary school’s PTA.  Who the Zimmerman’s are or were I don’t know, but my family and friends have been enjoying this recipe every Thanksgiving since I was a kid.  I do not consider myself a cook, I rarely bake. I can boil and heat things in the microwave. That being said..this is one of the few things I bake.

The recipe is really basic, if you can follow instructions you can bake this.

I will give you a few tips:

Raw pecans are best…since they are raw they don’t burn as easily.

The recipe says check after 1 hr., in reality check after 45min.

A cube of butter is a stick.

The modern Dunkin-Hines classic yellow cake mix is what I use. It’s not as dry or crumbly as the older version. You’ll need to rub it between your fingers to get it to the right texture. Also I recommend tossing a few chunks into the pumpkin layer it’s a bit like buried treasure.

I hope you enjoy this rare recipe and have lovely holiday.

Thanks to All  0

Thank You.

to all who came to the Affair of the Arts and WindyCon41.

It was wonderful seeing all of you lovely people.

For all of you who voted for me  at WindyCon 41 as Best 2-D Pro,

I humbly thank you. I know I was up against some seriously talented Artists.

It seems I have inadvertently become a collector of the works of very talented individual

 Mr. James Brown (award maker extraordinaire and all around nice guy)

, who makes the most imaginative thematic awards for the local SF conventions.

For WindyCon41  this year, he made these lovely hand bound books.

I feel honored to have been able to take one home, trust me the photograph doesn’t do it justice.

( see below)

At the moment it’s blank inside…however will I fill it?:)


WindyCon41 Art Show Award Best 2-D Pro

WindyCon41 Art Show Award- Best 2-D Pro

 For the next few months I’ll be hibernating and creating only to emerge at

Capricon35- February 12-15,2015

I am currently in talks with the head of programing for the convention,

and so far I will be leading three workshops,

If you planning to attend bring your art supplies.

I will also be taking part in the Artist Showdown (you don’t have to be an artist to play…but it don’t hurt:)

If you don’t want to draw you can always come and give suggestions and doubtless

a good time will be had by all!

For updates on when and where follow the link above.

I’ll post workshop times, locations and supply lists when things have been finalized.

I can also tell you that I have been selected to participate in

The Affair of the Arts- Spring show

which will be held at the Shores of Turtle Creek on Saturday March 14,2015.

In the meantime I wish you all a

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Halloween! :[  0

Ooo-Shiny media:watercolor&colored pencil

media: watercolor & colored pencil

Above as a Halloween treat is a peek at one of my latest pieces.

Witch…eckhem..I mean which will be available to purchase as a matted print this next month at:



Affair of the Arts

In honor of all hallows, I also have some scary news. I am currently working on a horror illustration for a Canadian publisher.

It’s an all woman anthology based on the works of HP Lovecraft,

“She Walks in Shadows”.

Yes, me doing a horror illustration, as I said scary news.

Stay tuned I’ll have updates on this in the coming months.

Have a spooky day and enjoy the treats:)

Autumn Shows  0

Take Heart

title: Take Heart
media: watercolor & colored pencil

News Flash!

I have two shows coming up in the Chicago area

this coming November

(actually 2 shows in one weekend)

so mark your calendars!

Am I nuts?

…Why yes I am:)


WindyCon 41- Grimm Tales

( click above to go to their website)

November 14-16, 2014

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Lombard, Il

This is a general interest Scifi convention and open to the public ,

Attendees must pay a registration fee.


Affair of the Arts 2014

( click above to go to their website)

Sunday November 16th, 2014


The Shores of Turtle Creek
7908 Winn Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081
This is a Art Fair and open to the public admission to the event is free.

Also would like to announce I have just signed up as an exhibitor at:


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!4

( click above to go to their website)

May 22-24, 2015

Kansas City, MO

Fantasy & Science Fiction Artists convention, Open to the public day and weekend passes available.

It’s in a new venue the Ballrooms at the Muehlebach Tower at the Marriott Hotel.

Right next door at the same time in the Marriott downtown will be the local Sci-Fi convention, ConQuest.

I will post more about this later.

In the meantime I suggest following the link above to the website for news about special guests and more.

As always looks to be an exciting event.

Gallery in the Garden  2

It’s hot, muggy, thunderstorms every other day so of course we all know what that means…it’s outdoor art fair season:) Me being the crazy cat that I am will be joining in on the insanity once again and will have a booth at Gallery in the Garden in Woodstock,IL. July Saturday 26 & Sunday 27, 10am till 5pm .

For more information follow this link:



Seriously folks I’ve looked at the extended weather forecast and it’s looking good. (mid 70s and clear) Perfect time to enjoy hanging out in someone else’s garden for a change. Hope to see you there.


Below is a drawing I did recently of a wee friend that’s been hanging out in my backyard this summer.

title: K's Wren media:pencil

title: K’s Wren

Just Ducky  0

Liquid Green Horizon media: watercolor and colored pencil

Liquid Green Horizon
media: watercolor and colored pencil

Come and Join me this weekend at the Westin in Wheeling,Il. for Duckon23.


On Saturday at 3pm-6pm in the Art Show,  I will be happy to share with you my intuitive method of working with watercolor and colored pencil. (the method that created the image above.) Bring supplies and be prepared to play.

Swinging on a Star  0

Swinging on a Star media: watercolor and colored pencil

Swinging on a Star
media: watercolor and colored pencil

Above is my latest painting.

Prints will be available this next weekend at

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!3 May 9-11,2014 in Kansas City,Mo.

(details available in previous post)

Look for me in Booth #212…

I hope to see you there:)