Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Painted Mannequin

I painted this mannequin in acrylic and did the calligraphy with a 1/2mm pen and sumi ink.  It is for a doctor, so rather than make any medical mistakes, I just used the folk terminology for the bones of the body.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Plein Air Painting

One of my favorite spots to paint outside.... still haven't gotten an acceptable painting yet.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Just Stay in the Center

"Just Stay in the Center of the Circle" quotations from the TaoTe Ching.
Sumi, acrylic, gouache and pastels on paper.  S. Sanders

Mike Gold, from American Greetings, was in Phoenix this last weekend to give us his "A Tao Portfolio" workshop.  We experimented widely with color, composition and lettering design.  He stretched us to create contemporary letterforms, treating them as elements of line, shape and form, leaving legibility up to the more enterprising of readers.  He is a generous and creative teacher.  In the presence of such a kind and knowledgeable guide, we learned  much about design, as well as the gentle teachings of the Tao.  I recommend any class he teaches.  Thanks, Mike!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Wedding Gift Bag Tags

 The design is the Sycamore Grove where the wedding took place made into a hand cut rubber stamp. 
The calligraphy was added and the labels were printed on sticker paper. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Baby Shower Thank You Card

 I created this card for my daughter.  She had a lot of thank yous to send out, and wanted her own personal design for them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Wedding Certificate, Craftman Style

This couple asked for delphiniums and ferns in a craftman style design on their Wedding Certificate.  Congratulations, Julie and Adam!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Wedding Program

These wedding programs took the bridesmaids hours to complete with antique ribbon from the bride's grandmother.  On the wedding day they were left behind and had to be rescued by our amazing wedding planner, Rhonda Harsh-Haynes at the last minute from the locked Bed and Breakfast.  Well worth everyone's effort, I think, because they were so beautiful. 

The back lists all the names of the wedding party, etc.  They were printed on heavy Classic Crest Laid paper.  The top image is a hand cut rubber stamp of the couple's wedding 'logo':  the grove of Sycamore trees where their marriage took place.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Oak Trees

The forest here is full of these old oak trees.  They are full of character, and home to a wide assortment of creatures.  They are my favorite subject for sketching on my daily walks.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Best Husband of the Year Award

This award was a lot of fun to do.  It is for a client's wedding anniversary gift to her husband.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

First Communion Card

This First Communion card was designed as a "money" card.  It can be purchased through The Printery House here:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Winnie the Pooh Card

This little card was done for a client to give as a sympathy card for the death of a child.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Calligraphy in Pink

Pink calligraphy to match baby shower invitations. I enjoyed doing this job.  As I wrote, I thought about these people in Japan, hoping their party would bring welcome relief to the trauma their country is enduring.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hunters in Frozen Field

These hunters out in a morning field is a painting of my clients's memories of hunting with his dad.  It was a gift for his father's retirement.
Oil on board, 9x12

Friday, April 15, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Logo for IRF

I created this logo for the International Rehabilitation Forum.  This is a dynamic group that brings people together who have the passion, expertise and experience in solving issues abroad relating to rehabilitation medicine. You can see their  site here: http://www.rehabforum.org/

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Home

Calligraphy piece for the entrance to my client's home. Watercolor and gouache on Arches paper.  Quotation by 'Abdu'l-Bahá http://info.bahai.org/abdulbaha.html

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Out Riding

I had fun riding near Orme School with an old friend. 
My horse, however, was delighted to be let back into his corral.  He immediately rubbed off the memory of our climb up the mesa.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Corporate Certificate

This certificate was done for CMI Concord Group who helps its clients manage complex negotiations.  They can be found here: http://www.cmiconcord.com/

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


This testamonial was done a while ago for Fr. Jim Hogan.  I used the stained glass window designs from the Church as the border.  Fr. Jim is beloved by his parish and the community of Missoula, Montana. He and his writings and homilies can be found here:  http://web.mac.com/fatherjimhogan/iWeb/jim/Welcome.html

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Irish Blessing

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
A little Irish celtic calligraphy for the day.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Shower Favors

"Love is made of small things" seemed a perfect sentiment for these bookmarks. They were printed and mounted on colored stock with ribbons for a cute little baby shower favor.

Ahh.... babies!
Photo by John Koehn

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shield Logo

The Picnic Guild is a wonderful new company that delivers gourmet picnics to select wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was honored to develop their new logo. You can visit their site here: http://www.thepicnicguild.com/ If you don't live in California, maybe you have a friend who does. You can order picnic baskets as gifts through their store. Yum!

Congratulations on your new business, Renee and Jessica!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Wedding Reading

What a good way to remember the important words from your wedding day. This calligraphy piece is 12"x18", gouache on paper.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Road Forward

Snowed in. Power off. Time to paint.

"The Road Forward" oil on panel. 9x12

Friday, February 18, 2011

Eat Dessert First

This client always gives me very interesting projects.
A happy saying, if you have chocolate close at hand.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh, Freedom!

Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Bahrain, Libya....and more?
Power to these courageous people!
AFP Photo, Aljazeera

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Vermillion Cliffs Study

The Vermillion Cliffs of northern Arizona are a fascinating subject. They have long been one of my favorite places. This is oil on board, 8" x 12".

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mountain Sunset Study

I am painting in oils every day now, trying to get the hang of it after years with watercolor. This piece is 8"x11" on board. It is the mountains to the north of I 84 on the way into Boise Idaho.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In Memory of Margie Milas

This quotation is from a wonderful woman who among other achievements, helped make Olin College of Engineering a reality. These gentle, pithy words were the inspiration for the building of Olin. Mrs. Margie Milas just passed away, and the world will miss her presence. Our sympathy goes out to Larry, her husband (Olin's Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees), their three children, and their grandchildren.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Painting Water 2

This is the second painting I did in Doug Oliver's workshop. "Breaker" acrylic on canvas. 20x16

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Painting Water 1

I recently had the opportunity to take a workshop with Doug Oliver. Over the course of three days, Doug demonstrated and taught his method of painting water with acrylics. He works quickly, with many layers of paint as he draws out the light and shapes and motion of his subject. It was fascinating to see him work. Doug is a generous teacher, excellent artist, and a man of warmth and compassion. It was a good three days. Here is the waterfall painting I did under his watchful eye. "Secret Falls" acrylic on canvas, 20x16.
Click here to view Doug's work.