Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher
Dream Catcher
I had always wanted to make one of these.
I used these instructions from Native American Technology & Art.

El Charco del Ingenio

El Charco
El Charco
El Charco del Ingenio
I lichen this color combo ;-)
Feeling very blessed to live close to this beautiful & inspiring reserve.


Everyone knows what it takes to have a successful career.  A college education is essential.  A graduate degree is even better (preferably in a field such as technology, business or finance).   You have to dress for success, build a network of important contacts, and cultivate the  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  Language proficiency in Chinese wouldn't hurt.

But on the other hand, if you have none of these you might try sitting alone in a ratty T shirt and drawing doodles.  When you lack the necessary credentials, or even basic literacy, a simple line can still be The Great Equalizer.

Cartoonist Thomas Nast could scarcely read or write but he had a greater impact than all the lawyers, accountants,  famous writers and powerful government officials combined in bringing down the corrupt politicians who controlled New York.  Nast's drawings resonated with the public and knocked the Tweed politicians off their throne.  He also created many popular symbols, such as the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey, and influenced presidential elections.  (Nast's wife Sarah corrected the spelling in his captions).  Nast became so wealthy from his drawings that he was able to hire scholars to read to him from Shakespeare, Dickens, and Twain as he worked. 

David Low: the Nazis shovel more troops into Stalingrad

David Low was born in a small remote town in New Zealand.  He had little money, no contacts and left school at a young age.  Yet, the lines he drew had an impact on international relations.  Hitler was enraged by Low's biting drawings, and the Nazi government formally protested to the British government.  After the war, Winston Churchill protested that Low's cartoons about a politically sensitive situation should be censored for the sake of "western democracy." 

Albert Dorne, from the Famous Artists School materials

Albert Dorne never made it past 7th grade.  A sickly child, born in the most brutal poverty and squalor, he leveraged a knack for drawing into great wealth, prestige and influence.  Dorne went on to fill many roles, as the head of a multinational corporation, a lecturer, author and instructor.  He consorted with movie stars and senators.  But each step of the way it was his drawing that made everything possible.

The great Jeff MacNelly captures President Carter's dilemma

Jeff MacNelly dropped out of college but his brilliant drawings gave him influence with a huge audience that was the envy of career politicians and policy experts. When he won his first Pulitzer prize at age 25, MacNelly said he was hanging the certificate high on his wall to fool visitors into thinking it was a college degree.

In the last few years there have been several incidents where drawings of the prophet Muhammad have upset the balance of international relations, inspiring wild mobs to riot, kill, invade and burn down embassies.

 Cartoonists may not be paid the way investment bankers are paid.  They don't get preferential treatment in fancy restaurants the way movie stars do, or command armies the way political leaders do.  They mostly dress like slobs.   But in their ability to make a line on paper, they still have the means to shake up the world.

The Stones

Blue Water
On the table
It's amazing how much fun one can have with water, ink and a few stones.
The smooth stones I've been painting were left over
from one of Manolo's building projects.
He bought them in bulk from a building supply shop
& now they're all mine to play with for the next few years :-)

The Blues

In a row
In a bowl
Fern & Berries
I made some more stones today using acrylic ink. I'm keeping all of them :-)

Paper Weights

Stones on the ledge
Oriental Poppy
Einstein quote
The hare and the butterfly
The fox and the crow
Freshly painted rocks to keep papers from flying away in my studio.
The weather is warmer and I love keeping the windows open
to let in the fresh breeze. I used acrylic inks and a liner brush.

Herbal Book

Medicine Cabinet
Honey Jar
Pages 1
Natural beauty
Pages 2
The Essential Herbal for Natural Health by Holly Bellebuono,
published by Roost Books will be released in next month.
I drew over 50 illustrations for this lovely book
as well as the lavender that was used for the cover.


This Copic marker drawing was rescued from the waste basket,
got photographed but ended back there in the end. RIP little blue bird & protea.


Tower of sketchbooks
A little weakness of mine.


v flycatcher
mystery chubby bird
blue-gray gnatcatcher
female vermilion flycatcher
funny bird
Spotted near the blue house:
1) Lark Sparrow
2) Vermilion Flycatcher
3) Vermilion Flycatcher
4) Gray-crowned Yellowthroat ♀
5) Northern Mockingbird
6) Vermilion Flycatcher ♀
7) Violet-crowned Hummingbird
8) American Kestrel
9) Groove-billed Ani

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