Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Since it was snowing and very cold, I had a plate of Slovakian potato, cheese and bacon at Cafe Roland and painted the main square.

Also, a church outside Bratislava.

I drew this during a tour of ship's wheelhouse.

Sketches from the Danube

Happy New Year's Eve!  This week I flew to Budapest and have cruises from there to Bratislava, Vienna, Melk and now Linz.  Here is a record of my travels so far.
View of Buda from my stateroom - we had snow!

Magyar king from Heroes' Square

Next are various treasures from the Applied Arts museum, third oldest in the world.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby quilts

Here are two baby quilts I just finished - they are for my boss's son and the baby he and his wife are having next spring.  I used organic fabric and batting, and since I'm pretty sure he doesn't check this blog I thought I'd share them here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday life drawing class

Tonight we had our last model session at the art center where I take classes. Here's what I got:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seasonal scenes

In addition to needle-felting a snow bunting as a companion to my children's book today, I painted several holiday cards which will soon wend their way to friends and family members.
This is Sarah Beth Snow Bunting (copyright 2014 worldwide rights reserved :) )
Here are some holiday cards.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Snow buntings

This weekend I wrote a draft of a children's book starring a family of snow buntings.  I think they are my favorite birds at the Peabody.  Here are some sketches I made there today as I prepare to draw the illustrations.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Quilted Christmas Stocking

Today I made a quilted Christmas stocking for a relative.  The Missouri Star Quilt Company provided the tutorial last month and all the fabric came from my stash.  Now I just need to figure out what to put inside it for Christmas!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Drawings at the Apple Store

While waiting an hour for my Mac to update at the Apple Store, I drew the good people working and shopping there.

Peabody birds

Here are two additional postcards - the birds were at the Peabody and I invented new backgrounds.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Many postcards

I just realized I hadn't posted anything in a while.  I seem to be focusing on postcards lately- here are more birds as well as a guitarist I did from a photo taken in Guatemala. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Postcard books

Recently I realized that my aunt had quite a collection of postcards I had sent her, so I gathered them up and bound them using Coptic stitch into little books.  Here are the results:

Here is a nuthatch postcard.

Friday, November 7, 2014


Here is a Portrait of a Lady from my life drawing class tonight.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Markaska and friends

Today I finished a water sketch of Markaska I began in Croatia.
And here are two postcards I painted this week- one of a local sheep, the other the Riva in Split, Croatia.

Friday, October 17, 2014

National Theater, Croatia

Drawings from Zagreb

Working more in my Croatian sketchbook.
This is St Catherine's church.
Next I have a drawing of St Marks church.
In real life the roof is a colorful combination of red, white and blue.   The guards changed while our tour was nearby, so I sketched some of them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paintings of Croatia

Here are some of my sketchbook paintings from my trip
to Croatia.  These are primarily from Zagreb, I sketched them on the spot and added color later.
This is the first drawing on my book- it is a slide from the Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb.
This is the funicular, which we took to the top of Gradec.

Then looking down.
A view in Kaptol.

One of the parks, featuring a Bolle fountain. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014

Drawings from Croatia

I've been in Croatia for the last week. So far I've mainly made line drawings but tonight I sketched the church of St Blaise over an under painting.
There were break dancers which I can always add in later!

Here are two more pages- a line drawing of a bust of the father of the Croatian language by Metrovich and a cat I saw in a window this morning with traditional Croatian decorations.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Arbaer and Reykjavik

Painted one more sketch and put ink on another.
Turf church at Arbaer

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Arbaer scene

I finished the sketch of my favorite scene in my sketchbook- a panorama of Arbaer Living Museum.