Remembering

August 24, 2021

My dearest, lovely mother shuffled off this mortal coil, Sunday, August 15, 2021. There is so much I’d like to write about her, and I will in time, but right now my mind is full of sweet little memories I’d like to share, if I may.

My mom was so many things to me. She, of course, was the one who brought me into this world. Although I did let it be known that I did not ask to be born, during many a childhood snit. But that would get me nothing but a serious side-eye. 

She taught me many things but one thing I cherish most is her sharing with me a fascination with words. She had an impressive vocabulary and would often stump me with a turn of phrase. “Look it up in the dictionary,” she would say whenever I asked her what something meant. I would look it up, begrudgingly at first. But after a while it became routine and even fun. Words. Good.

About fifteen years ago I decided to move away from my anemic graphic design career and more toward illustration. Mom was my biggest cheerleader then. It was before Facebook and Instagram when I started this blog as a way to practice sketching and putting myself out there. My blog was being viewed by possibly three people at most. But every time I posted a sketch or an essay I could count on her to leave a little comment of encouragement or wit. Even after I began to build a bit of a community and started getting plenty of comments I was never really satisfied until I saw that Artsea Fartsea (her blog handle) had commented. 

My mom loved attending writing and art classes at Ventura Community College. During that time she started her own blog where she would post short stories, based on experiences from her childhood and her young life in the 40’s and 50’s. She also posted her wonderful acrylic paintings on the blog as well. A couple of bloggers we were and became a mutual admiration society for each other. Those were good days.

Mom was great at lending an ear and giving wise and caring advice, along with a nice, hot cup of tea. Although I didn’t appreciate this in my younger days, being the know-it-all I was, I eventually recognized the valuable counsel she was bestowing upon me. Nothing like tea and sympathy from your mom.

Her name was Marion but those closest to her, if you didn’t call her mom, referred to her as Mame, including herself. Myself, I called her Madre. It started in the 80’s for some unknown reason. I’m sure I thought I was being quite witty. Well, it stuck and she began signing birthday and Christmas cards as well as emails to me with the moniker. 

Madre and I never got together without going out for lattes before, after or during, (sometimes all three) any event. Her’s was a tall, extra foamy, breve latte, mine was a double short, non-fat cappuccino, but we just called it getting lattes. Every now and then we’d go to Palermo’s, our favorite cafe in downtown Ventura and order ourselves gelato. Nothing could put a smile on her lovely face faster than the notion of walking down the street, sitting in the little patio, people-watching and polishing off some of that yummy, frozen Italian dessert. In fact, the last time we spoke I had promised her we’d go get a gelato in a couple of days.

Sadly we were unable to. I did however head straight to Palermo’s on Sunday and ordered myself her current favorite flavor, half pistachio and half raspberry sorbet. You know, it never tasted so sweet. I was eating it for two I suppose. 

It’s Been a while

July 28, 2021

This may be the longest I’ve gone without posting. Allow me to remedy that with some bugs.

HoHoDooDa Day 3 or 9?

December 9, 2020

Puns, like life, are a matter of perspective.

HoHoDooDA 2020 Day 2

December 2, 2020

Oh hey!

Announcing (a day late and a drawing short) the beginning of HoHoDooDa 2020 (or Holiday Doodle A Day!)

Here’s a little something I did back in HoHoDooDa 2017. You didn’t thing I’d be organized enough to have a brand new sketch, did you?

So, what is HoHoDooDa?

Why, thanks for asking.

Back in December 2011, in order to create a shot of creative, mojo-inducing stress to the already jam packed holidays, my fellow illustrator pals, the talented Marion Eldridgeand Laura Jacobson along with myself, engaged in a month-long sketch-a-thon. We dubbed it HoHoDooDa, short for Holiday Doodle a Day (maybe not that much shorter.) We did our best to create a holiday-themed drawing a day… or even every other day… or as often as humanly possible, from December 1 to December 31.

Fast forward to (insert expletive-filled descriptor here) 2020. It would have been easy to just put it off this year, but perhaps some holiday immersion therapy is in order. There may be some gnashing of teeth and it might all end in tears but in the end I’m pretty sure a good time will be had. It may even be as rewarding as it was in years past. So, what the actual hell? Doin’ it again this year! Who’s with me?

Hello? What’s that…? Bueller…?

Alright, it is entirely possible I may be the only participant this year, but anyone who would like to join in is more than welcome, no matter what winter holiday you celebrate! Don’t let the HoHo throw you. This is an all-the-winter-holidays doodle challenge!

Rules for HoHoDooDa:

“What are the rules for HoHoDooDa?” You may ask…

1. THERE ARE NO RULES! NO SIGN UP! NO REGISTRATION! NO GIVEAWAYS OR GUEST POSTERS!  No regulations, themes, daily words, Facebook pages or anything else resembling organization. Just lots of holiday doodling, maybe some commenting back and forth amongst doodlers and hopefully lots of inspiration and craft honing!

We HoHoDooDa Doodlers are scoff-laws and rebels! (Well the truth is, I’m just not that organized.) The only code we live by this month is Doodle! Doodle! and doodle some more, every day from December 1 to December 31. At least try to.

You may not Doodle every single day, but dude, you will have tried and you may have more doodles in your sketchbook at the end of December than you might have otherwise.

So, there’s that!

2. If you are posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., it helps to add #HoHoDooDa and/or #HoHoDooDa2020

If you post to a blog it helps if you tag your illustrations HoHoDooDa 2020 or create a HoHoDooDa category.

3. Smile, this is fun!

Doodle on my fellow HoHoDooDa Doodlers, (should there be any!)

Fowl Play

November 26, 2020

I don’t eat them, but I like to draw them… and puns, I love puns.

Feast ye!

November 22, 2020

Sketch/planning out my dinner (that can’t be beat)… as you do.

Vote!

October 16, 2020

Putting my October monsters to work. Meet the Pollz Schmolz.

Ankshuss Waykoff

October 12, 2020

Feeling anxious and full of self doubt, (more than usual,) this past week. So thought maybe I’d monster it up and attempt to rhyme myself out of it. Kinda worked… oh, and it’s October, so, you know…

Haven’t officially started any October drawing challenges but I played around with zombie fish and worm from last year’s Inktober.

Crockadoodle

August 18, 2020

Watching the DNC, drawing a crockadoodle, as you do.

crocadoodle

Purrr-maid

May 21, 2020

Funny, I thought I made this up, but according to the Googles, purrmaids are a thing… and I’m glad they are!

purr-maids

Pachyder-maid

May 17, 2020

Rare and elusive.

Enjoys the occasional sea peanut

and never forgets.

pachyder-maid insta 2

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2020

To all my mom sisters, mom nieces, mom friends and also the mer-moms but especially MY beautiful mom,

Happy Happy Mother’s Day!
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Pandemic Pan

April 11, 2020

I made another silly poem.

Pandemic pan
time machine 2020