Don’t sweat it!

Here’s my latest drawing, “Don’t sweat it”, on Ampersand pastelbord using colored pencil and neocolors. This piece is part of my fun floral series where I am trying to infuse humor into everyday flower scenes. My intention is to portray the flower out of it’s natural state and explore how life extends beyond the subject.  In everyday life we all need a dose of humor now and again to get us back in touch to our child within. So I hope this brings a smile to you today. A smile is a contagious thing – Give one to the world and the world will give it right back to you!

Don’t Sweat It! – 18×24 Colored pencils and Neocolors on Ampersand Pastelbord



Giant Reflections

I have been working on this piece for a couple of months and finally I completed this today right in time to submit for the CPSA  International show. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this piece, which is part of my Origami Series of Still-life. The batik fabric is from India and so are the marble elephants. After doing a lot of cranes in my previous Origami works, it was refreshing model an elephant and include that in my still-life.

Elephants are one of my most favorite animals, they are one of the strongest animals in the planet yet very lovable and gentle by nature. Elephants are also considered as a power symbol of commitment, royalty & strength.

Giant Reflections, 12 x 26,  100%colored pencils on grey ampersand pastelbordGiant reflections

My love for shiny stuff

I had a wonderful time doing a demo over the weekend at the Cole Gallery’s 7th anniversary. I started on this piece and I just finished working on it.

I actually wanted to make a complicated Origami star using a shiny golden paper but halfway through messed up the model. So the frustration led to cutting up the paper and once I saw the curly strip just lying there everything felt right. So my love for shiny stuff continues in this paper series in which I will be exploring the dynamics of shiny colored paper in space.

SHINING DIVA ~ 8×10 ~ Neocolor II and Colored pencil on White Ampersand Pastelbord






Demo at Cole Gallery

Here’s what I will be doing this Saturday, Dec 7th, 2014 from 2pm-5pm.

On Saturday, December 7th Cole Gallery will celebrate its 7th anniversary with a Holiday open house! The day will include complimentary hot spiced wine and cider, along with delightful, delicious goodies from their favorite caterers, Shorecrest High Culinary Arts Department! In addition, several of the Cole Gallery artists will be doing painting demos, and  will have super great prices on some unframed gems, (perfect for gifting!)

Address: 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020
Phone:(425) 697-2787

I will be working on a 8×10 piece of still life, which will be a start of my brand new series!! Am excited and I hope you can stop by and support the local artists.



All that Glitters

Here’s my new work that I just finished, it’s my usual combination of color pencils and neocolors on Pastelbord. I did manage to take a few progress shots during the process that explains my technique.

I first begin with a line drawing of my work on pastelbord –


Second step is to add Neocolor II water soluble wax crayon, I add them directly without dissolving them.


Then I add water to the piece and let it dry overnight. Neocolor dries pretty quickly when wet and more can be added if any areas look washed out. It’s very similar to using watercolors.


The final step is adding layers of colored pencils on top of the Neocolor layer to finish the piece. I use bristle brush to blend the neocolor layer and color pencils. Once I feel that I have the proper values I stop burnishing and add the highlights, darks and details. Since getting the Icarus board, I have started doing my last step by heating the pastelbord on it. The heat helps to soften the edges where needed and also punch up the color!

“All the Glitters” – 16×20 on Ampersand pastelbord