The story behind some of my drawings

One summer day I looked out the front window and saw a small dog. There was a chihuahua in the groundcover. As it was a very hot day I brought out some cold water in a bowl. We ended up bringing him in and looking for his owner. We even had him scanned at the vet. Eventually, he was adopted by my neighbor’s sister, who had two lady chihuahuas. Lucky dog!

What’s funny about this drawing is that most people think it’s a cat. It’s like that old saying, dogs and cats are in the eyes of the beholder. ; – ) OK, I made that up.


Speaking of cats, we live in a neighborhood with several free-roaming cats. They often wander in and out of my backyard, sometimes leaving “gifts”. This summer I added Thai basil to the kitchen garden and the cats lost it. They dug up the Thai basil, the regular basil, oregano and the pepper plants. I don’t know why they had that reaction. This drawing represents a peaceful time where they are just hanging out, napping.

napping cats

This drawing was inspired by Cecil the lion, who was tragically hunted and killed. It’s so senseless. At least we can remember how majestic he was and how beautiful all lions are.
Art from Where the Pretty Things Are

Below is drawing that makes me think of love birds. So similar yet different, locked in a dance. Or at least what I see in my mind’s eye.

being in love

The first year I moved into my house, I was such a hopeful gardener. We moved in autumn, so I planted daffodil and tulip bulbs in the window box. I imagined sitting in my living room, the flowers blooming at the window in spring. It was a beautiful dream until I looked out the window and saw a squirrel. Then another one at the window. Then I noticed they were playing volleyball with the bulbs. This drawing is of squirrels behaving.