Roadrunners, Kids, Birds and Free Art!



I have been away from my posts for a little while… involved in a number of new things some creative, some not.  This Roadrunner is inspired by my recent running activities.  Suggested by my daughter, this is my first Roadrunner.  This past Sunday I ran my first Half Marathon which was amazing and the inspiration for this sketch.  Roadrunners can be quite unusual looking.

This November I will be running the NYC Marathon.  I am running for a charity, Team For Kids.  TFK offers thousands of kids the opportunity to participate in track and field events and meet wonderful inspiring coaches…  

I am giving away original art on NYC Marathon day, November 2nd! One or more names will be randomly chosen from the names of  those who have donated to Team For Kids.  Please visit  In addition, I am sending each person who donates to my fundraising page a card featuring one of my illustrations and a personal thank you from me to you! No donation is too small and you can donate more than once!  Even a donation of 5 or 10 dollars enters your name into the drawing.  Thanks so much for your support!

Congratulations to all those who ran the Boston Marathon!


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Wishing you all the sweetness…


Celebrating the sweet gentle creatures in my life!  This is my holiday card – thinking of all the sweetness in the world and wishing you a beautiful 2014!


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Palestinian Nightingale Loves Home

Palistinian nightingale

Experimenting with new patterns, palettes and new birds.  This pattern was shared by a friend.



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New Blue Grackle

new blue grackle

Working on a new project, I stumbled upon this Grackle.  It was part of a study – that has me experimenting with a new palette.  More to come soon… Great excitement over the new possibilities, new imagery and new mediums.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

2013AugLove's Labour's Lost

I reworked a drawing while waiting in Central Park for tickets to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.  It has been too long since I posted any new work, maybe the new surroundings helped clear my head.  The park was lovely this morning, a cool breeze, acorns dropping, birds chirping, only nature’s distractions.  I thought I’d do some landscapes but found this little bird in my sketch book half-done, so I felt compelled…

This bird is dedicated to another bird, sweet little “Potato Chip”.

The prints on my previous post are now available in limited editions as well as many of the paintings and drawings I have posted. Please contact me directly through my Facebook page if you are interested in any of my work.

Thanks so much again for your support.

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Chickadee Peace, Pretty Pink Feet, Remembering Blackbirds, Unsent Letters

Day Twenty Seven- Roni's Chickadee

Chickadee Peace

The Favorite Four

Thanks everyone for helping me choose the four images to be made into prints.  Your selections are below… Chickadee Peace was the absolute favorite!  I am delighted at the selection, they are so balanced as a set but also each have their own unique palettes.  I couldn’t have chosen this group on my own.

This has been the most rewarding experience in so many ways, thank you all for participating, I loved receiving your impressions and your advice for getting past creative  “block”.  I will get started on the prints now and hopefully will also be working on some new pieces very soon.  For those of you who sent your addresses I will be sending your cards this week.

Day Eighty-Four, Pretty Pink Feet

Pretty Pink Feet

Day Twelve-web

Remembering the Black Birds

2013 Unsent Letters

Unsent Letters

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Thank You ~ धन्यवाद ~ Gracias ~ 감사합니다 ~ ευχαριστώ ~ Merci ~ شكرا ~ obrigado ~ ありがとう ~ grazie ~ ~

The Favorite Four       Chickadee Peace   The Favorite Four Thanks everyone for helping me choose the four images to be made into prints.  Your selections are below… Chickadee Peace was the absolute favorite!  I am delighted at … Continue reading

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Working through “Artist’s Block”… Help me choose the top 4 birds for a limited edition suite of prints while I am waiting for the block to pass.

Quick note:  Thanks to all those who have responded to my post below thus far.  Your feedback has been immensely helpful and interesting, some true surprises!  I will get back to everyone and will continue to collect your choices through the end of the month… and my first post for July will be the announcement of the 4 lucky birds…

Original post:

For some time now I have been unable to sketch or paint, I am experiencing “Artist’s Block”.   Often, if I am facing obstacles in other areas of my life there are times when I just am unable to be creative… unable to sit at my drawing table or easel.  It is best for me to recognize this until I work things through.

2013 Unsent Letters

1.Unsent Letters

I have been contemplating creating a limited edition of prints of my work and I guess this might be the best time to  tackle it.  I’d love feedback from folks regarding which images to choose.  I have several hundred bird images but I’ve selected 18 of my favorites and would welcome help from the blogging community in choosing which to make into prints.

In appreciation, I will send a thank you card of one of my birds to each participant (please message me with your address -email or snail mail- to receive a personal card from me.)

As always, thanks so much for your support and encouragement!!!

Side by Side Crows

2. Side by Side As Crows

If wishes were

3. Inside Out


4. A Cormorant in New York Harbor

Day 331, Missing Mockingbirdweb

5. Je Suis Ici

Day 110

6. Evermore

Day Ninety-Six, Uncommon Grackle in an Unfamiliar Place

7. Untitled

Day Eighty-Four, Pretty Pink Feet

8. Pretty Pink Feet

Day Seventy-One  House Crow  In a Red Room #2

9. Indian House Crow

Day Sixty  Blackbird Looking Back 3

10. Looking Back in Blue

Day Nine

11. Butterfly Blue

Day Fifty-Seven   Mockingbird Music

12. Mockingbird Music

Day Fifty-Four  In Praise of the Pidgeon or Rock Dove 2

13. In Praise of Pigeons

Day Twenty Seven- Roni's Chickadee

14. Chickadee Peace

Day Twenty One

15. Love

Day Twelve-web

16. Remembering the Blackbirds

Day Ten

17. Delicate Balance

Day Eighty-Two, Red-Winged Blackbird

18. Red Winged

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Unsent Letters

2013 Unsent Letters

This is true…

This painting is my first attempt at recreating a painting I made within a dream I had about a week ago ~ the title is the title that I dreamt “Unsent Letters”  I remember writing the title on the back of the painting.  I dreamt this after some interesting conversations with my daughter who was working on a project for school involving writing words or carrying words on her person…

For me painting is a process that starts off with an idea and it changes and evolves through the act of drawing and painting, often becoming something completely new ~ if I allow myself to be open to it

This painting was tough because I felt compelled to bring it back to the original memory from my dream and this is my first attempt – it feels awkward to me and requires another try.

For the best view click on the image.

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Uncommon Blue Grackle


Grackles are such elegant creatures.



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