Graphite on Bristol Smooth

About the drawing:
Isn’t she just the cutest!  This is the first commission of a puppy I have able able to draw in quite a while.  I have missed drawing pet portraits.  Drawing animals gives me all the feels and I was very excited to draw this one. She loved it! 

Things have been pretty busy around here.  We bought a new home, sold our primary home and been working from home.  Its been pretty chaotic!  So for some reason, I thought it would be the perfect time to change my domain name back to I had to change everything on social media too and it took forever! My account on Bloglovin’ is still listing my site as wordpress instead of .com and I can’t seem to change it.  Not that it is a big deal or anything but I pay to use the .com so I should be able to utilize it but this is an issue that I will save for another day.

Speaking of moving, I can’t wait to share my office studio with you!  Still have a lot to do before everything is set up and my husband is still in awe and amazement of how I fit everything in our little house, lol….(Where there is a will there is a way).  It feels weird being in a different home, but it has really worked out with all three of us working from home during the self isolation. We aren’t on top of each other and I am sure if we were in the other home it would be like War of the Roses at the Ottaway household.

I hope everyone is staying safe and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!





Springer Spaniel
Graphite in Bristol Smooth

Hello!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I did!  I spent some time with my little pack of 3.  We didn’t do all that much, I cooked and we watched some TV and laughed a lot, but it was more than enough and I’m very thankful.

On Friday, we went to the movies and watched Creed II.  It was a great movie! Although,  the movie did make me realize that I was around during the old Rocky movies and getting on up there in years, lol  Strange that a movie can bring on angst regarding my mortality, but there it is.  Seriously, if you like Rocky movies, you won’t be disappointed.

I am hoping to get back in the studio this week.  I have a commission that needs to be completed and a few pieces that need to be started.  I won’t mention the box of misfit works that need tending to, that have me stumped! But such is life 🙂

Do you have a box of misfits that you can’t throw or won’t away?

Be Well and Happy!





It’s worth the Likes!

I thought about not posting this, because it  does not have anything to do with anything really. The only thing creative about it is that if you are willing to give it a try? It will save you A LOT of money.   So…. to prove how much I want to share the love and help you save money to buy art supplies, I will post this and I will take one for the team and reveal more about me that I ever wanted to discuss on this blog!

I don’t know about you, but razor blades are way too expensive.  David and I both like the Fusion Blades and they range from 13.00-18.00/for four blades.  To me it ridiculous, but the cheap razors are painful as the dickens!

In April, I happened along this video.  I thought it was promising so I gave it a try. With it being Spring and Summer, I shaved almost everyday (the whole leg and bikini)  and I used the same blade under my arms.

The results?   I was using the same Fusion blade in August!   I have very very dry sensitive skin and it did not cause any irritation or pain.  The only con was that the shave was not as close as if it was a new razor.  But that’s it!

So let’s to the math?  A pack of 4 blades will last me an entire year and 4 months!  I also, have tried this method with the Venus (yellow blades) and works pretty much the same.

***If you decide to try this, use men’s jeans not women’s…

Now that I have shared this  with you, my next post will be regarding:  pre menopause, PMS and bikini wax and excess facial hair….Nah, just kiddin’…  I think?

I hope you have a wonderfully creative day!

Be Well and Happy!