Friday, December 4, 2009

Peacock in progress

Just wanted to share the progress of my watercolor peacock with you!
Have a great Friday and weekend!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Sketch of my peacock that I'm planning to color with
watercolors very soon.
A big bird that I saw from my window.
I don't know if it's an eagle or a hawk.
But it's so beautiful, and is flying so high.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My first papercuts

I did these paper papercuts yesterday for my brother's birthday.
I was inspired by lovely work of Elsita and I wanted to try it
myself. Now I have a lot of respect for people who do papercutting!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


A beautiful moonrise from my window.
Moon was much bigger in person but it looks smaller in the photo.
I will get back soon with some fun stuff!
Thank you for your lovely comments on my snail! :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Illustration Friday: Fast

Even snails can go fast!
Water color and pen on paper

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall colors

These days I see a lot of leaves in amazing colors.
But these fuchsia ones were so eye-catching
I made a collection with them.

Friday, October 16, 2009

YAY!!! Thank you Holly!

My calendar was featured in Decor8 2010 calendar round up today!!!
I really enjoyed seeing too many options! And still more calendars
on Monday!
My special thanks to lovely Holly!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Having fun with my calendar cards!

A lovely way to use the calendar cards at the end of the year.
It just needs some cutting and trimming!
I haven't forgotten about the 33 snails project.
Soon I'll show you the snail 10/33

Sunday, October 11, 2009

VoilĂ !

This is how the packaging of my calendar looks like!
Today I added it to
the shop.You can get all the details about it in there.

This is how it looks on my cork bulletin board.

These are the illustrations for January to June.

July to December.
. Enjoy!! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

December - Snow

I am so excited that I finally finished making this calendar!
During this project I had many doubts. As you know I have
a chronic back pain that makes me slow in whatever I do.
So there are things that are really hard for me to do, one
of them is sitting! and making these cards needed a lot of
sitting and working with my computer, and I was afraid to
start it...but at the same time I couldn't get the dream out
of my head.
And now I have climbed that beanstalk that took me to
a lovely cloud! Actually that snail is me! Slow and steady ;)
Thank you dear friends for all the support that you gave me
along the way!
This calendar will be available in my Etsy shop hopefully
by tomorrow!

Friday, October 9, 2009

February - Love is in the air!

A little Valentine to warm your hearts in cold February!
.I also wanted to thank you all for visiting and leaving such lovely comments.
You are so wonderful and encouraging!
Next and last month: December

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

August - Indian elephant

A playful baby elephant for August!
I can smell the summer and water...
Yes water has its own smell!
Next calendar page: February

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

January - Pomegranate branch

I wanted to do something special for January!
It's the beginning of the year and the first calendar card
This is my favorite card so far :)
I am currently working on August!
Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

April - Little chick

Here is April!
I little chick hatching out of its egg.
Four more months are left!
Next month will be January :)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

March - Maneki Neko

Lucky cat (Maneki Neko) for March!
Beginning of spring is in March, it reminds me of Cherry blossoms
and Japan...This lucky cat wishes you love, happiness, health
and all the good things you may think of!
I am working on April now :)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Giclee Calendar 2010

A little giclee calendar I'm working on right now.
This calendar has 12 cards for each month.
Each card measures 2 5/8 x 4" printed on lovely museum quality MOAB paper.
It is put together by hand.
Each month has one of my pen illustrations.
I have already finished making 6 out of 12 months.
I'll update the blog as I progress.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rays of light

The sky was so beautiful the other day.
Sun was shining through the clouds and
rays of light could be seen very clearly.

Currently I am working on a calendar project and it takes
most of my time. Soon I'll share its photos with you!
I also wanted to thank you all dear friends for the kind
comments that you leave for me. I really appreciate them.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Illustration Friday: Welcome

"Welcome the rain"
Watercolor, pen and colored pencil on paper
The inspiration for this illustration was a
wonderful video on YouTube.
The video is about how we are in control of the way we
think about and respond to life's events, both in
our personal and professional lives.

Here is the print of my painting.
Soon it will be available in
my Etsy shop.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Cactus Garden

My "Cactus Garden" painting is now ready!
I wanted to finish it before Thursday and give it
to my mom for her birthday!
Here is the framed and wrapped illustration :)
I'm so happy that she liked it!!!
You can find the Giclee print of this illustration

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My little garden

I took these photos of my little garden last week.
Those 3 little cute cactuses are my birthday gifts
from my brother :)
And you can see that the far left cactus is still growing!
It is much bigger compared to some weeks ago.

Here is Miniature Jade bonsai.
I wish it grows like this one---> (Click this link to see)

I am currently working on a new watercolor painting.
It's called cactus garden. I'll show it to you in my
next posts.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chubby birdie

I was working on this chubby birdie today.
She is not eating much...she just has a lot of feathers!
.. Watercolor and pen on paper.
It will be available as a 5x7 print in my shop soon.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Autumn and me

I miss autumn, although I LOVE summer too,
but autumn has its own beauty!
What is your favorite season?
This is the fifth illustration from my wood series.
You can find its print in my shop.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A cactus story

Hi everyone! I don't know if you remember my cactus or not but
I bought a cactus last year and it was living happily here!
But some months ago something went wrong with the orange
head and unfortunately it got dried :(
But the body was ok and I was taking care of it.
After some time it started to grow from the side!
It looks like this right now! With 3 roots on it and
I have no idea that what I should do about it!!!?
I fear it will become too heavy.
I don't know if I need to cut it off and plant it separately?
Thank you for reading my cactus story :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Unconditional love

I'll love you no matter what!
Number 4 from the wood series!
This time I colored the wood green :)
Print of this illustration looks much better in person,
colors are so rich and vivid.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Illustration Friday - Impatience

Can't wait to give this to you!
I finally found your favorite flower!

Watercolor and pencil on paper.

And here is the work in progress :)
You can find the print of this illustration in my shop.

Thank you again dear friends for all of your lovely
comments! I appreciate each and every one of them!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Pink Birdie

Something I was working on yesterday.
Watercolor and pen on paper
I was inspired by a pretty tiny bird called
"Long-tailed Tit"

The framed painting on our living room shelf.
You can find its print in my Etsy shop.
Pink peach: From
Huge shell: My brother brought it from Cuba for me!
Sea star: I bought it from Mexico
Cat: Handmade . I bought form
Plate: Japanese pottery I got it from Toronto
Have a great weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Illustration Friday: Idle . Little sleeping owl

Third from my wood collection!
Sweetest little sleeping owl!
It's available as a 6"x6" print in my

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 = All About JooJoo!

Hi everyone!
Today I'm very excited to announce my new web address:
Sweet 'n Short!!!
I guess now it's much easier for everyone to visit my blog! :)

JooJoo means a birdie in Persian ,
especially it's used for little yellow chicks.
2 years ago I had gone to the beach with Suma and
he found this heart shaped stone there. He asked
me to paint myself on it, and I painted us instead!

I've used gouache and then sealed it after that.
I used this illustration for my wedding invitations too!
I made all of our wedding invitations myself!
Including favors and my cake topper!
I will blog about them soon!
Thank you for visiting,
It's always a pleasure having you here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Illustration Friday: Hollow . My hollow heart grew whole

For this week of Illustration Friday I was inspired
by beautiful lyrics from a song called Ivory Rose:
The love I found in your sapphire eyes is nestled into my soul
In the kisses of your ruby mouth my hollow heart grew whole
And came to know the touch that sows desire, a flower of fire
that grows and burns my pride to cinders,
how I love you, Ivory rose.
Kathy Mar

Watercolor and pen on paper
Click on the image to see it bigger.