Daily Drawings Days 36-46

•August 14, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Day 36 – My cat was kind of sitting in this pose. I was thinking about the idea of keeping little predators in the house. How far would we be willing to take that? I definitely would want a bitty dragon for a pet. Of course, I would want a full size dragon for a pet (or friend) as well. I’ve never been appropriately logical for that sort of thing.

bitty dragon

Day 37 – Jester Bunny – Nothing complicated. Wanted to combine jester, bunny and octopus.

This was the first of my daily drawings that wasn’t actually completed in the day that I started it. I finished it the next day and a couple of days later I did a second drawing in one day to do penance. Not like it’s that big of a deal, but I don’t want these to turn into multiple day projects.

bunny jester

Day 38 – Gryffin – I was at the Pagoda City Tattoo convention and Holly was tattooing a Gryffin on a client. It seemed like a good idea.


Day 39 – Celtic Bunny – It’s been a while since I drew anything celtic. I miss it. It’s kind of relaxing and zen. I’ve always thought of it as math made pretty.

celtic bunny

Day 39 Bonus Drawing – Bee and Thistle

thistle and bee

Day 40 – Wizard – I picked up one of Joe John’s stickers for Wizard’s World and wanted to draw my version of it. I didn’t realize at the time that Joe had drawn the wizard for the sticker. I stuck the stickers on my mirror at the shop so I can’t take a scan of them.

wizard world

Day 41 – Demon Cat – This is another exercise in the whole scanning neon colors thing. This time it is an orange high-lighter marker. This kitty is bright and orange in really real life. I like the red tones too. It’s all fascinating: the way that the colors look to the eye versus the scanner.

A little girl at the convention suggested this one. She actually suggested a demon cat with a fish fork for a pitchfork. I may revisit this later so that I can include a pitchfork.

demon cat

Day 42 – Being as 42 is the answer to life, the Universe and everything…. a nod or two had to go out to the HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for day 42. If you aren’t familiar with the book(s) – go out and read them.

I give you Zaphod BunnyBrox. Two headed (of course) with a heart of gold, a bowl of petunias, a hitchhiker (the snail) and the galaxy in the background.

zaphod bunnybrox

Day 43 – I bought myself some new paper. It’s sold for pastels, but it seems to work pretty well with the pencils. It’s nice to have some other colors to play with.

meditative winged merbunny

Day 44 – Pussy Willows

PussyWillows on RedBubble

pussy willow kitties

Day 45 – A bitty elephant. I’m not sure if those wings are his or he is playing dress up.

Bitty Elephant on RedBubble

bitty elephant (with wings)

Day 46 – When Pigs Fly. You know… you’ve heard the expression. I think when pigs fly they have a grand time. I am still curious why there is a hashtag for pigsflynaked. Pigs being dressed seems less of a common theme than pigs flying. Aren’t they usually naked?

When Pigs Fly on RedBubble

when pigs fly

Several of these are on RedBubble. If there are some that you are looking for on RedBubble that aren’t there – please let me know and I can upload them for you.

I will get around to updating the tattoo photos at some point also, but not today.





Next couple of weeks of the Daily Drawing project

•August 3, 2016 • Leave a Comment

and so it continues…

day 16 – the ever elusive mothmouse – hard to find. they have been rarely studied. This one seems a bit pleased with himself.

MothMouse on RedBubble


day 17 – The pink elephant with golden spots. This was a character from a book that I had when I was small. I accredit it with being the one that caused me to declare that I wanted to be an illustrator. This may or may not be true. Stories get convoluted with the passage of time.
RedBubble picked this one up as a featured image and to date it has been my best seller.

Pink Elephant on RedBubble

Pink Elephant (with golden spots)

day 18 – Peacock tail mermaid. Like all good ideas this one was completely stolen. I actually did two versions of this and this is the second. I don’t know what happened to the scan of the original.

Peacock Mermaid on RedBubble

peacock tail mermaid


day 19 – lovely little tortoise (turtle?) all decked out and headed somewhere. somewhere fancy.

fancy shelled tortoise


day 20 – Balancing Act. Most of life seems to be one.

balancing act - tightrope walker

day 21 – The further adventures of the Explorer Snails. Traveling in style this one is.

Explorer Snail on RedBubble

explorer snail = hot air acorn

day 22 – Really this was because I wanted to draw the mushrooms.

Little Friend on Redbubble


day 23 – I have a deep seated love for the movie Labyrinth. For all of the reasons. If you aren’t familiar with the movie. This little worm is in the movie. He invites another character in several times for tea and to “meet the missus”. They never do. I wondered what she might look like. This is one option.

Labyrinth Worm and the Missus on RedBubble

mr and mrs labyrinth worm

day 24 – Drawn during the Irondequoit Art Trail this year. I had seen a “sea hag” that someone else had drawn and I figured they would be much prettier than that.

sea hag, sea witch

day 25 – you know. Flying fox and all that. They just look a little different in Gaderen’s Forest.

Flying Fox on RedBubble

fox fly

day 26 – Magic Bunny. Some days you really need to be able to pull things out of thin air….. or a magic hat.

magic bunny tophat

day 27 – Winged kitties. Love them. They come in so many different varieties.

Winged Kitty on RedBubble

egyptian flying cat

day 28 – A quick one.


day 29 – Tooth Fairy.

tooth fairy

day 30 – Another quick one.


day 31 – Mummy Kitty Attacks!!! I had original intended to have the kitten unwinding the mummy wrapping…. but then my own kitty was stalking something that would have never ever moved (without her help). I figured this behavior in cats must be as old as time. So this mummy kitty is chasing a scarab carving.

Mummy Kitten on RedBubble

mummy kitten

day 32 – Lightning Bunny Bugs. Blinker Bugs. Something. They are real….. I know it with all of my being.

blinker bunnies

day 33 – Just a giraffe. Albeit a kind of cute one.

Little Giraffe on RedBubble

cute giraffe

day 34 – Mysterious lady inside a fancy frame.

Young Lady on RedBubble

lady in fancy frame

day 35 – a couple of happy mandrakes

couple of mandrake


I’m having way more difficulty keeping up with the scanning and the posting than I am with the actual drawing. I’m not sure I will continue to post all of them here. Maybe stick with my favorites only. Not sure.

If you want to see them on the day that they are posted you can follow me on Instagram @justteejay

Many of these are on RedBubble as well if you would like a version of one of them for your own.

Originals are always for sale, but some of these have gone very quickly (and some are still around).

Time to make the donuts. Hope that you have a great day.


The Perry Chalk Art Festival 2016

•July 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I had such a good time at last year’s Perry Chalk Art Festival that I was really hoping that I would get the opportunity to participate again this year.

This year’s theme was “New York State of Mind”. I had to submit a concept and an application and wait to hear if I had been selected as a participant.

I told them that I wanted to do another piece with one of my winged merbunnies and include some of the symbols of New York State (such as the rose, the Eastern BlueBird and our state butterfly).

A few weeks before I got the email telling me that I had been approved to chalk again this year. I then sat down and roughed out a map of what I wanted to do. Layout proved to be more of a challenge than I had thought and my eventual design bore little resemblance to what was initially in my head (other than thematically).

initial sketch

As was the case last year, check in was super easy and friendly (the folks who put this on are amazing!)

I was presented with my sparkly new box of chalk.


I love art supplies. There are millions of options in any given box of chalk. Who did you give it to? What are they going to make with it? I can totally overwhelm myself with options (which is why it’s so important for me at something like this to have a plan going in).

The rain tried to play with us on and off for the first part of the day. We had tarps to cover the art during passing showers.

Unfortunately the tarp that I had wasn’t ‘quite’ water proof. It turned out not to have caused much damage anyhow so I was much less concerned the next time it rained.

Difficult to get a shot of the finished piece without getting my shadow in the way.


I won an award this year for best use of color.

I had a ridiculous amount of fun playing with chalk and definitely want to go back again next year if there will have me.

I got to keep the rest of my chalk (and the nifty little bag that it came in). So I really should try this at home.

Because what I really need in my life is more projects (read that in a sarcastic tone of voice).

Stop over. Tell me we should chalk in the driveway. I need an excuse🙂


The Dailies (a new drawing project begins)

•July 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Of course I can’t possibly be with a project (or a hundred) at any given time. Must make ALL of the things – all of the time!

No really, the only time my brain (and the voices in it) manage to shut up is when I am creating.

So, inspired by a woman that I follow on Instagram, I decided to challenge myself with a daily drawing assignment. Only requirement being that it be drawn completely in that day and that it not be work related. My intention was that I just do a 10 minute sketch every morning.

It looks like most days these are going to take me more than that. A few have been quick when that was all time allotted (and I am sure there will be more days that is the case) but I am figuring more than that it is going to teach me to be more efficient in getting from concept to finished in less time.

These drawings (like most of my work) IS available for sale and my husband REALLY appreciates it when people adopt my work (and get it out of the house)…. (of course I see this as more opportunity for more projects… but he married me anyhow).

I don’t have a time frame on how long I intend to do this for. I am sure it will roll itself into other projects (such as when Drawlloween rolls around again) and a couple of these are crossovers from “The List” project that I was working on before.

Day 1 – color-erase pencils on white paper

drawing of bird on heart with band-aid

Day 2 – (also from the drawing list “parisian dragonfly kitty”) – colored pencils and marker on toned paper.

Parisian DragonFly Kitty

Day 3 – colored pencils and marker on white paper

mouse with dragonfly wings, crown and lantern (drawing)

Day 4 – Another crossover from the drawing suggestion list – Christmas Bunny

Christmas Bunny

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Day 5 – pencils on white paper

mermaid face drawing

Day 6 – Dragon SeaHorse (yet another crossover from the previous project) – pencils and marker on toned paper

Dragon Seahorse drawing

Day 7 – colored pencil and marker on white paper ( I was not having a good day that day)

Running Away Mouse

Day 8 – colored pencils and marker on white paper – I would like to do more with this one later. Could wind up a painting.

bumblemouse drawing

Day 9 – Colored pencil on white paper

drawing mermaid and merbunny

Day 10 – colored pencil and marker on white paper

bat with his bear

Day 11- Pirate Raccoon – on toned paper

pirate raccoon drawing

Day 12 – I had sat down on the couch and started the “what shall I draw?” process when my very old kitty came and propped himself up on the back of the couch. Great! I will draw Tora! he held still for mere moments when he realized I was drawing him and turned away from me (this the second drawing in the corner). I posted it anyhow. Then decided I couldn’t leave it like that. I added some of my own to it and am happier with the “after” drawing.


Day 13 – This is one of those dimensional drawings that only looks correct from one angle. I would like to do some of these big some day (another project).

dimensional rose drawing

Day 14 – There are some things that I really love about this one. I’m not sure if it would get to be a painting or if it is just perfect the way that it is.

contemplating pursuit

Day 15 – pencil and marker on toned paper. I’m not at all sure what the bird is hanging on to. A wand? A sharp pointy thing? One of those lady hair pins that doubles as a weapon? Not sure.

Bird with sharp thing

Day 16 – Colored pencils and marker on toned paper. It’s been WAY to hot out to think about going running. So it has given me more time in the mornings to draw.

mothmouse drawing

I will try to update these every couple of weeks so that the posts don’t get to be ridiculously long. You can keep up with them daily on Instagram by following me @justteejay Also some of these will wind up on my RedBubble Page. If there is one here that you wold like to see there, let me know and I will upload it for you.

Still Listing On

•July 14, 2016 • 4 Comments

From the Drawing Suggestion List

#39 – Illuminate


#40 – Angel Bunnies – As I have done frequently on this list I opted to draw the singular version of the suggestion. This one is on RedBubble.

angel bunny drawing

#40.5 – Elf Tiger – The original suggestion for this one was “7 wicked and goofy elves in a sliegh driven by 9 tigers”.  After repeated attempts to ask the suggester to simplify or pick one or two words (and getting no response), I moved on and did not give this one a number. Later on someone else suggested that it be simplified to elf tigers. Once again I opted to render the singular. This one is on RedBubble. 

elf tiger drawing

#41 – Parisian Dragonfly Kitty – I wasn’t really sure how to incorporate Parisian into this one. I figured the DragonFly Kitty should be elegant. I had toyed around with a scarf or some other fashion accessory and (perhaps because I have absolutely zero fashion sense) I couldn’t come up with anything that quite worked. Putting a Paris landmark in the background would have worked, but in the end ĂŽ opted against that as well.

dragonfly kitty


#42 – Christmas Bunny – I had joked when this one was suggested that it was probably going to be June before I made it this far down the list. Turns out it was actually July. Go Figure🙂

Christmas Bunny

# 43 – Dragon SeaHorse

Dragon Seahorse

That may be the end of this series. I had promised myself that I would do at least 30 and I have accomplished that and then some. There are a few inspirational prompts left from the list that didn’t get made. I may very well come back and revisit them or adapt them in some way. You never know.

Thank you to everyone who contributed a prompt for this series. Thank you to everyone who commented, shared and encouraged me while I was working on it.

Thank you to those of you that purchased originals for yourself or loved ones – and for those who purchase items from RedBubble.

Without all of you, I would be a crazy woman in a cave drawing in the dirt.



Tattoo Update June 2016

•June 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Heta the Elephant finally got a place to live. I think this piece is complete… but there’s a nice blank spot on the other side of that leg (hint, hint).

Heta the Elephant tattoo

Dog portrait of a beloved pet.

dog portrait tattoo

Nice simple classy tattoo.

chickadees tattoo

Browning logo modified for a memorial piece for a friend.

browning logo tattoo

An old fashioned gal for a wonderful younger human.🙂 We will be adding more of her dress and something floral below this on the next sitting.

old fashioned gal tattoo

Getting your stomach tattooed hurts every bit as much as you think that it does. Garrett sat like a champ for this!

stomach snake tattoo


Put the Devil on Ted’s hand.

devil hand tattoo

Added the second kitty to this Cat Lady tattoo (this is in no way a dig. I consider myself a cat lady. The other day someone called the shop asking the receptionist if I was a cat lady or not. She wasn’t sure I was cat lady enough to make her tattoo for her. I was insulted.) Black and White baby is healed and the grey one is fresh.

cat portraits tattoo

Started adding flowers around Shawna’s sugar skull butterfly. There will be some more flowers on this on the next session.

sugar skull butterfly tattoo with roses

Cool decorative piece to cover mastectomy scars. We will have another session on this to come up onto the left arm as well.

Jordan stopped in so I could get photos of his magnificent raven tattoo. This also covers an old tattoo. LOVE when I am able to see them healed!

Outlined this Lumberjack Pin-Up tattoo for Starr. This will be a fun one!

lumberjack pin up tattoo outline

Rochester flower. Drew this one up quite a while ago and was extremely happy to finally be able to tattoo it.

rochester flower lilac tattoo

Rochester flower BB-8 for Marshall aka the Star Wars guy. Marshall has been coming in for a really long time. He always gets fun tattoos, he is super nice and takes great care of his tattoos. I couldn’t ask for anything more🙂

Rochester Flower BB-8 tattoo

A couple of the Rochester Flower designs that I didn’t use for tattoos, so I drew them up to put on RedBubble.

rochester flower with humminbirdrochester flower/flour with wheat

Another session on Chas’ back. Nice little skull🙂

skull backpiece tattoo

Added a New Orleans inspired lantern to Nadia’s hand. Thank you Nadia for letting me torture you again (and for letting me do something that wasn’t type in that space).

new orleans lantern hand tattoo

Another session on Jake’s cover up sleeve. Obviously this is still in progress. Jake has now been more officially adopted into the White Tiger clan and can be found volunteering on the desk on Saturdays in Greece.

dragon cover up tattoo

This was the second session on Steven’s sleeve. The Buddha and Metatron’s Cube are fresh and the skull and lotus are healed from the previous session.


healed skull tattoo

Terry made the drive up from Pennsylvania for me to make her Jack and Sally tattoo.

jack skellington and sally tattoo

Amy is an amazing artist in her own right. I based this tattoo on drawings that she had done. Eventually the stem of the thistle will run down the length of her arm. I very much enjoy interpreting other artist’s work as it winds up a collaborative effort.

thistle tattoo

I made this little skeleton chilling out for my friend Michelle. This is part of an ongoing project that is going to cover at least most of the lower portion of her one leg. grateful dead skeleton tattoo

We should only need one more shorter sit to finish up this steampunk partial sleeve for Rob. This was a great project for me – lots of details and painstaking work, but he is completely understanding of that and has allowed me the time to do it un-rushed. steampunk sleeve tattoo

That should bring us pretty much up to current. If you don’t want to wait for me to post here, you can see more of what is going on sooner by following me on Instagram @justteejay


The Antler Shed and White Tail Museum

•June 27, 2016 • 1 Comment

A friend of mine Chris Clemens has a great blog called Exploring Upstate. Pretty much every weekend he is off on some new adventure. Once in a while the planets align (by accident or design) and I am able to tag along.

Yesterday we went to the Antler Shed and White Tail Museum in West Valley. I am sure Chris will do a wonderful job on his post of explaining how he heard about Len and his museum and relaying some of the stories that we heard while we were there.

For me, I’m all about the pictures. It’s hard for me to listen or comprehend much of what is going on when there are so many awesome things for me to look at!

panoramic shot interior of the Antler Shed

inside the antler shed second floor main building interior shot of the Antler ShedThis mount is in velvet which you normally don’t see as this phase does not occur during hunting season.deer mount in velvet A couple of button buck skulls.

mount of two antlered white tail

This tiny fawn was still born – no one shot her for the taxidermy!

taxidermy of still born white tail deer


lunch box nibbled on by porcupine

If you would like to learn more about the Antler Shed you can check out Len’s blog (which he says he never updates) and/or his facebook page (which seems to be a tad bit more current). If you are planning a visit, please make sure to contact Len directly first as I do not believe that he has regular open to the public hours.

One of the stories that Len had told us that had nothing to do with the antlers or taxidermy was a story about a local witch’s grave that was nearby. We decided to go out searching for her to see for ourselves. This actually turned out to be more difficult than any of us thought that it was going to be. Especially once we found her and saw that the tombstone is indeed clearly visible from the road.

I’m not sure what Sophia did to gain her reputation as a witch. None of us experienced anything awkward or uncomfortable at the site. Perhaps it is a place better visited under the moon.

Disch - the Witch's Grave

We did stop for lunch in Elicottville for lunch and stumbled across a restaurant named Dina’s which had not only really amazing food – but I believe the best gluten free pizza I have ever had! I would highly recommend it. We also stopped into a place that sold nothing but socks and while tempted by these Trump socks – I did not purchase them.




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