Drawing the Edwardian Ball


Best drawing event ever--if you don't mind moving targets!  Imagine hundreds of people dressed in extraordinary, one-of-a-kind, hyper-creative costumes.  Themes run from straightforward 19th century formal wear to steampunk to London "pearlies" to exotic eclecticism to completely unique and unclassifiable.  Some of the costumes are absolutely beautiful, too, with rich materials in exquisite color combinations that would be impossible to do justice to, without countless hours of meticulous work in a painting studio.  A few people were actually posing, but most of the people I drew just happened to be holding still for a couple of minutes.  So much fun!    

Bursting Bodice
Fellow Artist (She Was Drawing Too)
Fur Coat and Reticule
Massive Beard
Moustache and Fez
Picturesque Man
Seated Stiltwalker
Towering Hat
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Whetzine Launch!


Last Saturday (1/25/2020), a super-cool new magazine launched, featuring art from various Bay Area women.  The coral-themed inaugural issue includes fingernail art by Shawna H., poetry by Gabrielle Rae, digital illustrations by Kelly Heyer, poetry by Laurel Yando, collages by Angela Hockabout, drawings by Freda Maletsky, prints by Nicole Godreau Soria, and pastel portraiture by yours truly!  Check it out and order your very own copy at


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