Tag Archives | miniature art


Pen & Ink: Over-due Library Books (and making plans for 2015)

Over-due Library Books 3.5×4.5 Pen & Ink Available in my Etsy Shop In between December’s packed little calendar squares, swollen round with shopping, menu plans, decorating, greeting card distribution, holiday parties and travel, I toss a pillow into the corner of the month somewhere, to sit and think about my art plans for 2015.  It gets me excited with possibilities for the wide-open tundra of the year ahead. Little art I started scribbling a list in my studio, and with each line item, my heart beat a little faster with ideas and plans and potential. Do you make an end-of-year list too? What’s …[Continue reading]


Monotype and Mixed Media Printmaking – a Dog Portrait (with a Video Tutorial)

Tesseye 4×6 dark field monotype with watercolor & colored pencil (Private Collection) If you’ve had furry family members – cats, dogs, birds, horses, etc. – you know the most difficult chapter of that lovely bond sneaks in when they are aged and infirm, and difficult decisions are pondered. We’ve experienced the loss of our dogs and cats to old age and disease, and my heart breaks every time I hear about another family grieving for a pet.  This dark field monotype is a portrait of a friend’s dearly loved and departed dog, as a remembrance of her gentle and tentative face. It was …[Continue reading]


Mixed Media Portrait: Leaving Rockport

Leaving Rockport 6.75×3.25 Mixed Media Available in my Etsy Shop The winner of the Printmaking DVD give-away featuring Catherine Kernan’s amazing woodcut & monoprint methods – Between Ink & Paper – is Ellen in Maine!  Congratulations, Ellen! (Please email your address so I can send this awesome DVD: bdelpesco at mac dot com) Stay tuned for more giveaways – I have a box of goodies pulled from my studio-clean-out, ready for new hands! Have a creative day and thanks for stopping by! On a scrap of Arches 300 lb watercolor paper: this started as ball-point pen doodle after dinner while having tea with …[Continue reading]


Mixed Media: Ginger Hair (gelli plate #printmaking)

Ginger Hair 6 x 6 Mixed Media Getting together with art friends for an afternoon of making can be just the right kick-start for your creative mojo if it’s gone missing. I love gathering with other artists, with a tote bag of art supplies for a few hours of creative time and catching up, with chips and salsa and some art-making background music. All the better if everyone is working in different media. The hostess of my last foray into Art Day supplied gelli plates for some fast no-press printmaking (thanks, JMC!). I came home with a stack of fun backgrounds to adorn …[Continue reading]


Watercolor: Patio Bouquet #miniatureart #paintings

Patio Bouquet 4×2 Watercolor on paper Available in my Etsy Shop. I’m preparing for another Los Angeles Art Festival in ten days – this one is in Thousand Oaks (June 7 & 8, booth #43). I’m re-stocking my layout for the festival with a few petite paintings.  This one is quite tiny, and it’s a sliver of a larger painting I’ve been working on during art festivals as a demo that measures about 24×36. I’ll post it as soon as I finish. I’m excited to dive back into the studio after this show, with more room in my schedule, sketches on scraps of …[Continue reading]


#Drypoint #printmaking: To your Health

To your Health! 4.5 x 2.5 Drypoint with watercolor This drypoint is available in my Etsy Shop. After cutting a larger sheet of plexiglass for a different piece of art, I had this little leftover begging to be made into something petite.  An early 1900’s photo of my great grandmother inspired a perfect starting point (see below), and I sketched & engraved this backlit figure at the head of a table, proposing a toast to your good health. Salut! Pulling a proof print on my Takach press  If you’d like to see video of this printmaking process, visit my youtube channel. There are …[Continue reading]


Intaglio Etching with Watercolor: Cat Nap

Cat Nap 2.38 x 3.71 inch Intaglio Etching with Watercolor (Artist’s Proof) Cat Nap is available in my Etsy Shop.I went to San Francisco to see the Anders Zorn exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum on Tuesday.  It was mind-bogglingly exquisite. He is one of my favorite artists, ever. My head is humming with inspiration harvested while standing amidst the crowd, in front of his etchings, drawings, watercolors and oils. Next to a Sargent show I saw a number of years ago, the Zorn exhibit was the best exhibit I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. I’ll write more about it soon, but …[Continue reading]