Monday, September 10, 2018

Dominican Matryoshka

Dominican Matryoshka drawing
Hello! Summer is winding down and I don't mind because I love autumn! I can't wait for the beautiful autumn leaves here in North Carolina. I hope all is well with you. I would like to introduce you to my newest drawing, a Dominican Matryoshka! Prints in a variety of sizes and a coloring sheet (a printable to download) are now available in my shop. While doing research for this drawing I came across many images on the web and saved them to a pinterest board. Merchandise featuring this new drawing such as postcards, note cards, tote bags, and phone cases are available in my zazzle shop. Other of my Caribbean culture matryoshka drawings you might be interested in are: Taino of Boriken Puerto Rico, Cuban, and Jamaican.
Ice Cream Cone Favor Boxes printable file
Also, new to my shop since my last blog post are Ice Cream Cone Favor Boxes, as a printable file for download (all four flavors included)! If you're wondering if I also have matryoshka boxes, yes I do! To see all my crafts and party favors please click here.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bolivian, Aymara Matryoshka & a BOGO Sale!

Bolivian, Aymara Matryoshka
Hello! I have been busy with a new drawing, an Aymara of Bolivia! Prints in a variety of sizes are now available in my shop. Also in my shop is a printable coloring sheet for download.
Bolivian, Aymara Matryoshka printable coloring sheet
Other merchandise such as postcards, note cards, tote bags, and phone cases are available in my zazzle shop. If there are other products you would like to see this drawing on, or any other of my drawings on, please let me know! This is my ninth South American drawing! Previously I've drawn an Argentine, a Bahia Brazilian, a Chilean, three Colombian, a Peruvian, and a Venezuelan.
Also, I'm having a Summer BOGO sale! Buy One Get One of the same or lesser value FREE! Now at: &
When you put an item in your cart there is a place under the item to leave me a message. Just type in the name and size (when applicable) of an item of equal or lesser value you want for FREE, then make your purchase. I will include the FREE item when I ship your order or if the FREE item is a file, please give me your email address to email it to you. No limit on number of purchases. Offer available now through August 31, 2018.

So I hope you check out my new drawing and take advantage of my summer BOGO sale! Thank you! :)


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sami Matryoshka

Sami with brown hair
Sami with blonde hair
Hello! I have a new drawing with two versions to choose from, a Sami with brown hair and one with blonde hair. Prints in a variety of sizes and a printable coloring sheet are now available in my Etsy shop and dot com. Merchandise such as cards, postcards, postage stamps, tote bags and phone cases are available in my zazzle shop.

Sami Matryoshka coloring sheet printable
I receive many suggestions of cultures to draw. Whenever I receive a suggestion I add it to my suggestions list (you can see it in the right hand column of my blog). I work almost exclusively from this list in the order I receive the suggestions. I have always looked forward to getting to this suggestion. I had known the Sami people for their reindeer herding and I'm a nut for Christmas. So you know, "The Reindeer People" I couldn't wait! Well, I hyped myself up about it for so many years that when I finally got to it. . . it was a little intimidating. Luckily one of my collectors who suggested I draw a Sami sent me images to inspire me and gave me some good direction. I really couldn't do this without you all. Thank you for all your continued support! :)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ancient Greek Matryoshka

Ancient Greek Matryoshka
Hello! My latest drawing is an Ancient Greek. She is different from my previous matryoshka drawings in that she is my first profile view. I didn't have to draw her face in profile but many of the examples of ancient Greek artwork depict the profile view and I felt them most inspiring. Also, she is one of the few "ancient" cultural drawings I've done. My first ancient was my Roman Goddess Juno that I drew and blogged about back in 2011. Then in 2014 I drew and blogged about Queen Esther from the book of Esther in the Bible. Also, I see on my suggestions list that I'm four drawings away from drawing an Ancient Assyrian.
Roman Goddess Juno
Queen Esther
As I mentioned, I work from a list of suggestions I get from wonderful people like you from around the world. They contact me on my blog, through social media or through my shops. When I get a suggestion I put it on my list (located in the right hand column of my blog). I work on the list in the order I receive the suggestions. So far I've drawn over 100 cultures, and have over 30 suggestions waiting for me to draw at any given time. I've had so many suggestions it takes quite a while from the time I receive the suggestion to the time I actually get a chance to draw them. People have been remarkably patient and continue to send me suggestions along with photos of the cultures they request. Please, keep your suggestions coming and thank you for your support!

Ancient Greek prints in a variety of sizes are now available in my shop. Merchandise such as postage stamps, postcards, note cards, tote bags, and phone cases are available in my Zazzle shop. Also, coloring sheet instant download files are available in my shop as well.
Ancient Greek coloring sheet file
Roman Goddess Juno coloring sheet file
Queen Esther coloring sheet file
I hope you like my new drawing! If you would like to keep up with my progress you can receive my blog posts by email by signing up in the right hand column of my blog where it says, "Follow by email" (if you haven't already). Also, below are my social media links. Thanks again! :)


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Two New Spaniard Matryoshkas

Souvenirs my Grandmother brought back from Spain.
Hello, and Happy Valentine's Day to you! I recently found myself looking again at some souvenirs my Grandmother brought back from Spain. I've loved these Flamenco dancers since I was a child: the dolls, fan, and embroidered postcards. I decided to photograph them to share with you some of the things from my childhood that first sparked my curiosity in cultures and ultimately would inspire my work as an adult.

My Grandpa Charles was in the US military and he, my Grandma and their daughters (the oldest is my mother) were stationed and traveled all over the world. Their home was filled with interesting items from their travels. Looking at these items from Spain I started to think, "I really should draw a couple more Flamenco dancers!" So I did, a pink dress version and a red dress version.
Spaniard Pink Dress Matryoshka
Spaniard Red Dress Matryoshka
These new drawings are now available in a variety of sizes in my shop and on merchandise in my zazzle shop. Also available is a new instant download coloring sheet.
Spaniard Matryoshka Coloring Sheet 2nd version
 And just as a reminder, below is my first Spaniard Matryoshka.
Spaniard Green Dress Matryoshka
Do you have a collection of cultural items from your cultural heritage or a culture you are interested in? I love to receive photos from my customers of my artwork displayed with cultural items!! If you do, please take a photo and send it to me on Etsy or Facebook.

My next drawing will come from my suggestions list (in the right hand column of my blog). I recently updated the list to include all suggestions I've received to date. If there is another culture you would like me to add to the list please let me know. Photos of examples of traditional cultural dress are always helpful and appreciated too! :)


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tongan Matryoshka

Tongan Matryoshka
Hello! This is my Tongan Matryoshka drawing in honor of the people of Tonga. Tonga is a Polynesian Kingdom in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

I find that when I begin drawing a new culture I notice similarities and parallels to cultures I've previously drawn. So I've made sub-categories in my head. For example, some cultures wear red beaded necklaces. I've been surprised how many! So when I start a drawing that includes a red beaded necklace I think, "Oh, its one of the 'Red Beaded' cultures." There are also "Apron Wearing" cultures, and "Fan" holding cultures. So when I started this one I thought, "Yay! A 'Fan culture'!" It was a really fun fan to draw too, figuring out how to capture the woven aspect and open areas. Some of my other "Fan" drawings are my Cambodian, Cuban, Queen Elizabeth I, and Filipina.

While doing research for this culture I came across many inspiring images on the web and pinned them here. Above is my preliminary design process with a pencil sketch and color design elements.

Tongan Coloring Sheet
And this is an example of my Tongan coloring sheet. Prints and the printable file coloring sheet are now available in my etsy shop and my dot com.

My Tongan Matryoshka isn't the first Polynesian I've drawn. You may also be interested in seeing my Maori of New Zealand, and my Samoan.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Belarusian Matryoshka

Belarusian Matryoshka
Happy New Year! New year, new drawing! A Belarusian Matryoshka inspired by the Belarusian people and their traditional dress! Prints and a printable file coloring sheet are now available in my etsy shop and my dot com. These shops are the most personal way to purchase my work. I print out the prints myself, sign and date them on the back, package them, and include a thank you note and other goodies with each shipment.

The printable coloring sheet is available for instant download, so it is fast and convenient. Purchase once and print out as many as you want, whenever you want. Fun for parties, students, groups of kids or adults!
Belarusian Matryoshka Coloring Sheet

Merchandise with my Belarusian Matryoshka is available in my Zazzle shop: postcards, note cards, postage stamps, tote bags, and phone cases. These have been the most popular items but Zazzle offers a multitude of products. So if there is any product that you are interested in purchasing, but don't see available, please let me know so I can make it available.

And because many of you have said you enjoy seeing my preliminary sketches. . .
Belarusian Matryoshka preliminary sketch and design process
You may also enjoy seeing some images of Belarusian traditional dress I found on the web and pinned here.

Again I would like to wish you a wonderful 2018. I'm excited and look forward to bringing you more drawings and designs in the coming year. Thank you for your continued interest and support!! :)