Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I want to extend a heart felt thank you to all those who visit my blog, and those that follow it. Thank you to all my friends, customers and fellow artists; for all the support and inspiration throughout the year. May your hearts and homes be filled with joy, and surrounded by those you love. I wish for you a world of peace, good health and prosperity. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. ~ Barbara

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rooster Art is a Practical Matter

Fun, original and highly useful. Functional gifts with rooster art on mugs and the latest take-out menus organizer from my original paintings and drawings. Find these and other practical art at my Zazzle store.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Show Off on a Mug

Show Off, acrylic

If you prefer "functional" art, my artwork is available on mugs, tee shirts, mousepads and more at my Zazzle store.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Happy Boy

Happy Boy, Colored Pencils on Smooth Bristol

Happy Boy is a drawing of my German Shepherd dog when he was 6 months old. I've had dogs most of my life but Sirius has the longest tongue I've seen. The lolling tongue after a good round of exuberant play is a typical expression on his face.

I've made this drawing available in high quality prints and framing at my Imagekind gallery. If the direct link doesn't work, go directly to and search for my gallery under SunfluerDesigns.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Favorite Recipes

What is it about the rooster that so many people love this animal. Is it their country type charm or their eagerness to crow welcoming the new day. I love roosters. I was born in the year of the rooster according to Chinese astrology. Henry is the one rooster I have among the 12 hens in my backyard flock. He is one lucky guy surrounded by so much beauty, adoration and love. Although I notice he's a little hen pecked at times ;) Anyway, I'm compelled to create art illustrating this boisterous and cocky bird.
Just added to my Zazzle is a great binder to collect all of your favorite recipes. It's designed with my Cockerel acrylic painting. There's a space on the bottom front cover to personalize it. It makes a perfect gift idea for anyone who loves the culinary arts.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Out Of The Woods

Animals are one of my favorite art subjects. Lately, my focus has turned to drawing a bit more. I love the results I get using quality colored pencils. My finished work is sprayed to prevent smudging and lasting beauty. I recommend collectors of art drawings to frame the artwork under glass for added protection and a lifetime of enjoyment.

Poster - Rooster/Chicken Art from

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Poster - Rooster/Chicken Art from

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I did a pencil drawing of my dearly departed dog, Snickers. As I was doing the drawing, I took images to show the progression from beginning to end.

After I make a general outline, I start working on the eyes. The eyes are important for me as it gives life to the drawing. When I have the eyes drawn in, I'm able to move to other areas to bring the piece together.
I love doing animal portraits. It's an emotional experience for me due to my love and respect for animal life. I think I've set the doves free by making Snickers' portrait.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Artful Gifts

There are practical ways to have art in fun ways and these can be found at my Zazzle store. I made great gift items on calendars, t-shirts, mugs, mousepads from my art. The 2010 calendar has a piece of art for each month of the year. Each piece can then be beautifully displayed. The individual art pages in the calendar can be framed and wrapped to give as a thoughtful, inexpensive gift throughout the year.

Journey to me, adoption memories binder to save mementos, photos and journal your adoption journey. This makes a lovely, personalized keepsake for your family treasures. The artwork, Girl With Daisies, on the binder is inspired by my China adoption experience.
Lady is an acrylic painting and beautifully displayed on a mug to enjoy a favorite beverage. Zazzle is running a BOGO special promotion on mugs, buy one, get one free.

Birders would love this cozy tee with my Blue Jay, acrylic painting art.
There is something for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. Support the arts and buy great, original products.

Practical Artful Gifts


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