Fun & YUMMY new project!

On my Instagram account (, I’m posting a series of recipe index cards which I’ve created using mixed media (primarily watercolor, some ink, pen, and a little bit of collage too in unexpected ways) for the Index-Card-A-Day challenge going by the hashtag #dyicad2022 – and I’m having a blast! I made the Quick Pickled Onions recipe below. And I’m going to make a Zucchini Brownie recipe next (once I get the ingredients) that I haven’t posted yet on my Instagram account.

If you want to see my easy-to-make the Strawberry and Blackberry Icebox Cake recipe (healthy and low cal, would be great for the 4th of July or Labor Day parties) that I made for my birthday recently, please visit my Instagram account – it was out of this world. Let me know if you try it!

Chloe x2


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My favorite “subject” to photograph and now draw, Chloe ~ our little Bichon Frise. She sat still enough for me to capture her … twice! Happy Father’s Day!

Watercolor, colored pencil, marker, and white chalk paint on tan toned paper.

Meyer Lemon


Colored pencil and gouache.

Have you ever had a Meyer Lemon? How is it different from a “regular” lemon?”

Well, the Meyer Lemon is a seasonal, winter citrus available December through May here in Florida, and it is thought to be a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin orange. Meyer lemons don’t have the same tang as regular lemons; they’re much sweeter. Their rinds have a spicy bergamot fragrance that resembles an herb or a spice.

Without Focus

Cynthia Maniglia - journal page.jpgPainting or drawing without focus … without a clear intention … without expectations or ideas. Just seeing where the paint and pen take me. That’s what I’ve been doing lately. It can be ultra frustrating but I try to keep at it and see what I can get out of the exercise. Here, too many colors and not enough clarity … but I say OK. It’s imaginary. I was surprised to find the orange and purple bougainvilleas that I just placed in the garden cropped up here, unintentionally. And I went with that. Maybe a little too far.