Snowed in Snowed in

On Sunday, after Saturday’s first storm of this new year, I spotted a lovely image on the Instagram account of Mary Irene who’s ig and blog, “My Digital Life” -I have been following for some time. She is a greater NYC neighbor and we have many things in common. Love of our family, our homes and creating pretty things keeps us connected, virtually if you will.

When I put something in writing about an action, I find I am much more likely to do it. So on Sunday, I stated that this would be my Monday 30 minute sketch a day, the deed was done. I shared it on Instagram and the blizzard of activity and comments made my heart warm!

Hop on over here and say hello to Mary-Irene. I want to thank each of you for your support and inspiration.

Winter events


The artwork I created was for a SIP & SHOP for J.McLaughlin that was used for a Winter in house store event and part of the proceeds went to benefit a local Humane Society.

The Northeast is preparing for a Winter Storm and all I can think about are the animals outside who might not have the privilege of a warm home. Think about donating to a charity or cause near and dear to your heart. May everyone use good judgement in preparation for the storm. Bring your animals inside. Stock up on Water, Batteries, candles, salt for your walk way and drive and remember that a little kindness can go a long way.

sunny bulbs

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Tessa of Nine and Sixteen posted the perfect recipe for warming up one’s home on a cold day by forcing bulbs in a sunny window. I think my thirty minute sketch a day is becoming dangerous inspiration, causing my things to do list to grow exponentially.

be the light

Male hands holding rays of glowing light.
























The light of a candle in the midst of winter can provide such comfort.  I love candles.  I always have one lit while I work.  To me a candle reminds me to lighten up or to be the light.  Do you crave light in Winter?

If you feel like you need a little something extra in your life, light a candle and say a prayer, ask for something special as you light it. Write out a little poem or a few little “request” and tuck them underneath the base of a candle. If you are missing someone, who is living or passed carve their name into the side of the soft wax and light the candle, speaking your feelings to the flame knowing that it will be heard in their heart and soul.

Give a candle.

Be the light.  Manifest light and grace today.

BIG things

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Alright, now that we got the little things out of the way, let’s chat about the BIG things and how important they are. What is one BIG thing that you are passionate about? It might be a worthy cause or something near and dear to your heart.

It’s friday and we have a long weekend which is a BIG thing. As we honor Martin Luther King on Monday, think about a big thing that needs your focus?
I just love this BIG RED painting spotted over at Kayce Hughes. Go ahead, dream about something big.

little things

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Little things are often used to convey an appealing diminutiveness or express an affectionate attitude.

My dear friend Jeanne over at I dream of and I are on a mission, creating a “sketch a day” and sharing them. I was so enamored that she accepted the challenge to create each day and then to post them on her blog and on instagram. Just the other day, she posted a few Winter Survival tips and I loved how the little things, like fresh flowers can warm up one’s home or desk.  What little things brighten up your day? Take a minute to hop on over to meet my friend Jeanne at I dream of and also Tina at Life in Sketch. Today, she is sharing my post on Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren inspired our “sketch a day.” At first, something daunting can feel big, but it’s the little things that count and add so much meaning to life.

I am an artist





You might notice a few updates around here. My logo now has my name added along with the title of “artist.” If it is your first time stopping in today, yes, I am an artist.

I am also human.











Years ago, when I remarked to a dear friend in her art studio about her work and how prolific she was, she simply said, “This is what I do, I am an artist.” She gave me the confidence and faith to begin my own little journey as an artist. Shortly thereafter, “PvE Design” web site was launched in 2007, been blogging since 2008, and a following and the rest seems like history. After all, I have been drawing and painting since I was a little girl.  Many of you know my work from the blog world or from one of the social media links. All the links on my site are now working. Connect with my on facebook, on Instagram or directly on my site.

Thank-you Evan Leah for your patience with me and all the updates on my site.






Yes, I am also a Mother to three, a Wife and work very hard at creating a home where my family has been my top priority, but this year, I am really forging ahead and believing in myself and putting more of me first. I don’t see it as selfish but necessary to put myself first. My children are pretty independent, twin sons, age 21 and our daughter, age 15 – so they also need to be given guidance and love but are well on their way.










Thank-you to each of you for your faith in me and your kind comments, each and everyone is like oxygen. I also owe a great deal to my dear husband, who has always been so supportive and encouraging.   He has been patient and helpful with my accounting and always believed in me.

A huge thanks to my children for being patient with me.  They have heard, “one-minute” for many years as I worked away on artwork and building my business. I hope that with each and every work of art I create brings as much joy and smiles as it does for me.  I feel very lucky and blessed to be an artist.



I cannot say that I blame the bears, it truly seems they have the right idea to just hibernate until it’s springtime! Inspired by pretty linens and my goal to create a “30 minute sketch a day” is keeping me motivated. Speaking of hibernate, what are you doing to stay warm?

Sunny San Marino

I completed this illustration of a new J.McLaughlin store that opened in San Marino, California. Adore the black awning, the sunny yellow door front and that majestic tree out front. Do tell them that “PvE” sent you in, if you are in the area. I keep thinking of warmer spots as we brace for some cold temperatures in New York.

baby light my fire

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Baby, light my fire! Truly, I am ready to light this brand new year up with lots of good things.
I hope everyone is feeling good getting started today and that your breaks were wonderful.

This year, I am stepping up my game and have been inspired to create a “30 minute a day” sketch. I was inspired by fellow Rivertown artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis of August Wren. She kept a sketch book for 2014 which is amazing. Over a holiday tea I hosted, Jennifer brought her sketchbook and it was so much fun seeing it live!

I have a sketch book too but I’ll be using it for notes and doodles and then creating my artworks on paper or canvas. Here I come 2015! Happy January to you!