Graphic Grannies Rise Again

When I was taking Computer Graphic classes at Peninsula College I used my graphic alter-ego to illustrate class assignments. Now, 9/18, I’ve brought her back to demonstrate principles of successful aging…keeping in mind that aging begins at conception.

Me and my friend, Katiei, protesting…Over time I’ll get her character more simplified, but I got the outfit right

I still have a goal of learning to use some animation…beyond the dancing figure I made in class…maybe a combo drawn/photographed/collaged/written ebook…Stay Tuned!  I did do my book for the Brooklyn Art Library  with a similar mixed media technique.

Live All the Rest of Life!…do not internalize any demeaning “isms, like Ageism
Dance, Eat Well, Be Outside, Have Friends, Keep doing Interesting work, Help Others
These are the 4 keys to a successful Rest of Your Life…Start at Any Point, read This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
Don’t waiting until other people say you are old to start making your life better.
Thank you to Renne Brock’s class on Digital Story Telling….this collage has doors that open in GG’s head to reveal a collage of interesting things. Drawing, Cartooning, Collage, Writing,..make up your own story.
Another head shot…We carry all the selves and stories of our lives with us always.
One of my chronic illnesses/burdens to carry is inherited depression…I may better be able to take control of the consequences when I remind myself that Depression decreases the effectiveness of the body’s immune system
Like many women of my generation, I try to solve everyone else’s problems…this is to remind me of my life-long effort to establish and maintain necessary boundaries…One can be compassionate without trying to fix Evereything
Mind maps are very useful for me when I’m feeling Overwhelmed by possibilities. I do yoga and meditate some, too.
One of my assignments from Digital Story Telling


When I did the Sketchbook Project  for the Brooklyn Art Library, I used similar techniques of combining media




The actual Sketchbook project book…if I re-find my link to the whole book, which was scanned in Brooklyn, I’ll re-post it here. I did post it on my other blog:



Graphic Grannie Returns!


Oh my Goodness! In how many different directions can I travel at one time!?!

I am busier than ever as a Retired Person…retired from my health care job (just in time) but Never from All Art, All the Time!

I’m working on a sketchbook, The Story of my Life, for the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project

I’ve never given up on the dream of cartooning/graphic novel/maybe even animation…Stay Tuned! There is always A WAY…don’t give up on YOUR Dream! New book that I won from the Jealous Curator: A Glorious Freedom: Older women leading Extraordinary Lives by LIsa Congdon.

Stay tuned…I’ll publish a compendium of the Graphic Grannies to date. I’m publishing a weekly blog at: and have retired the older blogs.

I just attended a webinar from Graphic Artists’ Guild on cartooning, lugged 3 heavy books of graphic novels up the hill from the library in my backpack, and want to turn the treasury of family photos I’ve inherited into stories. Check out my kindle and print on demand books on Amazon as well…I’ll be Back!

Continuing my Journey


This term I’m taking a class in Adobe Illustrator at Peninsula College….My aims are ambitious, but my skills are still catching up.

What a better example for other Grannies who are trembling on the brink of realizing our dreams!