In a Little Communiqué Spot

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Looking for a particular type of drawing?   From cottages to child portraits to landscapes…Simply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link to view my artwork – listed by subject – in “Categories,” just over there to the right! 

NOTE:  Everything here is under my copyright and may NOT be reproduced in any way without permission.


 Let A Fun and Pretty Seascape on Your Walls Whisk You Away to Memories of Summer Magic…


Battery Lighthouse in California


White House the Beach


Gull Cottage at Beach-Color

Timeless Through the Generations…


Children running in Ocean

I do love color, but — oh, there’s just a wondrous mood I find in the chiaroscuro contrasts that sparkles a lush glow over these three sea-revelers!  Especially when I look at this in the original 12×17 size.   It takes me back to my own childhood, makes me almost feel the foamy water, hear the wave about to crash forward, smell the tang of sea air and hear the screech of seagulls winging! In that time of day when sunlight transforms and paints reflections on the wet sand…


Take Time to Listen to a seashell or two…

Little Boy Listening to Seashell

Little Girl Listening to Sea Shell

Look for hidden treasures in peaceful moments…

Little Girl Looking for Seashells

Remember and cherish the stories of your family and times over the generations…

Two little girls at beach

Oh… I love the timeless, impish joy of these two sisters, don’t you?  Just had to put the original photo of this to pencil and pen – could be any two modern little girls, but for the turn of the century bathing suits!  🙂   Again, I can just feel, hear and taste that sea in this! Wish I knew more of their story…

1900s family at beach

I didn’t notice all the little stories going on in the original photo that inspired this piece until I set pencil to paper…  the mom and the young daughter caught up in the beginning swimmer off to their left, the two little boys zooming in on the kite-flyers off in the distance, the young woman dreaming of a beau returning on the boat…   And just the sense that this family, perhaps just arriving to their beach cottage rental, couldn’t resist a dip into the sea before changing to their beach attire of the era.  The sea beckoning them…home again.

And as I look deeper at this one it even reminds me of stories I’ve heard of my great grandparents taking joy in the sea as they stepped into their new land here in the early 1900’s… The littlest girl, my grandma next to her mom… then her sister and nephews beside them…   

Two little black girls by the beach

Just love the sweet look of these two, hand in hand… Couldn’t really see the actual backdrop in the photo that inspired this, but wanted to include them in my beach theme, so imagined this… 🙂


Do you find a bit of your own stories here in these?  🙂

Inside Beach House-Color 2

I invite you to  join me now over at my newest gallery by clicking here …Beach Themes… to explore several more beach drawings (and custom picture ideas) on this seascape escape!

And don’t forget…

  • if you have questions regarding purchase and sizes of any of these prints…
  • have an idea of a custom drawing of your own beachy cottage…
  • or simply want to get a conversation started on your own ideas for a piece…

Simply email me at !



Happy Summer Days in Pen and Ink, Pencil or Pastel Style Story!



*U.S. only for now – but if you are outside, and interested, let’s talk possibilities…

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Do you have any vintage family photos that might make special portraits?  I’d love to see them.  If I do a drawing from your photo, I will gift you with a mini-print of that piece.  

I’m especially interested in photos taken of young women or men of the 30’s or 40’s who kept the “home fires burning” (as described in my story above) or children of that era

Email your photos to me at


Rose Cottage

“Rose Cottage Tearooms”  available in People and Landscapes After the English Heart



I wonder if you might do me a favor? 🙂 Please talk about this site with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media and refer them here…along with anyone you know who might be looking for a Pen and Ink artist to custom create a portrait of a cherished part of their lives. *

I look forward to hearing what you think as you take a gallery link tour throughout! And remember to stop in often, as I’ll be adding new ‘pieces’ as I create them — as well as changing up the message in this “little communiqué spot” from time to time, to ask your thoughts and to keep you in the loop of any special offers, updates or seasonal greetings.   🙂


How do I start a gallery tour?

pointer bestSimply choose and click on a portrait ‘gallery’ link in “Categories,” just over there to the right!  🙂

*  U.S. purchases only, for now [However, if you are outside the country, and are interested, let’s talk – in some cases I may have a way to work something out with mail arrangements etc. ] 🙂



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352 thoughts on “In a Little Communiqué Spot

  1. Pam, I think old world charm never really goes out of fashion, and many (including me) love the thought of slower paced, gentler days. I see a young boy in your image above who is proud to be sailing his yacht solo on the boating lake for the very first time. Maybe he’s turning back to his proud father, who has been happily watching from the sidelines, eager to share some refreshment with him now. Your vintage sketches are delightful! It’s been a blessing to stop by your site from the #glimpsesofhisbeauty link up. Keep up the good work… 🙂


    1. Thank you, Joy. Your words encourage me… I’ve been feeling a bit like my tastes are “out of step” though I do think these days of old are timeless, too – love your storyline about the boy in the center of this one! 🙂 He does look like he’s excited to tell someone something as he approaches… I appreciate your sharing your thoughts on it here! Stop in again…

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  2. These are lovely! I would take you up on it, but I’m a bit of an illustrator myself 🙂 Visiting from Coffee for your Heart linkup.


      1. It’s been a while, since I’ve had my own kids I haven’t done much… but I did a pic of a baby in a man’s hand that placed first in a state competition, and an Eskimo boy with his husky is one of my favorites…other than that, mostly either horses or fanciful…


  3. What a unique talent you have for drawing children! Love the little one walking. I was a child of the 30s so I’ll see if I have a photo you could use.


    1. I just added that one here today 🙂 I love it too… so sweet. It makes me see the children I’ve known as they take their first steps… Will be adding more as I do them this month, so do come back. Thanks, Faye! I’d love to see any photos you have! 🙂


  4. pam – you are so gifted not just in writing but in your drawing as well. I love all the pieces you shared on this post, but I was drawn to the little boy in the Irish hat and his cheeks! Oh and then the older sibling kissing the baby…. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week. Hope to see you tomorrow too.


    1. I am amazed myself by how God is bringing out my art these days… never used to draw this depth before and I enjoy seeing them come to life too. 🙂 The two you mentioned are two of my favorites too! I’m adding a new one here right now (baby and pup in a tub) that I wasn’t sure was going to come out (the photo I used as a model was not the best quality so hard to see details) but it reminds me of those old Good Housekeeping cover artists I love… Thanks, Debbie!


  5. You’re so right. There is something so precious about hearing your children practice piano. Or other instruments. Our son plays guitar and sax, and I miss hearing his music fill the house. Beautiful art!


  6. The words are as lyrical as music and the drawing is inviting. While I find the painting and photo beautiful, no memories of little children playing the piano are stirred. I played accordion for awhile and then plunked out a few notes on the piano from an elective class I took in college. But playing the piano was comforting on days when my spirits needed lifting. Visiting from Faith and Friends.


  7. Pam,
    My hubby is an artist so I just love seeing other people’s creative bent. Your art is wonderful. Blessings on all your endeavors. I am stopping by via the #InspireMeMonday linkup from last week…it’s a long story 🙂 Have a great weekend!
    ~Sherry Stahl


    1. Oh thank you for your lovely words, Sarah. I love that – full of light and character… 🙂 It’s what I hope they bring to all who see them. A luminous quality that I find in the white of the sea and clouds when done in just the gray tones… and the joy of the sea! His Glory…


  8. What beautiful artwork! They reminded me of my own children at the beach many years ago. You’ve caught the joy of children in these paintings. What a talented artist you are! Your words are beautiful too. Your art fills my eyes–which is the greatest compliment I can give. Your words are so joyous and full of picturings. Thank you. Have a lovely weekend. Somehow I think you might be a kindred spirit. 😀


    1. Thank you so much, Beth! You don’t know how you’ve encouraged me with your beautiful reflections… especially that it fills your eyes, joyous, and reminds you of your children and your own “stories”. I think you may be a kindred spirit too! I don’t write as much here as I do at my apples of gold blog (, so I’m glad the words touched your heart too… Have a beautiful Sunday!


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