Friday, April 24, 2015

daisies, salvia and marigold

Another painting of silk flowers. Soon, I’ll be painting from real life.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

coneflowers, salvia and marigolds

While I’m waiting for the REAL flowers to bloom, I painted these from some silk flowers I keep around for reference.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

another page for my novel

Another drawing for my book. Slowly, slowly, making progress.

Monday, April 20, 2015

new spark assignment

This assignment for Year of the Spark was so much fun.

  • Gesso texture on wood panels.
  • Watercolor paint in layers.
  • Then rub them to expose some of the gesso texture underneath.

The only part I didn’t like was that it took me several days. I worked on these every evening for about a week. Each step has to dry before you can more on.

But it was worth the wait. I’ve purchased more boards so I can make more of these.

Friday, April 17, 2015

rosy doodle

A rose doodle on a “ghost” print from a gelli plate. Sometimes the ghost prints come out better than the actual print!

Wishing you a happy Friday!!

Linking up with Paint Party Friday–please be sure to visit!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

new blog

Because I have so little spare time and too much stress in my life already, I decided to start a new blog.

Well, actually I’m just reviving an old one. I started it years ago with photos and art and just stuff about life in general. Then I decided to start an “art only” blog … this one. After a while, I gave up on the first blog and put all my energy into “the studio.”

Lately, I’ve wanted to post photos I take but didn’t want to mix my artwork with photography.

I know. I’m weird.

I also don’t mix my veggies with my meat on the dinner plate! But that’s a whole other issue.

Take a look when you have time. You may recognize some things! Today, is a picture of the tulip that I used as a model for a painting last week.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


One of our lessons at Year of the Spark was to draw one-liner faces. Slowly. Trying to get most of the details of the face.

I did several. Here are three that I like the best.

Her eyes are wonky … but I still like her.

This was a chubby cheeked child. I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Monday, April 13, 2015


You’ve heard the expression Thank God It’s Friday…well, sometimes I really welcome Mondays!!

This past weekend involved about 12 hours in the car, several loads of laundry, shopping, visiting, eating out, and just general running around.

I didn’t get anything creative done. A couple things are in progress but I’ve nothing to show except this little doodle.

So, TGIM and I hope this week is nice and peaceful. I can’t handle the stress of weekends!

Friday, April 10, 2015

it’s spring

Yesterday it rained in the afternoon. I went out on the back porch and watched it. I love that earthy smell that comes with rain. It’s wonderful.

Apparently, it didn’t get cold enough this winter to freeze the tulip bulbs. We only have a few stragglers popping up this year. They look beautiful, of course. Just a little lonely.

Wishing you all a happy Friday.

Linking up with Paint Party Friday–please be sure to visit!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

my novel

Not really a novel but you’d think it was considering the amount of time I’ve spent on it. I have been thinking, doodling, drawing, painting, rethinking, redrawing, rewriting, repainting a children’s book for about 5 years now.

My problem is that I can never finish it to my satisfaction. I’m not sure I ever will!!

So for now, I’ve decided to just finish the drawings (I’ve been working on a 32-page template). Then when I finish the drawings I may do a self-publish to see what I think of it.

Here is one of the drawings. My goal is to do one or two drawings/paintings per week.

It’s not like I want to be a rich and/or famous children’s book author/illustrator. I just have other books in my head. I need to get those out of my head and onto paper. But I want at least ONE book done before I start the next project.

Hopefully it won’t take 5 years for each one! If anyone has any words of wisdom for me, I would welcome it!!