July 27, 2017

Piping Hot!

Sewing together bias strips for what seems like miles of piping for the pillow and bench cover...  (The fabric looks grayish in the photo, but in reality it's a light blue...photo taken with my i-watch)



July 26, 2017

All Stacked Up...

We're having our master bedroom painted in a couple of weeks.  It seemed a good time to freshen up the decor.  I found a set delightful "seersucker" window panels at TJMaxx.  I cut it up and made a bedskirt and two pillows shams.  I also found another coordinating white fabric in the closeout section at JoAnn fabrics - a couple of more pillow shams...I've only spent $50 thus far - happy about that.  I still need to cover the bench seat and one more pillow...I found some beautiful blue and white on sale at JoAnns too - that's what I'll work on next...


July 12, 2017

Hand Painted...

Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop painting.  In this case, it was easy.  As soon as things started getting "dirty" and messy, I knew I was tired and it was definitely time to call it quits.

There are things I love about this piece and some I don't - that's oil painting - at least in my world.  What did I learn from this painting - that I have a lot to learn!  Perhaps I should have used a larger brush for the petals...remembering my light source -aaack always a problem for me!  I tried different techniques - palette knife for one...it's a process.  I love/hate it all!  If you paint, you get it...



July 11, 2017

Enough with the grapes already!

I'm growing weary of painting fruit - it makes me hungry!  I need practice on painting flowers...

There are no flowers...yet...give me another day!



July 6, 2017

Pear and Grapes...

I'm working hard to improve my brush technique without making a big mess...wet on wet is not easy.
Also, being loose with the strokes...more painterly, I hope!









July 2, 2017

Yellow Bird (2)

This small painting (12x12) is now complete.  I really like how she turned out...must talk to her about her posture, however.  Sit up straight girl!


July 1, 2017

Park It Here...

I love my "Yellow Bird" art doll so much, I decided to paint her sitting on a park bench.  (I've got more paint on myself than I have on the canvas.)  Calling it a day for now.  It's Saturday after all - date night on the beach - whoo hoo!

June 27, 2017

June 26, 2017

I've Got You Pegged

Sometimes it is a royal pain to adjust my easel when I go from large to small canvases.  I solved the problem by using some peg board and pegs...while the holes in the peg board do not allow me to completely surround the canvas, two sides is enough to keep a small/medium canvas stable.




I've used many different palettes - gray palette paper, picture frame glass, acrylic, paper plates, etc.  This home made solution is my favorite.  Approx. 16x19 tempered glass cutting board from Bed, Bath & Beyond; two coats of medium gray spray paint on the "top" rough side - turn it over and use the smooth underside to mix paints - easy to scrape off dried paint.  I priced similar (smaller!) palettes on a number of websites.  The tempered glass costs a fortune.  With coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond and Michaels I was able to make this palette for under $20...just sayin'


June 25, 2017

Full of Myself (Part 3)

I'm pretty pleased with my self-portrait.  Of course, I took advantage of artistic license and decided NO WRINKLES ALLOWED!  I may be 70+, but in my head I feel much younger!  Except for adding a signature, this piece is done.  


June 19, 2017

Full of myself...

I don't know if I dare admit that this is the beginning of a self-portrait.  (I may deny that once it's done!)  Kinda sorry I wore that blouse too - egad, what was I thinking?!

Charcoal and pencil sketch

underpainting (stage 1)

I did tell you that this is just the beginning, didn't I.... :-0

June 16, 2017

June 14, 2017

what's her name...

I'm having a ton of fun working on this doll - old what's her name?!?  I haven't decided what to call her yet.

Getting closer to the finish line :-)




June 10, 2017

Let it rain!

It's been raining like mad here the last week.   Being pent up in my studio for days on end has gotten my creative juices working overtime.

Let's face it - all of my dolls are weirdly odd - that's what I LOVE about them!   I never have a clear idea of what a doll will look like when it's finished.  I just go with the flow; take a look at my stash of materials and....BEGIN!


I have a thing about large noses - the bigger the better!




Lots more to do...let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!


June 3, 2017

layer 2...

Second layer of oils added today....it's coming along.  So far, so good.


June 1, 2017

opposites...

I read an article about underpainting.  I was surprised to find out there are benefits  to using complimentary colors as the base for underpainting.  I thought I'd give it a try.

Set up a simple still life.


Drawing done with blue chalk pastel.  Background is acrylic in medium gray.  Underpainting with complimentary colors.  


It'll be fun to experiment with this...need to let it dry and mull over...

May 28, 2017

All's Well that Ends Well

Back from our whirlwind trip to Chicago.  It was a lot of fun.

I'm so proud of my daughter, Jennifer.  She home schools her two girls.  Emily is off to college this fall.

Emily, our beautiful granddaughter, the graduate!  

We enjoyed an evening cruise down the Chicago River sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  Jane, our docent, did a terrific job!  We dodged most of the rain drops - the clouds made for some very dramatic skies.  I wish I could remember the names of all the buildings...  I'm sure you will agree - Chicago has a magnificent skyline.








May 13, 2017

After while crop-o-dile...

My granddaughter, Emily, is graduating from high school.  We're super excited to be going back to Chicago for the festivities!  (All photos taken with my Apple Watch.)

As is my custom, I made a travel journal to keep track of all we do and people we see...
The journal is made from a 7x7 child's book from the Dollar Store - sanded, painted with acrylic paints; image transfer, etc.

Cover shows Trump Tower where we will stay while downtown - fantastic location - beautiful hotel

painted pages drying

mark holes for binding

Crop-o-dile hole punch

line up holes with large toothpicks

heavy yarn for ties

using a large straw for wiggle room - tie knot in each yarn piece


inside pages