November 17, 2017

going, going...gone?

I've been invited to donate a piece of artwork to the "For the Love of Art" fundraiser at Naples Art Association. 

Yup, my little yellow bird will find a new home!  

November 6, 2017

Three Like Minded Women...

I considered not adding details to the faces, but then I thought I have to title it "Three Blind Wives" - no, no, no!

I finished it this morning.  I'm happy.

November 3, 2017

The Three...

This is one of the largest paintings I ever attempted - 30x24 -

I'm planning at this point to keep it loose and not add too much detail to their faces...then there's the hair - maybe a loose, flyaway bun...we'll see what happens....

October 23, 2017

Yellow Bird and Friend

Paint is still wet - love how it turned out.  I'm filling my guest bathroom walls with whimsical paintings of my dear yellow bird!

October 18, 2017

The Slouch...

I saw myself in the mirror the other day and noticed I was slouching. (That'll NEVER do!!) thus the inspiration for this piece...

 just beginning to work on her...

October 16, 2017

Blank No More...

It's hard to start a new painting when one looks at a blank white canvas.  I created a background using green, blue and white titanium.  Once dry it will be a good starting point - surprisingly, the background may disappear once the creative process begins - but at least it wont be white!

October 9, 2017

Yellow Bird and Friend

I'm just crazy about my little yellow bird.  She keeps appearing in most of my artwork these days.  (Creating the little book was a bit of a challenge - don't ask how many times I started anew!)

October 7, 2017

Irma Packs a Punch...and more

It took a lot longer to wrap this project up than I thought it would - Miss Irma really messed up my time in the happy now - I finished these girls this afternoon! 

September 30, 2017

September 29, 2017

September 25, 2017

Laugh or Cry...

On September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma tore through Naples with a vengeance.  As a result, I haven't been able to work in the studio - I really miss it.  I didn't realize how much stress I was under waiting for the storm, going through the storm and finally dealing with the aftermath.  My husband and I were really lucky.  Our house had no damage.  The discomfort/inconvenience of no electricity, AC, cell phone, wifi or drinkable water was minor compared to thousands of people who were affected quite harshly.  Nevertheless, the storm took its toll on my psyche.

A couple of weeks ago, I made some armatures for art dolls I had in mind.  Over this past weekend I picked up where I left off.  So often during the time of the storm, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry - I did both!  That's the direction this art doll is going...


September 1, 2017

and then there were two...

These huge spiders are in a web outside the gate of my neighbor's patio - yikes!


I'm in the mood to make some new art dolls...Christmas is coming!  I've got several ideas whirling around my brain...

I've pulled out a ton of supplies - never sure what I'll use or what the doll will look like.  I love how it just seems to give birth to itself.

Different views of the first armature...

August 23, 2017

Flowers in a Glass Jar

I've started over a number of times...time to put this away for a while!

August 18, 2017

Background 101

It seems like forever since I picked up paintbrush!  I'm anxious to get back to working with oil paints.  Since this is a relatively large canvas for me 18x24, I decided to do the background and table top in acrylics.  I like to save my expensive paints for the foreground.  (Burnt umber, titanium ecru, raw sienna, titanium white, portrait pink light, Payne's gray.)

This is going to be a still life which I'm still setting up...time will tell what it will turn out to be.

August 11, 2017

Your Choice 2017

Oh boy - my artwork "Yellow Bird You Sit All Alone Like Me" is featured in the 239 section of today's Naples Daily News.  Reception and viewer's choice voting is tonight 5:30-7:30.  Come join in the fun (and please vote for me).

August 9, 2017

La, La, La, La!!!

The fat lady sings - yippee - the painter has finished our bedroom and is working on the rest of the house.  I put the bedroom "back".  It feels great not having our clothes piled up on a table in the garage. Tomorrow I'll hang artwork.  By Saturday the painter will be finished and things will be back to normal - so happy!

July 29, 2017

The Fat Lady is Getting Ready to Sing...

Bench cushion and accent pillow complete.   I'm excited to put the whole bed together, but think it may be prudent to wait until the painter finishes first...

July 28, 2017


just about finished making the piping...thank goodness!

(Photos taken with my Apple watch.)

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 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'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'