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

May 2, 2017


I could keep adding/subtracting to this little work.  Instead, I'm calling it done.

April 30, 2017

isolated cabin...

There are days when I would dearly love to have a small cabin near water, surrounded by mountains and have no one to answer to but me.

(WIP) - still working with a limited palette...

April 27, 2017

Tall and Skinny finis

Added dimension to work by adjusting contrast especially in background; also worked on small details.  I'm calling this one finished.

April 24, 2017

Tall and skinny...

Trying a number of new things with oils today.  Draw with the brush; use a limited palette - red, yellow, blue and white...landscapes are not something I've tried before.  I thought it would be easier than portraits, but not so!  This is a work in progress - I've just got to step back for a while....

April 10, 2017

April 9, 2017

in the doorway...

getting closer...tomorrow tackle the hair, background, etc. Working with oils wet on wet is certainly a challenge!

April 7, 2017

those yes, those eyes...

Still working (slowly) on this portrait...

My progression...

April 6, 2017

Eye Did It...

Working on the eyes - stressful to say the least!  Mulling over the eyebrows and, of course, she needs eyelashes!

April 4, 2017

standing in the doorway

Beginning of a new oil painting.  Underpainting this morning - trying out a new product Liquin by Winsor Newton.  It helps the paint to try quicker to enable me to add more layers tomorrow.

April 1, 2017

Artist and Sand Castle

Last Saturday while my husband and I were walking on the beach, we came across Ed Reed III an incredible sand artist.  Once I got home and looked at the pictures I took, I noticed the woman climbing a rock in the photo with Ed in it.  That would never do...

Another photo of sand castle only

In Photoshop I carefully removed Ed from the top photo and placed him in the second picture.  The proportions of the castle in relation to Ed are a bit off, but all in all a good photo.

March 26, 2017

March 23, 2017

play time....

An old childhood friend of mine is coming over for a play date tomorrow.  She works in acrylics and wants to learn more about creating backgrounds.  While I didn't really create any backgrounds today, I messed around with acrylics - working on two similar pieces but different substrates and sizes.

140# watercolor paper 9x12 - predominantly stabilo pencils, some acrylic and gesso...

The same supplies as above, but this is a small 6x6 canvas

There's a long way to go yet - fine tuning - that sort of thing - and'll be interesting (to me!) seeing what develops.

March 18, 2017

She Hears #2...

I had a lot of fun creating this piece!!

March 13, 2017

She hears...

I can hardly believe it's been over one month since I posted to my blog.  Life gets in the way - working on a quilt; then there are taxes to deal with.  Also, my husband and I spent quite a bit of time talking to our financial advisor and estate attorney.  It's exhausting.

On my walk yesterday morning all I could think about was I want to paint something! and so today I did.

The background is acrylic - the foreground oil paints...I have a theme in mind - will share that once this baby is finished.

I started this piece a couple of weeks ago - my second oil painting.  I must tell you that I love this one.  She's entitled "She has a big heart (and nose)!"

I'm loving the process...

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February 10, 2017

Not ready to give up...yet

I kept painting away hoping this would turn into a masterpiece - NOT!!  I do like it a lot better than what I ended up with yesterday.  The proportions are off - one head too large - the other smaller than it should be.   (I just realized how sad they look - must be the way I'm feeling showing through.) There are things I like about it too...which I NEED to remember.

My motto is "success is in the effort".  I tried and know eventually my oil painting skills will improve.

February 9, 2017

Are we having fun yet....NO!

I thought it would be fun to try painting with oils.  I have several artist friends who use oils so beautifully - they made it seem like it would be fun and easy - NOT!

I had no idea how different oils are from acrylics.  I haven't gotten the hang of mixing paints or applying same to the canvas - so frustrating!

I used acrylics on the background  - not so sure this was a good idea though.  I waited until the acrylic paint was totally dry, but correcting "mistakes" on the foreground is really hard to do now.

I used charcoal pencil to draw rough figures - used my oil paints to add underpainting to my drawing.  I'm having a hard time with the paint always being wet - I feel like I'm just making a big mess trying to blend the paints - details are scaring me - I've completely painted over the faces twice because I was really unhappy with how they were turning out.  I know it's my first try with oils - but already I'm thinking about throwing them out!  BAHHHH!!!

January 19, 2017


The other day we walked along the 1.5 mile boardwalk (one way) in the Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.  We couldn't get to the lighthouse on foot at least not from where we were walking.  I don't think I've ever seen an orange lighthouse before.  Actually, we did a 3 mile round trip walk.  Once we came to the end, we didn't realize that was the parking lot the car was parked in so after a bathroom break, we turned around and walked to the beginning again!

It's a bird sanctuary, but honestly, we didn't see anything unusual except a few tortoises, which, of course, aren't birds :-)  It was a beautiful day for a walk - not too hot, slight breeze.

January 9, 2017

One Million Acts of Kindness

I was out shopping for shoes.  I didn't see a single pair that begged me to take them home.  I did espy this fantastic bus sitting in the parking lot.  I couldn't resist taking some photos.  Unfortunately, the driver was no where to be found.

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