It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Friday, December 28, 2018


It is a big day for this old girl today...I am 77!
Egads, how did this fast?
There is some saying about the days being long and the years fly by.
It is TRUE!
However it seems in the 70's the days fly by also.

That said,  being a December birthday, that means that turquoise is my birthstone.  Oh, there are also some glittery birthstones that go with December but in my head turquoise is mine.
And I love it!
I can remember each piece of turquoise I have received or purchased AND where it came from.
Of course, most have originated in New Mexico and that is where I acquired most of it.

So, I played "dress up" and put it all on at once!

And now on to my art for the past couple of weeks.  I dug out my old friend yupo  and here are some of the results.

One of the things I like about yupo is that you can cut it and weave into it pretty easily.

Another thing I like about yupo is that you can lift paint as I did here and in the first one (the dots have been lifted in it).

I have been enjoying another "Abstract" class at our art center.
We have been doing some work with dry brushes and I really enjoy the look you achieve.

And then one more...a collage.
Doing this was a lot like knitting, doing the same thing over and over again.
It is sort of soothing, if you ignore the sticky fingers.
But I collected an assortment of different pages and print.

So that's it!  I haven't been around but I have been playing and visiting your sites.
My computer issues have not been resolved.  But please know I am visiting and enjoying all that you do.  Happy PPF and  A Happy New Year to all.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Crazy Collage

It is that busy time of year and I think I will find anything to do rather than what I am supposed to be doing.  Does that happen to you?  I get very frustrated with myself.  Another weird thing,
Friday comes and Friday goes and I completely forget to visit my friends at Paint Party Friday.
Then on Saturday, I realize and make a late visit.  I think the frustration with not being able to comment on other blogs is getting to me.  They say I need to use Chrome and we have tried it and didn't like it.  But it is a Google product so I guess this is a way of forcing people to change.
This old girl is too old and too stubborn but it does diminish the experience.

So what have I been doing?
Collage...and more collage, and collage papers (the most fun).

This was lots of fun to do.  I peeled matt medium off my fingers for days.  I am thinking about using a tack iron.  Have any of you used one?  What are your thoughts?  I can't seem to get everything to stick nice and smoothly and think that that might make it easier.  (A Christmas present to myself when I haven't bought any for anyone else).

This is a small canvas glued on a larger canvas.

And on the lanai right now

These blooms were hanging at the bottom of a very large orchid and we couldn't see them so for the first time, I picked them and brought them in.

Wishing all a happy Paint Party Friday and a sane Holiday Season!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving in Florida

It is upon us...the Holiday Season.
Many of my orchids are blooming or in bud.  
I thought I would share just a few
King George Serendipity

Chocolate drop

A brassavola I tied to the tree about five years ago

Mac Holmes 'Newberry'

No art today!  Just wonderful natural blooms that are giving my Thanksgiving color.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Frustration with technology

My issues with Blogger continue.  Now they tell me that I have to use another browser.
They "think" Safari is the problem.  So, we have a problem.  I am not using another browser.
I will continue to visit all of your wonderful, inspiring sites but you won't be 
hearing any of my thoughts.

So this week I was in a frenzy.  I had had a couple of uninspired weeks so I went back to 
an old favorite paper, yupo, and an old technique and went to work

Our collage/mixed media class had assigned a junkyard.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  I am a messy sort anyway and this was right up my alley.

Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  And Happy PPF

Friday, November 9, 2018


It is 87 degrees here in Florida and has been warm all week.
Yesterday I went swimming.
I have had a couple of open wounds for the past six weeks and couldn't swim so it was a great
treat to be back in the water again.  However, it is hard to imagine that it is November
and the Holidays are upon us.
Last week I shared a dancer that I had done for my new class at the Art Center.
Well, she didn't pass the test so I got to do what I love best...rework a canvas.
I had done a collage frame before so there is a lot of texture on the canvas.  I put scraps of sheet music in the center and then painted and collaged my flamenco dancer.  No class this week so I have to leave it alone till next week.  Abstractions are a struggle for me but I love them.  I guess Have a rigid brain (I am sure my three kids would agree with this).

Wishing everyone a Happy PPF.  I will try to visit each site but am still unable to comment on most sites.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Painted tissue paper

A good week!
I already know that the class I am taking at the Art Center is a winner.
Our first class we painted tissue paper...don't laugh.  We used sponge brushes on wet tissue that was stuck to a white trash bag.  We then were assigned to use the tissue as collage in something we created at home.  My topic was "dance"

Dance like no one's watching
I used the tissue as the frame on this one.
I now have enough painted tissue to last me the rest of my life.  My file bag of collage paper is so heavy I can hardly lift it.
Then yesterday I resurrected a painting I had done a couple of months ago and essentially
spilled all of my frustrations on it.  I am not sure that it improved, but the process put me in a 
great frame of mind.

And now for my technical difficulties.  For the past few weeks I havent been able to comment on most of the blogs I visited.  Only a few of them would show my comment.  The rest disappeared into the great beyond.  It was suggested that I clean out our "cookies" which I have done.  We will see this week if it helped.  If you have any ideas, please share them.
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

Saturday, October 27, 2018


To my Paint Party Friday friends,
I am unable to post to your sites for some reason.
In a few cases, my post showed up but over and over I got nothing.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Can you help me out?

Hopefully there is a "wizard" out there somewhere, especially at this time of year, that can help me.