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

Friday, September 21, 2018

Collage Class

My first class in collage started last week.
This is not a good class for me.  I am one of those messy sorts and within minutes of starting a project, I have bits of paper scattered all over the floor, my desk, and my lap.
After several attempts at using a brush for the ModPodge, I resorted to using my fingers.
Now, the bits that were on my desk were stuck to my fingers (not to mention the globs of Mod Podge
that accumulated on my fingers).
The long suffering husband began to whine about the mess in my corner.
I am not sure where this will end, but here is my first week's project.


I think he needs more short bits on his face, but those were the bits that turned into goo on
my fingers.
Another class today.  Perhaps we will learn how to do this "tidily".
We had a beautiful bloom pop up this week.  It is a dendrobium orchid that pushed it's bloom up
through a palmetto bush.
Wishing all a Happy PPF


Friday, September 14, 2018

Clean up

I had to do it!
My lanai/studio was a mess.
And the bad thing is that it is fully visible from the living room
My more than patient husband hadn't said a word BUT in anticipation of cooler weather,
I knew he would like to enjoy that space out side.
So everything got packed up and put away and it looks like a nice place to relax, if and when the cooler weather ever comes.
Before the massive clean up, I took an old painting and reworked it.


My daughter sent me a book this past week, Old in Art School by Nell Painter.
First of all, I loved the fact that her name was Painter and she was a painter.
My last name is Art and I enjoy art.
And then I read the book!
This is a great read and I can't wait to pass it along to my arty friends.
We all can identify with her many emotions as she makes her way through art classes.
Old in Art School by Nell Painter
You will enjoy it!


And the blooms on the lanai this week?



Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sweet Memories in Collage


In anticipation of a new class in collage at our art center, I have been cutting and pasting
this past couple of weeks.
A trip to a Goodwill Store turned up a new background for me.  They had a basket full of old
Simplicity and Butterick patterns.  The tissue patterns were brown with age and I decided they 
would be perfect for a background.  What I didn't anticipate was the flood of memories that came back to me as I opened the pattern.
My mother made everything I wore until my junior year in high school.  She made dresses, coats, slacks, suits and prom dresses.  She even made my attendant's dresses for my wedding.
We would head off to the fabric store, pick a pattern and then choose the fabric.
It was our idea of fun.  I loved picking the fabric and she loved making the outfit.  As I got older,
I came up with variations on the pattern which she could always accommodate,  no problem.
When my daughter came along, she was ecstatic.  She was back sewing again.
What a gift she had!  And I just took it for granted.  Do I sew?  NO!  I never had the patience for it.
But I have some amazing, sweet memories of my dear personal seamstress.


"Swatches"


"Decisions, decisions"

Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, August 24, 2018

Happy Thoughts

There are times in our lives that we just have to focus on "happy thoughts".
I have noticed that some of my work has been getting darker and darker.  Usually I am an upbeat sort of person so I have been aware of the change.
So the past couple of weeks I decided to create "happy thoughts"
I was conscious of the colors I chose (and made changes if I felt to much darkness was creeping in).


This was the first finished project.



And this is the second one.  
I think I have accomplished my goal.  
I hope they brighten your day.
Happy PPF

But before I go, here are my blooms this week

Aren't I so lucky to have this beauty in my yard

Last year when I was dividing my orchids I had a scrap left.  I tied it to a palm tree and it surprised me this week with these blooms.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Kokopeli




I am a great lover of all things Native American.
I wear my turquoise.  For 35 years beautiful Navajo rugs decorated the walls of our home
As a child (some 65 years ago) we spent a lot of time in Santa Fe with a friend of my father.
He lived on the now famous Canyon Road in a home filled with Native American treasures.
We visited Santa Fe in early June and I was in my own private heaven.
That is the good news.  The bad news is that my husband doesn't enjoy the area AT ALL.
So it was a quick fix for me and we came home.
This was a floral that i was reworking without much thought.  Kokopeli just seemed at home on 
this primitive background and I like it better than the old floral.

An old cottonwood tree along Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  My husband gives you a perspective of the size of the tree.

Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, August 3, 2018

Working Big


This piece is big (for me).  It is 20" x 30".
I must say, the size put me off for a while and I really don't have a place to work on something
this big so it was a clumsy process.  Another thing that was new is that we used gold gesso
as our base coat.  Doesn't seem like much, but it really throws me off.  That said, it is good to stretch
your mind and try new things.   This is the second work I have done on the large canvas,
with gold gesso.

This was the first one.  I have two large canvases waiting but I think I need to get an easel
before I attempt anymore.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dog Days of Summer




Wow, this seems like it has been a warm summer.
My biggest problem in my studio (the lanai) is that I sweat so much it drops on to my artwork.
Yuk!  Anyway I haven't been doing much painting or much of anything else for that matter.
We have had so much rain, even the orchids aren't blooming.  I think that they are just trying not to rot in their pots from all of the moisture.  Wish I could send some of it to the western states
where nightly we see the communities burned up by raging wildfires.
 On a lighter note, the painting above was done by using a squirt of mat medium in a design on one piece of paper and then press it with the second.  You let that dry and paint away.  The dried medium 
gives in interesting texture to your paint.
Wishing all a happy PPF

Our four legged boss, Harley keeping a close eye on his "stick".