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

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".

Friday, June 29, 2018


Change is a constant.
It goes on in our lives and it goes on in our art.
As I have mentioned before, I love to rework old pieces.
This week I decided to show the changes one of my pieces has undergone.
It all began in an art class doing experimental backgrounds on yupo paper.
We used transparent paint and rubber stamps.

Then we were to add a whimsical floral design with opaque acrylics.

I was OK with it for a while but then added more detail

I was "OK" with this...for a while

And then I changed it completely.  And this is how it will stay because it is framed and I can't get at it.

And here it is at the local art center summer show for the next five weeks.
We are working on large, (30" x 40") canvases in our class right now.
They aren't cheap, but I figure I can repaint them several times.
The problem is that they definitely don't store under the bed.
Wishing all a happy PPF

Friday, June 22, 2018

Games we play

We were gone, gone, gone in the Spring.
We love to travel and had lots of opportunity this year.
When we travel, I love to collect newspapers in the language of wherever we are visiting.
This year I came home with Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish.
I either paint these for collage or use them plain in my collages.
(If anyone has a suggestion for keeping papers for collage neatly, I am open to suggestions)
This past month we were in New Mexico for my grandson's high school graduation
I LOVE New Mexico, the diversity of the people, the wonderful scenery, the gorgeous native jewelry and the food!  We were only there 5 days but I inhaled it all.
I am back in an art class at our local Art Center.
We are working large this time.  The canvas below is 24" x 40"
I incorporated some bits of newspaper 

Our instructor has shared lots of tips for helping with the dreaded white sheet.
Last week we put 11 dots on our paper and connected them until we were satisfied and then
colored them in with crayons.  The assignment was to take them home and put them on watercolor paper.  I didn't have any  and didn't want to go to the store so I used an old failed painting.  As it turned out, I was then able to scratch through and access the old colors from the original piece.  
I am glad I made that decision.  Here are the results.

charcoal and crayon

So we are back to the HEAT and HUMIDITY of Florida but we have lots of great memories we can call up when we are hiding in the air conditioning.  Just thankful we have AC!
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, May 25, 2018

Beach Music

This is this weeks project.  I think I will call it Beach Music.
It is paint and collage and a bit of sand on the bottom.
And then I was off to a class with a painting friend of mine.
We collaged, dripped and dropped paint and then did a loose floral on top.

The best news at our house this week is that an orchid that hasn't bloomed in five
years, did.  And I hadn't even seen the bud so it was a complete surprise.

Isn't it beautiful???
Wishing all Happy PPF and a happy Memorial Day for those in the US
Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

More Redos

I was back reworking old stuff this past week.  I added some color to the flower and now it feels finished.  Weird how sometimes just a little touch of something puts your mind at rest, and you can sign and be done with it.
This was another redo.  Actually it was a yellow and blue acrylic "dump" that I had done some time ago.  I cut an inch off the bottom and an inch off the side and made the weave in the top
right.  I rolled it all with blue and then red violet, keeping some parts protected to preserve
the yellow.  This is done on yupo paper,

This was a bit of play with my favorite paynes grey paint.  I like to paint colors and then cover them up and scratch into them.

I am still playing around with the newspapers from our vacation.  I love the look of the background but haven't found what I REALLY love on it yet

This was a pretty playful week.  It is getting hot out on the lanai where I like to work so will have to shut it all down soon.  
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

This tiny little Maxillaria doesn't look like much but smells like coconut.  I love it when it blooms.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Studio Time

This week was a wild one but in the midst of it, I had three blissful hours at our ArtCenter.
I met a friend and we did what we wanted and encouraged each other.
Great for whatever ails you!
I was thinking about Mother's Day, my mom and my mother in law both gone now.

Wishing all the moms out there a Happy Mothers Day 
Happy PPF

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Vacation Time

Once again, we had a wonderful vacation cruise with Windstar Cruises.
We started off in Lisbon and ended up in Barcelona, with some beautiful, amazing sites along the way.
Odd things catch my eye.  Where ever we go, I love the cobblestones.
This time, I got to watch a fellow laying them outside a restaurant where we had dinner.
It was fascinating and  he is an artist and probably doesn't realize it.
Newspapers also always jump out at me.  I love the look of the foreign languages on the printed page.
So when we got home and got a bit rested I had an idea.
I glued down scraps of Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Moroccan papers

Added some transparent paint.
I covered it with plastic and pressed into the paint.

Then I drew out my cobblestone pattern on poster paper, cut each stone out and placed them on
the dry paint.  I then rolled with an ochre to get the spacing between the stones
So this is the finished product.  If you look closely, you can see the print in various languages.
So this is my memory of our travels.  I refer to cobblestones as a common language we all share.
Whenever we travel, I look forward to seeing them again.

It is always good to be home.  My orchids  seem to thrive while I am away.  On return my weirdest orchid, dendrobium spectabile was blooming.  What it lacks in "beauty" it makes up for in scent.  It has a wonderful light scent.
Wishing all a Happy PPF!