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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Intuitive Art???

My word of the year for 2018  is CHALLENGE
(My husband said he hoped that didn't mean that I would be challenging him more than I already do)
I celebrated my 76th birthday in December so am very much aware that I must do what I love while I am lucky enough to be able to do it.  Every day is a gift.
That said, I decided to try some "intuitive painting."
Another stretch for me, for sure.  I am a controller and very structured.  It is very difficult to "Let Go."
I went to the second hand store to buy the canvases so I wouldn't feel I was  wasting money on a good canvas.  I had to keep telling myself to just go for it, I could throw the canvas away and no one would be the wiser.  

Very similar and I think that the shape of the canvas contributed to that.  Will try to find a
square, used one for my next attempt.  This was fun.  Both canvases have 5 0r 6 layers, not counting
the one they came with.  I also used oil pastels and then sprayed the whole thing with a
fixative when I was done.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

These two beauties are blooming on the lanai inspite of our 40 degree weather.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Wrapping up 2017

At the end of the year I always contemplate where I have been
and where I plan to go.
This year I have focused on retiring, not quite accomplished, but almost.
When our art instructor retired at the Art Center, I was thrown into turmoil which I think
has pushed me into some growth.  Although I had trended toward the abstract, I hadn't 
specifically studied it.  I did that this year.   It is a tough stretch for me.  We will see what develops in the coming year.
Left on my own, I have painted more in a political direction the past couple of weeks.

Collage and faux encaustic.
I have been so happy to see this #Me Too movement evolve.  I worked in the
construction industry (selling new homes) and I have seen a few scum bags in action.
It isn't just the high profile world, this happens in ALL businesses.
And on a lighter note, this was painted for my two angels, my mom and my sister.

A big thank you to Eva and Kristin for keeping this artsy family together on a weekly basis.
Happy Paint Party Friday

Cattleya orchid

Friday, December 15, 2017

I hear that monkey again

Danny Gregory came up with the perfect name for that noise in our head that doesn't like anything.
He referred to it as a "monkey".
Well, the monkey has been raging in my head lately.
Nothing is "right", what ever "right" is.
So be it, I am a happy camper when I am painting.  The results just aren't "right"

This is the fourth layer...I am serious, there are 3 paintings under this, along with
collage.  The surface is all bumpy.  I have promised myself that I will not bury this.
I have to make it work for something.

This one also has a couple of pictures underneath.
Hopefully when the Holidays are past my usual positive countenance will return.
In the meantime, I will NOT let myself bury any more work until I am in a more positive
state of mind.

Wishing all a Happy Holiday Season 

This beautiful 15 year old orchid blooms every year at Christmas.  The blooms are about 7" across and the plant usually has about 30 blooms by the end of it's blooming.
Spectacular isn't it?
Happy PPF

Friday, December 1, 2017


This is my latest abstract attempt, a diptych.  Since I will never frame them,
I show them here on my floor.  
And with these two, I have decided to move on from the very abstract.  My brain just has to work too hard and I am never satisfied with the results.
I got one of my paintings on yupo framed and was delighted with the results.
This is one of the old dogs that I pulled out from under the bed and reworked.
I am quite happy with the results.

We have had a quite spectacular November as far as my orchids are concerned.
I have blooms everywhere and was even able to give away a couple of plants that were duplicates from last years repotting.  I love to give my "babies" away.

Wishing you all a stressless Holiday Season
and Happy PPF

Friday, November 24, 2017

My old friend, yupo paper

It has been probably 8 months since I did anything with yupo paper.
That is a plastic paper I used exclusively in 2016.
Then I got involved with abstracts on 300# watercolor paper and forgot about yupo.
Several artist friends rented a room at the ArtCenter and "played together" for a morning.
I decided to use my last sheet of yupo.
This is watercolor sprayed through cheesecloth.
When it drys I remove the cheesecloth and spray it with a fixative.
I used stencils I had made to create this design.

I had an old background on a canvas board that I wanted to finish one way or another.
I added collage and the collage just seemed to sit on top, not a part of the composition.
So I mixed a thin off white paint and used a kitchen spatula to smear the paint around.
What fun!!!  I will definitely use that again and I was happy with the result.

I am not sure if it is done but it is further along than it was.
The Holiday Season is upon us!
Keep painting.  It is a good stress relief.

Happy PPF and thanks to Kristin and Eva for managing our "zoo"

P.S.  Almost forgot my blooms this week.  They are gorgeous and too numerous to share them all.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Inspirations right in front of us

We have lived in this house for 15 years.
For most of the 15 years a sunflower bouquet has sat on my credenza.
I have been struggling with doing collage (I still hear my art teacher saying "collage is not art).
I took a new Saturday class at the Art Center and our project was to do a mixed media.
One evening I looked at the sunflowers and thought "why not?"
It is only paper and I didn't even buy it, it was supplied.
And I don't need to be so tight about paper when I happily spend fortunes on silly shoes.

So I sketched an idea in my giant sketch pad and then went to work rounding up scraps of paper.
This is a VERY simple collage, for the most part, one piece of paper per petal.
But when all was said and done, I am happy with the results.

We have had cooler weather here in Florida and my orchids have gone nuts.

This was a scrap that I tied to the palm 4-5 years ago.  Each year it gets prettier.

This one was repotted last spring and obviously likes it's new digs.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, November 3, 2017

You Tube Junkie

I think I have confessed before that I am a You Tube junkie.
When I am stuck, like recently when I decided to try using more collage in my work, I always 
turn to You Tube for help and new ideas.
Beyond the "dirty pour", there is another viral idea out there.  That is using Citrasolv and National 
Geographics to make unique papers for collage.  You can look it up for yourself to see how it is done, but I hustled off to the Goodwill Bookstore and bought two old National Geographics and ordered Citrasolv online.
This is NOT a pleasant process.  It stinks and it is messy.
You have to lay the pages out to dry

And here are some of my results.

I thought the results were amazing.  In some cases I could just pick a 6 x 6 area
and frame it and be done.
I did two magazines so have pages coming out of my ears.
Hopefully next week I will have some new collage work to show.
Wishing all a Happy PPF
My single orchid became triplets.  I love it when that happens.