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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Experiences

I live in Florida
The last 11 days have been a whirlwind
and a hurricane named Irma.
We watched the TV reports and decided that we should evacuate.
The storm was a big one and was headed right up the Florida peninsula.
So in two hours we loaded ourselves and our dog and headed out.
We drove and drove...and drove north and west until we arrived at our former home in Denver, CO
Along the way there were issues because we had 15 lb Harley.
Never mind that my children have (in the past) caused more damage than this dog could ever think of doing, at the Fairfield Inn in Milledgeville, Georgia with a reservation at 11:30 at night,
we were NOT welcome.
Thankfully we were welcome elsewhere.
After that we researched carefully on the internet where we could stay.
And we ended up at the Brown Palace in Downtown Denver.
It is a grand old lady of the hotels in Denver and they treated us, and our dog like royalty.
Harley watching the news of Irma  from the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO

We got to catch up with old friends, all the while monitoring the progress of Irma up
our home state.  Luckily for us, the news was good and on Tuesday morning we
set out for home.  The first day we drove 800 miles, the second 650 and the last day 
we drove 400.  Now that is haulin'.
We are home,  and it is intact!
We are so thankful!

Before we left I was working on this 

The idea came from a wire sculpture in one of the homes I sold this last year.

We will get back to normal today.
Wishing you all a happy PPF!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Collage play


The past few weeks I have been playing with collage.
I was delighted to find that my road map book had so many different colors of maps
for this family out enjoying the beach.


After lunch with art friends, we decided we should all pursue our own peace
in our artwork.  This is "the same...but different"   My take on our world population.



This is another take on the same theme.
I must say I wish each of us could somehow make a difference.  It seems
that our environment is so angry and hostile.  The press contributes to it all.
I don't know anyone in the press but wonder if they are as nasty and mean spirited as they sound.
That is my rant for the day.
Have a good one and Happy PPF
  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Opportunity



It is too hot to paint on the lanai and I make too big a mess when I paint in the house
So not much painting is going on.
My inspiration here was opportunity.  I decided it comes when we least expect it,
and we almost never recognize it for what it is.
So this is my idea of what an opportunity might look like.
It is another attempt at the weaving.
The blue was left over paint from another project.  I had spread it all over  a piece of scrap
watercolor paper.
I may try this again without the petal shapes so I get a more abstracted look.
The petals are paint on paint but could be collage squares.

Then I added a trio of suns in my skies from last week
and a bit more turquoise.


Wishing everyone a happy PPF!
I am looking forward to visiting everyone and seeing what they are up to.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Found objects

Happy Paint Party Friday All
and thank you for visiting my site.
This week our local art center class assignment was to bring in "found objects".
We have been working on horizontal composition and so this week we
added decorative bits to our pictures.


Here is my painting with a large bead as the sun, some starfish and some deocrative wire
added to the bottom of the sea.













And then we jump to the desert.
Again, a horizontal composition with bits of copper, milagros and turquoise.

We used gloss medium to adhere the extra bits.
Now I am thinking about the old watches I have from my Mom.
Maybe I could add them to something.
I will have to wait till I have an inspiration
But, if you have one, please share it.
No blooms this week.  We have been hot and humid.  I see lots of buds but no action yet.
I hope the blooms won't rot in all of this moisture.
Thank you for your visit and Happy PPF!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer doldrums???

If it is July in Florida
You can be sure it is steamy hot in Florida
I have been painting on the lanai and it has become a labor of love for sure.
If I get outside early, not so bad.
But if I get an idea to try in the afternoon, WHEW it is sweaty out there.
I was rummaging around in my dead painting file and came up with this green
background.  I don't use green very much but was pleased with the outcome.


I also had another Tar Gel project in the works.
I added layers and layers of Tar Gel and then did a light violet wash.


So that is what's happening here this week.
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

Friday, June 30, 2017

This and that




It has been a busy, busy week at work.
And for whatever reason, I have been busy  creating as well.
I remind my self of the pesky mosquitoes that harass us at this time of year.
I flitter from one medium to another, to another.
I dug out one of my old yupo paper pieces that never worked for me.
I cut off what I didn't like and got out my circle stensils.


We have been working on abstracts at our art center.
This is a frame within a frame.
I was thinking about summers in the sea in Italy.



And these are frames.  I am not sure that this is done.  I think I want to 
stamp letters and/or numbers on it.
I will try it on plastic, lay it over the artwork and see if I like it.

A big thankyou to Kristin and Eva for hosting Paint Party Friday!
I look forward to seeing what everyone is doing.


My bloom this week is Hawaiian ginger.
It smells like heaven and will bloom for about 6 weeks.
Happy PPF!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Collage



Good morning friends.
It is summer.  It is REALLY summer in Florida.
Like many of you, we are sweltering in hot, humid heat.
We have had over a foot of rain in the last two weeks.
When it is like this, I turn into a slug.
I can only stay in one spot and that means reading is just about all I do.
I did have a day of making gellie prints...hundreds of them I think.
I was outside on the lanai and I think my sweat made additional texture to the prints.
So now I have to collage.

This was a "failed" abstract so I covered it with off white paint and started over.
I was quite happy with it and my husband asked why my palm tree was brown.
It does look like a sunflower, doesn't it?

Wishing all a Happy Paint Party Friday!


A tiny little dendrobium bloom appeared this week