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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Have a seat...

Long time no see.  Summer and life have interfered with my blog life.
But I have had some fun things working on my easel this summer.  This one is called "little red chair".  I used old papers to collage the chair.  It was tedious but I really liked the result.

And this one is called "Come, sit a spell".   The paper is really old  stained paper from an old Sears Roebuck Catalogue and some not so old paper.  I had wanted to add something more to
these but just couldn't make it work.
And blooming in the garden, inspite of torrential rains daily, a couple of dendrobium orchids.

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Summer is quickly flying by and before we know it fall will be here.
Wishing you all a happy PPF and please visit again!


Thursday, July 4, 2019

Playing with aluminum foil and paint

It is truly summertime in southwest Florida.
We are hot, hot, hot and we are having daily showers amounting to about 3 inches each shower.
So there is no painting on the lanai.  My sweat drips into the paint and I give up after a few minutes.
So we have studio time at the Art Center each Wednesday afternoon.  There have been seven of us and we are each doing something different.  We share ideas and supplies.
This week I was painting on aluminium foil.  Because I was interested in texture, I rumpled the foil into a ball first and then carefully (it tears!) opened it up and used a brayer to spread it out.
Then I used Elmers Spray glue to attach it to a board.

I used transparent paints and the glow of the foil varies with the light on the painting.

And for the fourth of July my Pot. Mem. Mario Lanza #16 was blooming.  I smelled it before I found the blooms.  They have a beautiful faint sweet scent.

Wishing all a Happy PPF.

Thursday, June 20, 2019


"No time to work, just time to play because it's summertime"
Haven't had much time for painting this week.  I did paint this one on my 16"x22" yupo paper.
I had done the background a couple of weeks age and added the sailboats yesterday.
When I do backgrounds on yupo, I have to spray and spray...and spray it with workable fixative in order to seal it.  After I seal it, I paint it with a matt medium to make sure no paint  seeps into the next layer.
Wishing all an enjoyable summertime and happy PPF

And from the garden


Both of these are cattleya orchids but very, very different.

Thursday, June 13, 2019


2019 has been one of those rare years that has presented us with a collection of physical issues.
My husband refers to them as "headwinds".
Not an excuse for not being around, mind you but when given the choice of blogging OR painting...guess what I chose?
I have had a nice season with my art.  I sold a few and have had work accepted in every show that I have entered.  So, today I will share a bit of that with you.

This is a resin covered collage.  I call it "yikes!"

Another collage called "Pri-merrily"

And yet another collage called "Vor-text"

And then there is the painting I did one afternoon when both my husband and I were miserable

I call this one "pain"

So that about sums up the past few months.  I have been lurking about and enjoying everything you all are doing.  Wishing everyone a Happy Paint Party Friday.

And from the garden this morning...triplets!  I love it when that happens.

Friday, March 15, 2019

How did we get to Friday so quickly?

Sometimes it seems like the days drag by,
but then the weeks sometimes seem to fly by...go figure???
It might just have something to do with my age.
I entered two pieces in the Art Center Sarasota show, Outward Bound and they were both accepted.  That was a nice surprise.  One, Beach Music, you have seen before here but I finally framed it.

The other was done to replace  a piece that we have hanging in our dining room.  It had really faded so the new one has several coats of UV protection on it.

This one is called "Fiesta"

And here I am with my entries at Art Center Manatee
This has been a different direction for my art journey.  I think I was looking for validation in what I was doing.  Now, I think I will get back to creating.  It is more fun.
Our "season" is drawing to an end which means there will be less traffic on the roads, more chances to get into restaurants and fewer buyers for artwork.
We love to see them come...and we love to see them go.
Wishing everyone a great New Year at Paint Party Friday!
The bloom this week is a teeny, tiny dendrobium that blooms on the old dead stems.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

In a canyon, in a cavern...

Mostly play this week and that isn't such a bad thing is it?
Classes are done and I am left to my own ideas.
I have had a couple of good art weeks.  One of my collages(that I had promised to my daughter) sold.  I call it "Anthology"
And then the three collages I entered in another show were all accepted and one received an
Honorable Mention award.  You have seen it before.  I call it "Junkyard"


This is "Anthology".

This one is just painting for fun.  I call it "Clementine".
My husband thought it resembled the crater on a volcano.  I remembered that VERY old song,
"In a canyon, in a cavern excavating for a mine.  Met a miner, 49er, and his daughter
That is a great example of the minutiae floating in my mind.
Wishing all a Happy Paint Party Friday!

Inspite of our cold snap, my "guatamalensis" orchid is gorgeous this week.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Learning from the masters

The past couple of weeks we have been studying the art of Picasso and Matisse.
Most recently we have focused on Matisse and this week our assignment was to do something
in a Matisse style.  I always have a problem with that because once I start painting, it becomes my style.  Unfortunately for me, that style is like neither of the above but more like that of a former kindergarten teacher.  Oh well, I am what I am and it is too late to change that!
So here is this week's project.

You can see, I have acknowledged Picasso in the corner.
Wishing everyone visiting today a happy PPF

And from my garden today a very weird dendrobium orchid.