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

Friday, March 23, 2018


Who knew dogs had allergies?
This spring has been a rough one for people with allergies but little did we know that
when Harley started chewing on his paws, constantly, that would be the diagnosis.
So instead of playing with paints, this week we have been soaking the paws in Betadine and then 
epsom salts, feeding him antibiotic, prednisone and two antihistamines.  Full time job for sure.
But the worst of it is that he has had to wear the "cone of shame".
However, he has made the best of it.  His Bichon positive attitude shines through and those 
paws are improving, slowly.

So with little paint time, I grabbed an  old painting and reworked it, using geometric stencils
that I used a couple of years ago.
This is the result.

And that is my excuse for not throwing my not so favorite art away,  I love pulling
the pieces out and redoing them.  How about you?
I am not in love with this one, it may get another rework, next year.
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A tangled name

It has been a while, quite a while actually since I last posted.
I was working full time and pursuing mixed media through our local art center.
Retirement has arrive for the third time (the charm I hope) and I have more time on my hands.
I have missed the relaxing time spent tangling so went hunting for our Diva, and
There she was...right where I had left her.
Nice to be back Laura! 
I am delighted you are your followers are still going strong.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Artful play

The class I have been taking at our Art Center has been very intense and it has created in me a new critical eye (that I really don't needl, I am critical enough).  So other than assignments, I have really done nothing that pleased me.  I found this idea in a grammar school art book.  I used a failed
painting as the backdrop and decided that inspite of myself, this was a 'happy little ditty'.

This is the sort of thing we are doing as homework after a class in light study on color.
I have pages and pages of notes from this class and am completely worn out when I get home from too much thinking.

This is some fun on yupo.  Am not sure where this will go next.  I like the colors  in the background.
I forgot to put matt medium on so the color leaked into the white paint I was using.

Somewhere on You Tube I saw something about using scrunched up aluminum foil so I decided to try it.  It is VERY fragile after it is scrunched up a lot.  This was done on a collage background.

On a simple abstract design, I think the printing underneath adds interest.
So that's it for this week.  Can't wait to see what you have been up to.

Wishing everyone a Happy PPF

Friday, March 9, 2018

Paint Party Friday is 7 today!

Congrats to Kristin and Eva
and a big thank you for hosting Paint Party Friday for all these years.

I have been missing these past couple of weeks.  My mojo just up and went.
The new art class I have been taking has really been a challenge.  
That is the bad news.  The good news is that I have learned so much.  I
just am having a hard time figuring out how to apply it.

This is probably 4 layers deep and might get buried this week.  I made myself a stencil of 
stripes and have enjoyed using it in the background.

When all else fails, i go back to an old familiar doodle.
I call it 'floral fiesta' because it reminds me of something I might see in Mexico.
It too is on top of 3 or 4 paintings.  Layers do make the background a bit more interesting.

My orchid this week is outrageous!  Guatamalensis is COVERED in blooms.
Wishing us all a fab Paint Party Friday!

Friday, February 9, 2018


A few weeks ago I did the painting on the left.

And then one afternoon I decided to do my version of "urban petroglyphs"
There are so many layers of paint on this I am
surprised they didn't crack.

We rented studio space at the Art Center and got to play with spider web and water color.
I have no idea what this will become yet but I really like the colors.

And this is a little play after completing a very intense course on using dark colors.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF

It is going to be 80 degrees today so I have a bit of spring fever.  After the cold
my orchid blooms are few and far between but there is one...or I should say, two.

My husband took this on his morning walk with Harley...Yikes!!!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Winter in Florida???

Yes, this year we have definitely had a winter in Florida.
It sort of comes and goes so that means we haul my orchids in to the house for a few days
and then haul them back out again for a few days...and so on.
Several of them have gotten their leaves burned by the cold winds, one had four buds
that all fell off when I brought it into the dry heat of the house.
I have a new art teacher at our art center.  I have learned more about color and mixing it, 
perspective and composition in the month with her than I have learned in the last 4 years.
We started with specific mixes of color and an assigned picture we were to do using the
right color and value.

Then we used a single persepective point and did this picture, again paying close attention to
colors and value.

I didn't like the brush strokes here but I got the values right.

Our assignment here was to paint a piece of a landscape photo.  I enjoyed finding the section
I was going to paint but found it much more difficult than I had anticipated.  Maybe
one day but landscapes (even simplified) are very difficult for me.  Hopefully the boat is the
focal point here.
Wishing all a very Happy Paint Party Friday!

And blooming on the lanai, inspite of the cold.

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.