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

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.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Adventures in collage

The cool weather, in Florida that means weather under 90 degrees, arrived this week.
Yesterday I think it was only 74 degrees so work on the lanai will be much more enjoyable.
This week I decided to explore collage a bit more.  Rather than just adding bits, I 
wanted to do something that was all collage.
This one, I started it upside down from what you see.  When I got to the "tree space" I
turned it around and saw the mountain scene and added the trees and called it done.

The second one is in the style of something I saw on Pinterest and had been planning it in 
my mind for a while.  

These were fun to do.  My fingers got awfully sticky with matt medium.
And then I returned to my comfort zone.
This guy was a doodle from many of my notebooks in highschool days.
I had covered an old painting I didn't like with black gesso and just like in school
he emerged on the paper.

Wishing everyone a happy Halloween.

And last but not least (for me anyway) I have a new bloom on my orchids.
I think the excessive heat and rain have slowed down their blooming.
Anyway, here is a cattleya (that someone has been nibbling on).

Wishing everyone a Happy PPF!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Where did this week go???

I can't believe it is Friday.
Where did this week go??
I remember Wednesday.  We were having fun at the art center.
This week "fun" was in my head.

I think I am starting to understand this abstract thing but it has taken almost
a year to start to have a grasp.

I think I need to give these a rest under the bed and then have another look at them.
Wishing all a very Happy PPF

P.S. Still no orchid blooms...

Friday, October 13, 2017

And Again...

I am still rummaging around in old stuff that just doesn't make it, yet.
This week I thought of one and had to really hunt for it as it wasn't under the bed in the 
usual location but had been moved into my portfolio of signed work.
Don't know why it was signed.  I have never been happy with it.

So here it was.  And here is the background that I loved.

This was created with transparent paint and lots of stamps.

And here it is today.
So, I promise, this next week I will try something NEW but I have really 
enjoyed this journey through old paintings.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Rework, revisited

Last week I shared a painting I had reworked until that little voice said "It is done."
This week I tackled another one.
This one never worked for me  so decided to give it a coat of gesso and start over.
The flower was still raised in the original gesso so I figured I was stuck with it.

I cannot tell you how many layers of paint are on this.  There are a LOT.
It got busier before I quieted it down.

I think I will call this done.  The thing I love about this is the center of the flower is
made from a paint "skin" pulled off of my plastic work surface.
I like this better.  What do you think?

I also played around with collage this week.  I am experimenting and still not comfortable
with the process but I did like this one.

And the best news of all is my very favorite orchid is blooming on the lanai.
It is cattleya, Chocolate Drop and is not only gorgeous but has a wonderful mild scent.

Some more good news, I entered two of my paintings in the local art center show
and both got selected.  One of them had not been chosen in a previous show but decided
to see if this judge might like it and they did!

The moral here is never take one person's opinion
as the absolute.

Another side note, the one on the right was

Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, September 29, 2017


Recently I have had fun pulling out old paintings from the "file" under the bed,
and reworking them or giving them a full gesso treatment so they can bcome something
entirely new.

The one one the left was too bright for
me so I gave it a glase and was very
happy with the results

This one was ok but after a few months under the bed, I pulled it out
and gave it a bit of a face lift.

I am much happier with it now.  For whatever reason the fact that the flowers
didn't have stems drove me crazy.
Am I the only one that entertains myself with old paintings?
Let me hear!
Wishing all a Happy PPF