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

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.

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.