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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Beach Music

This is this weeks project.  I think I will call it Beach Music.
It is paint and collage and a bit of sand on the bottom.
And then I was off to a class with a painting friend of mine.
We collaged, dripped and dropped paint and then did a loose floral on top.

The best news at our house this week is that an orchid that hasn't bloomed in five
years, did.  And I hadn't even seen the bud so it was a complete surprise.

Isn't it beautiful???
Wishing all Happy PPF and a happy Memorial Day for those in the US
Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

More Redos

I was back reworking old stuff this past week.  I added some color to the flower and now it feels finished.  Weird how sometimes just a little touch of something puts your mind at rest, and you can sign and be done with it.
This was another redo.  Actually it was a yellow and blue acrylic "dump" that I had done some time ago.  I cut an inch off the bottom and an inch off the side and made the weave in the top
right.  I rolled it all with blue and then red violet, keeping some parts protected to preserve
the yellow.  This is done on yupo paper,

This was a bit of play with my favorite paynes grey paint.  I like to paint colors and then cover them up and scratch into them.

I am still playing around with the newspapers from our vacation.  I love the look of the background but haven't found what I REALLY love on it yet

This was a pretty playful week.  It is getting hot out on the lanai where I like to work so will have to shut it all down soon.  
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

This tiny little Maxillaria doesn't look like much but smells like coconut.  I love it when it blooms.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Studio Time

This week was a wild one but in the midst of it, I had three blissful hours at our ArtCenter.
I met a friend and we did what we wanted and encouraged each other.
Great for whatever ails you!
I was thinking about Mother's Day, my mom and my mother in law both gone now.

Wishing all the moms out there a Happy Mothers Day 
Happy PPF

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Vacation Time

Once again, we had a wonderful vacation cruise with Windstar Cruises.
We started off in Lisbon and ended up in Barcelona, with some beautiful, amazing sites along the way.
Odd things catch my eye.  Where ever we go, I love the cobblestones.
This time, I got to watch a fellow laying them outside a restaurant where we had dinner.
It was fascinating and  he is an artist and probably doesn't realize it.
Newspapers also always jump out at me.  I love the look of the foreign languages on the printed page.
So when we got home and got a bit rested I had an idea.
I glued down scraps of Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and Moroccan papers

Added some transparent paint.
I covered it with plastic and pressed into the paint.

Then I drew out my cobblestone pattern on poster paper, cut each stone out and placed them on
the dry paint.  I then rolled with an ochre to get the spacing between the stones
So this is the finished product.  If you look closely, you can see the print in various languages.
So this is my memory of our travels.  I refer to cobblestones as a common language we all share.
Whenever we travel, I look forward to seeing them again.

It is always good to be home.  My orchids  seem to thrive while I am away.  On return my weirdest orchid, dendrobium spectabile was blooming.  What it lacks in "beauty" it makes up for in scent.  It has a wonderful light scent.
Wishing all a Happy PPF!

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