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

Friday, November 16, 2018

Frustration with technology

My issues with Blogger continue.  Now they tell me that I have to use another browser.
They "think" Safari is the problem.  So, we have a problem.  I am not using another browser.
I will continue to visit all of your wonderful, inspiring sites but you won't be 
hearing any of my thoughts.

So this week I was in a frenzy.  I had had a couple of uninspired weeks so I went back to 
an old favorite paper, yupo, and an old technique and went to work

Our collage/mixed media class had assigned a junkyard.  I had a lot of fun with this one.  I am a messy sort anyway and this was right up my alley.

Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving.  And Happy PPF

Friday, November 9, 2018


It is 87 degrees here in Florida and has been warm all week.
Yesterday I went swimming.
I have had a couple of open wounds for the past six weeks and couldn't swim so it was a great
treat to be back in the water again.  However, it is hard to imagine that it is November
and the Holidays are upon us.
Last week I shared a dancer that I had done for my new class at the Art Center.
Well, she didn't pass the test so I got to do what I love best...rework a canvas.
I had done a collage frame before so there is a lot of texture on the canvas.  I put scraps of sheet music in the center and then painted and collaged my flamenco dancer.  No class this week so I have to leave it alone till next week.  Abstractions are a struggle for me but I love them.  I guess Have a rigid brain (I am sure my three kids would agree with this).

Wishing everyone a Happy PPF.  I will try to visit each site but am still unable to comment on most sites.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Painted tissue paper

A good week!
I already know that the class I am taking at the Art Center is a winner.
Our first class we painted tissue paper...don't laugh.  We used sponge brushes on wet tissue that was stuck to a white trash bag.  We then were assigned to use the tissue as collage in something we created at home.  My topic was "dance"

Dance like no one's watching
I used the tissue as the frame on this one.
I now have enough painted tissue to last me the rest of my life.  My file bag of collage paper is so heavy I can hardly lift it.
Then yesterday I resurrected a painting I had done a couple of months ago and essentially
spilled all of my frustrations on it.  I am not sure that it improved, but the process put me in a 
great frame of mind.

And now for my technical difficulties.  For the past few weeks I havent been able to comment on most of the blogs I visited.  Only a few of them would show my comment.  The rest disappeared into the great beyond.  It was suggested that I clean out our "cookies" which I have done.  We will see this week if it helped.  If you have any ideas, please share them.
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

Saturday, October 27, 2018


To my Paint Party Friday friends,
I am unable to post to your sites for some reason.
In a few cases, my post showed up but over and over I got nothing.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Can you help me out?

Hopefully there is a "wizard" out there somewhere, especially at this time of year, that can help me.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Finally our temps have dropped under 90 degrees.
That must mean that fall is upon us.
We were lucky to be able to make a quick run up to the northeast for some respite.
The leaves were just beginning to turn but the temperatures were so cool and refreshing.
And with cooler temps, I should be able to spend more time painting on the lanai.
A new class is starting at the Art Center that I am looking forward to.  
It will be a mixed media class with some collage.  It sounds perfect.  I am looking forward to it.

You can see what was on my mind for the past few months in this one.

Then I took off in a new direction.  I aways enjoy geometric designs so these two are reworks of something else.  I was pleased with the one on the left.
Wishing all a happy PPF

P.S.  My blooms on the lanai this week

Cattleya Chocolate Drop

Friday, October 12, 2018


The only time of year I miss Colorado is in the fall.
We used to enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful color everywhere.
Even the sumac at the side of the highways turned a radient red.
In Florida the heat and the hurricanes continue.
I am so sad for all of the people in the panhandle of Florida.
Hurricane Michael was deadly.
We endured wind and soaking bands of rain for most of the past week but thankfully that was all.
Today is our last class in collage.  I am afraid that this one was a bit of a disappointment.
We just did our thing and didn't really acquire much new information.
To that end, if you are doing collage, could you share with me what you use to attach your paper?
I have been using Mod Podge and feel I get too many wrinkles in the paper.

I did this one at home on one of those boards.

This one only has tiny bits of collage.  I wanted to try a chili red base color here.
Wishing all a happy PPF
PS  My blooms on the lanai this week

Friday, September 21, 2018

Collage Class

My first class in collage started last week.
This is not a good class for me.  I am one of those messy sorts and within minutes of starting a project, I have bits of paper scattered all over the floor, my desk, and my lap.
After several attempts at using a brush for the ModPodge, I resorted to using my fingers.
Now, the bits that were on my desk were stuck to my fingers (not to mention the globs of Mod Podge
that accumulated on my fingers).
The long suffering husband began to whine about the mess in my corner.
I am not sure where this will end, but here is my first week's project.

I think he needs more short bits on his face, but those were the bits that turned into goo on
my fingers.
Another class today.  Perhaps we will learn how to do this "tidily".
We had a beautiful bloom pop up this week.  It is a dendrobium orchid that pushed it's bloom up
through a palmetto bush.
Wishing all a Happy PPF