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

Friday, November 18, 2016


Time is flying by
and this week there wasn't much time for art.
I have been watching as many of Jane Davies videos as possible
(and watching The Crown on Netflix)
and then I grab a piece of gessoed paper and go to work.
I even gessoed some old watercolor paintings that were blaaaaa.

I love the "idea" of collage but can't seem to figure out how to make it happen.
So this is a tentative start...three small circles.
Stay tuned, I may get inspired by what you all do.
Wishing everyone a happy PPF

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Orchid Mania

I know that this is an art site...sort of
but it is also called "Scattered" referring to my mind
and the variety of interests that seize me from time to time
My orchid collection consists of slightly more than 100 plants of all different
varieties and colors.  They live in my pool cage and at the side of the house.
Recently I have put the brakes on purchasing new plants.  I have too many to do a good job attending to them.  The attack of thrips last year taught me that.
However you can't be good all the time, right?
Today we went to Jim Roberts'  Florida Suncoast Orchid sale
to support a fellow orchid society member.
He had an amazing selection of all types of plants.
I think I did well to escape with only two.

Meet Cattleya Waianae, Leopard "Ching Hua x Enc Orchid Jungle

and Cattleya Red Tips

Fortunately our Sarasota Orchid Society orchid show isn't until January so I think this is the end of
my orchid mania for now

Friday, November 11, 2016

It's Paint Party Friday!!

How is it that Friday comes 'round so fast?
If the weeks are flying by, so are the months...and years.
This week I was digging around under the bed in the "file cabinet" and 
pulled out a couple of old starts that needed to be finished.
The first was a background that I tried to do drips on, but failed
So I pulled out the trusty stencils and went to work

This one never came together for me.  I couldn't decide if I needed to 
paint the notes black or what. They just seemed to be scattered and floating.   
Then I decided to add the lines for the notes and I think it works now.

We are moving in to the blooming season for my orchids .
Here are a few samples of the lanai this week.

My first ever brassavola orchid, a portion of which is hanging on a date palm.

One of my favorites, Cattleya George King Serendipity always has lots of twin blooms.

So while my country settles, I focus on what I love and shut out the rest.
Wishing you all a happy PPF

Friday, November 4, 2016

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine!
Yet another way to use a "dump"
The canvas was covered in the rooster colors, running and blending as they do.
I made a stencil of a rooster, put it down and painted around it.
His sky is a splatter of paint.
The random colors worked out beautifully.

A little bit of abstraction here.
The background is the acrylic "dump"
Wishing everyone a happy PPF