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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ladies (and gentlemen) start your glue gun!


Recently I took a class at our local art center.  The instructor brought in stencils of trees
which we placed on watercolor and sprayed with assorted colors.
I was admiring the tree and wondered if I could make something similar.
I dug around in the closet until I unearthed my glue gun, some twenty years old, and
a bag of glue gun "bullets".
I made my first tree and when I placed it on my paper, decided to leave it on the paper.
I used matt medium to adhere the tree to the paper.
Then I painted the tree and paper gold.  It was too bright so used a mix of paynes gray
and burnt sienna to wash over it all.  After the wash I wiped it down like I had used a stain.  I added bits of gold and silver paint to brighten it again.
So here is my first stencil/turned artwork.


Once I got going, I decided to do some flowers to see if I could do something with them


Here they are resting on wax paper.  When cool, I peel them off.


Here they are.  After I do the staining, I touch them up with gold and silver (it looks blue here)
paint.  The results are primitive so I decided that surely glue guns have improved from my
20 year old one so off I went to the local craft store.
Glue guns are identical to the old ones!
The 'bullets' I had had a price of $1.99 for 10 on the old package.  My new ones were $9.99 and I got 20.   Well, maybe this week I will make a real stencil and use it the way we did in class but I will be using my 20 year old glue gun.

Blooming has slowed on the lanai.  It has been in the mid 80's and no rain and little humidity.
I have repotted 15 orchids and have about 5 more to go.  It is muddy, messy work but the results more than make up for the work

And my little "Yellow Bird" is blooming this week.

Happy PPF!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Creative Play

This week I have been playing with my matt medium in different ways.
I have used it to collage, I have used it to transfer pictures.  
It has been warm with a gentle breeze so the lanai functioned as my studio
Here, I have collage elements and I played with stamping color




 This one I transferred a figure from a magazine on an old piece.


Here I reverted to my old favorite stencils over a colorful background.



And these beautiful dendrobium orchids opened this week.
It has been a colorful, creative, playful week.  I hope your's has been the same.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Earthly vein






I am a native of Colorado and the colors, textures and flavors are always with me.
This is the result of one of those middle of the night brain storms.
I love it when that happens but am usually disappointed with my results when I try to
create whatever I had dreamed.
So this is a vein of turquoise as I imagined it would be, an "earthly vein"
The process was fun (and messy).



A rough sketch on gessoed paper.


The messy part!  I added another layer of thick gesso and created my rocks.
When all was dry and about 24 hours later, I set about painting it.







Can you guess what these are?  The last one should give it all away.  These are circus wheels.
I was very lucky to have a visit from my daughter last week and we went to the Ringling 
Circus Museum.  It was amazing!  And these were so colorful, I had to take a shot of them/.
Wishing all a Happy Paint Party Friday

P.S.  My bloom this week is a teeny, tiny dendrobium

Friday, March 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Paint Party Friday!!!




Many thanks to Kristin and Eva for maintaining our gathering spot.
Six years is a L O N G time to keep something like this running
I appreciate you and I am sure we all dol



This background was created a couple of years ago on, of course, March 17.
I never liked it so when scrounging around for something to work on,
I pulled it out and added some daisies.  



Lucky daisies?
I think it is headed back under the bed.


Another background on yupo.
Spring has sprung in Florida and I am busy unpotting, dividing and repotting orchids.
It is a mess and I am a mess and the lanai is a mess
All of which makes DH very cranky.
I love it.  I love seeing the plants upside down,   I love having plants to give away.
And I love to see how the plants respond to repotting.  It is like I give them new energy to bloom.

Wishing all a celebratory Happy Paint Party Friday!



Friday, March 3, 2017

Open House


Yesterday I was holding an "open house" and no one came (every realtor's nightmare)
So I had the manila file folder and a ball point pen and my duo tangle just grew, and grew and grew.
Those two hours flew by and I really wasn't that disappointed that no one came.
I kept my self entertained.

Funky floral


About a year ago I created this using little squares as stencils.
It took forever to do and the result was not to impressive.  I had thought the base patterns would show up more than they did.
So it went into the "dead letter" file under the bed.
And then I woke up with an idea one morning.
I decided there was nothing to lose,  so another funky floral was born.


I would say, "what do you think?"...but it doesn't really matter, it is done now and I kind of like it
(and that is VERY unusual for me).

And then there is that background I did a couple of weeks ago


It morphed into a pig.


This one is a work in progress.  I had used alcohol on the background hoping to get 
bits of the background color but only got spots,  The pig is too busy (or maybe the ground is too busy).
Anyway, this one needs work and I would love your input.

Our Florida weather has been hot, like 85 degrees...already, it is only March.
The only blooms this week are the ludisia orchids.  They like to hide in the shade, their blooms are tiny and when they aren't blooming, their foliage is gorgeous.


Wishing all a Happy Paint Party Friday


Friday, February 17, 2017

Blooms


Last week I posted a close up of one clump of blooms.
That was all I had.
Look at the plant this week.
Love it!


This was my project this week 
Not sure if I fixed anything but I am DONE with it.


And a new background awaits.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF



Friday, February 10, 2017

Looking for help


My background from last week.
I need your help here.  I like the background, the table and the vase.
I DON'T like the  funky spiral flowers.
What are your thoughts?
Should I make them solid?
Should I stamp on top of them?
I thought "funky" would work with the funky background but I just don't think it does
I knew I could get some ideas from you all.


One of my favorite orchids is just starting to bloom.  It is a large plant,
maybe two feet in diameter, and is covered with buds.
This is just he beginning.
Wishing you all a Happy PPF

Friday, February 3, 2017

It's Friday already!


I can't believe it is Friday...again!
Time is flying by.
I am happy to have had some time to play in my paints this week.
The painting above is on watercolor paper.
What got in to me?
I had a class on abstracts and discovered I could make my paint run almost as well as 
I do on the yupo paper.  


Another painting on watercolor paper.
This background was a loser so i covered it with white paint and then put 
plastic on the paint and squished it around, pulled it up and then I had something to play with.
Still a bit homely but better than before.



This is the background on yupo from last week.
The photo is crooked, not the chain.



 And another background awaiting inspiration
There are no orchids this week but there are lots of buds
getting ready to open.
See you next week and thank you so much for visiting!
Happy PPF

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New beginnings


New beginnings.  
After loosing my delightful art group. I actively went on a hunt to find a new group.
A couple of the girls from the previous group suggested a new class at the art center.
I visited a couple of weeks ago and was intrigued so I signed up.

You can see this is my kind of play.
This was what we did in the first class so will have step 2 this week.
I really enjoyed the process and am anxious to see where it takes us.



I did this one from one of my "dumps" of acrylic paint.
Can't decide what I think of it.
So this is my week in art this week
Wishing you all a Happy Paint Party Friday!!


This is my latest orchid bloom, Senor Perfecto.
Aren't the colors just gorgeous?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stuck...

Unfortunately, our paint group has sort of dismantled.
Health issues for some made it impossible to go on
Little did I realize what their support meant to me.
I have been stuck.
No bright inspirations in the night,
no desire to pour another crazy background.
Just stuck.
I know it will pass and I will fine another group to 'play with'.
In the meantime I putter around on my lanai.
The past two days I have tended my orchids (which were all in the house or the garage because of the cold weather).  As I brought them out, I cleaned each of them off, soaked them in soapy water (to ward off bugs)  As there are over 100, it is a big job and I am happy to have it done.

My white laelia rubescense got a third place ribbon at the Sarasota Orchid Show this past weekend.
It is the white one in the middle of the photo.



Every thing I do seems dark and uninspired.
Maybe next week...
Happy PPF

Monday, January 9, 2017

Orbs-la-Dee


The Diva is back!!!
Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!
This week we are using "Orbs-la-Dee as our challenge.
I have been tangling a page in my journal
(including scrap pieces of tape)
so finished it off with "Orbs" and our Diva's Zedbra (I think).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

And more.....

Laelia rubescens alba "Walter"

Cattleya, Volcano Trick "Fireball"



Dendrobium goldschmidtianum

We have just returned from a Holiday cruise to Panama and Costa Rica.
My goal was to see as many wonderful orchids as I could.
We saw some but not many.
Imagine my surprise when we returned home to find the lanai ablaze with color.

As usual, I had to scratch out my word of the year. 
It is an enjoyable introspective undertaking.


With all the turmoil in the world, we rely on our faith more than ever.
Further, as I have aged, I find myself imagining (predicting?) the worst.  
My word of the year reminds me to return to my faith and...
Let go, Let God.
Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy 2017.