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

Friday, May 12, 2017

A geometric week




I finally got my "weave" back framed.  The framer had some difficulty as we
had wanted it floating between two pieces of glass.  It was too heavy so she had to 
redo it between glass and plexiglass.  It will hang on the navy blue wall so I think
it will be quite striking.
In the meantime I was back to my comfort zone with geometric sort of designs



I can't believe I stuck with the same colors...weird!
Wishing everyone a happy PPF

Friday, May 5, 2017

Three Turquoise Rocks

Years ago we visited Albuquerque, New Mexico and ended up in a pawn shop down
in a sketchy part of town.  The clerk was very interesting and most accommodating and ended up
showing us a room full of unbelievably gorgeous turquoise Native American jewelry
that had been pawned.  It was the most amazing array of jewelry I have ever seen, from
floor to ceiling, wall to wall.
So when I was painting this, the pawn shop was on my mind.  I wanted to add silver,
but just couldn't figure out how so here they are, three turquoise rocks.

I am taking part in an abstract art class, Painting Without Brushes.
I can tell I am trying and thinking hard because when I get home,
I am exhausted and am usually in bed by 8:30.
But thinking and trying sometimes doesn't get it.
I brought my piece home and 48 hours later, covered it with a thin film of white paint
and started over.  It is tough using your fingers (encased in ill fitting gloves).
So this morning, I tried again.  The thought was "bloom"


It has been terribly dry in Florida this spring.  Finally last night we had a good rain and when I went out on the lanai (to paint) this is what greeted me.  This is a cattleya orchid.


Wishing everyone a Happy PPF

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Seeking ideas

I have been at odds with myself since our art friend/instructor retired.
She was always challenging us with new techniques.
She worked through them, step by step and carefully supervised us in each new technique.
She told us "you do it my way today and from then on, you can take off in any direction."
As a result, we were usually delighted with our results.
This past week I have explored different ideas found on the internet.
I was delighted to find Gerda Lipski on YouTube.  She does a lot of wonderful things and her 
instructions are easy to follow.


This was one of her ideas.  The only board I had was really too long.  This looks better
when done as a square.  It is cardboard triangles set in gesso and painted.


Another one of her ideas but I used one of my old backgrounds rather than doing a new one.


Again I used an old background here but I really like the look of it.

I have also scoured Amazon for books that might give me new directions to pursue.
I got Jo Toye's Book, Abstract Explorations in Acrylic Painting and it is a GEM.
It is packed with ideas and step by step instructions.


This was my first ever attempt with Tar Gel.  It is a bit of a mess to work with but you will see some lovely things she has created with it.

And blooming in the side yard is my orchid Schomburkgia tibicins


This orchid hangs in a basket and has 6 foot long stems reaching for the sun.  As a
result, the blooms are up by my neighbor's roof.  This year there are three stems of flowers.
It is a favorite of my husband and mine partly because of the dramatic presentation.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF
And if you have suggestions for things that have boosted your creativity, I would love to hear!

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?