Friday, January 13, 2017


and the sliding is a real thing around here today. We are in an ice storm that has crippled  a great portion of the Midwest and it's only the first day of a 3 day storm. 
It's scary out there!
I was in the process of getting ready to go to work and just decided it wasn't worth it... good call because 45 min. later we were covered with a thin layer of ice. Thin is all it takes! 
So I've finished with the last of the storm preparations.... made a big pot of beef stew and a pan of quick bread. Now I can set back and do fun things while we wait out the storm and just pray that the power stays on. 

This weeks art is another painting inspired by the Mindy Lacefield  class I'm taking. 
This time I started with an old canvas 
from way back when.... 
... and started slapping layers of paint and marks on it. 
Forgot to take photos of that stage :-( 
Then drew in  the figures I wanted to do. ...
... more background paint and started on the figures...
.... then decided to go a different route with her hair...
.... not liking it all that much....
.... back to more hair again.... but not liking the drippy background...
....liking it more.... adding some details ...
...and still more...
.... and now I'm calling her done.  I think... I'll put her on the wall in the studio and see what happens with her. I'm still battling with staying loose. But it more loose than my normal so it's an improvement. :-) 
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Paint Party Friday

Happy Belated New Year to you all out there. I decided to take the month of December off  with art and posting about it. I just had so much going on with the holidays and fighting off a sinus condition that somethings just had to be put on hold. 
So now that the holidays have come and gone and my health is back under control for the time being anyhow. I have started working on art again. 
My husband bought me an online class with 
Mindy Lacefield. 
"Letting the Paint Speak "
So I have started working on that this week. 
It's out of my comfort zone but I am loving it  and letting loss a bit more than normal for me. 
First day was just throwing paint on the paper and letting it move. 

Then blending it out with a calming color...
....Next was adding a few of the details ...

...and then building on them..

...more details and more background colors and marks....

So this is where it's at tonight... will be working on the faces more next and blending in some calm spaces too. Who knows where they will end up but I'm totally enjoying the effort. 
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Paint Party Friday

It's been awhile again :/ 
No particular reason other than playing with the puppy. It's kind of like having a baby and all of your time goes into caring for it and training it . 
How can you not just want to spend all day long loving on this little sweetie :) 
There has been a wee bit of art done. I made a couple of cards with Mandala's on them. 
The first one I did right before election day. A form of meditation in a way. A pulling together of thoughts and prayers toward a positive outcome in a no win situation. 
The second one was done after the election when the world was shocked by the outcome. 
A prayer for guidance and unity . A gather of forces to stand again what may happen and striving towards a peaceful outcome. 
I've started a third's still in the drawing and deciding stage .
A resurrection of a symbol of my youth to remind myself that this battle has been fought before and can be done again and again until we get it right. 
That we can fix the things that are wrong without destroying the things that are right.
Then on a brighter side the lesson learned today is that I NEED a compass! 
drawing circles with out one is not easy. 
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A new day is dawning.

Friday, November 4, 2016


Hello again!
I'm still having difficulty getting back into the swing creating art here. :(  I come in to so something...anything and end up on the computer surfing the net just looking at nothing in particular. 
I pulled out an old sketch this week that I was never happy with and tried to improve it and then do some watercolors on it. I'm still calling it a 
as I'm not pleased with how it looks at all. 
is what it says to me. 
Perhaps I'll try doing some gel pen doodles on it tonight while watching TV.
So after a frustrating art adventure I grabbed the garden tool belt and heading outside to plant a few more bulbs. 

Two bags of each kind went into the circle drive flowerbed. So here's hoping that the critters leave them alone and the Spring will be full of beautiful blooms . 
That's what's going on in my world this's it going in yours?
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Paint Party Friday

Well it seems I've been missing in action much longer than I realized.
Just an extremely busy time for me in the gardens and training the puppy :)
She still spends most of her days playing with her big brother though :)
No art was done the entire time I was away from here ...just didn't even think about it during that time.
Now that cooler weather is here and most of the outside chores are done the art supplies are back out again.
Here's what I worked on yesterday.
I started with a old pencil sketch I had done for 29 Faces a year or 2 ago. This is where she is today and haven't decided if she is finished or not.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

T Stands for Tuesday

I'm Late! VERY LATE :( 
 I'm moving extremely slow today and it is totally my fault. We had a long holiday weekend in the USA and the weather was mild and comfortable. Absolutely beautiful!!!
On Friday evening my husband and I decided that since the weather was to be so mild for Saturday that we would get up early and get some long neglected yard work done. It's just been too blasted hot or wet to do it. 
Well the morning chores turned into an all day event as we just kept going from one chore to the next.  
Then on Sunday morning I was up early again..... because the puppy doesn't know you can sleep in on weekends :(  So I decided to get some tomatoes canned and more cucumbers picked  and pickled.  Which took way longer than I thought it would. I must be moving slower and slower :-/ 
Then the youngest son came over and he and the husband did some target shooting while I stayed inside and comforted the scared puppy and older dog. 
Friends were supposed to come over for pizza but canceled at the last minute which was actually fine by me .. I had used up my energy for the weekend. 
Come Monday  the heat was back and we were wiped out from the other two days. 
We laid around and read, watched some old movies and took naps. Today I am still dragging but not as sore as yesterday. 
Here's my drink for today... iced herbal tea again and a small piece of wood I worked on over the weekend. 
The two boys are my dad and his twin brother when they were around 11 years old.  They just turned  86 in August. 
The pictures of the boy was taken from this old family photo of them with most of their parents and brothers and sisters....missing one who had moved to Detroit with his family by then. 
This is one of those old small 2 inch by 3 inch photos that when you try to enlarge them it gets all fuzzy and out of focus. So I lightened it up and then tried painting the details back in...cutting the two boys out of the photo. 
Here is a photo of the 2 of them in July 
The one on the right in both pictures is my dad. 
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Friday, September 2, 2016

Paint Party Friday and 29 Faces in September 2016

Week 26 of Year 6 already, many thanks to Eva & Kristin for keeping us going strong ♥ 
 It's also September so it's time for 29 Faces in September 2016 :-) So today I have my first 2 faces for the month to share. 
The first one is in my Faces journal ....
... and then for Face 2 I decided to add a face to one of the home made tea boxes I am painting.

I make a lot of my own herbal tea blends and often give them as gifts so I've started painting boxes I make out of water color paper. This one isn't done yet but will end up looking sort of like this when finished. 

That's the art for today. For the 29 Faces Challenge I will probably only post a couple of days a week with multiple faces per post.  I just can't seem to find the time to write a blog post every day any longer :( 
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