Friday, November 21, 2014


Amazed, 12 x 16, Oil

This is another oil painting I completed recently. I have to laugh every time I look at it. Her expression! I didn't plan it that way. It just happened as I was fiddling with the mouth. So, you go with it... I wonder what she is seeing that has her so captivated! ;)

Linking this to Paint Party Friday. Check it out! 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Remaining an Artist

Digital Journal Page

This is a part of a painting I'm working on. The girl is my drawing scanned into Photoshop. The rest is digital. I thought she would fit nicely on a digital background. When I finish the canvas I'll post here. And yes, this is part of my new banner.  :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Warhol in Charcoal

Warhol in Charcoal, 9 x 12

The idea is not
to live forever, 
it is to create
something that will.

-- Andy Warhol

Continuing with my Warhol obsession, this is done in charcoal and pastel. I love working on the black toned paper. The whites just pop!

I was invited by my art buddy, Valerie to link this to Art Journal Journey. Their theme this month is Inspired by the Masters. I will try and do that, thank you Valerie!

Have a great week, everybody. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Finding Balance

I started playing with Photoshop again after a year or so of not using it. I forgot how fun it is to just play! The girl on the box is my drawing that I scanned and then painted in Photoshop. The background is from a Deviant Scrap kit. I think I will use her in some journal pages!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Friday, November 14, 2014

First Steps

First Steps, 8 x 8 Enamel

"Step with care and 
great tact, and remember
that life's a great
balancing act." 
-- Dr. Seuss

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Portraits: Variations on a Theme

Breathe,  12 x 12 Oil

I've finally been able to get back to my art. There has been much drama and life has gotten in the way over the summer but now I'm back in the studio. 

Portraits are my main love and I've been dabbling with those lately. The painting above is done in oil (still loving working with those) on canvas board. Here is another variation of that face (also done in oil):

Relax, 12 x 12 Oil

Same color palette was used for both. I love the softness that oils bring. Both are faces I've drawn just to experiment.

Then I discovered Pebeo enamel paints. Aach! I am really loving experimenting with those! 

 Micael, 12 x 12 Enamel

This is my feeble attempt at a portrait of a dear friend, Micael. The intensity and the sheen of the enamel paint is like nothing else. No need to varnish as the enamel seals itself. Yay!

Another variation of this theme: 

Warhol Abstract, 8 x 8 Enamel

I had a contour drawing in my sketchbook of Andy Warhol that I did months ago. I thought it would be fun to paint it with the enamel paints. Love the different effects that happen when you mix the various kinds of paint. Here is a side shot so you can kind of get an idea of the sheen from these:

I am working on some more paintings with these paints. It's my obsession at the moment. Stay tuned.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Playing with Oil Paint

In From The Cold                                    12x16

I've been afraid to try oil paints for years but I've always loved the look of them in paintings. Finally, I just jumped in and decided to give them a whirl. It's nice to know there are odorless solvents and some paints are even less toxic than the old kind. 

I LOVE them! Still learning how to manipulate the layers. And they dry S-L-O-W. But that's a good thing. Now you just come back to the painting the next day and the paints are still wet and the painting is easy to blend. 

I've got another painting started and may stick with this medium for awhile. :)

I'm including this in the Paint Party Friday site. It's been too long since I jumped in there. Check it out if you like looking at a gallery of art! 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello Charcoal, My New Friend!

I am taking an awesome class right now taught by Misty Mawn. Last week I was introduced to toned paper and charcoal. Specifically, how to manipulate the charcoal on the paper. LOVED it! So I've been experimenting. These photos are in order from my most recent (top) to my first attempt (at bottom). I finished the top photo last night (my favorite so far). I don't know why there is a green tint at the bottom of the photo. I don't have any green in this.  :/

Here I was experimenting with more loose strokes; something that is very hard for me. I immediately want to blend, blend, blend! :-) But I love the raw look of the effect when other artists use it. I have a lot of practicing to do before I get it the way I want it to look. Still not enough marks on this one:

Here I was going for tones and blending. I actually like this one:

This was my first attempt with the charcoal. Kind of rough but I was happy to be playing with it and seeing a face come "alive" as I worked:

Now we are working on painting our sketches. I will show my first painting soon.

I hope you are all well. Spring is making a brief appearance here in the next couple of days, then it's back to temps in the mid-30's next week. :'(  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Skyline in Winter

Hello! Remember me?  ;) I have had a Looong dry spell with my art. Ugh. That is why there have been no posts. Nothing to show.  :'(

But I am slowly getting back into it. I'm taking a few art classes right now that have really inspired me. This painting came from a lesson in creating backgrounds. It's called "Skyline in Winter". Speaking of Winter, I am OVER it already. Come on Spring!!  :-)

If there is still anybody out there, I'm glad you stuck around. Thank you so much! I am definitely working on more pieces even as I type this (waiting for the paint to dry). More to show soon... Hugs to you all. Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Birds

9" x 12", Alcohol Ink


It was passed from one bird to another,
the whole gift of the day.
The day went from flute to flute,
went dressed in vegetation,
in flights which opened a tunnel
through the wind would pass
to where birds were breaking open
the dense blue air --
and there, night came in.

from the poem by Pablo Neruda

I am experimenting with inks, paints, and all sorts of material lately. This was a small test that turned out okay. I came across this poem on another site today and had to paint something with my favorite subject:  birds! ;) Hope you all have a great weekend!!

I finished my sister's painting but will have to wait to show you until she visits in another week. I want her to be the first to see it. I seem to be slowly getting my mojo back (knock on wood). More to come soon...

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Lovers, 9" x 12"

"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along."

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Dreams

11" x 14", Acrylic       

I am in the summer mode! Also in the experimental mode. :-) This is from an exercise in a book I just love: Realistic Abstracts, by Kees van Aalst. So many cool ideas in there! And lots of inspiration. I have a similar one in the works with a different color scheme. We'll see how that one turns out.  

I also just returned from a 10-day visit with my dear friend in Columbus, OH. I miss my home!! *sob* We had a great time and the Columbus Arts Festival was going on so I was able to take that in. LOTS of gorgeous art to see and a few more ideas to take away from there (plus a very cool T-shirt)! 

My sister has commissioned me to do a painting (though I hope she doesn't seriously think I'm going to take money from her...) and I'm still kicking around ideas for that. Ahh, the pressure! ;-) We kind of agreed on one thing but now I'm re-thinking that idea. I'll have to have another conversation with her after looking over the ideas in this book...

I hope you all are having a great start to your weekend. As for me, I've got more painting to do!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Slaying My Dragons

This is a journal page I just completed. It is actually the beginning of a larger painting. I wanted to play with the paint colors and see how they would work. And it's also my theme for the last couple of months... slaying my dragons. Or trying to...

Despite my best intentions I haven't been posting to the blog as much as I had planned. I have been in such an art slump. I did complete about 20 alcohol ink paintings and I liked a few. They are so small (the largest being 5" x 7") and I'm still trying to find the right way to work with the inks. There are a few that I like enough to show and will post those. I actually have them framed and hanging in my great room.

On the positive side, I am in a few classes right now that have energized me and at least have me back in the studio! I've been taking a lot of photos and that has helped me come up with some new ideas as well. So, for those of you who are still here, thank you for your patience. Thank you for thoughts and your comments. You are all so special to me. BIG hugs to you!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


Soul Wanderer      5" x 7"

"I will give myself to the sky,
see the world as it always was,
reach for the winds that talk to me..."
from Goodbye, by Louise Hastings

I've been experimenting with a new technique this week that I am really enjoying. It's called Dreamscaping. I first learned of this from a fellow blogger friend, Stacy Wills. The artist who created the technique is June Rollins. It's fascinating what you can do with some alcohol inks and some special paper! No brushes involved, you let the inks do the work. 

I'm beginning to find these "shadow people" appear in my paintings. At least I see them that way; shapes that look like human figures. That's fine by me! I just go with it and see where the painting leads. So far I've completed about fifteen small paintings. This is one of my favorites. I call it "Soul Wanderer". I think the shape on the far right looks like a ghostly figure. ;)

Right now I'm working in a small format: 4" x 6" or 5" x 7" until I get a feel for how to manipulate the inks. I doubt I will go much bigger for a while. They look nice matted and framed. The inks are archival and so vibrant!

So you may be seeing a few of these for awhile. Not all of mine are landscapes. Some are turning into more abstract pieces. 

I am linking this to Paint Party Friday. Be sure to check out all the fun going on there! This week they are hosting an auction to benefit the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Have a great weekend everybody!