Wednesday, January 20, 2016


WOW!  I can't believe that it's been so long since my last post!  But, I've finally found something to post about. 
I just started Donna Downey's workshop:  10x10x10x10 .  The idea is to paint 10-10x10 canvases in 10 days, using the same color palette and subject.  It's all about working in a series.  This is something I've always wanted more info on, so here I go!  I'm using 12" x 12" canvases, since that's all I can find right now.
You know, I love collage - and I've wanted to master abstracts for a long time now.  Donna provides 10 videos showing how she goes about painting them, and it's very informative.  It's just not as easy as she makes it look!  LOL  But, it's good - it's making me learn new techniques, and that's always a plus.
So, this is my #1
If nothing else, it will make me post more in my blog!!

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Talk

I decided that I wanted a piece of artwork that I saw in Pier One -- except it was too large for the place I wanted to put it.  So, I kind of copied it, in a size that would work.  I usually don't try to do this, and I would list the artist's name, but I can't find it on the photo that I took.  Oh well, it's not going on sale, and it's for my private use, so I hope my apology will be enough.  And, of course, it really isn't exactly  like the original.

I started with collaging, of course!  I love the way it always adds texture and shadows.

Then, I added white, ecru and blue paint to distress the collage.

Next, I worked on the Mama and Baby Birds.

And, played with it some more, and added distress ink around the
edges.  I think it worked out fine!  Now I need to hang it!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

I received a wonderful email the other day, from Marietta Gregg - she is the Marketing Director at Patience Brewster (and also Patience's daughter).  She made some very nice comments about my artwork, and asked me to blog about the artist(s) that have inspired me, since this is Artist Appreciation Month - which I did not know!

So, in order to do that, I have to go back to the beginning, which was about 8 years ago this fall.  I was retired, and really wanted to learn to paint.  I had done some things on my own, and with videos, but really needed some one-on-one instruction, so I headed to my local art supply store.  There, I found Carlynne Hershberger!  She and her friend, Kelli Money-Huff, offered a weekly workshop, for artists of all mediums.  I was in Heaven!

Below are just two of the many paintings that Carlynne helped me with, back when I was working in oil.  Later, she and Kelli helped me transition into watercolor, and later, she gave me a private class on acrylics!  I have always admired her work, and even though I no longer live in Florida, I follow her on Facebook to see what she is up to!  

I hope you will go to her blog, or her Etsy shop and see what this incredible artist (and friend) is involved with.  Carlynne, I thank you for sharing your amazing talent with me!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

I started this piece almost a year ago -- I couldn't seem to finish it!  Today, I was looking in stores for some art to put in my newly painted kitchen (I was actually going to buy something!).  But, nothing worked - either it wasn't the right size or the right colors.

So, I knew that I had this in the studio, but just wasn't ever in the mood to work on it.  So, out it came, and I made myself do it.  Now, it hangs in my kitchen, and I like it!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sorry I've been away for so long!

I haven't been in the Studio lately!  I've been so busy redoing some of the walls in my home.  My grandson, Colin, has been amazing at taking down all the wallpaper that was in most of the rooms.
First, we (my daughter and other grandkids helped out, too) painted the Front Hall - and all the way down the bedroom hall, then, after the wallpaper was down, painted the Living Room.
Next, we had some major work done in the hall bathroom.  There wasn't a shower, so we had a quartz surround put in.  There was also a wallpaper border around the room, which Colin removed.  Painted, changed out the fixtures, mirror and lighting - and now I love it!

 After painting the Hearth Room, we started on the kitchen.  It was also covered in wallpaper.  This one was a lot harder to get down -- it had been attached directly to the wall board.  And I have yet to start painting.  I have to sand all the walls and wipe them down with vinegar and water.

 Yesterday, we decided to take down the wallpaper in a bedroom!  Then, I'll clean all the walls and get to painting!
So, I guess I've been painting -- just not artfully!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Second Class

So we are still a class of Three!  My friend, Rebecca, couldn't make it after all.  Her work schedule just keeps changing.  But, again, it's fine with me, this class of three!  As you can see, we worked on landscapes.  It's kind of hard, knowing that we just have 4 classes to teach as much as they can absorb, so that they will want to continue.  Who knows - they might decide to do another 4 classes.

Sharon (the abstract artist), Stu (the oil painter) and Karen (who wants to paint flowers)

Such a fun group!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Watercolor Class

So today starts another Beginning Watercolor Class - this time I'm holding it in a cute little shop, "Roost on 7", close by my home.  We were only able to get three students, but my friend, Rebecca will be joining us next week.  Actually, I don't think we could have gotten many more in the small space - and I really like being able to be hands-on with a small group!

Karen, Stu and Sharon

And, they all have the same last name - but only Stu and Sharon are related! (Husband and Wife)  Karen and Sharon are new to art, but Stu has been painting in Oils and Acrylics - and does woodburning!  Such nice people!  We have 3 more weeks to go, and then we'll see what's next.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Final Two

So, now I have 6 Encaustic/Collage boards to send off to Under The Cherry Blossoms in Mount Dora, FL.  I just have to attach the hanging wires.  And, finish making cards and fabric bowls - maybe I'll get them all sent down next week.

While I've enjoyed working with the wax this past week, I think I'll give it a rest for now.  We're having such good weather, and I need to start cleaning up the yard and garden beds and get ready for the planting season!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Choose Joy

Now that I've determined that collage is what I want to do with the wax on these boards, I'm so relieved!  I've got a lot of ideas, and hopefully, I can make enough to sell in Mount Dora!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Love Deeply

I've been busy today!  Once I got this one in my head, I just had to get it done!  So, this is another 7" x 12" board done with collage and wax.  I love it when I figure out what works -- then I want to get them all done and sent off!  I'm still figuring out how to do the hanging stuff, but I think it will be cool!

I received another encaustic video today - I'll watch it tonight.  It's by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch - I've bought and read her book, so I doubt there will be anything new on it, but it will be good to watch her work.