Friday, August 18, 2017


"Peace" - journal postcard

 Here is a page from one of my journals using a glue gun stamp made earlier this week.  

This particular journal is an "ideas"  journal.  It is used for inspiration and is filled with favorite color palettes, different types of composition, and project ideas.

I usually work in it on days like today, where it's hard to concentrate on a single piece of artwork.

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Unfortunately, the offer we placed on a house earlier this week wasn't accepted.
Hope to find something this weekend.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Already?

Cheetah - Watercolor

We have been really focused on finding a house soon.

Tim and I just made an offer on a place that is little more than a shell of a house (no flooring, no cabinets, sinks, bathrooms gutted). 

It's a mess right now, but it would be fun installing things we like and are able to afford.  We will know if our offer has been accepted tomorrow night.

Hot glue stencils / stamps

In the meantime, I painted the cheetah, and then
experimented with making stencils with a hot glue gun.

The hot glue was swirled on top of kitchen parchment paper.  While the glue was still hot, I placed another piece of parchment paper on top of the stencils and flattened them with my hand.  When thoroughly cooled, the stencils were easily peeled away from the paper. 

The idea behind flattening the stencils is that they can later be attached to a piece of cardboard and used as stamps.
So that is something to look forward to.

Another positive thing is that I stumbled on the awesome site of artist Seth Apter called The Altered Page on the 10 year anniversary of his blog.  Seth was hosting a giveaway on that day, and I won a gift certificate to his online shop.  Happy days!  Thank you, Seth! 

  I will pick up one of his DVDs very soon & let you know how it goes.

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Kiss

Gouache / 7X5

"All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl."
Author Unknown

Friday, August 4, 2017

About Face

"Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see."
Edgar Degas

Monday, July 31, 2017

Think Pink

This is an older batik that I don't think I've posted before. 

It's still a little too hot to paint. 
Even though the outside temperature cools dramatically by sunrise, the inside of the house is still a little warm.   

Today 34.4 celsius; Tues 37.7c; Wed 46.6 c; Thu 40c; Fri 37.2c

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cobie and Color

We have been worried about our 13-year-old labrador retreiver.  Cobie was so sick he scared me, but he has bounced back and is becoming his old self.  We know this because his voracious appetite has returned and he has resumed stalking me while I'm in the kitchen (kind of like my husband).

Now that Cobie feels better, I feel better.

Little art projects in the early daytime hours are what's best during our current heat wave.  Over the last few days, I've been making mono print backgrounds with a gelli plate.
They will be altered even more, but I understand the value of having lots of these.

Here's a small sample.  These are cropped details.  The gelli plate is 7X5.

Here's a 7X5 inch version.

Having a small work space has forced me to experiment with different types of art / crafts.   It's really fun learning something new.

 To paraphrase a wise man, "There are many possibilities in the beginner's mind."

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


For some reason, I haven't felt like painting anything representational.

The gelli plate has been calling, though.  It's time for some healthy doses of color.