Saturday, February 13, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I am so glad it is the weekend. I have a few mundane things to do today and then it is taking it easy and creating on a new art form. I am so excited about it. I will be showing it soon.
Today though is my 13th face for 29 Faces. Thank you to Ayala Art for hosting. Have a great Saturday everyone.

 Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, February 12, 2016


Hi Everyone!
This exercise of creating a face every day  has proven to be more fun than I thought it would be and a great learning time for me. I want to thank Ayala Art (Martha) for hosting 29 Faces. I also want to thank all the artist for encouraging comments and inspiration from their art. This is a wonderful journey. 
Today my sketch is one I like. Once the pencil hit the paper this little one came to be. 
I have been looking at "hair" instruction. LOL
Have a great day today

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Today started a free shipping sale in my  I had a code to receive the free shipping but the way it showed on the invoice it was very confusing. SOoooo guess what? You DON'T NEED A CODE. I have set it up so the shipping will deduct at check out. FREE SHIPPING FOR US CUSTOMERS AND $5.00 OFF ALL INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS.
 With the prize of shipping these days this is a great sale. LOL  

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


Hi Everyone,

Here it is day 11 for 29 Faces. I have finished my leather sculpt and thought this would be a good place to show it. First a thank you to Ayala Art for hosting 29 faces. In addition I am linking up with Eva and Kristen for Paint Party Friday. Thank you ladies.  Who would ever have thought that a thing called the internet would bring so many talented people together. Sooo here are the  photos. First if you missed how to make the bubbles on canvas click on here.  

Molded leather on 16x20" gallery canvas. Acrylic airbrush paints, marbled gold leaf, bubble textured.
Just a note there is nothing behind the face. The 3-D leather stands on it's own.

Close up of bubble texture

Display of only three of my molded leather face pieces.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

29 Faces Day 10

Hi Everyone!

I have been very busy so this is a quick 10 minute sketch. I do set a timer and go for it. This exercise teaches me a lot on how to construct. There are a lot of mistakes but each 10 minute sketch shows me what not to do when I have time to draw.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Wow this is day 9 for 29 Faces. I am so impressed with all of the artists who are participating. Each piece of art is individual and inspiring. I hope you will take a look at these artists and what they create. Thank you Ayala Art for hosting.
Wishing everyone a happy day. 

I try to do a 10 minutes sketch everyday. This however took longer. LOL Having fun with hats. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, February 8, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I think it is going to be one of those Mondays. Ya know, more things to do than you have time for.  So I will make a list and get one thing at a time accomplished.  Day 8 of 29 Faces and I am still in the game. LOL Here is one I tried of a man. Not sure how I feel about this. I could not get his mouth right.  
Big thinks to Ayala Art for hosting 29 Faces and to all the artists who participate. Have a wonderful day.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Sunday and I slept in. Something I don't do very often. Last night I started watching a Netflix series called "Revenge". Ohhhh what a great show. Lots of twists and turns. So while I was watching that I sketched this.
I mentioned awhile back in a PPF post that I was going to learn how to draw hair this winter. Well this hair didn't turn out well, it is a learning process though. Big thanks to Ayala Art for hosting 29 Faces

 Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

29 Faces Day 6

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to day 6 of 29 Faces.  This experience has been perfect for me. I thought it might be a bit stressful getting a NEW face out everyday.  With out counting, I have about 60 faces that hang in my house. Most of them beaded, leather and gourd sculpts. So I thought if I got in a pinch I could show one of those. However, I am finding that the commitment to this is very exciting and I look forward everyday to creating for 29 Faces. Even if it is a 10 minute draw. Thanks to Ayala Art for making this possible.  I can't wait to see what every one has created today. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Well I have made it to day 5 of the 29 Faces challenge. I am really excited that this is easier than I thought it would be. Now my faces may not be sophisticated or even realistic, but I am having fun and enjoying all of the other artists that have joined in. Be sure to check them out and leave a comment. 
This is another face on a canvas, where I used the acrylic paints leftover on my pallet.   
Geee she seems so sad. Maybe she wanted a neck and shoulders. LOL 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Tonight I am linking up with Paint Party Friday, hosted by the wonderful Eva and Kristen.  I have a WIP that I will share.  This is how I make the bubbles on my canvas for my leather sculpts.  When this is finished I will link it up to 29 faces. 

1st sculpt the face. This is a different type of leather than I normally use so I am not sure how it will hold up under airbrushing. 

The paint is a water based house paint that I let set for weeks to evaporate as much water as possible. I stir it everyday. It becomes thick and icky. LOL

I paint a canvas in any old abstract way with acrylics for a base and let it dry.
Then I paint on the house paint and let this dry 24 to 48 hours.

Next step I take my heat gun and rotate my movements over the canvas. Be careful not to actually burn the paint and canvas. 
Out side is a good place to do this. If you try it PLEASE be careful. 

Depending on how thick the house paint is determines  how big the bubbles are.  

Allow this to set without touching it. LOL Next step is to paint this with an airbrush.
 I will try to get this finished tomorrow. 
Happy Paint Party Friday

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

29 Faces Day 4

Hi Everyone!
Good morning. I am very excited to be a part of 29 Faces. As I mentioned before I didn't think I had time to join in. I guess I forgot how to make time for "fun" or for "me".   I am ALWAYS working, or caring for, or keeping myself well, that I forget to take time out. As silly as it may sound 29 Faces has given me a better out look on time for me. Thanks Ayala Art (Martha) for hosting 29 Faces and allowing me to see a new path.  What little things in your life turned out to be huge realizations?

Here is a sketch I did in the car yesterday while we ran errands. Well I didn't run because I broke my foot again. I had to sit in the car. LOL I am still learning how to sketch hair.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Hi Everyone!

This is day 3 of the 29 Faces challenge. I have to admit that I didn't think I would have time to do this every day, however, it is working out better than I thought. Huge thanks to Ayala Art for hosting this fun challenge. Be sure to click the link to see who else is creating faces everyday.  Today I have a "quick paint". Took an older painted canvas with just the background, and what ever acrylics are on my pallet created this face. Hmmm not sure if it a male or female. You tell me. 
Have a great day filled with creativity.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Hi Everyone!
This is day 2 of 29 Faces hosted by the very talented Ayala. I wasn't sure if I could do this. If I had the time to be committed to a daily challenge. I know it is only day 2, but this is giving me some discipline. Ya know for creating every day.  I have gone to the link to see what the other artists have created. It is so inspiring. Be sure to visit the blog. 
Sooooo as busy as I was yesterday I did this little sketch in about 10 minutes........ 
So it is not perfect but reveals a strong message.  

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Hi Everyone!

This is my first year of joining in with 29 Faces. We will see if I can keep up. LOL Thanks to Ayala Art for hosting this all through the month of Feb.   So my first show is this Sculpey Clay face that is actually going to be part of a bigger piece of art.  Sorry for the shadow in the photo couldn't get the light right. I can't wait to see what all the other artists have created. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I am back from a lupus flare and company. LOL Had a really nice time with my family. 
So here it is Paint Party Friday. A big thanks to Eva and Kristen for hosting. Be sure to visit their blog to see all of the artists who join in.  This week I have another abstract sculpture. 

Here are a few of the abstract sculpts, they really do hang on the wall.

This is the latest. Kind of looks like an octopus.  Deep texture and rich colors

The next one I am going to make long tentacles.  Hope it works out. LOL

Here is a close up. There are lots of pointy spines all around this piece.
 Hope you enjoyed the art. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hi Everyone!

This has been a whirl wind of the first few weeks of  2016. I had to take some time with a lupus flare that hit me. Then my brother and his wife came for a visit. We had the best time and I hated to see them leave.  For those of you who don't know, having a lupus flare is like an alien silently comes and sucks the life right out of you, and the only thing left behind is pain, confusion, and absolutely no energy. I think that sums it up pretty well. LOL With all of  that "you" still have to carry on as much as you can. Sooooo with that said, I am behind in my Sunday writing on Liqutex mediums, I promise to get the next issue out this Sunday. I am so glad I am not a judge in my NBB contest, that has been taken care of by others. Yayyy! There is still plenty of time to join in, see the details here. The prized are pretty darn nice.  I guess that is it for now. I will be back to blogging more so see ya all later.

This was our sky last evening on the Oregon Coast. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nicole's BeadBacking Contest

Hi Everyone!

It's time!!!
The official dates and entry information is now available for Nicole's BeadBacking contest. 
I can't wait to see what you create. 


Nicole’s BeadBacking Contest

Opens on January 10, 2016 and ends February 24, 2016

How to Enter:
 Use Nicole’s BeadBacking (NBB) in any type of art or arts and crafts project(s).
Any art category will be accepted. 
Please refrain from nudes or pornographic materials as all ages view Beadwright web sites.
Show us the most unique way you use NBB (IE:  beading, painting, sculpting, sewing, printing, stamping, gelli plate printing, scrapbooking, dolls, toys, quilting, accessories, home décor, wall hangings, pillows, furniture covers, etc…)
Take step by step photos of your progress and a final photo of the finished art piece. Email in 4 usable photos in jpeg format. Please do not manipulate or resize the photos.

Submit your entry to:
· no later than 11:59 PM PST, February 24, 2016.
·       your full name,
·       full mailing address,
·       email address,
·       phone number.
(The above personal information is not for the public and will not be published).
·       Include a brief description of the color(s) of NBB and how it was used.
·       Add any on line URLs you would like the public to know.
·       If you are under the age of 18 please submit a parental consent.

By entering Nicole’s BeadBacking Contest you keep all rights to designs and photos giving Beadwright your permission to use the designs and photos on Beadwright websites. Beadwright will not sell or give away your designs or photos to any entity.  

Contest prizes:
1st place-  $75.00 worth of bead and art supplies
2nd place- $50.00 worth of bead and art supplies
3rd place- $25.00 worth of bead and art supplies

All other contestants will receive a one time coupon for Beadwright stores.

Winners will be announced on February 29, 2016.  Judges are independent of Beadwright.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Now that the New Years holiday is over and we are getting use to writing 2016  on checks and documents it is time to get back to art. I have been extremely busy with a my website and getting ready for a huge NBB contest. Hope some of you join in. Details will be posted on Jan. 10, 2016. For now I have a few new tiles made up.  With the dark cloudy day photos are quite difficult but hopefully you can see the texture and detail.  Big thanks to Eva and Kirsten for hosting the best parties. Paint Party Friday I also want to thank all of the artists who join in to show their talents. 
You give me new inspiration every week.  
One more thing, if you missed my Liquitex post Part 1 of mediums you can read it here.

Have a great weekend Everyone!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


Hi Everyone!

For those of you who use Nicole's BeadBacking and have ordered in the last month, or if you are signed up for my Beadwright NewsLetter you know that I have been getting ready for a HUGE contest. The time is getting near. On Sunday Jan. 10, 2016 I will be announcing the details and the prizes of the contest. The basics are show me the most unique way you use NBB. This can be in any category, beading, painting, sculpture, scrap booking, card making...... you get the idea. Sooooo NBB is on sale now both in my Beadwright Etsy store and my new Beadwright Website. Etsy store the prices are already reduced. On my Beadwright website use the code at check out. Full details will be posted on FB,, and beadwright NewsLetter. Can't wait to see what you create!!!!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Hi Everyone!

I want to share with you the amazing experience I have had with getting my new website up and running. First I have had a website since 1995. I taught myself html and took a local class on websites and I was hooked. Over the years I ended up with owning my own web program (Web Studio) In 1999/2000 WS was a very good product. As they updated to what is out now WS5. It went down  hill, as my old website showed.  The kicker was not being able to go mobile with WS5. Or at least not easily. So I made the big change to CityMax as my website host.  I am so glad I did. My Sis, Lori Culligan who has been with CityMax many years helped me understand the nuances of CityMax. It is so easy.  It only took a few days to get it up and running. If you are looking to change your website host, or to make your first website, I highly recommend CityMax.  Ohhh and going mobile was a click of the mouse with CityMax.  Instant download for patterns with your own private download page.  Meaning if you lose the pattern all you need to do is sign in and re download. I love that feature! Come on by and see my new website. Right now any order no matter how big is only $5.00 shipping and handling.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Hi Everyone!

Over the years I have had the delightful pleasure to share  with you Lillian Arena. Please see posts here and here. I was informed today that Lillian fell and broke her hip. The first bone broken in 96 years. She has had surgery and I believe she will be going home. Please send healing energy, light a healing candle, and say a healing prayer 
for this wonderful and amazing woman. 
Lillian my heart goes to you with healing and love. 

 Lillian loves dolls and creates them with so much passion.
Here are some of the babies she created. 
These are so precious.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


Hi Everyone!

I am starting this Sunday with the Liquitex medium section. I am going to take this section a bit slower. I know I have difficulty with what medium goes with what and where.  A short introduction of what I will be covering.

Liquitex offers the broadest possible range of acrylic mediums. The best way to understand mediums the book separates them in to sections.  
Prep;  Surface preparations set the foundation for stable and permanent color applications by sealing and adding tooth to almost any painting surface. Liquitex offers five different types of acrylic gessoes to accommodate all types of work.
Pain-t; Within the painting category, there are several different types of products you would use in addition to the color itself. These are Fluid Mediums, Gel Mediums, Additives and Texture Gels. These painting mediums allow an artist to adjust the working and optical properties of the paint film to accomplish an astonishing variety of techniques and applications.
Finish; Varnishes are applied over a completed piece of work to change or unify the surface of sheen and protect the painted surface from the environment and ultraviolet light. 
All of Liquitex Mediums are:
  •  Permanent
  • PH neutral when dry
  • Non-yellowing and water resistant when dry 
  • Flexible, non-cracking
  • Ideal for improving adhesion
  • Formulated for long term durability 
  • Manufactured with the best quality resins available.
  • Developed by specialized chemists, with 50 + years of experience  1 Except Modeling Paste2 and SoulvanD   

The Difference Between Additives and Mediums  
An Additive is something that changes the chemical of "inner working" of the paint film. Additive should be used sparingly, in  only the amount needed to generate the desired effect. In general Liquitex recommends adding no more than 25% of any additive to your acrylic paint.  
A medium changes the working properties of the paint, and it includes a resin binder for additional stability. Because mediums maintain or enhance the stability of the paint film, they can be used in any amount you desire.
Essential information about using acrylic mediums
For best results, always test before using. Mix Liquitex Mediums into acrylic color to add flexibility, adhesion, and long term stability. Liquitex mediums extend the volume, while most also increase the transparency of the acrylic color. A thin film of (1/16")  of Liquitex medium may take between 1/2 hour to 24 hours to initially dry, while thicker film (1/4") may take up to 5 days. It always depends on the relative humidity. The use o Palette Wetting Spray or an air mister and humidifier will slow the drying time of all Liquitex mediums. Avoid any oily, oil painted, greasy or waxy surfaces. To improve adhesion when painting on any hard or slick surface such as glass, metal, enamel or hardboard. Sand surfaces prior to applying any medium. Vigorous brushwork over textured areas may cause bubble to for within the paint film. Do not over work during application. If mediums are brushed heavily during drying, it may cause clouding. Once the film is clouded and dry, it can not be clarified or removed, If an area is missed, allow the surface to dry and then cover with another coat of medium.

That is what I have for now. Next week I will go over Preparation and the 5 different types of Gesso 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.