Thursday, November 15, 2018

Paint Pary Friday 11/16

Hi Everyone, 

I have had a long day. Up early, which is nothing new for me, to drive into Eugene. Uhhhgggg. It is the worst drive from Florence. However, groceries do have to be bought. LOL  Finally getting home to do website work. I have a new color of Nicole's BeadBacking. Well actually it is an old color brought back. Yayyyy Lavender. It is so pretty.   
I did attend my first meeting with the art committee with our library. This is going to be so much fun. 
I am honored to be apart of it.
Now for some art. Not much done this week. I have decided to paint a black and white series and this is the first of I think 10.

This looks so illuminating in real life.

Needed another abstract for an upcoming show.

OK, I was just not able to get any good photos of my leather display but at least wanted to show how it was set up. 
Two cases on either side of the isle.  
Glass and mirrors make up the cases so for me getting a photo was not good.

 Here are a few more cabs hand painted by me
These have some real nice neon green.

I love these next sets kind of psychedelically

This is autumn splash

The background is black silver shine

One person said fire another said sea weed, you pick?

Linking to Paint Party Friday with thanks to Eva and Kristen.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Paint Party Friday 11/9

Hi Everyone!

I just got home from the best bead meeting. I have a connection with each one of these amazing women that attend and feel so blessed to have them in my life. So because it is so late this will be a short read. Things seem to be going pretty well with life right now. Shhhh don't want to say that too loudly. LOL I have my first meeting for the Art Committee next Wednesday and I am excited about that. I have been making cabs and getting some painting in. As far as the watercolors. I am coming along with that slowly. It feels like I am not relaxed with it. So as I tell my students RELAX. For art this week.

I just love this kid. I am happy with the fingers and the nose.

Just playing around and this is what I get
 The photo isn't very good, she is actually darker than this, 
but I love her face.

Some cabs made. These are glass and ready for beading.

 You can get these and more at

Linking to Paint Party Friday with a big thanks to Eva and Kristin.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Paint Party Friday 11/2

Hi Everyone!

I wrote this earlier today and in the mean time I have some great news. I have been asked to join the art committee for our Library. This is a big deal and I feel honored that I was asked. Oh I said, "Yes" 

Wow! I can't believe how busy I am. As of today I have my art showing in 4 different venues. I feel pretty blessed with that. Tonight hubby and I will go to The After Hours Block party at BeauxArts here in Florence. It is so much fun. 
If you are in town come join in.
2285 HWY 101 in the Coastal Fitness  Plaza.

Now here are some pieces for this week.
I did some watercolor inktense pencils on her sweater. 

His face just made me feel like he was a gentle man.

 I wasn't trying for a self portrait of my youth, however
I see the features in this one are mine. 
Especially the nose.

These two pieces are actually going to a friend of mine and her daughter who live in Eugene.

 Thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday.

A last word, don't forget to VOTE!

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Well I am happy to say that two of my paintings are now on exhibit at the Florence Event Center. Jo Beaudreaux who owns the Florence art supply store is sponsoring the BeauxArts Fine Art Materials Invitational. These are the two paintings that I entered
 I hope someone likes abstract enough to purchase them.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Art with Nicole's BeadBacking

Hi Everyone!

Hope the weekend was enjoyable for you. I did have a chance to draw and get some paintings ready for an exhibit that will run from now until Jan. 2019.  I am also having a sale at for Nicole's BeadBacking  25% off. Nicole's BeadBacking is NOT just for beading, there are so many creative ways to use it.  
Here are just a few.

 Not only did I use NBB for the beading but it is used for the back matting of the frame.

NBB is perfect for lining anything

Mold NBB into shapes.

Use a gelli plate printing or run through your inkjet printer. 
Then embellish.

Of course Use NBB for beading

Try felting on NBB

Sewing with NBB is very easy. 

Create a canvas with NBB
 So get your thinking caps on and create with Nicole's BeadBacking

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

PPF 10/26 Early Post

Hi Everyone!

I am posting very early for PPF. I am teaching how to make leather flowers today so I wanted to make sure I got this up an running. 

I also wanted to make a note to my readers who do not live in the US. What is happening here with our government, with the hate and violence, and now with the bombs being sent to people who disagree with the president, IS NOT the majority way of thinking. Something horrible is happening here and we may not always be the land of the free. It truly is a scary time in the US.

Now for art.
I was able to get some art done this week, even though we had to make several trips to Salem. It is a 3 hour drive one way. I am trying to take my stress and pour it into art. Well not the actual but creating to release the stress. That sounds better. LOL I am still enjoying my watercolor classes. They are not the type where you go in and paint a picture. They are techniques classes. Learn how to do this n that then go home and paint. I find that water color is a tricky medium and if you make a mistake you are pretty much SOL. LOL 
Here is what I did this week

Watercolor thsi was going from light to dark and then I added the skull in paynes gray.

Watercolor blending different colors in a wash

 Watercolor leaving white in the painting.

Watercolor dark to light and I added salt to the background then played with different brushes to make this tree.

Acrylic in 20x16" canvas

Thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday and to all the wonderful artist who join in.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

PPF 10/18

Hi Everyone!

Wow what a busy week. I am not kidding you. Everyday has been full.  So a big thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting 

I did some morning drawings, I practiced my watercolors and worked on this leather face. I really like this face. She is so delicate and she feels like she is from another world or another time. 

This is a quick draw about 8 minutes. 

This young girl is saying, " OH come on, really?" LOL
That's it for now.
Wishing everyone a great weekend.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

PPF 10/11

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited. I have another exhibit for my hanging leather art that begins on March 2, 2019. I have enough pieces to fill the wall but, I have some new designs that I want to make up. 
In the mean time my exhibit that is going on now has reaped some sales. They cannot go through the library they are done privately and that is OK with the library. demARTs was a huge success and I have 5 people who would like classes from me for abstract painting. Watercolor classes are coming along and even though I really like the medium acrylics are still my favorite. Now for some art for this week. I have been doing my early morning draws and here are a few. 
I haven't drawn a scull in awhile so thought it was time.

I do like how the eyes came out on this one.

The neck on this is horrible. There is a lot of tooth to this paper and every time I tried to erase it got worse.  I do like the hand though.
 Who knows where I was going with this. 
A 15 minute quick draw

I really love this one. Gold leaf in the waves really sets it off.  
8x10" gallery canvas.

 Another world is 16x20" gallery canvas. Just through some paint on and this is what came out.

Thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday
Looking forward to seeing all of the art this week too.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

PPF 10/5

Hi Everyone!

My trip to Id, Wy, and then to MT was absolutely FABULOUS!!!! I so needed to be in my home states. I had the best time with two of my brothers on Flathead Lake. I was able to spend many hours with Pat Lambrecht Hould a family friend who is an amazing and very successful artist. You can see her art here. She gave me some wonderful lessons. Then one night a silent auction was held for the University of MT for the arts department. It was a gala affair and again I was able to meet some amazing artists. I sooo miss these kind of gatherings and comradery found in the inland Northwest. 
Since returning home I have been extremely busy. Monday was my watercolor class. I will tell you I was nervous, especially since I missed the first class. Once I got settled though I instantly fell in love with watercolors. I see why so many of you in PPF also love it. I am just in the very beginnings and as we start painting real pieces I will share. Tuesday I delivered abstract paintings to The Art Supply Store here in Florence for display, Wednesday an hour long full body manipulation by my doc. It is not what you are thinking. More like Reiki treatment. It is so healing. In all of this I am having new floors put into my bathroom. I was so happy when the owner of the floor and counter place came over and raved about the counters I did in the bathroom. He asked that I bring photos in so his wife and crew could see. I am also getting ready for a full day of demARTS on Saturday. From 12-2PM I will be demonstrating with our bead group, then from 2-4PM demonstrating abstract art. Ohhh did I mention that I have home work with my watercolor class that I haven't even started yet. 
Sorry for the lengthy post. 
A huge thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting Paint Party Friday
I am looking forward to seeing what all of you have created.
For me I only have one piece finished. Hope you enjoy it. I had a terrible time trying to photograph this.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Paint Party Friday 9/21

Hi Everyone

I have a lot going on including a trip. My leather exhibit is up but the photos haven't turned out to show you just how nice it looks. I have an abstract art exhibit starting Oct. 2 through Oct. 31 at the Art Supply Store here in Florence, Or on Hwy 101. Then on Oct. 6 I will be demonstrating at demArts. Our bead group has a table every year and this year I will also have my own table to demo abstract painting. Each artist gets a 2 hour time frame so beading at noon, painting at 2PM. If you are in Florence, Or. come see me. 
For Paint Party Friday I have some 

Linking to Paint Party Friday
Have a great weekend everyone!
Honor and integrity in art, in life.