Saturday, September 13, 2014

Turning Seasons

Autumn Mountain III
The weather has turned and Autumn is definitely arriving. Evidenced by 44 degrees this morning. I'm feeling a bit down that our winterish coldness has started so early.
I am a warm weather girl.

I do like Autumn. The cold starts the leaves turning which in turn provides some stunning views. And afternoons are warmish... sometimes. :) I'm just not quite ready.

In any case, we're planning our annual trek to Heather Meadows/Mount Baker before the snow flies. We try for the last nice weather day literally before snow is expected, which is easier to do when one works for oneself from home.

Off to put away the summer clothes and get out my cold weather wear: long sleeves and turtlenecks and layers. And worn about 3/4 of the year in these parts.

Happy Saturday!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Autumn Web

The art of painting with a camera is as important as that of painting with a brush. 

I'm on a trip to visit family in Idaho this week, so thought I'd share a photo from my archives. A mist coated spider web on a  mid-September walk. 

Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Last of Summer

 As I sit here listening to the pouring rain, I know that the last remaining petals on the bee balm are being beaten off the stalks. *sigh*  I love my summer bee balm, and am wondering where time went. How can Fall be nearly here? I sure can feel it in the weather.

However, I have fond memories of warm summer days and dancing bee balm being worked over by the hummingbirds and honey bees. And photos and artwork to help remind me. It's enough for now.

In the meantime, I've got my sweaters and socks to keep me warm. :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Artist Trading Cards made using dimensional stickers left over from a challenge demo about a year ago. I came across the stickers while sorting and de-stashing, and decided they would work on the blue torn paper backgrounds. I don't usually use stickers, however these are sunflowers. I just love sunflowers!

I added some stems with Stabilo pencils and water, and edged with a Poster Paint pen. Here's a couple of close ups...

And speaking of sunflowers... these are out in the garden right now.

Happy Friday! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's in My Studio

I'm still working with torn paper...

These three background pages started out with Strathmore Mixed Media paper as a base. Using Matte Medium I adhered torn vintage papers to the substrate. For two of the backgrounds I used pages from an old atlas and the other used a variety of other bits and pieces, including an old school workbook. That is the one shown on top. 

Once the papers have dried, I put a layer of paint or gesso to unify the background - or mute the colors slightly, depending on how you look at it. :) 
The page on the right has a light layer of white paint. I'll add some colored paint.... still debating on which colors to use... and more details before I determine what these will become. 

Here's an example I showed last Friday using this technique as both a background and the focal image.

And that's what I have on my work desk today. How about you?

To see what other folks are working on, check out Julia's What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Torn Paper Collage Animals

Finished three of the torn paper animals for the Collage Animals Chunky Page swap on

Here they are:

The Blue birds began as torn paper "backgrounds".  While some chunky pages have dangles on them, however, I decided I like these as they are.  I hoped to have them in the mail today, however they are now all ready to drop in the mail tomorrow morning. Should make it just in the nick of time.

Check out what other artists are doing at Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin.

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