Thursday, September 26, 2013

More Abstract Flowers

I'm on an abstract flower kick right now... they are a bit addicting. Here's a bit of what was finished, or mostly finished or still in the works this week:
Abstract sunflower 5 x 7 

Sunflower in Green Mat 3 x 4

Two Echinacea Paintings in progress

As an aside, I would like to say thank you to Sean Freeman at Einstein Design for helping me make my logo a reality. I met him at The Smartest Artist Collaberative Group on Facebook, and he is fabulous to work with! Thank you, Sean! You rock!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What's in my Studio

Wise words from this mornings Yogi teabags: 

"May you have faith in your worth and act with wisdom"
"Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merit" 

Isn't it fun when teabag wisdom echoes a theme in one pot of tea? It takes two bags to brew a nice little pot to enjoy, and these had a message for me. Oh, by the way, it was Chai Green Tea, which Yogi no longer makes, so I'm savoring what I have left... :) 

Several projects going on this week... but when I grabbed the camera (we almost had a sun break, I was so excited!) I'd just been playing with Gelli Plate printed chipboard bits and my shape cutting Big Kick making some hearts...

You can see some map covered chipboard and a sheet of gelli-printed paper hanging out also. And that's what I'm working on right now, as I'm enjoying my tea. 

What are you working on today? 

Sharing with Artist Studio Day and What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Autumn!

The Autumn Sedum in the garden is deepening in color. 
With the rain and wind and chilly weather, it appears that autumn has fully arrived.  
May I say that I already miss summer? :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower 5x7

Gesso and watercolor painting: Purple Coneflower
I haven't quite decided if it needs more detail work or if it is finished... we'll see.

You can see some of the process here.

Sharing with Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What's In My Studio

A bit of what I'm working on this week... 

Purple Cone Flower abstract WIP

I also have about a gazillion little canvases destined for the Holiday Arts Festival... this little pile is in the beginning background stage. More on this later. 

What are you working on this week? 

Monday, September 16, 2013


Where I'll be in January....

And I'm sure both my husband and I will be ready for some R & R in the sunshine after our busy Holiday Art Show season! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

For Jane...

Knowing you are there
to handle aging parents
and their growing needs

You have my support
Even though two states away
I am here for you

Rock on, my sister

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Abstract from the Garden

Two WIP gesso and watercolor abstract paintings completed this week, in between a variety of other projects. These are both on 140# watercolor paper and measure 3 x 4 inches. Yes, I like doing miniature art. :) 

  Sunflower 3 x 4

Three Orange Tulips 3 x 4 

I have more in progress, and hope that I'm happier with the results as I continue on. 

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Sharing today with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Kristin and Eva.
Also sharing with Artist Showcase Friday at theSmartestArtist. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's in my Studio

This week I've been working on some abstract gesso and watercolor paintings, inspired by my garden... The sunflowers are in full glorious bloom! (Have I mentioned I'm quite fond of sunflowers?)

Here are a couple of the works in progress.

The flowers textures are gesso "paintings". I'm in the process of adding watercolor paint on top of the gesso. A few more layers, and then the finishing work begins. This technique was learned from Carla Sonheim.

I'll have finished pieces to share shortly. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Great Blue Heron

Wandering the garden on a gray day. I already miss the sunshine and have been planning our January sojourn to Phoenix, all the while busy creating for the Holiday Arts Festival. 

While I was in the garden just enjoying the gray, (it does have it's beauty) a juvenile Great Blue Heron flew overhead, a rare treat. I'm usually elsewhere when they fly over, although I can tell their call. This fellow looked like he was landing on the roof, so I climbed the berm and discovered him atop the Cypress tree in the front yard. He was most gracious! He allowed me to go inside to grab the camera, and even posed prettily while I took several shots... 

Isn't he gorgeous?  

Inspired by the Heron, I've started a mixed media piece that is nowhere near done. I have the basic background of vintage bookpage and a couple of layers of paint, and created a design by taking off paint with a rubber stamp.  

There will be a heron on here some time soon...  :)

On another note, I've been working on partially finished pieces, including this abstract trail through the woods painting.

 Besides paint, I've added some bits of mulberry paper and textured ribbon as the trail. It's getting closer!

Hope your week has been good!  

Sharing with Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin!  

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Wandering the garden this morning... noticing the bees are still busy. 

Sunflowers make a gray morning much brighter. 

Happy Wednesday! 
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