Saturday, July 15, 2017

Inchies taking a look.

Spread some out to see how colors work together.  I like them even the neutrals.

Saturday morning cutting up inchies.

Mixed media group getting ready for inchie project.   Im cutting up some old painting discards that will do fine in a paper mosaic.     Heres a batch.

Friday, July 14, 2017

151 and counting

The container I use to house my abstracts is over-crowded.     Damn.    I need to find another so i can keep them together.    I sat down this am and looked at all of them.  Im hoping to find inspiration for a garden mosaic.     Lots of inspiration there.     It will be fun to adapt my own creation into a different medium.     

Before I put them away I counted.    Yikes.   151 loose ones.   Prob a few more framed here and there.     This project of a breakfast painting each day is so productive - obviously.     its such a great way to start the day.   

Landscape tweaked

This one was really challenging as the darks in the water were so dark and left a riverbank too distinct.  I still dont like it but its much better now.   

Another painting changed.


Last evening I sat down with the box of breakfast sketches I did over the past year and a half.      OMG.    thats a lot of art.     I have them grouped as landscapes.  Still lifes.  Trees.    Florals.   People.   Critters. Abstracts.   Etc.    There were only about 8 that I really dont like.   Tossed the worst of the worst.   Set aside a few that needed changes.     This one I changed today.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday morning study

An article in Watercolor Artist April 2011 featured artist Cathy Johnson and her use of watercolor pencils..   this little study is based on an example of her work shown on page 16.    Its not my usual pallette so thpught Id give it a try.   

Monday, July 10, 2017

Monday morning landscape

We are having another heat wave.  My thoughts are turned towards coastal byways where you need a sweater.    I spotted this scene in an article in Watercolor Artist April 2011.    Joyce Hicks does beautiful landscapes and has a very distinctive style.   She and her husband travel around with an eye out for scenes to paint.   You can see her work at

Friday, July 7, 2017

Leftover red paint

Over blue watercolor background.   Mixed media group played with a Carla Sonheim flower idea.   Added the red later because it was so awful.       Not worth saving.      Ugh. 

Last of the yellow paint.


I had a bit of yellow acrylic paint to either toss or use.   Why not use it?

Breakfast sketch

Yellow acrylic glaze as afterthought.

Breakfast flowers

Watercolor w acrylic yellow added for the "pop".

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

July 4 cave art 1+

I was not sure where to take tjis little sketch.   Here it is now.   It may continue to change.      

July 3 cave art 1

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Saturday breakfast sketch

Friday breakfast study

When I tore this out of a magazine I didnt get the artists name so cant give proper credit.   Im not clear on what medium as used.  But I liked the subtle color pallette.  His is much more subtle. Think I will do this one again

Centerpiece herbs

To dress up my table for friends I picked a bunch of fresh herbs and popped them into a blue glass.   Made the whole room fragrant with parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano and thyme.   I put the mints in separate jars.     No need for room fresheners.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Slicing paper thin onion

As I have limited tools in kitchen and dull knives --- I figured out I could do this with veg peeler.      I love bermuda onions but prefer them in small doses.      

Company coming.

Four art friends from long ago are coming to lunch tomorrow. It was fun shopping for colorful foods for them. .    I called my fav nursey to ask them to pick fresh strawberries.   Soooo fresh.    I bought tomatoes at the nursery too.   They had already picked them this am.   I started a loaf of herb bread before I left and by the time I got home it was rising and ready to bake.      Its going to be a pretty healthy lunch.    

Wednesday morning sketch

Inspired by Marjorie Glick 's painting "Intensity" in an article in Watercolor Artist magazine. Oct. 2010, pages 34-43.   You can see more about her work at 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Meet Bruss

I cut open a bag of Trader Joes brussel sprouts and poured them into a steamer.   When I checked on them, turning them over - I noticed this odd little sprout.    Honestly I did not do anthing to change it.   This is a pic.    I could not resist taking the photo.    Then I put Mr Sprout back in the steamer.       

Saturday morning studies

Cloud puffs

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday morning mixed media. Janene

Thursday morning sketch

Friday morning redo

The little jar is something I painted before the turn of the century.    I use it as my water jar to wash my brushes.   I had not really looked at for years as it is a fixture.   Lol.   I thought it might be fun to do a watercolor sketch of the art on it.   

Mixed media group. Marilyn

Mixed media group. Nancy

Mixed media group. Barbara

Mixed media group . Sally

Mixed media group . Carol.

Thursday mixed media group.

My leaves.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 13 breakfast sketch

Look what appeared on this abstract.    Its a crested lavender spirit bird.    

Monday, June 12, 2017

Another felted. Floral.

I liked that last one so much I did another.    

Breakfast sketch

Yosemite re: John Hewitt .   Johns works can be seen at.  thanks for inspiration John.    The little picture I refere.nced used a similar pallette.   He worked very loosely yet captured the scene and the temperature

Blossons plus

We will be doing a background filling exercise at this weeks mixed media group.  This will be a sample to show.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pondersa Pine bark.

Find a heart?


Sunday morning breakfast sketch

Ahhh... nature.     Ref. Mark Hafeman.   To see his work go to  thanks for the inspiration Mark.