Sunday, December 31, 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Valentine early

Check out Valentine (Album Version) by Willie Nelson on Amazon Music

Bob remembered

Looks like some photos can be used. Hmmmm....

Can publish without photo. Right.

Whats the fun in that?

Testing. Testing.

Have new tablet. Checking to see if i can post with it.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Revival of old blog

I am excited to tell you I found a way to use my old blog so will be posting there again. Its the one with tutorials on altered books and mail art and more.    The link is on the left or type in.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Oct 12 breakfast sketch

I started this early then went grocery shopping.    Bulky stuff like detergent, dishwaser soap, toilet paper.   im glad to have that out of the way so while dishes are washing I can come back to finish this little bird.   Its based on a very subtle image on page 123 in Drawing Birds.     It was so subtle I could barely see the bird.    Here he is with more contrast and enlarged..  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Birds on wires.

Another exercise from Drawing birds. P 53

Good morning bird.

This red headed bunting is my morning sketch today from Drawing Birds. P 71.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


This is the floor next to my work table.   When I flick watercolors on my little paintings I move the clipboard w painting onto my lap and flick away.    This a years worth of flicks.   I do not mop this floor. I like the speckles.

Soft green

Back in the 50's or 60's I remember reading that hospital rooms were being painted in soft greens.  When I went off to college in 1956 my goal was to study interior decoration.    Instead I got married the folliwing year and started my adult life as housewife and mother.      But I always maintained an interest in interiors. Mostly in relation to color and proportions.   Soft green is my peaceful happy color.    Thats why my floors are painted that color.  It reminds me of meadows and sunshine.     When i have extra greens in my paint pallette - i paint leaves....its an old standby.   


This mornings sketch is from image on back cover of Drawing Birds by John Busby. Pretty tricky pose.    But fun as a challenge.

Gull model

On page 104 in Drawing Birds by John Busby, he suggests using a little model such as this to help with bird action sketches.    After making one and holding it this way and that - i can see how it can be useful.   Particularly from above or banking turns in flight.   It will help position the wings.   I'm glad he included this exercise in his book.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Quick sketch bird

Oct 5 bird

My breakfast painting .

Trees in winter

I painted this on sept 23 which is my dads birthday had he lived to be 115.     These trees remind me of the ones that grew along the creek behind our house when I was pre school age.

Sunday morning breakfast bird sketch

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mixed media owlets

Group had fun maling these little decorations.    Cute huh?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Its my birthday.  My neighbor Sue brought me this.    Lol.   Anyone knows me well knows I love love love rice cakes and peanut butter.   Its perfect.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Art cart

Doesnt every artist want an art car?    My son is loading this golf cart onto trailer to bring it home.  Happy birthday to me!  I wanted an older one that I can decorate and have fun with.    Hmmm...  so many ideas.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stool for art auction.

I accidentally volunteered to paint this stool for someone at the senior center who is entering it in  an auction to help pet adoption agency.   Im considering adding polka dots around edges.     Hmm... we'll see.  I thought the birdies would be sure to sell.   Who doesnt like funky birds?   

Paper mosaic progress

Heres how it looks now. I have not done the edges yet.   Its so colorful and cheerful.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Vogue close up

A better view.

Breakfast Vogue

The Vogue 2018 calendar arrived in the mail yesterday.   I was intrigued with the background landscape for September.  The original was painted by Joseph B Platt f or Vogue. July 15,1925.     That was such a creative time in the arts.      Whoever would have thought to use this pallette for skies and hills.     

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nature study. Agapanthus.

I had nothing to draw this am at senior art group. So I wandered out on patio and found this  stem with the blooms gone. The structure is interesting and challenging.  

Nature study. Agapanthus.

I had nothing to draw this am at senior art group. So I wandered out on patio and found this  stem with the blooms gone. The structure is interesting and challenging.  

Nature study . Succulent.

Another succulent from my collection.

Nature study . Plums.

Danielle brought plums to share at senior art group.    I needed a subject.   

Nature study. Lantana.

From my lantana grown in tree form

Nature study succulent

Florals for tiles

I found that in the hundreds of 1 inch tiles I cut from discarded paintings there were some colors in short supply. So this morning I painted these for the express purpose of cutting them up.    They will go into my inchie stash for use in paper mosaics.    

Friday morning in Colorado high country

Photo is from in Nov 2014 Country Extra magazine.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Grape festival

Here is my friend Jean next to her award winning watercolor of barn on the delta.

Lodi Grape Festival

2nd place in needlework.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pine beetle damage

The Sierras are suffering from pine beetle infestation which is partially a result of the previous years of drought.    The campground shown here has been forced to cut down hundreds of trees in what used to be a lush forest of pines and oaks.  

Zoom in and scan side to side to get a better view.    

I noticed a lot of dead pines in Yosemite.   And elsewhere in Sierras you cant find any areas not affected.     It really changes the landscape when our beloved trees are dying and can only be removed before they fall.    

Thursday morning bird studies.

Cloudy cool day here.  Such a sudden change. Made me think of foggy cool beach mornings.    So I looked at this book How To Paint Shore Birds by David Mohrhardt and did a couple quick sketches. Then I added the backgrounds.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday morning bird

Quick sketch.  Not realistic but decidedly cute.  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Bits and pieces.

Ive been cutting paper tiles from old paintings and finally starting to lay out a new piece.  Ive already changed it since taking the pic.   A photo really helps in this process.   

Todays sketch

This a scene we passrd yesterday on the way home from the sierras.   It has been dry and hot so not much green... golden fields.  

Country road

Another in my series of country roads done while eating breakfast in my studio.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Morning drive.

Friday is my day off from group activities. So its errand day.   But studio was so comfortable with this weather break from high 90s up to 112 degrees down to 80s for next few days - i could not bear to leave.    So i did two breakfast sketches.  

The one on the right you will recognize. Ive painted it before but today I left out the power poles and fence.    

The one on the left inspired by photo of lupine in bloom in Washington.   I put in the fields fron Napa County photo.  

Now I need to run those errands.    

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Breakfast with Harriet Marshall Goode

In the Fall issue of watercolor magic there was a feature article titled Flatten Your Picture Plane by artist Goode.   I tore itvout so I could reread it and also for inspiration.   Her use of color blocks and is something I admire.   I love her work. So studying and sketching from it may influence my own development.   This is a painting she titled Sara in a Green Dress which she says is her first acrylic painting.  

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thrilled to pieces

I opened a drawer marked backgrounds.  A  drawer I have not opened in the past year. It was full of interesting backgrounds created as experiments. Marbeling. Web sprays. Acrylics. Gold paste.   Etc.   I thought i might use them for atcs or decos or mail art  but they never seemed to inspire me until today.     Yay!!!   So glad I kept them.  I got out paper cutter and cut into 1 inch strips.    Later will cut them with scissors to 1 inch squares. They will make awesome paper tiles for a mosaic.    

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Babana split for breakfast.

I hadnt thought this out. How do you paint vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on white paper.   With watercolors.   Hmmm.   So here I sat with a big question mark over my head and paintbrush in hand.  

We had an ice cream social here yesterday for senior residents.   I served at counter.  I saw a lot of banana splits.   We had butterscotch, strawberry and chocolate syrups.   Most people wanted the works.  Although quite a few did not want nuts.   

Anyhow my solution was to surround the white spaces.   Its far from a masterpiece....   lol..... but will serve as a thank ypu card for event hostess.     

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse light show

Shadows through leaves on patio.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Little bird

One of thee gals in mixed media group called to ask if she should gesso the tp tube.  I had sent message to group to tell them the tubes would be used as painting tools.......       so no painting of tube necessary.     But the idea of tp tube as a canvas stuck in my thoughts. So this morning before I put away the acrylic paints used yestetday - i decided to paint some of my little birds on one to see if the group might like that as a challenge.   We are always looking for something new.     

Wc bird sitting on tp tube painting tool.