Friday, May 31, 2013

"Lollapalooza One" Brag Book

Well, I just have to brag on my very talented
 and creative  "Lolla" students!!
 I want to share some of their
 fabulous "Snippet Journals!"  

Michelle LaPoint

June Taylor

Janie Husband

Jane Ellen Kimball

Raine Phoenix

Pam Osburn
Teri at Quinceberry
Joyce Cook

Margot Bigelow

Aren't you impressed!?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The New Brown Vase

11x14 Oil on Panel
Buy it HERE

Sometimes when you are waiting at the hospital there is nothing left to do but go shopping at the gift shop.  There are treasures to be found there. I found bracelets and little zipper pouches made by Kelly Rae Roberts (if you don't know who she is you should google her) and this fabulous brown ceramic vase.  I just had to get it so I could bring it home and put it into some still lifes. It has a cute little ceramic flower on the top of the handle but the leaves covered it up. 
I hope all of my "Lolla Sisters" are having fun spraying their journal pages and having a big time.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions at all--- or you can do that in the Question and Comment section within the class.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Waiting Doodle

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day holiday! This is a little doodle in the composition notebook as I was sitting and having to do some sitting and waiting these past few days. Thank goodness for the enjoyment of the doodle!

Image taken with my iPhone.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


More fun chunky versals...and a good quote from Eleanor. She had lots of good ones.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Red Geraniums

It's always nice when I paint from a still life and I feel satisfied with the results.  This Geranium plant actually looked pretty bad so I had to stick some other leaves in it and pump up the flowers.  I bought this plant several weeks ago with the intention of painting it and never got around to it until today. I am pretty much a plant killer so I watched this beautiful plant's health get worse every day. I even try to do right by them too! It's frustrating. I think I need some Miracle grow or something.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pink and Grungy

This is a paint-over of a recent scrape-off.  I could still see the design so I painted over it leaving the background showing through. I still enjoy a grungy look which is a throw-back to my mixed media days.  This one is an 8x10.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Do The Things...

All I can say is----yep!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Pour L'amour de Cezanne

This is my attempt to break out of my color comfort zone and push some paint around.  I was inspired by one of Cezanne's paintings. I love many of Cezanne's still life paintings because they are a little wonky and grungy and full of texture (or is it the pixilation on my screen from a very bad online image?)... 
so this one is in honor of Cezanne. I pumped up my colors a bit.

11x14 Oil on Panel

Here is his:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Red and Orange Poppies

Well, I am in a comfort zone for sure. I need to break out. (I have been listening that song on my iTunes---remember it? it was 1989 and look how current she looks--except for the shoulder pads. Wonder where she is now? Probably enjoying singing Break Out to her grandchildren...)
I am digressing...
I think I have seen these colors before and this set up too. I keep gravitating toward them. But I am just putting in my brush time but not being very brave and adventurous in my still life set ups. I struggle with setting up still lifes. This isn't even on a canvas. It's on Arches Oil paper.  It's not quite as intimidating as a canvas and I can always tear it in two if I want to! Ok, time to break out.  Any suggestions as to how to do that??

Friday, May 17, 2013


More Chunky Versals. This word was fun to write because it has all the fun shapes of letters that go well together. Sometimes when I have to put two "Os" or two"Ss" together it is a challenge. But this one was very simple and!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Favorite Blue Vase

I am so happy when I set up a still life, get out my paints and just go for it. I have been watching 
Quang Ho's videos and I am very inspired. What an excellent teacher he is!
This is on an 11x11 coated gesso heavy weight paper.

If you are interested in purchasing you can get it here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Live - Laugh - Love

Just a little Chunky Versal doodle.  Love to draw these fun letters.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Graytone Pots

There are also no impossibilities in my little composition notebook with a grid! I also love my Papermate Flair pens that are water soluble so it's easy and fun to make a little quick grayscale painting.   I don't mind at all that the paper buckles and wrinkles. As long as it's not drenched too much with water it holds up. The lettering is a print from my written original. I have a huge file on my computer of lettering quotes and they can be used again and again.

Also, news flash for all you "24" fans. Jack Bauer is coming back next summer on TV!
****Crickets chirping****?
Well, I am excited!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 13, 2013


Sometimes I pick up a black pen and just go for it. No pencil ---no fear---
Drawing these girls is relaxing and fun as I sit here and drink my tea on this beautiful Monday morning. 
Yes, I am delving into tea drinking. I went to Teavana and spent my life savings on teas,
tea pots and other tea goodies...but I must say, I think I like it!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spooky Girls

They are rather spooky I think. Not sure what their story is but I think they 
could be in a scary movie. I am still trying to figure out why sometimes I draw girls
who look straight back at me and other times they are
hypnotized. These two are definitely hypnotized.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Vintage Greta

This is Greta and she is loving her new Gatsby- style hat.  She loves the book The Great Gatsby and she can't wait to go see the movie with her favorite movie star, Leo. 
She is thinking about him right now.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Mystery Pear

Yesterday was a fun day painting with my buddies, Rynda and Betty. We again painted from our favorite book called, Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz.

I am always ready to grunge up a painting with texture and color. I actually used a recycled canvas with a failed painting that I had painted over in bright red. So that was my undertone---bright red. You can see it peaking through. Thank you again, Greg Kreutz for helping us paint another painting from your great book!

And ALSO: Lolla Students,
So sorry again for my senior moment with the Neuland Video. I have added the edited video to the blog. I know that I must have surely messed with your creative minds with that one!!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day

Today is a very special day. One way it is special is that I finally painted another painting after  a month or so. I have been working on Lollapalooza but since that is finished I thought I would pull out the paints and paint. I was really rusty and I could feel my struggle but I think it turned out ok. I even painted it from my own still life. I am always glad when I can paint from life.

But this day is special for another REALLY special reason!
Marc is 4 today!

He was going to school today with his new Jake the Pirate shirt on and his birthday ribbon. 
And just look at what my talented daughter made for him!
Jake the cake!!
Pretty cool, don't you think?!!!


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