Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 14 of DLP

I am enjoying doing the challenges for the Documented Life Project.  
This week's challenge was write your name and embellish.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Color Drop Flowers

Here is another page in my calendar moleskin planner for the DLP project. I love making the fun color drop flowers and sewing around the edge. It's always so fun to finish off a page like that.  Today we will be given a new challenge for next week's page. Hopefully it's a fun one---!

And I just had to share this one from our grandson, Marc, who will be 5 in May.  It's a Ninja Turtle and they'rrrrrre back!
 It's been 25 years or so since my son, Zach, used to love to watch them on TV.  Well, what goes around comes around.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Documented Life Project

Since I started the Documented Life Project late and missed about 10 weeks I have gone back and filled my calendar in with more pages. I have really enjoyed doing the weekly challenges so far and love seeing on the extremely talented people on Facebook doing this project. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Sometimes I just need to do some calligraphy. It's good for my soul. This is an Italic variation I like to do that I learned from a  Connie Ferguson workshop.

I wrote it out , scanned, did some Photoshop magic and placed it on this old mixed media piece that I had saved in my files. It's always fun to do and gives new life to old art pieces.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Documented Life Project Week 13

This week's challenge was to have someone draw on your page. My grandson, Marc, had just sent us this precious little drawing so I just had to use it. 
This is such a fun project and gives me a diversion from the easel--although I do love the easel.
You should join in!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Put a Bird On It

I thought I'd better skip ahead and "put a bird on it" before it got to far ahead of me. He's a happy bird.
Week # something or other in The Documented Life Project. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Drawing the Girls" Online class starts today!

So excited about this new class. I absolutely love drawing these girls.  I am been trying to catch up on the Documented Life Project.  If you haven't seen this you should check it out! It really looks like lots of fun and a great way to keep your life organized. And it's free! I have been using the pages on the Moleshine calendar for my girls. Here are a few pages where I have used my girl drawings.

I haven't put my tabs in yet so when I do that I will show you. If you have signed up for my class I send you a BIG 'OLE THANK YOU!!!
And if you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to email me or message me from within the Typepad class.  And don't forget to post your images your draw! I want to see your new friends!  Give them a name too!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Thank you all so much!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drawing the Girls Online Class GIVEAWAY!

Just leave me a comment and MAKE SURE you have included your email and on 
Saturday night I will get 'ole Mr. Random to pick one of you.
The Class starts Monday, the 17th!!!
So if you are the winner I will contact you and then you will be sent the class on Monday!
It's really a fun class!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ellen's Shed

Here is another painting from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. This was actually last month's get together painting project.  Since we don't paint at my Red Door Art Studio anymore while Zach is there running his Original Fuzz business we have been painting at Ortega Methodist Church.  What a wonderful church this is to set up tables for us let us stay as long as we like. And none of us are members of that church.  Just so nice.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pears and Pink

Here is a watercolor that I did several years ago. My daughter has it now and actually every time I see it on her wall I say to myself that I would like to try and paint that exact same thing in oils. This is an image of the watercolor that I took and the glass is reflecting some background things but I thought I would try it.  I decided to start from a black background and see what happened.  So---here is what happened.

It'a pretty close. I made the vase a little bigger and when the oil paint dries I am thinking about putting a little texture with punchanella and script stamp.  Who who says you can grunge up 
an oil painting!?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Copper Pot

Painting inspired by Greg Kueutz

 Once a month I get together with my painting buddies and we paint from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. His paintings have a very classical look which is beautiful but not so sure that this is the style that naturally comes out of me. It is fun to try to emulate these paintings and try to figure out his colors and shapes. I think it is good practice. The copper was tricky.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New studio and some paintings

Well, maybe some of you on Facebook have seen my new painting space since Zach, our son, has his offices at the Red Door Art studio.  I do love this little space so far and I have actually painted a few paintings here too. I was nervous at first hoping it had the right "funky shui" feel so I could do some paintings. So far so good.

Here is one I did yesterday:
I actually set us a still life and painted it. I always feel good about myself when I paint from life. I actually think I do a little better too looking at it from life as opposed to a photograph.


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