Category Archives: Mixed media

The Divas Celebrate Christmas



Maxine Custer in front, and along the back from left to right….Myself, Karin deBaay, Susan Kopp, and LaRetta Zamora on right.

Last Saturday the Divas celebrated our yearly Christmas Party. Since we don’t have a project, nor do we critique each others work. We do however have a gift exchange.

I always look forward to this because we each work in different ways, and it’s fun to receive a piece of work from someone else.  We probably all feel this way.  At one time we would create a piece for everyone, and that took so much time and energy at a time when we didn’t have a lot of energy and time.

Since we don’t do a project, I decided to pick up a box kit for “Decorating Ugly Sweater Cookies”  from Trader Joe’s.  It took a little time to get everyone interested, but we had fun decorating  cookies.  Quick and easy, I just couldn’t decorate another gingerbread house.

Karen deBaay created the best, most clean cookie, so she wins the prize. The prize being bragging rights.

Doesn’t it seem silly to decorate Ugly Sweater Cookies?  It is silly, we get silly, and for that matter we all believe now’s the time to get as silly as we want.  We aren’t mean or nasty, not even bad in any way.  We don’t have to worry about the elves seeing us do something wrong, we are perfect angles, all five of us!

The rest of us just laughed while decorating, and the cookies turned out exactly how they were suppose to…..Ugly Sweater Cookies!


Since the holidays are so busy for most of us, I’m really, really, really bad at time management, and I have not been posting.  I love writing, but sometimes I’m just not feeling it.  So I don’t…

Thank you for stopping to read Stone Soup,  the Happiest of Holidays to everyone,  see you soon…


Preparing for the Holidays…


Diva Day, October 20. 2018.   I have a group of wonderful girlfriends who are loving,  creative, and very supportive.    When we do get together we try and have a project. We get together once a month for what we call “Diva Day.”  There are five of us and we have become very close, and when we do get together we usually have a project.  The fun part is that no matter what we do, it always turns out different, interesting, and very creative.  Each of us doing something different to the same thing.  Saturday was our day to create decorated pumpkins.  Some for ourselves, some for others.

Here are some of the pumpkins we finished.  Maybe you’ll get ideas of your own, maybe you can think of more creative things to do with them.  If you do come up with different things,  please let me know, I’d love to get new ideas.

Several of them were dry brushed with gold paint, and this one was collaged in a few places.

Fun was had by all of us, but by the end of the day, we were all exhausted!

Thank you for stopping by and seeing what we are doing on Karen’s Stone Soup.  See you soon…

What Happens When an Artists Gets an IDEA!


Wild Poppy!

One day I was sitting in my living room thinking about how to get my MoJo back.   As I wallowed in the misery of not being able to get inspired…no matter what, it occured to me that I had a very large roll of rolled canvas.   What could I do with a roll of canvas?   I know other artists have worked with raw canvas, because I have seen banners of art hanging in coffee shops, even hanging outside.   Can’t I make floor coverings also?

After thinking about the posabilities, I dug through my studio to get the tube of canvas out.  The tube hanging out in the very back of a corner in my studio, and covered in years of dust, willingly hopped out to see me, and let me know it was ready for service!   Now I was getting excited….

My husband, Les helped me cut a large piece of canvas, and in all my excitement I had to  try doing what I had been thinking about for years.  The painting above is the first of my Fantasy Art.

Splash of Happiness was the second of my fun abstract painting.   I’m having fun now….   After that I think i was full of myself and decided to work on a larger piece.   Gingerly I cut a long piece about 26″ X 12″ and painted it black.  This was the end result of my black piece.

A New Day

My Daughter in law came by,  loved it in black, and quickly claimed it for her own.   I wasn’t going to leave it black, however since she loved it so much, I decided to stop while I was ahead.  This was just the start, and I was having so much fun.   I loved the abstraction, and all I am able to think about was how to abstract my art even more.

Happy Poppy was claimed by my Daughter, so I put a frame around it because it was 12″ X 12″ and easy to frame.  No Glass!

Happy Poppy!

The last painting I wasnt to show you I named “It’s Been a Crazy Day!”  It’s so much fun to challenge myself to abstract even more, and because they are on an unstretched canvas, it seems to take the fear out of wasting a good stretched canvas.   Of course, it’s all in my mind, but I have always said, “the mind is a terrible thing to waste!”

It’s Been a Crazy Day!

Thank you for taking the time to stop and check out Karen’s Stone Soup.   See you next time….

What’s On My Mind!



Have you ever reached a point where nothing is there. No Sometimes there just isn’t any inspiration, and my muse is gone. I’m so empty of creativity, I’m having trouble doing things around the house too.
Well this sucks!What to do? If only I could sleep it off. I can’t sleep, and that may be the problem here. When one doesn’t sleep, you don’t function well, and everything you do seems to be difficult.

But since I don’t sleep, I’m going for the World Record . How many years can a person survive without sleep?

The flower above is an attempt at a creative process, one that is simple, easy and doesn’t take too long to paint.
This is the time you are allowed to say, “My three year old could do that!”

Thank you for checking to see if I’m still painting, see you soon.

Experimenting again?



Well Yes!  What’s the point of doing the same thing over and over without different results.  Some people would call me an idiot!  I get bored and need to change things up a bit.  So, there are times when I nose around in Pentrist or my old photos from vacations long forgotten and get new ideas.  I try them, and if i like them, I’ll paint my version of a similar piece of work.   It never looks the same, but looks like something I’ve been working on.  I am an abstract artist, and that means anything, and everything is open for interpretation.  I don’t mean to copy, and I’m not.  But we all share a creative energy, and there isn’t anything that hasn’t been done before, so I say go for it!

This isn’t going so well.  As I paint a color, I’m thinking it’s fighting me.   I don’t know where it will go, but it doesn’t start behaving soon, this little canvas will find itself gessoed over, and it won’t have a voice at all.  Needless to say, it isn’t even close to finished, or maybe it is quite close to finished!


Oil and Cold Wax



As I was snooping around YouTube for inspiration,  I’ve come up with this video.   Since I’ve been working in oils lately,  the video grabbed me, and I thought I’d share.   Now, I know the thought of adding one more thing to the mix is inconceivable, but from my standpoint I have to try using wax. I’ve purchased the wax about two years ago, and haven’t been brave enough to try it.

This will kick me into gear, how about you? ………

An hour later…….

After watching the video, I went streight to my studio and pulled out the wax, and a few oil colors.  I have to say,  it was fun just using a pallet knife and a credit card to smooch it around.   The one thing I learned new is that i kind of love smooching!   And…I could use more practice!

I have a friend who uses wax with oils, and smooches all the time.   She loves it too!

So I encourage you to try something new, get a few colors together, maybe even a couple of friends, and have a smooching afternoon..

Thank you for stopping by to read Stone Soup.  See you next time…….