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Take it, or leave it?   That is the question.

The number one thing that stops an artist or anyone else in their tracks. It is wonderful to do your best, and work hard at it. Some things require it! But repetition is something that will help overcome a persons inability to do our best. An artist for instance, in my opinion will create more interesting art if it comes from the heart, without the fear of painting a piece we think will not measure up.

I work very hard at ignoring what others think, knowing not everyone will like or appreciate my kind of art.  That’s ok, we aren’t all alike, and it doesn’t matter.  You can’t please everyone!

I thought this might help some of you to hear it from a different source….not me actually, and definitely not your mother!  Have fun creating whatever kind of creating you do.

Thank you for stopping to visit Stone Soup,  see you next time.

If you can’t paint, drink it!


I know this is really simple, but sometimes simple is better.  I’ve been busy painting during the day, and watching TV and making dinner for my husband in the evening.  All in all, I forget to sit down and post until I’m in bet late at night.  I awake with great intentions,  but my day gets away from me.

Excuses, excuses!

Even though I am giving excuses, we are all busy and I’m sure at times all our days get busy.  So enough.  I found this extremely simple video, and thought if I can paint a wine glass like this, I can paint an abstract glass with wine.  My theory being if it doesn’t work,  and painting this seems impossible,  drink your model!!!  Try it, it may work for a relaxing afternoon or evening!

Thank you for checking up on Stone Soup,  I’ll post paintings as soon as I’m sure they are finished.  See you soon….

Happy New Year Everybody



Happy New Year from
Karen at Stone Soup


Everyone is busy during the holiday season, so I won’t give you excuses about why I’ve been away. We all shop, cook, go out, stay in, get colds or flu. We all need time out for one reason or another, but everyone gets crazy at the end of the year. I hope everyone had a wonderful, safe holiday, and a happy beginning of 2018.

Some of us did, but fortunately only a few of us came down with colds or flu. Not me anyway, I don’t have time for that stuff!

I started knitting again for the first time in more years than I can count.  Yep, I’m not sure what inspired me, but I bought yarn around April or May, and with the help of my friend Susan, I jumped in.  Susan gave me directions, and started me on the right path, it was Susan who encouraged me to, ” keep going, it will all look ok when your finished!”  I’d pick it up and work on it, I’d put it down because I was over it.  Sometimes it felt right to be knitting, other times it was too hot to pick up the yarn, or I was too hot to pick it up.  Then the last three or four months were right around the corner.  My knee was bothering me, I was not inspired to paint or create in any way, and that included knitting.

Soon I had knee surgery, and surprisingly for me, it was pretty easy.  My doctor said, “I told you it wouldn’t be bad!”   Yes, but everyone else said it’s the worst surgery to have.  I admit the first week was the worst, but after that everything started to get easier.  By the end of the third week, I no longer needed pain medication, and was getting around quite well.  Not a bad experience all in all.

The holidays arrived far too soon, and with the help of our beloved internet, almost all of my shopping was able to be completed online. I only went to the “mall” once, with a trip to See’s Candy for chocolate covered cherries for John, my son-in-law.  He looks forward to those, and rarely gets special treats  throughout the year.   So  he measures my love of him by the size of the box of cherries.  A pound box indicates  I only like him, a two-pound box indicates I love him a lot!  I do love him a lot, he is the best son-in-law a mother could have!”

Meanwhile, our Christmas was over in a flash, and New Years is smacking us in the face….Another year older and all that.  I started working on my knitting again, and since I was able to spend  New Years Eve alone, I had plenty of time to knit to my hearts desire.  My hubby, Les always has a concert on NYE, and I’m usually at my grandsons since his parents usually work.  But this time was different and almost special since I didn’t know what to do with a NYE alone.   I didn’t want to be out driving,  curling up sound good, so that’s what I did….curled up with my needles, and yarn.  Needless to say, without interruption, I finished two fronts, and a back of a sweater coat.  Not just any sweater coat, an   “Artsy Fartsy” sweater coat.  After all I have an image to uphold.  Two sleeves left, and the fun begins.  Meaning…. putting it together, blocking it so it actually looks like a sweater.   That’s where I am at the moment.  I’m counting on Susan’s help to actually make it look like I can recognize it.

Just playing, trying to find inspiration!

I continue to have zero  inspiration  to paint, sketch, or create in my studio, and  most of my friends are void of inspiration as well.  I’m thinking this must be a time to replenish our creative energy.  It’s gloomy, chilly, (not as chilly as the rest of the country) but our blood is thin here in Southern California, and we are on the coast.  It’s damp!

More yarn…and there is more….

The other day I got a bit carried away and browsed through Joanne’s Fabric  looking at yarn.  Of course, right there on the shelf was a skein of yarn that started calling my name.  I continued looking, but this particular color or multiple of colors yelled at me, and I had to return.  I gingerly put it in my cart like a small puppy, and walked around with it.  (I know Ceasar, the Dog Whisperer would say to pick a calm puppy that kind of ignores you, but this puppy spoke my language.)   The colors were perfect (not calm), and I found other yarn that had a little bling that complimented it.  What was I to do?

This I got off of FB, and found it good advise!

Today, as we wait for promised rain, and maybe even a thunder storm, I have many things to accomplish.  Have a great week, stay healthy, and if you don’t have creative inspiration,  it’s OK!

Thank you for all my new followers, and for all the people who have followed me on my journey.  As Stone Soup suggests, I am a mix of many things,  not just paint, and brushes.   I appreciate your input, your ideas, and the energy you provide me with.   I’ll be back soon….Stone Soup


Two weeks last Tuesday, the 31st!



Love Nolan

It’s been almost four  weeks since I had a knee replacement, and I’m so happy that’s over.  I didn’t say much to very many people, probably because I wasn’t looking forward to having another surgery. Now it’s over, I’m doing well,  and all I have to do is eat, create  a little art, and get my energy back!  My energy is slow to return, but my spirit is  right there thinking about  creating.

I haven’t been posting much due to my energy level,  lately I seem to like taking long naps…..  The only thing is, I believe our bodies let us know when we need rest, and when we can let go and have fun.  These days having fun is a three-hour recouperation nap!

My Grandson, Nolan made me a get well card, and one the inside it says, “I hope you like your new knee!”   Isn’t that cute, that can only come from an 8-year-old.

As I get stronger, and can create more art, you will be the first to see it.  I really can’t wait to get back to my normal schedule, get cleared for driving, go out to brunch with my girlfriends, and all the things you take for granted when there isn’t anything to show you a difference.

Thanks for stopping by and checking on Stone Soup.  See you soon…….


Awakening The Creative



Last Thursday night I was inspired to attend a lecture, and hands on painting class at the Oceanside Museum of Art.  The lecture was about Pablo Picasso, Henri Monet, and their similarities.  It could  have gone on for another hour, and everyone would have  been glued to the screen. All of the artists came away inspired and ready to create a one of a kind master piece…including myself!

My own brushes were at my side (I”m no dummy), ready for the gates to open, and the bell to ring!  After selecting a pallet of colors, a piece of watercolor paper (because, well…I know what to do with W/C paper), and some black and white copies of paintings each artist had created in their careers, I was loaded with ideas!  My intent was to create an abstract face.  But for some reason the first painting I created, if you can call it that, wasn’t a face at all.  It was abstract all right, it’s up to you to decide exactly what it is!!!

Now,  this was the time to let go, and do something I’ve been wanting to do….  It didn’t help that we were using acrylic craft paints.  They don’t dry very fast, and they haven’t a lot of pigment.  It seems to me that if you are truly an artist, it should be a snap to work with whatever you have, but I guess that means I’m not an artist.   After the first abstract, I was so deflated that I almost gave up.   The thing is, I don’t give up!  And that is why I went back to the table, grabbed a canvas,  and created my first “abstract self.”  It’s titled “Now and Then!”

The process was so much fun, and because I was squeezing it in at the end of the class, there was a time constraint.  To me that said…hurry,hurry,hurry!  I think I work better under pressure!

Friday morning I turned on my computer to check my email, and I found this podcast waiting for me.  It was  perfect timing?  After being surrounded with people huffing, and puffing, sighing, and grunting because they were afraid to put a brush to a canvas in fear of making a mistake, I decided to write my blog about this very thing.  The podcast is short, it only takes a few minutes, but worth the time.

 Awakening the Creative…

I hope you enjoy listening to  the ” Intuitive Painting Process. ” Thanks for checking in on Stone Soup, see you soon!