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Things I’d Forgotten


Over the years, as I’ve changed my medium, my style, tried & experimented I’ve realized that my drawing skills have fallen behind, and I’ve always loved drawing. So recently it’s been my decision to start sketching again, & I’m loving it.
Sketching is something I can do that’s fun & not so serious, not that anything I do is intended or serious!

Whats Next?



Our Daisy dog

Cats, dogs, flowers, houses, trees,  what does one tackle next as a creative endeavor? We all want to do something different, but we’re probably subconsciously attracted to the thing that works the best.  On the other hand, don’t we like the challenge?  I do.

Even if it doesn’t turn out perfect, and we all know perfect is not probable!   I don’t even like perfection,  that is for cameras, not artists!  I uploaded a sketch of Daisy, our dog to  work on, and with a little effort it could be just a little wonky.  I love wonky, it makes me happy and creative.  It takes me to a place I was never allowed to go as a child.  So the wonkier the better…

There are other subjects I could paint, but while I’m finishing up the painting of my purse……

I’ll form a plan for Daisy.

The purse, well…after painting two, I’m getting over it.  Purses no longer intrigue me, and I’ll be lucky to finish this.  The cat has given me more trouble than I could imagine, as cats tend to do.   Whiskers…no whiskers?  Stripes, or no stripes?  Polka dots, or not?   Whatever I do seems to not be the way I had imagined it to look, consequently the cat has more layers of paint than my kitchen.    It’s all good, and it’s all in the name of experimentation.

The end result of the purse is yet to come, so  for good or bad, it will be finished!

Craggy Crow



Cragy Crow

Craggy Crow

Last week the weather was so nasty I stayed inside and made the most of being cooped up by painting, experimenting, and just plain having fun in my studio.  The rain was coming down so hard the yard and the patio were flooded, and you couldn’t see in front of your nose if you went out.


Being stuck in one place gives us opportunity.   To curl up and read, bake cookies, watch a movie, or Paint are just some of the possibilitiess     So paint I did.

I played with colors, sketched out possibilities, played with different papers, and much more.  In my mind, I try to  play like a 3-year-old.  Just like my grandson use to do when he’d play in my studio.  I think letting him play in my studio was the beginning of me letting go, and not taking myself so seriously.  I’d give him a huge pad of paper, and he picked his own brush, and watercolors.  (After all I could wipe them up when he was finished.)   He’d pick the longest brush he could find and make a huge puddle of blue watercolor, he loved blue.   After he went home, I’d find blue paint all over my studio, the kitchen, and into the garage.  How can you ever get mad at one of your grandchildren? He loved blue, and he loved the way it looked on everything.  He is now twelve going on thirteen, he still loves blue, but fortunately doesn’t find the need to splatter it all over the house.  He’s a great kid, and is very creative.

The crow, well  crows speaks to me.  I love them, and can’t find enough places to put them in my art.  This time I just thought I’d make a big crow,  wet him all down like a watercolor, and drip blue ink into him.  This is how you get craggy!  Of course, once he’s big as life on a sheet of paper, he needs something to complement him.  Journal style seemed to work for me on a cold, wet, rainy day.  This is my version on playing in my studio this winter.

Thursday Time Out For Art

Lady in a hat.

Lady in a hat.

Did you ever just start fooling around with an idea, and it turned out totally opposite of what you had planned?  That is exactly what happened to me.  I started with a 1/4 sheet of Yupo paper, and coated one side with clear matt medium.  The matt medium coats the surface of Yupo which is actually a plastic sheet, not paper at all.  I tried painting on it when I worked with water colors, and never could get it to where I loved using it.  So why not try it with acrylics?  Everyone said, coat it with a medium so the acrylic paint will stick.  In reality I coated a plastic sheet with a plastic medium.  I’m not really sure why I had to do that.

Now that the Yupo is coated,  eliminating the spontaneity of the clean plastic surface.  I shot myself in the foot that time.  Would this really stick better with a coating of medium, maybe but I haven’t tested the uncoated Yupo to find out.

Before I knew what was happening…….I sketched out a lady on a couch.

What was I thinking?

Someone has to keep an eye on me because I keep slipping back into reality.  Isn’t it bad enough we have to live in reality, now I have to spend all my creative time in reality also!  I do not like to paint realism, that’s what cameras are for.  I like to live, and paint in an abstract world.

Think abstract, breathe abstract, and paint abstract!  

It’s interesting how you think your going one direction, and the next thing you know you’ve made a severe right turn, and there it is…….

something least expected!

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