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My Granddaughter the Artist!


Last weekend my Granddaughter Sage spent the weekend with us. Before she left her house, she told me she wanted an art weekend.  Actually she said, ” I want to be able to do art all weekend, just two days to do art, nothing else!”

I think God created granddaughters because we have to make up for what we couldn’t do with our own kids!

Somebody wants to spend the weekend with me…

Sage finished three paintings over the weekend, one of the three was a school project.  This piece of her project was completed in a half day.     (We got that out-of-the-way!)  The other painting was wrapped & given to her Mom as soon as she appeared.  (Still needs her Mom at eleven.) 

I had such a great time with my granddaughter, and she had a great time creating.  (I’m blessed!)

While Sage was painting, and drying her work, I had to work on something.  I didn’t want to be looking over her shoulder all day, I wanted her to build her confidence by having some guidance, and letting her fly. ( She’s a flier!)

I worked on my Daisy Dog Pic…  Admittedly, I was once again playing, and nothing happened to me…No Anti-playing Police, or the Poor Linework Police, not even the police that monitor the imperfection on ones creative process!

There was a time when I would never have painted with a color that shouldn’t be in its place.  It would have to be real or, I wouldn’t do it.  I’ve over come nearly a lifetime of being taught perfection, and it being demanded.  I broke out of the box, years ago, but not without the expense of everything I painted not being  any good  – because it wasn’t perfect.   I looked around and realized Everything is perfect in its imperfection.

(I love doing different things, and with different ways of expression.) 

Experimenting With Ink!



My plan is to do a whole lot of experimenting with all types of medium this year.
What about you?  Are you set on the same medium?  Maybe you are really successful, or maybe your stuck!   Either way I always think there is something to be learned by just about everything we see or read.

I get bored with the same thing all the time, some people don’t.  They love doing what has worked for them, I can relate to that, but my comfort with doing the samething still runs out after a while.  I’m ready to learn, or grow, sometimes even just stop and refill my reserves.


As far as I’m concerned, if I’m not pushing myself, I’m not growing and learning.   I love to learn and I always loved going to school and learning.  I’m always amazed at how diverse my community can be.  I’m facinated with people from different cultures;  how they love different colors, have different ways of living.   I have always loved people and their diversity.

The little painting above was created with  Acrylic Ink.  After painting three or four with watercolor, and experiencing the excitement of using watercolor, I decided to use something a bit different…like acrylic ink.  Ink works much like watercolor, and I love how it bleeds.  I make a real effort to incorporate each medium with other mediums like tissue, or stamps.  Who knows what will end up, as always?

Since this is Thursday, and that means it’s “Time out for Art!”  Check out Zebra Designs & Destinations and see what thay are doing in the New Year…

Thursday Time Out for Art!

Abstract Mixed Media

Abstract Mixed Media

A Little of This and…A little of that!

This  little 12″ X 12″ canvas is the result of experimenting with wild abandon.   For me….It’s a miracle!  Some little thing in my brain stretched, and twisted, and turned until I was pulling all kinds of things from the dark corners of my studio, and this was the result.  My “PLAN,” would be to continually be creative in this direction.  That’s my plan, but we all know, sometimes the best plans don’t always turn out the way we had planned.  

I had so much fun with this one that it’s presently sitting in the Escondido Municipal Gallery for a show.  If my muse sticks around and I treat her with lots of goodies, maybe I can pull more off, enough to continue growing and creating in a non-objective abstract way!  One can only hope right?

My inspiration frequently comes from many directions.  I see colors I love together in fabric stores, or I watch a video and they are using something new I haven’t experimented with yet.  I get much inspiration from Zebra Design & Destinations.  Z lives in Equator, and not just paints, but creates on many levels.  I’m in awe of how she lives and creates. Cathy Carey has been a huge influence with style and color.  Bob Burridge for his fun and loose abstracts, and still I struggle.  If you look long enough, you can find artists that really touch something in your heart, and can learn from.  Regardless of what their medium, or style, I find there is always something to be learned.

I hope you like my mixed media abstract, with any luck at all…and the creeks don’t rise,  I can do more, show you more, and trigger something in you that says, “Wow, I should try that or maybe I could use this combination, or turn it a different way.”  Maybe there will be something you see, and it triggers something you had forgotten and wanted to try.

It’s all good….It’s all ART!

Happy Thanksgiving Thursday


Today I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  There are so many things I’m thankful for, and one of them is all the people I’ve met since creating my blog.  My goal is to get better as a writer, and as a painter also, but the most fun is to meet other bloggers from around the world.  Where else can you get to know people who have the same interests as you have, or learn about things you didn’t even know existed.

Today is a day of Gratitude, and Love.  A day that the only thing that matters is kindness, love, patience, understanding, and the deep appreciation for family, and friends.

So my wish for all of you is all these things, and more.  Let’s feel the abundant love oozing out of our homes, and the willingness it takes to bring us all together.

Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday Time Out For Art!

Abstract from OMA class 10-7-2015

Abstract from OMA class 10-7-2015

Since every Mixed Media Artist  likes to incorporate “Mixed Media” into their work.  I’m no different, punching my artwork up with unexpected papers, lines, and anything else that will stay on a canvas.

Chris' Abstract

Chris’ Abstract

Over the weekend my son Chris and myself took an abstract class.  There aren’t many abstract classes, and I’m guessing that the reason for that is that abstract is very intuitive.  How can you teach that?  In a class of maybe fourteen, half were first time painters.  So while they got most of the help, we did our thing, and while that’s ok, we took the class in an effort to grow.  Each time we take classes, something positive happens, and in some way we did learn something, and I don’t think it was a waste at all.  Now I’m on the lookout for something a little more inspiring.

We had a great day taking this class together.  This is something we haven’t done before, and something we may do again.

Thursday Time Out For Art is sponcered by Zebra Designs & Destinations.

Thursday Time Out for Art



This is what happens when you have time on your hands, and are too lazy to do anything else!

This little journal page was created last year, when I was having a difficult time creating something larger.  There are times when one just needs to contemplate, and be left alone.  I’m guessing this was one of those times……Journaling does the trick.  I don’t think there has ever been a time when slowing down to do little sketches, or doodling a little doesn’t help relax me, and open up the door to larger art.

Zebra Designs & Destinations sponsors Thursday Time Out For Art, and right now they are having a tough time with the weather.   Waves have hit on the beach of their little town El Matol in Ecuador, and things are looking very sketchy.  When storms hit their little beach  they erode the beach, and the waves get even closer to their homes and businesses.

El Matol needs all our positive thoughts, and prayers to help them.