Friday, April 29, 2016


Using the popcicle drawing, I put this onto a blank watercolor card.  I changed the colors around a bit.

So now it's a birthday card for my stepdaughter, Jenny.  SWEET!!

We met her for lunch today to celebrate (even though it's belated because everyone is always soooo busy).

Monday, April 25, 2016


I once had a book called
Even a Stone Can be a Teacher.

I don't remember anything about the book except the title.  I'm pretty sure it was coming from a Buddhist perspective. 

This is a little bit of a painting (about 5 x 7 inches) and I'm calling it
Even a Stone

Sometimes it's fun and invigorating to just play with textures.  

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Remember this one?

I asked what colors to add to that final popcicle and got mostly comments on my Facebook page to use purple.  

So that's what I did.  

But I wasn't crazy about and and then I went in with the shadows and made ugly shadow shapes.  UGH!

So I used a strong spray bottle and washed as much of the color off as I could.  

Then it had to sit and dry before I could go back and try to "fix" it.

I reapplied the paint, changed the napkin color a bit and cut it down a lot.

Not great, but it is what it is.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Time for me to take a little break away from the computer and blogging and posting for a while.  Spring has sprung.  Maybe more time outside or in the art room playing with new printmaking supplies or techniques just to see what comes from that.  I'm going to practice a little voluntary simplicity.

"I practice saying no to keep my life simple, and I find I never do it enough."
           Jon Kabat-Zinn in the book, Wherever You Go, There You Are

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Worked a bit more on the whites - bringing in just a little color to shape them and make them more dimensional.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Almost finished - a small painting.  
Now, what color should I make that unpainted popcicle?  Any good suggestions?

When I finish the last popcicle, I'll put in the shadows.

Sunday, April 3, 2016


I thought it was finished, but I think the white flowers need a bit more work to bring forth the shape.  I'll save that for class to show them how to paint white flowers, I think.

Friday, April 1, 2016


Begonia blooming out after cutting it down to the soil in the pot this winter.  Why are they so leggy?  When this was in full bloom it was scraggly and leggy and blooms were falling all over the table and floor around it.  But right now it's pretty so I'll see what happens - it may need a bigger pot?  Or supports?  Or...I don't know, I don't have a green thumb at all!

Happy April! 

Thursday, March 31, 2016


During watercolor class Tuesday, I had the students trace out the photo printout I used (from a watercolor book by Elizabeth Groves), and then had them put that aside and we played with learning some new texture techniques.  I showed them how to use salt, sea sponges, plastic wrap, splattering with a toothbrush and other ways to create texture in a background.  That took up the 2 hours.

Next time we meet, they will paint the background using any of the techniques they liked and then they'll paint the flowers.

Here is my version so far.  (Can you tell the two texture techniques I used?)

The photo in the book had yellow crocuses at the bottom, white in the middle and purple at top - but I wanted to change that so I'm going to do purple and white only. 

The book I used for the photo reference is 
Exploring Watercolor 
by Elizabeth Groves.