Sunday, September 29, 2019


When I really can't get motivated to paint anything, I pull out the acrylics and my Gelli Art plate and play with colors and shapes.  That's what this was - more to come!  All are 8 x 10 or smaller (some paper scraps or rice paper pieces).

I could add to these with more paint, stencils, collage pieces or just put them on a blank card and send them as is.  

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Last one done wet-in-wet and then reworked to get more interest and darks in the painting.

I was never happy with this one to just cropped off the right side more, added more darks and I like it better.  Plus, it's an unusual shape now.


Thursday, September 19, 2019


This one, done wet-in-wet, wasn't too bad,
but you can always add something to make it better, right?


Tuesday, September 17, 2019


This painting, done wet-in-wet, was okay...
but kind of blah.

Getting some darks in there and adding some value changes throughout make it more interesting, I think.

Sunday, September 15, 2019


I have been seeing your work and trying to comment but, once again, blogger says, no.  My post just goes away and never gets there.  But know I am looking and enjoying your work.  And congratulations, Jennifer, on finishing your dissertation!!

Loved the last two little village homes you painted, Bruce.  And always love what you are doing, Chris, with charcoal now :) and you, Lisa and Laura, with your seaside beauties.

I never know why I cannot get through - hope it doesn’t continue, as it makes me want to just give up at times.

I am over on Facebook as RHCarpenter, but a Like just doesn’t get or give much satisfaction when an artist is working and sharing their efforts and hopes for a bit more time and energy expended into the looking and commenting.


Before =
wishy-washy without any oomph due to painting
wet-in-wet and not going back in with darks.

After -
better by adding darks and more visual interest
to the painting overall.

Sometimes, painting wet-in-wet creates some wimpy paintings.  Too light and not enough value changes (for me).  

Sometimes you need those darks to make the light shine - as in painting, so in life.

Monday, September 9, 2019


Whenever my creativity evades me and my inspirations are null and void, I still look at other artists' work and enjoy seeing that.  I look at magazines and online stuff.  I try to sign up for something online that doesn't take a lot of time and effort but might teach me something new.  Other than that, I just sits and thinks...and sometimes I just sits (to quote Pogo, the comic strip of old).  I guess it's that time. 

When you are losing someone who meant so much to you, you become sad and sometimes angry.  I know we are not made to last forever, but it's hard to accept.  I talk to my cousin (who is like a big sister, not a cousin) every day - sometimes twice a day.  There will never be good days again but some days are okay. 

I read something the other day about losing your siblings.  If we get old enough, that will happen.  Sometimes it happens before we get old.  Anyway, it said when you lose all of your siblings, you also lose your own history.  For who else can remember the stupid things you did when you were young; the strange outfits you put together to look cool; the choices you made that were not the best?  Who else can remember when you sang at their wedding, or taught them to dance, or just got silly together?  Losing them is losing yourself, in a way.

So I just sits and thinks...or just sits.  I'll return...later.    

Sunday, September 1, 2019


Melting in the North

11 x 15 inches
Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press paper