Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Blogiversary

Yep - 10 years old today.  I started this blog as a way to keep family and friends
aware and up-to-date of what life had become as we moved from our beloved lifespace
in Colorado, retired from our jobs and took the chance of living in farm country
'middle of nowhere' Kansas. Not what it used to be, but still there and
still alive at times.

I remember a time waking up each day in those first few years and being excited 
about what to write or share.  That excitement
has waned...still WE look at this spot on the globe as 'home'..but see it more now
as a place where we can gather our sense of safety and sanity from
the rest of the world.

We are restlessly always looking for a place like it, in another climate..but
haven't found it yet, don't know if we ever will.
There is definitely something to that old saying -
"BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED'...and I think I have,
I try to bloom.  Each season is different from the one a year before.  At times it's hard to believe
it's been 10 years.  Time goes by, so fast.  In the meantime, life goes on.

If you visit here once in awhile, thanks.  At best, I share my art.
If you have been with me since those 10 years ago, you know how this blog has changed -
but me, I am the same person.  Busy, loving life and always creating.

T H A N K   Y O U

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More Practice


"Peaceful Feeling"
9" x 12"
watercolor texture with pastel
on Art Spectrum Colourfix

Just some practice...having to focus extra hard
having a new lid put on studio building, metal roof, oh so noisy.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great Horned Owl in Pastel and Watercolor

"Nightwatch"
pastel and watercolor on
Art Spectrum Colourfix sanded paper
mounted on gatorboard
9" x 13.5"

Had to force myself to stop before I covered up
all the great texture I created on the underpainting
with watercolor.  Sometimes I DON'T stop
and take it too far and then it is
impossible to return to that spot 
where I jumped in with too much zeal!

Calling it done. 
It will be framed and entered into the
ANAC Annual Traveling Show,
hopefully.  I'll let you know.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Work in Progress

Getting a start on a merged watercolor/pastel in my online class with Tonja Sell today.  I saw it right away yesterday, when the surface finally dried.  Had to get back to the studio today to get it going.  I get so caught up in art at times, it is all I think about.  Now that I've got it going, I can focus on other pressing things.  

Here is the start. Do you see the owl?


I saw other things too, but owl has been speaking to me lately. It is sometimes the last outdoor sound I hear when I let the dogs out for the last time..and then I can be awakened by that sound, through the bedroom walls in the middle of the night.  He penetrates my dreamworlds at times.  Would love it if it were a 'she'.  However, there are already two HOOTS in the night.




Stay tuned for more progress.
SIDE NOTE:  I try to use all my own source photos or borrow them from friends
or relatives,, the source for this one is from a stock photo company called Alamy.
I purchased the use of the photo from them.  
I would never copy an image from someone's photo without permission
these days.  It's only fair.  Photographers are artists too.

Working with Textures

Just off the easel..needing to be rephotographed..but this is my
iPhone photo.  I usually take my final photos with my Nikon,
it always gives me a better starting place when 
expecting to post a final piece.

Titled "Pacification" - pastel worked over watercolor 
texture on Art Spectrum 140 lb. natural Colourfix paper
(love that stuff)
adhered to gatorboard - 8.5" x 11".

Continuing to just love the outcomes
of these hidden subjects..getting really excited 
for the next one. 

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sketching and Painting

"Pixish"
9" x 12"
wc and pastel on UART

Today - I did it like it's supposed to be done..
however, I often don't.  I like the planning and
what it requires is that I slow
down and take the moment to do so.


Used this sketch as my jumping point, 
onto the canvas
which isn't totally drawn out of my imagination.
Sometimes I look at magazines at a figure and 
change it up a bit, so as not to be a copy
but an inspiration.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Queen of My Heart

"Queen of Hearts"
12" x 16"
Arches 140 lb. cold press
watercolor and pastel mix

This is my granddaughter Sterling, who had a couple
of Halloween costumes this past year.  Several great
photos were sent my way and I put this one
in the digital divide.  It worked perfect for the
textured watercolor under painting I completed 
several weeks ago.
That 'bright light' hitting her face (I think she was
standing in front of the TV) was hard to
translate without changing it totally.  Light
can hit the eye that intensely from the giant screens.
But, I like the effect of the bright rimming light
on her turned face..so kept it that way
and tried hard to make it seem real
and not creepy.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Box of WIPes

"Self Portrait"
watercolor and pastel
on Arches watercolor paper

This one got wiped and wiped before I was satisfied.
Finally got the eyes right and worked some more 
on everything...could keep going..maybe I will.
Always fun to do YOUR younger self, even with
new hairgrowth and 'extensions' (those were
not around in my day - ha ha)
Anyway, onward.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Your Own Face


WIP - DH came through the
studio today, "Gave yourself some more hair, I see"
YEP, it's called 'Artistic License' - ya man!
and of course, this is my way 'younger' face...
(check back tomorrow or the next day for update)
From the looks of it, I have a long way to go..
eyes are not right..and if eyes aren't right, it's
almost a goner to me.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Golden Day

"Proposition for the Sacrificial Lamb"
9" x 12"
mixed media, watercolor and pastel on UART paper

Here is today's practice of the last lesson I was able
to take in...
Here is the start of how it goes
 Looking deep within to find something - anything
that stirs my imagination.

Found it and then some as I worked along
(plastic overlay let's me do a quick outline of 
my image)

As you can see, it changed a little, it's so easy for me
to get carried away, when the sky is the limit.



Monday, April 3, 2017

A Bird of a Different Color

"Pandora Migrant"
9" x 12"
merging watercolor with pastel
on UART sanded paper
adhered to gatorboard

I am plugging along with the online course I am taking
with Tonja Sell.  Finally hit the part that I will be loving even more.
The underneath of this one is watercolor washes, color mixing, stenciling,
gauze placement, plastic wrap effects and lots of manipulation of the surface.
In such a hurry once it was dry, forgot to take a photo of it.
Once that step is completed, you turn the piece around and around until
you find an object or thing you can embellish into 
a piece of reality - reminds me of when I was a little
girl and would lay for hours looking at the woodgrain
on my closet door and see faces or animals.
I saw a bird..and used a plastic sleeve and marker
to draw it out to refer to
upon adding more watercolor and pastel.
I got carried away with those whispy lines on the pastel.
I saw a bird with fine, shiny, colorful feathers.
The color families you see, were the color families
that were produced in the underpainting...which
if you knew, there is some underpainting showing
through on the end result.  Next time, I will photograph the
watercolor for you to see the process more completely.
BTW, for permanency - gatorboard is my new GO TO strata
for adhering artwork to.  It is good and strong.
  Foamcore usually warps
 when using PVA glue. I order
my gatorboard from
UART comes in lots of different grit and either paper 
or board and
 is available at major art suppliers, 
I got mine from Dick Blick. Dakota Pastel
carries it too.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Getting Going with More Poppies

MORE poppies - using UART sanded pastel paper
instead of watercolor paper - making watercolor.
glue gun stencil, and saran effects...but
found that it just didn't pop
like it should.
Next lesson (I had just an inkling of what it might be and...)
I went ahead and added Derwent and pastel pencil.

Like it, oh so much, better.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Organically Speaking

"Poppy I"
watercolor - with a variety of tweaks
In my online class with Tonja Sell, part of our lessons for this week
is watercolor on different papers using
our own hand made glue gun stencils, gauze, and saran wrap.
This is the precursor to a poppy done on UART
pastel sanded paper..which reacts a little differently 
to this method watercolor paper vs. pastel sandpaper.
I see that this was an important
lesson, so I could push the technique to
look similar on the sanded pastel paper.
It will probably take more layers than 
about the three that I have here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More Experimenting

This time I am playing with watercolor swatches 
and complimentary colors in pastels - on top.  
Some of the colors added literally POPPED off the surface, creating an optical illusion.
The class I am involved in is "Merging Watercolor and Pastel" 
on patreon.com with Tonja Sell.
Lovin' it!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Experimentation

Experimenting with watercolor, stencils of all types, even ones made with 
glue from a glue gun, gauze, waxpaper, saran wrap..so fascinating and fun!



Taking an online course, MERGING WATERCOLOR WITH PASTELS...stay tuned, we are 
about to get down to the nitty gritty.

In the meantime, one studio cat had to be 'shaved' the other day...her fur was 
so matted and full of knots, it was beyond our capability to help.
Had to be sedated and shaved at the vet.

She looks so cute..shows her tubbiness, however, the
other studio cat now HATES her..guess it's the 'cootie' smell
of the vet clinic and maybe because she looks so different and cool.