Monday, July 16, 2018


I thought I would post some of the art projects I have done so far this year.  I love creating with texture in the project whether it be a rustic wood surface or dimensional texture.  I found a guy in Yellow Springs that had some old barn siding from a barn he had torn down and we brought a load of boards home for me to use.  I gave them a scrubbing with soapy water and a scrub brush to get some of the dirt off.  I left them in the sun to dry and then gave them a light sanding to smooth the surface for painting.

The art challenge for this piece was to convey smell.  I thought of Hawaii and the wonderful smells of the flowers, the pineapple, mangoes and coconut.  The damp earth after a rain in the jungle, the smell of the ocean as we walked along the beach.  This miniature portrayal of a waterfall in Hawaii with the Hibiscus and fern helps me capture those memories and smells.

I wanted to give paint pouring a try and this was my first attempt.  I used a straw to do blowing from the center outward and embellished the center of the poppy with beads.  It was a lot of fun but just very messy and I felt like I was wasting a lot of paint on my other attempts that didn't turn out so great!  I might give it another try sometime in the future.

I hope you enjoy my texture projects!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

My Art Journey

   I loved art class as a child.  I loved creating all sorts of unique things and trying all the different types of art my teacher introduced us too. I still have a pillow I made where we used a piece of muslin and designed our own fabric. 

   I used to draw a lot.  I would sit in my room and draw all the furniture in my room and the things sitting on my dresser.  I used to draw pictures that were in my coloring books and cartoons from books.

   My mom asked me if I wanted to take tole painting classes that were being given in our small town.  But, because I was so shy, I was afraid to take it.  Something I’ve regretted from that day on!
The first time I took an art class other than at school was a Bob Ross class at Hobby Lobby about 25 years ago.  I really had fun but didn’t really like the picture we were painting.
One day my husband and I we went to Michaels Art and Craft store and I came across a Sherry Nelson book on oil painting birds.  I got the book and went to an art store to get my supplies.  

   Thinking back on it is hilarious.  I didn’t know what the difference was between oil paint and acrylic paint.  I just wandered around grabbing paint with the color names called for in the book.  Thus I had some oil paints and some acrylic paints and wondered why I was having so much trouble getting the paint to cooperate.  It wasn’t until months later that I realized my mistake.  My mom, bless her heart, still has these first attempts on her walls.

   Somewhere in between childhood and these first attempts at oil painting I lost my self confidence in my ability to be an artist.  For the past 25 years I have been doing decorative painting using designs that others sell specifically for the purpose of others to paint.  I have only been brave enough to do a few paintings I designed myself and was always critical of my results.

   So finally after all these years I am stepping out of my comfort zone.  I am taking a watercolor class from a local teacher, Donna Pierce Clark, I am taking an online oil painting class from Nancy Medina  and an online art class about finding our own style with Kelly Hoernig ,

   I’m still struggling with self-confidence but I am stepping out working on things that bring me joy.  No, most of the things don’t look to great, especially if compared to my decorative painting from the past but I can say that they are my designs. With lots of practice I hope to see lots of improvement.  After all it’s all about the journey!  Be YOU tiful!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mixed Media

I had a few hours to myself today so I spent the time creating some mixed media pieces.  I enjoy playing with paint, paper and glue to create something fun to hang in my studio.  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Goldfinch and Lilacs

I am very ready for the warm days of summer.  With a bunch of snow on the first day of Spring I needed to do some summer time painting to help melt the snow!  This oil painting was done on a 8 x 10 canvas.  I love the smell of lilacs and enjoy seeing the little goldfinches flying about our yard.  I thought I would combine them in a painting. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Chickadee and Skates

Getting a start on some winter project,s these pieces are from a design from Sheila Landry. Texture medium was added to the surface of the skate thru a stencil for the red skate and thru a piece of lace for the blue skate.  The snowflake the chickadee is painted on is from Cupboard Distributing, but Sheila has a snowflake made just for the design.

Sculpted Poppy

The textured poppy is from a workshop I took online from  Donna Downey using Rigid Wrap to form the poppies and the background.  It was a lot of fun!  Definitely check it out!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monarch and Sunflower

This is another of Sherry Nelson's designs that I painted.  Two of my favorite things are sunflowers and Butterflies.  

 We raised 7 Monarch butterflies this year from egg to adult.  It was soooo amazing to see the transformation take place. Below is a picture of the caterpillar and the chrysalis that the butterfly just came out of.  They hang to dry for a couple of hours before they are ready to be let go.

Some of the Monarchs hung around long enough to get their pictures taken.  I hope they all have a safe journey to Mexico