Saturday, September 22, 2018

Happy Saturday!

I haven't been blogging lately because I've been busy with our new family member.  We're trying to get him to fall in love with the cats and the cats to fall in love with him.  So far, the cats are letting him have the run of downstairs and we put up a baby gate to keep him from joining them upstairs.

Meet Georgie.  He's 9 to 11 months old.  He's a Lab mix.    He's very sweet.  We adopted him from Those Left Behind.  Everything is new to him, so we have to make sure he chews only on his toys, etc.  I'm upstairs while Jim is babysitting.  I can hear Jim saying, "You might as well confess.  It'll go easier on you."😊 I started laughing and Jim told me not to encourage him.

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."  I know Keats wasn't talking about my new brush, but he could have been.  I try to use as few products made from animals as I can.  I have old brushes that I bought before I thought about where they came from.  I've been babying those brushes for years because they are really wonderful, but I will not buy another brush made from animal fur.  I've tried different synthetic brushes and they are good but not as good...until now.  I have found a synthetic brush that is just as good as natural hair!  Amazing!  This is it.  Check out my new brush.

It truly is a thing of beauty.  It's so good that I thought they'd made a mistake and sent me natural hair.  It's Dick Blick synthetic squirrel.

The other thing I wanted to show you is a watercolor I did about 2 weeks ago.  It's tight, but I was pleased with it.

Now that I have a few moments at the computer, I'll be visiting you guys.  Jim is a very good babysitter!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


I finished this floral this morning before I went out to visit my friend's horses.  It was fun to do.  I even made a correction with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!  It was the first time I tried that and it seems to work well.  I haven't taken the paper off my board yet.  If there's a big hole in the paper, I'll let you know.😊  This is watercolor on 15" x 22" Arches 140 lb. cold press.

I may have to talk Jim into making me a light box like Chris Lally's Tim made.  This paper is white, but it doesn't look it in the photo.  I hope you're having a wonderful September evening!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Happy September!

I've just been over to visit The View From Harmony Hills.  Debbie has a lovely series of photos from her day yesterday.  Talk about a peaceful, beautiful beginning of the month. 

Here is a painting I just finished.  It's one of my friend's rescue horses.  It's 11"x15" on Arches 140 lb. cold press.

Happy beginning of September!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jason Mraz

I love Jason Mraz.  Jim and I saw him in concert a couple of years ago.  We both thought it was the best concert we had ever been to.  He has a great voice.  He's fun and funny - an absolute delight. 
A perfect song for a Sunday afternoon. 

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

New Adventures!

Yesterday was the last day of summer school and my last day teaching English.  I was happy and sad at the same time.  I'll miss my students more than I can say.  They are all wonderful people - so eager to learn, so kind and so much fun.  Students brought  beautiful bouquets, lotions and candles - all kinds of cool gifts!  We all brought food and we had a party.  It was so much fun!  I hope they stay in touch with me. One of the wonders of technology is that it'll be so easy for us.  I want to hear about their new adventures!  As for me, I'm going to focus on art and being a stay-at-home mom to our furry babies.  Can you imagine how much fun this is going to be?

Friday, July 6, 2018


I like to have the TV on while I'm cooking.  I had an art show on while I was making chili today.  I seldom saw what the guy was painting.  Every time I looked up from my dicing, measuring or mixing, they were showing his palette.  It still made me happy.  I like looking at all the colors whether it's my palette or another artist's.  What is it about the things we use to make art that is so fascinating?  Gardening is similar.  I like to dig in the dirt.  I don't always wear gloves even though I pay for it when I try to get that rich black stuff out from under my nails:)  I like the way dirt feels.  I like to look at my plants.  I like to talk to them, too:)

Watercolor and Pastel on 11"x15" 140 lb Arches Cold Press
                        Please excuse the glare.

           Watercolor on 11"x15" 140 lb Arches Cold Press

Have a fabulous Friday!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

My Kids - Chip and Cary Grant

These two actually stayed still while I went to get my camera and then while I went to get my phone.