Monday, April 16, 2018

What's This? Activity in the Studio!

I've been matting some old paintings now that I have reacquainted myself with my mat cutter.  I've also started a new painting of Red Rock Canyon, which is one of my favorite places in the world.  I also couldn't resist posting another picture of Cary Grant.  I've been having a blast.  It Might As Well Be Spring - the title of one of my favorite songs.  I hope you're having as much fun as I am.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Go see Jack Hanna!

If you have the opportunity to see Jack Hanna in person, go! We saw him at The Smith Center last night. He tells stories of his adventures, shows some video clips and brings some animals from nearby rescue facilities for a visit with the audience. He is a man who has always known what he wanted to do with his life. His love for animals shines. His wife and 2 of his daughters were onstage with him for a few moments and were also in some of the clips. They do great work.

We love The Smith Center. It's gorgeous. Every time we go there, we are thrilled just to be in that building.
The baby tiger wasn't there in person, I thought he was so cute that I snapped his picture from a video clip.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


I finally got around to matting and framing the final drawing I did in the class I took last spring.  I hadn't used my mat cutter in years.  It took me awhile to remember how it worked:).  The frame came today and I love it.  Jim helped me put the drawing in the frame and he hung the drawing above our bed.  Now we need a new bedspread!

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Space

I am so lucky to have a room that I love, in which to make art.  Last Friday, we had shutters installed and they are great!  My room is upstairs and I have a big window facing north and a smaller window facing south.  I have a large table (Jim's mom's old dining room table) for my mat cutter, flat files in a corner, and enough room for an easel, a flat table for painting, my "thinking chair" and a lovely drawing table we bought at an estate sale.  I have a dot for music and a laptop for reference photos.   Oh and, of course, there is always a cat or two two keep me company.  Rosie doesn't do stairs, so she doesn't join me when I'm painting or drawing.  Note that Cary Grant has jumped into his carrier.  Now if we were actually headed to the vet, there would be a mad scramble to pounce on him and put him in the carrier with absolutely no cooperation on his part:)  I always enjoy seeing other studios, so I thought you might like to see my art room.  I go barefoot all the time- my feet love the wood floor:)  The walls are the palest lavender - almost white.
Here are a few photos.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Here's Lady in Watercolor

I just finished this.  It's watercolor on 11"x15" Arches cold press.  I'm going to paint her again.  I feel like I'm starting to catch on:)  The next one will be looser and more colorful.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Show Girl

We went to a show at Las Vegas City Hall today.  It's called "From Refuse to Reuse".  It's an exhibit of thrown-away objects that have been used in sculpture.  There were several pieces that I liked.  This is my favorite.  It's called "Show Girl" by Brian Mock.  It looks just like our Rosie.
Check out other work by Brian Mock here.
His sculpture is gorgeous and all from reclaimed material!  He even has a fabulous lion for Chris Lally.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Lady Bird Come On Down.

When I finished this sketch of Lady, I thought of a song by Lee Hazelwood.  I think it's called Lady Bird.  This is the latest in my horse series.  I have really been looking at the rescue horses.  I'm learning a lot.  Once again I used my magic pencils (which I learned about from Chris Lally) and this is also in the 11" x 14" sketch pad.