Tag Archives: painting

Letter “F” Is For…

Fabulous food, fun and flamingos!

find Jenna’s blog at The Painted Apron so FUNtastic! 🙂

I completed this still life recently:


And it reminded me of the colors in Jenna’s Fearless Friday, Flaming Flamingo… it does have a fiesta feel don’t you think?

I want to try creating a still life painting with Jenna’s Tablescape, Spring at the Farm.  Perhaps a French hen would be a funky addition!  😉

I also enjoy Jenna’s recipes like this one, A Rainbow Salad… It looks fresh, flavorful and color-filled! 

I hope you will join me in following Jenna’s blog for more fabulous fun!

Cheers! 🙂

A Doodled Poodle Noodle

I finished the collage I started earlier this week, that you can find more about here, A Recipe for PLAY

Below are my progress photos:

She turned out a bit wild:

So I decided she needed a Limerick to tell her story:

There once was a girl who doodled,

Whose hair was curly like a poodle,

She dyed it pink,

Which made me think…

She may not have been using her noodle!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

Watercolor Doodles

Lately, I have been inspired by Sharon, Make Art Magic Happens who has been creating some wonderful patterns in watercolor…

To create my colorful doodle in watercolor and watercolor pencils:


Thank you, Sharon for your daily inspiration!! 🙂

If you aren’t familiar with Sharon’s art, I do hope you check out her blog!

Happy Friday!

Cheers! 🙂

What Did You Do?

What did you do this last weekend?

I got caught up on two online class videos on Saturday and started two pear paintings.  I used a limited palette in watercolors and found this to be a challenging exercise using only complementary colors…

My first one was using yellow and purple:


And my second color PEAR-ing was orange and blue:


I struggled getting the affect I wanted or maybe I was trying to hard to be PEAR-fect!

Does this ever happen to you?

After MANY layers, I decided to quit and eat my pear for a snack! Lol! 😉

I got caught up on some housework on Sunday and made a delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup in the crock pot.  Overall, I’d say I had a pretty great weekend.

How about you?

Cheers! 🙂

Bulldogs And Butterflies

Yesterday, I watched our local college basketball team from Spokane, Washington; Gonzaga win their first game at the NCAA championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

Gonzaga beat South Carolina in a close game, 77 to 73.  This is the first time that Gonzaga Bulldogs have made it into the Final 4 tournament so it was great fun cheering them on!

On Monday, they play against North Carolina for the championship!  Go Zags!!


I haven’t painted a subject in watercolor in awhile so I decided to participate in the World Watercolor Group challenge and paint a butterfly – no fooling! 😉

I’m not totally happy with my results.  I added a little Irridescent Fine acrylics to add shine to the gossamer wings…


Next, I tried to fix it a bit with color pencils and I’m not sure I like it much better!


Some days you win and some you lose…

Are you a basketball fan?  Who is your favorite team?

Cheers!  🙂

Lions And Piglets And Bears, Oh My!

I am enjoying Carla Sonheim’s year long class where I get a short video to jump start my creativity each day.

I thought you might enjoy seeing what I’ve been doing.  🙂

Eyes-closed drawings of Lions, they are a ROAR to do:


I used an Elegant Writer pen to draw my lions (eyes closed) and then watercolor to bleed my lines – eyes open of course!

This lion I did in the same technique except over a watercolor painted background:


I think I draw better with my eyes closed!  Lol!  I used gesso on a paint brush to smear the lines and then added watercolor.  It looks like fabric to me.

This last lion, I painted gesso on black paper.  While the gesso was still wet, I drew my lion’s face into it (eyes closed).  I then added the body with gesso (eyes open), rubbed on pan pastels and added some gold gel pen.  It glows!


And yesterday was “Winnie the Pooh,” day.  It was fun to focus on shape and form with a watercolor brush to paint Piglet and Pooh Bear and the other adorable story characters:


After I painted my shapes by looking at photos, I cut them out and glued them to my page that  I previously painted with watercolors and a light coating of gesso.

I hope you give these creative exercises a try, they are so FUN to do!!

Cheers! 🙂

Creating Art Is Like…

Creating art is like…  How would you complete this sentence?

Yesterday, I was working on day #5 for 365 online class with Carla Sonheim and came up with this quote for my journal:


My background looked a little like peeling paint to me so it was my inspiration.

I added a paint sample card around the number 5 just for fun.  And can you find the bee?

Wishing you a creative day full of beauty!

Cheers!  🙂

An Unusual Pair

I found this Persimmon at the grocery store last week and I have been wanting to paint it.  I haven’t tasted it yet but I’ve read it tastes a little like a mango.

I decided to paint it in watercolor with this blushing pear.  They do make an unusual pair don’t you think?


I added a few watercolor pencils to finish it.

Wishing you a happy day!  🙂

Blushing Blueberries

Blushing blueberries…


Autumn leaves splendor beauty…


Painting warm colors.

Wishing you a HAPPY day, friends!  🙂

Bright And Bold

I started two flower paintings on canvas yesterday.  I thought you might enjoy seeing the beginning stages.

I enjoyed adding texture to my first layer using a natural sea sponge.  After the first layer dried, I drew a quick sketch in pencil and then painted around my shapes.

Here is the first one:

And my bright and bold second one:

I didn’t have to work yesterday so I painted most of the day.  It was AWESOME!!  A great thing to do on a rainy day.  I look forward to having more time to finish them this weekend.

Have a Fabulous Friday!!

Cheers!  🙂