Because Art Should be Play and Not Work

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We have a winner!!

Congratulations to Jo Murray!! She is the winner of the Danse Macbre stencils from Artistcellar. Thanks to all of you who left comments!! Jo-you will be contacted by Artistcellar for your mailing information.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Danse Macabre

I am so excited about the new stencils from Artistcellar called Danse Macabre. by their new signature artist Beatrice Coron. In fact I thought they were so cool that I decided to challenge myself to use all four using different mediums! Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see who else is participating in the blog hop and also for a chance to win your very own set of stencils,. Leave a comment no later than September 28th.
For the first piece ( up above) I painted the canvas with black gesso. Then I spread.modeling paste through the stencil. It's a little messy and leaves lots of texture on your canvas but I like that "chunky" look. I then painted it with Silks paints.
The next piece is mixed media on canvas.  It's mainly paint and collage.  In Spanish it says "but mom, the dog ate my homework". You have to look closely to see all the details.
For my third piece I decided to make a small art quilt with machine and hand embroidery and beads. The stencil with the dancers was the only choice for this one!!
And for the final piece a composition book cover using metallic pens on black card stock.
Be sure to visit all of the other artists who are participating in the blog hop using these fun stencils.

Lisa Cousineau Artistcellar   September 20
Jill K. Berry                         September 21
Janet Ghio                            September 22
Cheryl Sleboda                    September 23
Sarah Trumpp                      September 24
Diana Trout                          September 25

Leave me a comment and tell me which piece you like the best and I will draw a winner for these stencils from Artistcellar the first week of October.

Be sure to leave an email so I can get a hold of you and get your mailing address.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Francoise de Felice

Francoise de Felice is a current artist one we studied in the Studying Under the Masters class. She has been influenced by the French impressionists and by Sicilian baroque. Her paintings have a muted, soft look and many times have two figures in them. On the left of this journal page are photocopies of  two of her paintings and on the right my painted copy of one of hers.
This is the opposite page in my large journal and is a copy I made of one of her paintings.
This is my original piece based on what I learned in the class about her paintings. I enjoy looking at her paintings, but not so much painting in this style. I did enjoy the challenge of putting two entwined figures in the painting. And finally
I added a fold out page with other information about Francoise de Felice. I found these fashion illustrations in "W" magazine which looked very much like her paintings.

Friday, September 12, 2014


I've been taking Mary Ann Moss's class and let me just say that I ADORE this class and am having lots of fun sketching. I just love her loose style of sketching. I'm taking my time working my way through all the videos. One of my favorite exercises is doing blind contour drawings and then a more controlled semi blind contour drawing next to it (meaning you get to peek a little as you go along)

They are fun to look at and fun to make. Some other more controlled sketches below not done for her class, but done earlier.
The chair and table in our living room
A little collection of jugs and vases.
A drawing of my grand daughter which looks surprisingly like her--she was keeping her mouth closed for her school photo because she had several teeth missing which is why her mouth looks so odd (besides my drawing skills). Sketching from real life is a real challenge for those of us who are spacially challenged. I do much better drawing from a photo that is flat as opposed to the 3 D items up above. I took an aptitude test once where you had to mentally fold up flat patterns into different shapes and I failed it miserably. The only one I could do was a square--spatial relationships score was almost zero!!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Henry Clive

Henry Clive was another artist that we studied in the "Studying Under the Masters Course". Henry Clive is best known for his illustrations in the 20's, 30's and 40's. His paintings of beautiful woman and famous movies stars graced the covers of many magazines. Henry Clive began his career as a magician which inspired me to create the drawing at the top of him. the two woman on this page are photo copies of two of his illustrations. I believe that my mother when she was about 14 (1928) must have been influenced by his illustrations, because in the pocket above are four small drawings that she made, very much in his style. Here they are below:
The second journal page has drawings that i did in his style. The top two are copies of illustrations that he made.
The two on the bottom are my interpretations of his style. The one on the left is of my mother when she was in her 20's. The one on the right is from a photo of Nicole Kidman (sorry Nicole). Below are the photos that I used.

I really enjoyed the Henry Clive study and my "Masters" journal is getting quite full!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


This is a little painting that I started a long time ago and I found it in the closet recently and decided to finish it in memory of our sweet Sparky who we lost last year on September 6th. We love you and miss you every day!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Frida and Diego

Once again I have been away from my blog for far too long. I have been making art, so I am going to do several posts to try and catch up with all of it. I have been having many problems with my low back, so spending too much time on the computer is difficult--I want to spend the "good" back hours working on art--but I am determined to catch up and maybe I could pick up a few more followers--or rather commentators--they've dwindled down to a small number--anyway enough about that and I will tell you about Frida and Diego. Some of you may remember two earlier embroidered pieces that I made: Summer Daydreams
and the Hippy Dippy Farm

Well I have started a new one called Retrato de Frida y Diego. So far I have done all the free motion stitching outlines and also added silk fabric paints for color to the tea towel. Next will be the long process of all the hand embroidery.

This piece is approximately 3' x 3' and is done on an old fashioned cotton dish towel and inspired by that little senorita in the corner that someone lovingly stitched long ago. Should be fun!! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Oh my....

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since i posted anything here-sheer laziness  I guess. I have been making art in the meantime. I took a class taught by Rae Missigman called Paint Stitch and Store . Lots of fun painting canvas and stitching it into a trifold folder and and several envelopes for carrying many art supplies.
This was a really fun class and very reasonably priced. But that painted canvas is sometimes tough to stitch through, but well worth the effort.
I also took a class at Artful Gathering called Woodland Lighted Theater taught by Iva Wilcox where we made a wonderful lighted scene from an oatmeal container. Here are a couple of photos of the piece that I made.
I have some other things I've been working on and will post more in a few days. It is a wonderful cool morning-got down to 54 last night--a wonderful rarity in Missouri in July! Today is my husbands birthday and we are going out to lunch. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A rose breasted grosbeak and a few more

When I was a little girl, we used to buy these wildlife books that had a sticker of the bird or animal and then a page to color of that bird or animal. I remember that I got the bird sticker book more than once and the first bird I always wanted to color was the rose breasted grosbeak. So pretty.
This photo of a baby starling reminded me of a baby bird that my friend Maren raised. His name was Burgess and she often wrote about him on her blog. I loved reading about that bird!
Here are a couple of Cedar Waxwings. I loved the way one was holding that berry in her beak.
I love these three little yellow birds (finches?) all sitting together on the same branch. I think I need to darken the background on this one. And then switching gears
In the Studying under the Masters class, the next artist was Chagall. I had already done a self study of Chagall last year, but wanted to complete a couple of pages for my journal. I was inspired by a photo of Chagall in his studio for the figure of him and then I surrounded him with different elements from his paintings. And finally
For the opposing journal page, I was inspired by Chagalls flying figures and couples and I painted "Sparky in the sky with diamonds". If you don't remember, we lost our sweet Sparky last September. We will always miss him. That is George and I--we see him flying by! I just wish I had that long white curly hair instead of my short straight hair!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The future of blogs and blogging

No art today. Just wondering...Have you noticed a lack of people commenting on your blog? Do you think Facebook has replaced blogging? I post on FB, but I always liked my blog because I could post more and people left actual comments rather than just clicking "like". Makes me wonder if it is still worth it to blog when I get so few comments any more. Have you noticed this? What do you think?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tribal woman

A new painting. She is a compilation of several different photos so doesn't represent any particular group of people. I love the way the stenciling before the painting looks like tatoos on her chest. I love painting these tribal people. And then of course, the continuing series of birds.
I think this might be an indigo bunting-I need to go to my bird book.
Two little lovey parrots
A hummingbird in flight-not really fond of this one
This looks like a parakeet-the way the head and beak and back feathers look, but it is the wrong colors for a parakeet, so I think it might be a wild form of parakeet. anyone know?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Wodaabe tribe

I was so inspired by a photograph taken by Steve McCurry that I just had to try painting it. I haven't done any large paintings in a while (16 x 20) and i loved painting this one! If you aren't familiar with the Wodaabe tribe and their customs, you might be surprised by some of the things in this Nat Geo video
I also have a few other little drawings from my sketchbook to share
Hummingbird on a nest
Chubby bird standing on one leg
Great horned owl
And i am still struggling with drawing items from real life (instead of photos) but I keep trying
Part of my Mexican folk art collection
And part of a chocolate set that belonged to my grandmother