Friday, February 16, 2018

Channeling ~ complete

I finally was able to get a decent photo of this piece finished. The differences are subtle and may not be as noticeable in the image as they are IRL but I'm calling this done. I'm including a quick sketch of my next collage. I'm going to call this 'Still Life with Drawbridge'.

This is a familiar scene in my hometown during the summer months. The bridge goes up every 1/2 hour on the dot so the boat traffic can pass and the vehicle traffic can plan around this. It still creates a huge bottleneck because the main drag is a state highway and traffic can pile up fast.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Channeling ~ WIP

I'm almost done with this latest collage. There's still a little tweaking to be done. It was inspired by the man made channel (aka Pine River) in my own town. It connects Lake Michigan with Round Lake creating a safe harbor for ships and boats. I've taken photos along the way to create a work in progress beginning with the very first sketches. Most of the papers are homemade including blue crystalline paper for my lake water. The rest are magazine pages and a few prints I made from images I found online.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Cards and more Cards

A dear friend has been so sick since the
very beginning of the year.
I thought she could use a laugh.
This silly frog was inspired by a bit of pottery I saw on Pinterest.

I've been a card making fool lately. Here are a few of my latest...two Valentine cards and one Get Well. Card making is #1..a wonderful way to personalize a greeting and #2..a great way to try a new technique, new stencils, new compositions, etc. It's a win, win endeavor.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Oh, Happy Day

Wow, I'm really slow out of the gate this year. Meet Happy, a fella I met online. He looks kinda like I feel right now. Winter weather has not been kind to my lungs lately so I have been doing a little art whenever I felt up to it and I finally completed this basset a few days ago. It's the first all transparent watercolor I've done in awhile.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


To all my visitors I wish you good health, far more joy than sorrow and an abundance of creativity in the coming new year.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas to All

I want to wish all my visitors a very Merry Christmas and thank you all for supporting me and my art. Every visit and comment is encouragement to me.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Here Comes Santa Claus

I finally got Santa completed. Actually two were completed, exactly alike. I've posted what I think is the best of the two. What I thought was going to be a quick little portrait turned into much more and I learned a few things along the way not the least of which is how to store my acrylic paint and preserve it after it's been squeezed from the tube. I can't believe I didn't come up with this idea sooner! I'm using a disposable plastic container with lid as my palette which is capable of keeping the paint usable up to 3-4 days. When it's dried out all I have to do is use a plastic palette knife to scrape it away and voila!...I have a nice clean palette for the next project.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Making Cards

Quick update. Every December I struggle to come up with something unique in way of a birthday card for Betsy, my best friend since 4th grade. As luck would have it I stumbled onto a series of whimsical paintings on Pinterest to fit the bill. I took inspiration from these gems to create this bit of fun. I know she's going to love it. I'm also working on a few Christmas cards. I don't send them anymore but to just 2 people and I like to paint them myself. I'll be posting those soon...I hope.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Bundle Up #2

The second installment in my new series based on women's coats and accessories. Sorry for the lag in updates. After my last post I could not find traction for some reason and I hope whatever was going on with me has passed for a good long time.