It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Helen Walton

Friday, December 15, 2017

I hear that monkey again

Danny Gregory came up with the perfect name for that noise in our head that doesn't like anything.
He referred to it as a "monkey".
Well, the monkey has been raging in my head lately.
Nothing is "right", what ever "right" is.
So be it, I am a happy camper when I am painting.  The results just aren't "right"

This is the fourth layer...I am serious, there are 3 paintings under this, along with
collage.  The surface is all bumpy.  I have promised myself that I will not bury this.
I have to make it work for something.

This one also has a couple of pictures underneath.
Hopefully when the Holidays are past my usual positive countenance will return.
In the meantime, I will NOT let myself bury any more work until I am in a more positive
state of mind.

Wishing all a Happy Holiday Season 

This beautiful 15 year old orchid blooms every year at Christmas.  The blooms are about 7" across and the plant usually has about 30 blooms by the end of it's blooming.
Spectacular isn't it?
Happy PPF

Friday, December 1, 2017


This is my latest abstract attempt, a diptych.  Since I will never frame them,
I show them here on my floor.  
And with these two, I have decided to move on from the very abstract.  My brain just has to work too hard and I am never satisfied with the results.
I got one of my paintings on yupo framed and was delighted with the results.
This is one of the old dogs that I pulled out from under the bed and reworked.
I am quite happy with the results.

We have had a quite spectacular November as far as my orchids are concerned.
I have blooms everywhere and was even able to give away a couple of plants that were duplicates from last years repotting.  I love to give my "babies" away.

Wishing you all a stressless Holiday Season
and Happy PPF

Friday, November 24, 2017

My old friend, yupo paper

It has been probably 8 months since I did anything with yupo paper.
That is a plastic paper I used exclusively in 2016.
Then I got involved with abstracts on 300# watercolor paper and forgot about yupo.
Several artist friends rented a room at the ArtCenter and "played together" for a morning.
I decided to use my last sheet of yupo.
This is watercolor sprayed through cheesecloth.
When it drys I remove the cheesecloth and spray it with a fixative.
I used stencils I had made to create this design.

I had an old background on a canvas board that I wanted to finish one way or another.
I added collage and the collage just seemed to sit on top, not a part of the composition.
So I mixed a thin off white paint and used a kitchen spatula to smear the paint around.
What fun!!!  I will definitely use that again and I was happy with the result.

I am not sure if it is done but it is further along than it was.
The Holiday Season is upon us!
Keep painting.  It is a good stress relief.

Happy PPF and thanks to Kristin and Eva for managing our "zoo"

P.S.  Almost forgot my blooms this week.  They are gorgeous and too numerous to share them all.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Inspirations right in front of us

We have lived in this house for 15 years.
For most of the 15 years a sunflower bouquet has sat on my credenza.
I have been struggling with doing collage (I still hear my art teacher saying "collage is not art).
I took a new Saturday class at the Art Center and our project was to do a mixed media.
One evening I looked at the sunflowers and thought "why not?"
It is only paper and I didn't even buy it, it was supplied.
And I don't need to be so tight about paper when I happily spend fortunes on silly shoes.

So I sketched an idea in my giant sketch pad and then went to work rounding up scraps of paper.
This is a VERY simple collage, for the most part, one piece of paper per petal.
But when all was said and done, I am happy with the results.

We have had cooler weather here in Florida and my orchids have gone nuts.

This was a scrap that I tied to the palm 4-5 years ago.  Each year it gets prettier.

This one was repotted last spring and obviously likes it's new digs.
Wishing all a Happy PPF

Friday, November 3, 2017

You Tube Junkie

I think I have confessed before that I am a You Tube junkie.
When I am stuck, like recently when I decided to try using more collage in my work, I always 
turn to You Tube for help and new ideas.
Beyond the "dirty pour", there is another viral idea out there.  That is using Citrasolv and National 
Geographics to make unique papers for collage.  You can look it up for yourself to see how it is done, but I hustled off to the Goodwill Bookstore and bought two old National Geographics and ordered Citrasolv online.
This is NOT a pleasant process.  It stinks and it is messy.
You have to lay the pages out to dry

And here are some of my results.

I thought the results were amazing.  In some cases I could just pick a 6 x 6 area
and frame it and be done.
I did two magazines so have pages coming out of my ears.
Hopefully next week I will have some new collage work to show.
Wishing all a Happy PPF
My single orchid became triplets.  I love it when that happens.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Adventures in collage

The cool weather, in Florida that means weather under 90 degrees, arrived this week.
Yesterday I think it was only 74 degrees so work on the lanai will be much more enjoyable.
This week I decided to explore collage a bit more.  Rather than just adding bits, I 
wanted to do something that was all collage.
This one, I started it upside down from what you see.  When I got to the "tree space" I
turned it around and saw the mountain scene and added the trees and called it done.

The second one is in the style of something I saw on Pinterest and had been planning it in 
my mind for a while.  

These were fun to do.  My fingers got awfully sticky with matt medium.
And then I returned to my comfort zone.
This guy was a doodle from many of my notebooks in highschool days.
I had covered an old painting I didn't like with black gesso and just like in school
he emerged on the paper.

Wishing everyone a happy Halloween.

And last but not least (for me anyway) I have a new bloom on my orchids.
I think the excessive heat and rain have slowed down their blooming.
Anyway, here is a cattleya (that someone has been nibbling on).

Wishing everyone a Happy PPF!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Where did this week go???

I can't believe it is Friday.
Where did this week go??
I remember Wednesday.  We were having fun at the art center.
This week "fun" was in my head.

I think I am starting to understand this abstract thing but it has taken almost
a year to start to have a grasp.

I think I need to give these a rest under the bed and then have another look at them.
Wishing all a very Happy PPF

P.S. Still no orchid blooms...