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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Layers, and layers

This started out as a watercolor on yupo background.  Then I rolled it with acrylic. 
Then I stamped it and used stencils
It was a fun project and I got to use one of my ho-hum backgrounds and turn it into something.

This gives you a peak at the original background
Work has been so crazy lately and my best friend has been in hospice so there has't been much time for art.  Sadly, she lost her battle a couple of days ago.  Not an art friend but one that I shared just about everything else with.  It will be lonely without her, for sure.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF and treasure every moment.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Idaho weekend

A long weekend in Hayden Lake, Idaho inspired me to have another look
at a background I had done on massa paper months ago.
I am only starting as you can see on the right, I will negative paint out the trees on the left
and have a great memory of our time with friends in Idaho.
I have another massa hiding under the bed and am thinking of retrieving it and maybe creating some geraniums in a pot...we'll see.

Another sample of my geometrics.  The yellow was the base color.

This base
became this.
I really am not happy with the results but maybe if I stash it under the bed, it will appeal more in 6 or 7 months.  Speaking of stashes, the collection of stencils I have made for various projects is growing to the point it could be a fire hazard.  I keep thinking I will reuse the stencil...NOT!!!
With many thanks to our Paint Party Friday hosts Kristin and Eva,  I wish you a Happy PPF!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Random Paint Dumps

Many of you are aware of the many backgrounds I create with different types of paint on yupo paper.
One of my favorites is just wetting the paper, dumping acrylic paint on it and letting the colors work together.  For me, that is the most enjoyable, just watching the colors mix and move.  If I don't get just what I want, I tilt things a bit.  So this is one of my random dumps where I didn't plan, didn't move, just let the paint play.  And from where I see it, I got a bouquet of roses.  What do you think?

I framed it and it now resides in my office.
Wishing you all a happy PPF and  for those in the U.S., a safe 4th of July.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Acrylic background

This was sort of a dump of acrylic paint on yupo paper.
It seemed to convey the heat of the summer skies in Florida.
So I mixed up a thick batch of watercolor and painted my hill and palms.
Too simple, but the background gives a dramatic affect and the watercolor does it's own thing
on the acrylic which is always interesting.

This was the stencil I made and used on the picket fence painting last week.
I wanted the background to show faintly so just rolled the white over lightly.
When we lived in Colorado, the arrival of the hummingbirds meant we were done with snow for that year.  Their arrival was sort of a celebratory thing at our house.
I don't believe I have seen one hummingbird in Florida, but I haven't forgotten them
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF

Friday, May 27, 2016


The best thing about raising orchids is if you ignore them, they present you with gorgeous surprises.
Last year I had a thrips infestation so this year I am diligent about spraying them with
dishwashing soap and water or neem oil to keep the "nasties" away.
At this time of year I get wonderful surprises almost weekly.
One of the joys of being a Florida resident.

Finally got this matted.  The original was the yellow and I added layers and layers, and layers of circle stencils.  The foggy white layer was the last and seemed to pull it all together for me.
What do you think?

Awaiting inspiration!  I have a vague idea about a dragonfly.  
Happy PPF!

P.S.  What a surprise!  I wrote my blog, went to post it and there was my hummingbird...and I was writing about surprises.  Thank you  Kristin and Eva! and the random number generator.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Reclamation projects

By now you are familiar with the multitudes of yupo backgrounds that reside under the bed
in the front bedroom.
This was a project to use some of those.
Am not sure if it is done or not.
I'll probably hide it for a few months and then take another look.

This was a weave using strips of old discards.
I discovered Rosie Kaplan on Facebook and she does some amazing circular weaves.
Couldn't figure them out but did come up with this .

And last but not least,
this was a background and I cut out stencils of the flower and the hummingbird and put them where the colors worked best.  I rolled it with green acrylic.  YUK it was way too green.   Another home made stencil of a picket fence (reversed) and I rolled it white.  Done, I think.
Happy PPF

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Dancing Ladies

My apologies for the recent absence.
Work has kept me busy.
That said, I always reserve Wednesday afternoon to splash around in my paint.
This is acrylic paint on yupo.
When it dried I covered it with a thick watercolor mixture and this time for some reason
got the beautiful background as the water color paint reacted with the acrylic paint.
It has never done this before but I hope it does again!
When the water color mixture is dry you can sketch your design on with chalk and then with a wet brush lift away the watercolor paint  using bits of paper towel to blot away the color.

This is one I did a while ago.  The red is the watercolor and the gold is an acrylic background.  You
can see that only my brush strokes show in the bottom one, no reactions.

Here is a background (complete w/blue tape) awaiting transformation.
Thanks for stopping by!

Ooooops!  I forgot a bloom for you

I smelled these before I saw them, they are so tiny.  They have a wonderful coconut scent.