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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Stuck...

Unfortunately, our paint group has sort of dismantled.
Health issues for some made it impossible to go on
Little did I realize what their support meant to me.
I have been stuck.
No bright inspirations in the night,
no desire to pour another crazy background.
Just stuck.
I know it will pass and I will fine another group to 'play with'.
In the meantime I putter around on my lanai.
The past two days I have tended my orchids (which were all in the house or the garage because of the cold weather).  As I brought them out, I cleaned each of them off, soaked them in soapy water (to ward off bugs)  As there are over 100, it is a big job and I am happy to have it done.

My white laelia rubescense got a third place ribbon at the Sarasota Orchid Show this past weekend.
It is the white one in the middle of the photo.



Every thing I do seems dark and uninspired.
Maybe next week...
Happy PPF

Monday, January 9, 2017

Orbs-la-Dee


The Diva is back!!!
Welcome back and Happy New Year to all!
This week we are using "Orbs-la-Dee as our challenge.
I have been tangling a page in my journal
(including scrap pieces of tape)
so finished it off with "Orbs" and our Diva's Zedbra (I think).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

And more.....

Laelia rubescens alba "Walter"

Cattleya, Volcano Trick "Fireball"



Dendrobium goldschmidtianum

We have just returned from a Holiday cruise to Panama and Costa Rica.
My goal was to see as many wonderful orchids as I could.
We saw some but not many.
Imagine my surprise when we returned home to find the lanai ablaze with color.

As usual, I had to scratch out my word of the year. 
It is an enjoyable introspective undertaking.


With all the turmoil in the world, we rely on our faith more than ever.
Further, as I have aged, I find myself imagining (predicting?) the worst.  
My word of the year reminds me to return to my faith and...
Let go, Let God.
Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy 2017.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Some more blooms from my lanai


This morning I was greeted by this crazy orchid gone wild.
It is about 10 years old, I have lost the name.  Twice we have divided it but it was such a big job then I am sure we couldn't tackle today.  It is about 3 ½ feet wide.
It is covered with buds and blooms and each bloom measures about 7" wide.


Another nameless cattleya but it has a beautiful scent.


Here we have two orchids, Momilani Rainbow and Tokyo Rose.
All of these (and a few more) are blooming this week.  They are my babies.
I crave their vibrant color!
Merry Christmas (Florida style) and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Circles


This was an experiment a few weeks ago using matt board as the base.
Part of it was discovering if I could texturize regular paper like I do yupo.
The answer is yes.  The base textured color here is blue, texturized with a dry cleaner bag.
The rest was done with stencils, just like I do on the yupo.  It is hard to see here but I was pleased that the background texture under the white, beige and grey shows quite well.

This is my "dump" from last week

 And here it is this week.  Sorry for the shadow on the left side. 
Knowing I will be otherwise occupied for the next couple of weeks,
I want to wish all of my friends on PPF a very Happy Holiday Season.
I will see you after the New Year.

Ooops, I forgot to share the latest bloom on my lanai

This is a purple vanda orchid

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Abstraction


This week I pulled out my old gessoed watercolor paper
and with a class from Jill Krasner, I tried to create an abstract.
It is so easy for me on yupo with stensils and my roller and most importantly, my control.
This is an entirely different ballgame.
I created a small sample of what I wanted to do on the big paper.
I never took a photo of it until after I had reworked it a few hours later.

Then I went to work on the full sheet of watercolor paper.
I had done a second coat of gesso to create texture for the background.
I also used a dry cleaner bag squished onto the paint to get more texture.

Not abstract but it was a lot of fun to do.
You can see above where the old floral was before it got reworked.
And waiting in the wings is a new background done with the acrylic paint "dump".
No idea where this one will go.

And from the lanai this week...

One of my very favorite cattleyas, Chocolate Drop.
I shared it last week but it is even more gorgeous this week
Happy PPF

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Grids


A little plug here for Carole Ohl's calendar.
Working full time these past few years hasn't allowed as much time for creativity as I would like.
However, I have always found time to day my daily calendar.  Sometimes I cheat and have to do three days at a time but it gets done.  
When Laura mentioned grids,  in her I am the Diva challenge, I knew I had a page of grids that really came out nicely and I found it!
I pop in and pop out, but I am always lurking around the Diva site.