Monday, December 26, 2016

Season's Greetings

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas 
and are looking forward to a happy
 and prosperous  New Year

Friday, November 11, 2016

The End of October

Paint Party Friday

I took part in the Inktober event last month
 and I actually finished it. 
 I found that I actually enjoyed drawing with pen. 
 I had always been afraid to because 
there is not much room for error
 but with a light pencil layout
 I found that a nice drawing was possible. 
 So, here they all are. 
Bear with me while I explain them a give credit where I can.

Some were inspired by suggested Inktober themes.  
The second one was "Collection".  The third one 
was "Hungry" and the fourth one was "Hidden".

 This is "Noise", "Sad", "Stone", "Broken", and the last one 
is from a photo of a puma statue that I took at the zoo,

Only one here was made to a suggested theme.  
The first was "Jump", the second is a sketch I thought 
I might make into a painting but didn't.  
Three was made from a photo taken by 
an online friend, Barbara King. 
Number four was a sketch for a watercolor 
and last was made from a photo that I took.  
Love sailboats but have not been able
 to draw one that looks like I want it to.

 Number one and three were drawn from photos found in Virtual Sketchwalk  
The second was from the suggested theme list "Broken" 
and the last one is copied from my 
most favorite childrens' book, "Half Magic".

First "What You Find on the Sidewalk" 
 from my own collection of photos.
 Second a *vulture from a photo I found online.
 Three and four are from photos found on
 "Virtual Sketchwalk" and last the UT Austin tower 
from a photo taken by my daughter.

Another photo from "Virtual Sketchwalk".
A little prickly *hedgehog and a old *fisherman's cottage.
A little Pegasus based on a photo from 
"Horses Are Beautiful" and last, Happy Halloween 
based on a vintage photo found on "Fog Walking".
*None of these drawings were sold.  They were only for my own practice and for my blog.

 Linking to Paint Party Friday

Thursday, October 27, 2016


The latest painting in what I am calling my moon series.  This was painted through guidance of Anne Hamman's "Soulful Story Art" online class.

Acrylic  8x10 on cavas panel.

See this and many more "spooky" paintings at The DPW Painting Challenge 
and scroll down the page.
Also connecting to Paint Party Friday

Thanks for the view.
Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


One month of ink drawings. 
 One a day.  Rather colorless this week.

An old California mission. 
 Great textures and sculptural cacti. 
 The photo is from Virtual Sketchwalk.

Drawn from the list of suggested themes
 on Inktober 2016. 
"Noise", a puppy furiously barking at imaginary threats.

 The theme was "collect". 
 Well, you can never have just one cat.

This theme was "hunger". 
 Someone here was very hungry.

A "hidden" door. 
 From a photo I took while on a walk 
in a Buffalo, NY neighborhood.

I found this little kitten online.  He looks like the famous circus clown, Emmit Kelly. 
 Don't you think so?

 This theme was "rock".  
The most famous rock structure, Stonehenge.

Those are for the first week.
Many more to go.

Linking with  Paint Party Friday

Friday, September 30, 2016

29 Faces in September

September 30 

Not quite 29, but 24 instead.

This has been challenging and fun.  
Many thanks to our wonderful hostess.


Well, I did not quite make it for the full month of 
30 Faces for September.  
I have been devoting the majority of my painting time
 to the Annie Hammon class. 
 Annie teaches techniques using acrylic paint. 

Face #15

I love acrylics but painting faces and facial contours in acrylic is a bit challenging.
  I still have one more painting to finish from her class and one more exercise. 

This painting was poetry inspired.  I used the only line I could remember from poetry class in school, Lord Byron's poem "She Walks in Beauty Like the Night".

Faces #16, #17 and #18

The first face is a sketch that I made
 in preparation for one of Annie's lessons
 and the second one is the finished face.
However I have not finished the entire painting.
Number 18 is a sketch that I may use later in a painting.

Faces #19, 20, 21, 22 23 and 24

It is October!  
This morning, here in South Texas 
we actually felt a chill in the air!
So refreshing.
Numbers 19 - 24 are my current paintings 
for Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos.
Happy October and the beginning of Fall.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016


Face #8 for 29 Faces

The entire painting


I am taking Annie Hamman's fabulous 
Soulful Story Art online class.
This is my first painting following her guidance. 
 The theme is Threads of My Life.  The photographs
 that I take are strung on a thread, 
my camera is in my hand
 and of course, there is my cat.

#9, 10, 11  and 12

These are some sketches of faces 
that will perhaps turn into ideas 
for some future paintings.

Face # 13
 My second painting in the course.
The theme was Land of Hope.
Somehow it turned rather Gaelic
with the tartan headscarf, tree of life
and ravens.

# 14  Siamese Kitten 
 A break from the people faces.
I love drawing animals.
This one is on a round wooden disk.
I made it for a series of magnets
that I am painting.

One evening we went to the Kemah Boardwalk
 to watch the pretty boats sail in and to see the lights. 
 These photos were taken with my cell phone.  
Ooooooo  Pretty colored lights.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


I got started late so I am playing catch up.

 #4 Searching 

This was done for a word association challenge found on Gypseefiire's Weekly Challenge.  The object is to incorporate as many of the words as possible from a supplied list.  
I love these challenges. 

#5 Hawaiian Dancer

This one was drawn from a photo on Virtual Sketchwalk.  The photo was supplied by Sean-Michael Gettys.
Pencil and alcohol marker


#6 Memories

All from imagination, a collage of papers painting.

#7 Jennifer

I need practice creating accurate likenesses.  This is Jennifer Lawrence...almost.

 Linking with 29 Faces in September

Friday, September 16, 2016


September 15, 2016

A question for all creative types no matter what one's choice of creative outlet might be.  What do I want to do today with the precious remaining time that I  have for my own endeavors. Faces! 

 Pencil drawing of pensive gorilla, Face #1

Face #2

Danaerys Targarian from The Game of Thrones
and her black dragon, or his eye anyway.
The stone texture in the background was made
by cutting stone shapes and gluing them
to the background before painting.

Face #3
Steampunk Lady and Her Pet.
I did this one for a Steampunk exhibit 
but alas, she did not sell.

What I have been doing...
It has been quite a while since I have posted.
 I have been occupied.  
We had a great visit with my daughter and grandchildren
and we had lots of fun. 

Linking to Paint Party Friday

 29 Faces in September




Sunday, August 21, 2016


August 21,2o16

Not sure I like the word abandonment.  I prefer gifting. The object is to leave random bits of art work in public places for others to find and hopefully appreciate.  See more here


I have left a few items but have no idea if anyone took them home or threw them away.  One was in a park near my home and I know it disappeared.  If the grounds keeper found it I hope he took it home rather than throwing it away.  Oh well, that is part of the game.

Hen and Chickens
 I may take this one to  hide in 
my sister in law's house this week.

I want to gift this one in a coffee shop

My favorite.  I may keep him for a while.

Perhaps in a garden shop

And I think these two are for my grand kids.


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