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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Hi Everyone...who is still hanging in there with me!
Blogging seems to be more miss than hit this year....it has been a crazy year for sure.
I seem to have my hands in so many pies...and fortunately for my waistline, I can't eat them!
I will keep this post brief...I have so much I could and should share, but I won't bore you with all of it at once!!
I completed the picture from the last post about a week later...and then got carried away with life.
And so here is the finished piece...
WATERCOLOR ON CANVAS ~ 2014
May and June were been filled with crafting and painting. Here is just a glimpse...

FINISHED BARN ~ OIL ON BOARD 2014









And then I did these....
OIL ON CANVAS ~ 2014
PLASTER WORK ON CANVAS 2014


MORE PLASTER WORK ON BURLAP 2014
There is more...but that will be for another post. Soon. I promise!!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far...the weather is wonderful here right now.
Thank-you for visiting.
Wishing you a happy week!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Hello...I hadn't intended to stay away so long. I won't apologize though...
Life has been busy...and it is going to stay that way for awhile. I do hope I can spend a bit more time here now. I do miss blogging and visiting.
We are enjoying some spring-like weather after what has seemed like a FOREVER winter!! I'll take what I can get!
I have been painting and painting these past couple of months...working on technique, different surfaces and totally immersed in the joy of playing with color. What fun!
I hope to have some good news in planning for 2015...already, you ask?? I know, but I have to keep my priorities and goals in mind these days or I could go a little crazy!

I thought I would share what happens to a Canvas when you decide you don't like the Watercolor you have painted. This is probably not what a lot of artists would do, but it works for me. 
The first pic is the canvas after I have removed the original painting and then deciding how and what to paint over it...(the original paint was a staining watercolor)...hence not all was completely removed. I am sure there is a product out there, but I decided to see if I could use what was left to my advantage...
ORIGINAL PAINTING
NEW PAINTING ON PAPER

























The second picture (right) is the new painting on watercolor paper. It looks much better on the paper, but I can't share the whole picture yet...it still needs a bit of work.
ORIGINAL CANVAS WITH A NEW LOOK















The painting above is the original canvas...you can still see the heart shape, and I have turned the canvas to a horizontal position.
THE CANVAS NOW...A NEW WATERCOLOR!














This is what the canvas looks like now. It is coming along. I still have a few more elements to add
to it. It has been a fun exercise in rescuing this canvas. I'll share the final painting in a few days.



Wishing you all a happy weekend!
Thank-you for visiting...
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year...New Ideas...New Inspiration...


Hello...
There is a gentle snow falling on this New Year Eve/Day. There will be snow to shovel in the morning. The days are starting to get a little longer, although we won't be noticing it too much until mid February.
I have a few new books to read over the winter. Looking forward to curling up with a hot cup of tea and a good mystery. How about you? What books do you enjoy reading?...

~ WINTER READING ~
The books in the picture...Of course, I can't go without a cookbook. "Cooking from the Farmer's Market" was a Christmas present from my DH...I had glanced through it a week or so before Christmas while shopping in Williams Sonoma...(Love that store!!) This book is filled with lots of pictures and simple, good for you recipes.
The mystery novel is "Music of Ghosts" and was reviewed favorably by Pam from Sidewalk Shoes and so decided it might be a good read. The one underneath in the photo is called Benediction. Not a long story, but again, well received by those who have read it.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year
filled with joy and peace.
Thank-you for visiting me...
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hello...
All of the decorations have been put away for another year. I am always sad to see them come down, but happy to see a more simplistic space.
New adventures await this new year...I am looking forward to the coming days. Lots of painting, a few house projects and spending time with my family.
My apologies for the yellowish picture below...I took it with a night setting...
CHRISTMAS MANTEL 2013
THE NEW YEAR MANTEL

 I do need to add a couple of things to this...but I will do that closer to the spring...for now, it is
simple. Did you know that leaving a pomegranate to dry makes them leathery and wonderful subjects for painting??

Wishing you all a happy week..
Thank-you for visiting me.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hello...
Finished the last of the painted cards for this year...I have a few last minute gifts to wrap, groceries to buy and food to prepare. It is going to be a very busy week. We have our celebration on Christmas Eve every year. Matthew is 10 yrs old now and no longer the sweet baby with a new toy. He is still sweet, but the toys are technical and the reading time has dwindled down to not much at all over Christmas. Next year, I think we will plan a different kind of holiday celebration...one which I have longed for over the years. We'll see what happens...

Starting to plan the paintings for 2014...I want to do a series or two, possibly one floral and one whimsy. Right now, I am working on paintings for an art auction...don't know if I will be juried in, but I am enjoying the process.

Here is the annual picture of the tree for 2013...
DAYTIME TREE
EVENING TREE...ALL AGLOW

Wishing you all a happy week~
Thank-you for visiting...
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Hello...
Are you ready for Christmas??
We are pretty close...a few more little things to do and make. It has been so cold here, although the
temps are starting to warm up. We have had a lot of snow making the roads treacherous.

I have exciting news...My new website is now up and running. I am hoping it goes smoothly at least until after Christmas. I don't have any more time to work on it. If you visit my site, the home page has changed it's look. You will no longer land on my blog.
Blogger should redirect you...but in case it doesn't, push your refresh button and hopefully you will find me!
I really debated about switching over to wordpress and I still might eventually. Right now, I am happy with what has been created. I will be setting up a facebook business page...but not until after the holidays.
Please stop by for a visit.

OUR LIVING ROOM 2013
I took the photo above this evening. It doesn't show the tree, but I'll post one of it before
Christmas.

Wishing you all a happy week!
Thank-you for visiting...
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Hello...
Long time, no posting...
As you can see, I am making changes. Lots of changes...I have changed gears and will have a new look with lots to see in a few weeks.
I will leave you with this for now...
Pam Gracia always has the cutest images on Facebook. Thanks Pam!!

Wishing you all a happy week!
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