Sunday, March 22, 2015



journal spread, thinking of ancestors 



i wanted to be sure to comment back to all of you 

who have left me sweet messages before i posted

here on my blog.  i really appreciate that you have 

taken the time to say hello.  i think i am caught up.



this journal spread is in memory of my ancestors.

i recently read a book called heart mountain 

by gretel ehrlich  which took place in 

wyoming at one of the sites of an internment camp.

all of my family members were interned during world war II

so it was a very moving book to me.  i didn't intend this page to 

go in this direction but the topic must have been on my mind.

in the lower right corner is a photo of the japanese american

troop who fought in the american army.  i have mentioned 

before that this troop was the most decorated troop in the army.





practicing with a limited palate 






collage and acrylic, we have it all




small color studies



these pieces are  more from my assignments

in art entwined with misty mawn.  she is quite 

extraordinary if you do not know of her.  



posting with paint party friday.  thank you
eva and kristin for hosting for 4 years and 1 week!






Friday, March 13, 2015

journal page, handmade stamps and collage papers



choose your companion wisely when 

traveling through the desert



ink and acrylic




since january i have done a painting a day

through february.  it was so enjoyable that 

i have continued.  i am also taking the amazing and generous

misty mawn's online workshop, art entwined.  i have taken her

workshops for three years now.  she always offers more

than you can wish for and from it a supportive online

community of artists collect to share.

 i will be posting some of the

pieces in the next few weeks.




acrylic a la andy warhol, self portrait



collage using a copy of an original painting



have a lovely weekend.

it is unseasonably warm here 

in southern california.  today in the 90's.




redondo beach, sunset




posting with paint party friday.  thank you 
eva and  kristin who have hosted the party for 4 years today
and to all of the artists who participate by sharing
their beautiful work

Wednesday, February 11, 2015



art journaling














when did you last tell your story?

did anyone listen?

did anyone hear?





posting with wwyww, 







Saturday, February 7, 2015


faces this week 4-7

29 faces challenge




day 4


day 5


day 6


day 7


these were all re-dos from previously painted 

canvases or on heavy paper.  on paintings 5, 6 and 7.

i am remiss at not having taken before pictures.  

next time i will try to remember before i dig in. 

i am trying a different brush stroke and paint 

application.  i dip my brush into paint on both sides

of the brush and apply the paint quickly, trying 

not to get mud.  the canvas is pretty wet most of the time.

ok...now i'm caught up.


posting today with paint party friday






Tuesday, February 3, 2015


day 3, 29 faces





i had this unfinished canvas for a while.

it was started in a workshop led by 

teesha moore.  she was very specific in her

lessons.  the papers are from her collage sheets.







acrylic ink was added






using bamboo and found sticks






then a little black gesso 






and white stabile pen with more

stick painting.






i will probably add more later.

but for now, i will stop.








Monday, February 2, 2015



day 2,  29 faces, february 2015






i have like this as a start but could not

see where to go with it.







but with 29 face paintings to do this month,

she was in the line up.  i started with 

the background.







changed the background 

and  worked on her face.  






voila.  day 2



posting with ayala's 29 faces

Sunday, February 1, 2015



day 1, 29 faces challenge






this is a face i painted on a cradle board but 

did not like the whole composition.  i printed it

 and the face on an 8 x 8 watercolor paper

that i marbleized.  i continued to add  more 

layers of collage and paint.   she looks a little 

worried and might a bit of a smile.



i am posting my faces this month
with 29 faces.  thank you ayala.