Friday, June 5, 2015

what can i say

what can i say that i have not said before?

so i'll say it again.

the leaf has a song in it.

stone is the face of patience.

inside the river there is an unfinishable story

and you are somewhere in it

and it will never end until all ends.

~mary oliver 

today these words from one of my favorite 

poets. mary oliver,  rang true.  the week has almost 

ended.  i finished this sweet one

after giving it a long break, waiting for inspiration to come.

it turns out, only a few touches were needed to complete.  

and this creature started off pale and pastel

but just did not fit in its own skin so was 

transformed into this...possibly more work to be done

but for not, ta dah....

i send and received some mail art...

i will post them soon.

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happy paint party friday to all those who participate

and a lovely weekend to all.

Friday, May 29, 2015

this week

a mixed media collage and painting 

using one of my sketches

and another with my sketch...

or half a sketch :)

kitties painted on a post card

a friend snuck a photo

while i set up on the print press

printed grape leaves and curly ques 

i received these beautiful gifts 

a stunning atc from the so very

talented mixed media artist annie hamman

and this charming atc and lilting poem 

and my fellow corita kent enthusiast,

jacki long so generously gave me this 

bag with a corita quote 

and a booklet full of her postcards.

if you don't know of corita, which i have

learned, many do not,  she is a sours

of endless inspiration.

X    X    X    X  

thank you for visiting today and 

have a lovely weekend.

although i have never met you, 

thank you to eva and kristin for hosting a weekly community

for artists to share there work at paint party friday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

balance can refer to so many things....

balance in one's life

balance in movement

balance as in check book

balance in an art piece

i try to stop before a piece

is overworked 

and then come back later 

with (hopefully) fresh eyes.

this is not a right or wrong way to do things.

it's just the way i tend to roll.

thank you for visiting.
have a lovely day

Sunday, May 24, 2015

if you are not familiar with artist trading cards, 

or ATCs, they are 2.5 x 3.5 inch little pieces of art.

the artist is free to create using any medium.  

i belong to an international atc group.  

we have a different themes which we use as a guideline 

and mail our art to the other members six times a year.  

my friend john and i are the only members from the us.  

others hail from england, sweden, germany, new zealand,

 and isreal.  it is such a pleasure to go to my 

mail box and find and envelope, often decorated

with a surprise tiny piece of art.  some days, to extend 

the intrigue,  i just let the envelope sit on my desk unopened 

and imagine what delight is inside waiting for me.

recently, i participated in another trade with a group of 

ten from an online workshop.

artist trading cards, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015


i have missed you!

i haven't disappeared, i have been posting on instagram  

instead of my blog and Facebook. 

all in the family, acrylic on canvas

 it takes me a while to

become accustomed to a new venue.  

5 x 7 acrylic and ink on cardboard

i have continued to 

paint daily.  lately, i have had a bunny obsession 

caught, red-handed making bunnies!

mono print on paper

so i present 

them to you today.

mono print on paper

i hope you like them!

acrylic and ink on cardboard

i visited chicago this past week...

trump tower, chicago by day

trump tower, by night...a bit ominous, don't you think?

thank you for visiting.

this post is linked with paint party friday.
i have a lot of catching up to do!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

works from my studio...

little post cards
mailed to friends


color studies after masters henri matisse and mr. van gogh

thank you for visiting today

wishing you a lovely holiday weekend


posting with paint party friday

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!