Friday, July 22, 2016




happy friday!  

today by day you will find me in my studio

all day preparing for  a showing of my 

work in august.  click on the tab at the top

of this page at gallery in the garden 4

to check out a preview of 

what will be shown.  by night i change hats 

to attend the opening of CA101 gallery

display where about 100 of my painted 

teabags will be on display.  

so i leave you now with this short post.

tell me about your weekend plans!



posting with other creatives at
paint party friday so thoughtfully
hosted by eva and kristen.  
please visit  and be delighted.



Friday, July 15, 2016




since i take photos wherever i go, before i write a post

i scan the photo library on my phone to remind myself

where i have been and what i have been doing.  

it's a willey-nilly style of organization.  i like it.

how do you decide on your next post?






this week i attended the rubber-stamp convention

in carson with my art pal, lorraine.  we also too

a junk journal class with teesha moore.







here is a peek of the journal.   i continue to add more and more

until it is crammed full of stuff i love and words i want to say.



today is friday and i am linking this post with paint party friday
a weekly community of artists.  click the link to see what others are
creating. 






Friday, July 8, 2016




this week i am up to arranging teabags ladies.

why?  i need to create 3 large frames 

for an upcoming installation.  my idea 

was to have small groupings. the curator

had other ideas.    am liking them together.

what do you think?  








if you are in southern california, redondo beach

to be specific.  i would love to see you there!



posting along with weekly hostesses eva and kristen




this week i am up to arranging teabags ladies.

why?  i need to create 3 large frames 

for an upcoming installation.  my idea 

was to have small groupings. the curator

had other ideas.    am liking them together.

what do you think?  








if you are in southern california, redondo beach

to be specific.  i would love to see you there!



posting along with weekly hostesses eva and kristen
at paint party friday

Friday, July 1, 2016

my week in photos ...
and a few words

sunrise over palos verdes, no filter.  

the color i think comes
from the windshield
but i like the effect.



the sun

have you ever seen
anything
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
 released and easy, 
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone~
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance~
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love~
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough 
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there
empty-handed~
or have you too
turned from this world~

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

mary oliver






teabag paintings, reference from henri matisse

all collage teabag, reference journal sketch

teabag, pencil sketching





large commissioned piece


tomatomania tomato-titas growing 


and sunset over the pacific, catalina in the background



it is friday of a long holiday weekend.  thank you

for taking the time to visit.  your comments mean a lot to 

me.   have a fun one for all who celebrate and be safe.




posting with friends at paint party friday.

Friday, June 24, 2016

after reading my friend jacki long's blog  about being 

side-tracked on a day when she had her plate already full.

i couldn't resist.   today i have to 

submit titles, prices, sizes and an artist 

statement and complete the blog listing of all the 

teabag paintings (over 130)  for a July show where 

i will have an installation space to display the teabag ladies that 

i have been painting daily for this year.  






good day to be sidetracked. so with a roll of clear packing tape, 

a junk mail travel brochure, glue stick, just completed journal  and 

time i don't have, i got busy.




opened journal cover



the procedure is simple.  

1     place the clear tape on a magazine page, rub or burnish

2     rip up the tape from the page.  you will get a portion of whatever image was

on the page.  you can play around with this.  the harder you burnish, the  more

of the page will come up.  it's not an exact science.  i like that!



taped brochure strip 


strip glued on the journal









arrange the strips  and glue.

easy peasy!




but this simple technique transformed how i feel about the journal.




i hadn't been able to move on to a new journal because although

all of the pages were  filled, something stopped me.

 it love the new look of my journal

and can move on to a new journal and to getting today's work done.










reflection in a large outdoor aquarium at malibu village






thank you for visiting 
and have a lovely week end



linking with other artists at paint party friday.
for a dose of creativity, visit their site hosted
weekly by kristen and eva. 





Wednesday, June 22, 2016




what better to do on a gray day but to meet a friend 

 at the long beach swap meet?






you might find a judy garland album






or a new dress






or?










hardware.... when i built my house i scoured

swap meets every sunday

for glass door knobs and brass hardware

like these.  each door  in my house is unique and has its

own story.













old photos for collage pieces

although, sometimes these old photos make me

sad thinking of disconnected families that

do not have their precious photos.








early california pottery.  i have several 

collections of these colorful dishes, bowls

and mugs.





















or even an old ready to be used

for an altered book.