Friday, July 28, 2017




since i have embraced the fact that

i love painting faces, i have been drawing 

and painting so much more.






this is one of my quick daily  starbucks drawings

with black and brown stabilo pencils and water added.  

when his pencil hits water, it becomes like very 

pigmented ink or watercolor.   i love using it! in many ways!





i was drawn to this hostess at a restaurant, 

vera.  when leaving, i gathered up the nerve

i told her i was an artist.  my friend suggested

i show her my drawings. i showed her a few 

in my sketchbook.  i asked if i could take her 

photo so that i might draw her.  






this is a painting that i did in 2016

i  liked but didn't love it.




i reworked it, adding two more faces.




now i love it.  





and i painted this starting from a reference

image of four of my friends.  then the 

painting became its own version.

both are acrylic, stabile and gesso. 





when i look back at a week's worth of photos

in my iphoto library,  it feels like i have done a lot 

but on a day to day basis,  it's just a moment at a time.

next week i am heading to whidbey island to participate

in a 3 day workshop led by john arbuckle and brian kasstle.

i went last year and had a ball.  I am looking forward 

to the same this year.  i will  probably not post friday 

unless i figure out how to post when i am not at my

computer.    hopefully  i will saturday.  



thank you for visiting me today! 
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i find it a simple and compelling 
site with a supportive community of artists. 


posting with paint party friday hosted 
weekly by kristen and eva. 








Friday, July 21, 2017




portrait on my easel as it evolves

i missed taking  photos of a few steps but 

you can get an idea.







eyes were wonky so i had to move them








last  saturday  i joined a make and take at 

 the south bay botanic garden

in palos verdes.  we painted a parasol

in the gardens  under a lovely trellis.  there 

was a steady stream of people of all ages coming to 

enjoy this activity.  i took an image of a geisha 

to collage on my pink parasol then painted blossoms. 


















i received my new italian acrylics this week!! yay!   

they were not easy to find.  i love the buttery consistency.

i will be showing new work using them soon.








southern california is at its best 

here at the palos verdes beach club.

i never tire of the view walking down the stairs.




i brought this book and joined my husband.  





my local library is hosting an interesting series.  

i missed most of them but will join in on the 

august session when  we discuss the art forger by b.a. shapiro 

and then  make art based on influences of the book.

clever, right?







posting with the lovely eva and kristen's










Friday, July 14, 2017





this week found me continuing with the daily

sketching.  i pop in to starbucks, use a reference 

image from a fashion magazine or make up a face.

i have been using a micron 02 pen.  this is a face

is  from my head.  graphite was added afterwards.







here's how she looks with watercolors.  both give

a different effect.  i think i ike the first a wee bit better.









these two are works in progress that i started 

at a painting workshop with jeanne marie.  what an indulgence 

to paint for two days in a small group of lovely women. 

after having recently attended jacki long's mixed media 

classes last month, and having so much fun, i am  looking to

schedule more group classes to scatter into the mix of my daily

art practice.   not only are they fun but there is a wonderful energy 

that comes with  creating in a group and i often learn something new.

i am fortunate that there are workshops accessible near me.   do you 

attend classes?  what is your experience? this weekend 

i saw a flier at the local botanic garden  for a make and take 

to paint a parasol!!! right up my alley!

i will show you what i create next week!


until then, have a lovely weekend!



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Friday, July 7, 2017

this week i pulled out various 







inks and drew faces using a stick











and snuck in a few starbucks drawings








my garden is bountiful!


X O X O 



thank you for visiting today!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

mixed media abstract figurative on cradle board 



thank you for your lovely comments on my last 

post.  the internet art community is such a support

for the artist.  






the theme for my international act group is rust.  

these are mailed from papers i boiled with rusty 

stuff bundled between sheets.   the bundles are 

boiled for over an hour, cooled, dried and then separated.

i felt like the cards needed some more detailing 






ad added some ink doodles.  click on the image for 

close ups. 





i fell in love with  this clever painted leather 

sofa in a new dress store. 



raised bed update



its friday so i am posting with eva and kristen
and other folks at paint party friday.










Friday, June 23, 2017

finding my mojo





what to do when my creative spirit wanders 

and i cannot think of what to do?  my husband 

reminded me that i always love taking a workshop.

great idea!  this week i joined the ever creative well of 

inspiration, jacki long's art gang at the art supply warehouse in a 

mixdd media marathon.  jacki is amazing!  she demonstrated a 

list of projects for us to jump in.  all supplies are supplied.   that did the trick!

between being in a group of creative folks, jacki's encouragement

and  enthusiasm, i was off to collaging faces and thinking of other possibilities.

by the way, jacki has done a daily blog, for years.  her current total is 1793!

i think she's going for a record.  







i also decided that i love creating  faces.  sometimes we are the last 

to be able to identify where our passion leads us when everyone else 

can pinpoint it.   sp, in in an effort to embrace this new information,

and to support myself, 






i took my faces out of the box and put them on 

my studio wall.  i have many more and plan to fill the wall.








my vegetable garden also offered hours of 

reflective  time as my hands cared and tended 

tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, beans and other wonderful greens. 



all in all, my attempts were successful at getting

me back on track.  i also realize the we cannot have

a consistent stream of creative energy but it is snot often

where i get thrown off my center.   like a garden, the soil is

fertile but needs to lay fallow to replenish its rich nutrients.

i would love to hear about  how you handle fallow art periods.




linking with kristen and eva's paint party friday and 
other creative friends















Saturday, June 17, 2017

faces and other summer ramblings


i cut up some of those funny faces from last week 

and put them together in different combinations

to create intriguing faces that you'd never want to encounter

on a dark street when you are alone.  but they were fun to do here 

in rafael studio!






i don't know about you, but, 

sometimes i hear a critical inner voice.  well, if i were

totally honest, i would admit that i hear it more than i like.

one of the things i heard this week is  'you are so narrow

minded.  can't you paint anything other than faces?  you should

be more versatile.'  hmm, that gave me pause.  i began to think

that i should give up creating.  that i've worn out my subject, 

that no one wants to see another face.  you get the picture.

i talked to my friend, evie about this.  she and i met when we

both trained to be therapists decades ago.  she is my pal that i talk to 

daily.  we share everything and anything.  during our conversation,

i  realized that i love creating  faces, love learning and using 

different techniques for the process. the the human face is one of the most 

intricate and fascinating subjects  there is, that there are countless 

emotions and subtitles in a face.   whew!  i can proceed.








elsewhere in my world,  i have returned to gardening.  one

grandfather was a gardener, the other grew his own vegetables

and made green juice ever day before it was a fad.  

i started with 7 tomato plants in pots.  then,  i built a raised  bed

and started to plant herbs and vegetables.    my husband and i look at it 

two to three times a day to look for any changes.  i go to nurseries to find

more plants.  now i have plans to fill pots around my yard with herbs 

and vegetables.  it is a rewarding pastime that i can eat eventually!






on the family front, little owen, my nephew's son 

graduated from pre school.  when i grew up, that was not a day marked 

on the calendar.  but now, aunts, uncles flew in to town, 

grandparents attended.  the whole class gave  an adorable  

singing dancing  performance . of course, i thought 

owen was the star of the show but all of the others were close 

seconds.  it brought back so many fond memories.





and now to the most most exciting part of the family news.

remember the napa trip i talked about last post?  well, it was a 

hush hush trip that my son planned to ask his girlfriend to marry him.

he invited her parents and us to join them to celebrate.  

what a  celebration it was!  




so all in all, as you can see, life is good.



i would love to hear what is happing in your world.  


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