Friday, September 30, 2016

i felt like i hit the jackpot when i found a sonia delunay book 

on sale at anthropologie.  i love her use of color and design but 

was unfamiliar with her figures.  i used a small section of one of her

paintings for this teabag painting.

i am experimenting with figure drawing this week.  

simple lines are deceptively difficult.  

i have paper ephemerah flowing from drawers,

shelves, closets.  a friend suggested i use them to collage in large books.

he said don't think about it.  just work intuitively.  here are a few 

pages.  i worked fast, intuitively and had a lot of fun!  also he said

that i can cut portions of the pages if i want to use them in a painting.

good idea!

it's been hot, hot, hot this week.  in the 90's.

but the sunsets have been spectacular and the 

evenings delicious.

thank you for visiting today.

have a lovely weekend!


it is friday and on this day
i link the post with the lovely creatives 
at paint party friday

Friday, September 23, 2016


here is some of the work i have

been doing this week.

30 paintings in 30 days

#29 faces


paintings on teabags endlessly intrigues me.

i use them like a playground to experiment

with various mediums and studies.

tea bag 

tea bag

tea bag

tea bag

i made this journal years ago.

the pages are of varying sizes.  i have not

been certain about it, the unpredictability of it all.

i have embraced it, added packing tape collage along

with one of my paintings to the cover and 

am in love with it.   i have joined the 30 day

journal challenge with lisa sonora for the 

month of september.  it has unexpectedly become

very grounding to write daily.  

hand made journal cover

journal page

journal page

southern california has experiencing years 

of drought.  drought tolerant gardens have been popping

up all over to help conserve water so along with the 

palm trees of old, succulents are commonplace.  

i am appreciating the refreshing beauty in these plants.  


if you get some time,  a visit to  paint party friday 

will delight your eyes and spirit.

thank you for visiting today!

Friday, September 16, 2016

this week 

in this studio

i tried to capture the magic light that beckons every morning

this started as a painted canvas that has been sitting unfinished.  

it needed more than paint

so i collaged using mainly printed tissue papers. 

i made a copy of a previous painting and tore it.

then glued it into my journal and painted another face.

on the adjacent page i made a pcket.

on individual pieces of paper i wrote

different dares and what i thought might

happen if i dared do it.  it was a 

revealing exercise.

another copy of a previous face glued to 

my journal.  i painted, stenciled

and then collaged a dress 

these next are teabags.

others visiting me today.

that's it for my creative week.  

how was your week?

Friday, September 9, 2016

day 5

30 paintings in 30 days

29 faces 

i have taken on several creative challenges this month...

one probably would have been enough but i could not say no

to the second... and then the third, a journaling challenge with

prompts came along.  after much thought i decided i would try.

if it became too much i would bow out.  as it turns out,

the journaling is fueling my creative fire.   i learned

that you can never predict what will be the one thing

that will add to your life.  do you spark your creativity 

in any particular way?

mixed media on canvas, 30 paintings in 30 days

acrylic teabag, 365 teabag paintings 

and a journal entry for 

30 day journal with lisa sonora

page in handmade journal,  pages made from eco dyed and boiled paper

"Pursuing my path of becoming an artist wasn't really about the art."
Lisa Sonora

the journaling reads:

my family immigrated to the united states in the
early 1900s from japan.  each of them explored
art at times of distress.

i do my art because it is my calling.  i did not 
know this for decades.

this is a friday post along with others creatives
at paint party friday, a weekly showcase of art 
 hosted by eva and kristen.

thank you for visiting today.
and if you choose to post a comment,
thank you for your time and consideration.
both are appreciated! 

Monday, September 5, 2016

day 5

30 paintings in 30 days

acrylic on canvas

day 4

30 paintings in 30 days

29 faces, september 2016

acrylic on a teabag

daily sketch


it looks like i have a start of perfume bottle series!

thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

day 3

30 paintings in 30 days

on bad hair days, she wears a bandana

29 faces

acrylic on teabag

Friday, September 2, 2016

day 2

30 paintings in 30 days

29 faces

daily sketch

acrylic, pencil on canvas board

black gesso, white chalk on teabag

happy friday everyone!

today i am linking with folks paint party friday. ppt is a 

weekly link up hosted by kristen and eva where

other creatives post their work.  on this long weekend 

won't you stop by clicking the link and see some beautiful work?

also, consider joining in the daily paint challenges this month!

i like how it not only pushes my daily art practice but also connects

me to other new and familiar artists.