Monday, April 27, 2015

I'm still procratinatiang on my 100 paintings and trying to work through the block.  This is a zentangle I did a couple of years ago.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Here I am again wanting to start blogging again.  I hope I will stick with it this time.  This picture is from my 2015 calendar.

I am joining in the 100 paintings challenge again.  Last time I made it to #9, hope I make it to the full 100 this time.  I have had a difficult time deciding what to do.  I started with 5X7 watercolours but have changed to 6X6 acrylics. 

I have several projects on the go just now: the Ato Z of Me, Pam Carricker's Art at the Speed of Life, a couple of art journals, a drawing of the charkras and also gathering information for my 2016 calendar.  Scattered, but that seems to be the way I am so I may as well embrace it.  I am also knitting scarves for this years Christmas hampers.  I find it relaxing to knit while I'm watching TV as I don't like sitting doing nothing.

QUOTE FOR TODAY:  Buddhist monastic traditon invites us into the practice of  "beginner's mind."  bringing the mind and heart of a bginner to our lives help us to discover the wisdom offered in each moment.   The Artist's Rule.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


These are the four DreamScapes I painted that I decided were rubbish.  Now that I look at them a few days later I guess they aren't so bad considering they are practice pictures.  I am doing them loose instead of in a journal.  The colours don't show here as clear and clean as they really are.  They are watercolours.  I actually had fun doing these.  Yesterday I did thirteen more, I played all afternoon.  I will post some more of them tomorrow.
This one has shiny copper on it that doesn't show up.

I used alcohol and salt for texture on this one.

I used alcohol for texture on this one and turned the spots into snails.  It also has gold lines running through.

This one has silver lines, you can barely see them here.
I was out all day today taking a friend in a care home out to lunch and then visiting another friend in hospital so I couldn't do any more but will do some tomorrow.  I want to have one for each day of the month so I should be able to catch up tomorrow.
I am re-reading a book called Casting Off by Nicole R. Dickson.  It is about a woman and her daughter who go to an island off the west coast of Ireland to write a book about the Aran sweaters the women knit there.  The call them ganseys.  All the stitches in the sweaters have meaning and when they knit a sweater for someone the stitches are chosen to relate something about that person.  They weave their own wool as well.  It is a good story, I read it a few years ago and kept the book because I knew I would read it again.  I love anything about Ireland.
It was hot and muggy here today, had a few drops of rain but nothing much.
MY WORD FOR TODAY IS:  LIGHTEN UP ( I guess that's two words!!) I really need to stop taking things so seriously.  Pretty much like learning to play.
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 23, 2014


I keep starting and stopping posting on this blog.  I am not having a good year creatively and don't feel I have anything interesting to post.  I feel very frustrated.  I hope to create a calendar for 2015 so I really need to get out of this rut I am in.

I have been following Tara Lever's blog and find her suggestions very helpful, I printed off today's post as a reminder that we need to use our sketchbooks as places to practice not a place to make beautiful art.  A place to practice and develop ideas. I am one of those out-of-sight, out-of-mind people so I need the hard copy in front of me to remind me not to be so hard on myself!

I started a daily practice of what I call DreamScapes taken from Tara's practice of DailyScapes, (thank you for the idea Tara) but after only four attempts I stopped.  My usual "not good enough" messages from my inner critic were screaming at me.  So, today is Monday, a new week, and thanks to Tara a new start.



My word for today is PLAY - HAVE FUN WITH IT, THIS NOT A SERIOUS THING!!!!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

I have been feeling like I am on a hampster wheel lately so I decided last week if I want things to change, I will have to change what I am doing.  I am going to get up by 9:30 in the morning and go for a 20 -30 minute walk.  I followed through today and went for a walk with my camera.  it ended up being a 50 minute walk.  I took lots of pictures of our beautiful spring flowers.

A show of such beautiful colours and shapes Mother Nature provides for us.  We have an early spring here in Vancouver and I feel very blessed to live here.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I keep starting my blog again and then stopping.  I just feel like my life is so boring I don't know what to write about.  I am going to try again because I love to see what I have done when I look back at my previous posts.  You know that old critical voice that tells you that what you have to offer is not important or boring or not as good as the things other people are doing. 

So I am starting this with a picture of my April calendar.  I created another watercolour calendar for 2014 and hope to do one for 2015.  I have painted some large paintings since I stopped writing my blog and am in the process of painting a 2' X 3' one for my granddaughter and another one that is one painting on two canvasses.  I am also art journaling.  One art journal is Draw Your Awesome Year with Joanne Sharpe and the other one is No Excuses Art Journaling from Gina Rossi Armfield's book of the same name.  I am very sporadic with it, not doing it as much as I would like to - why??? - Laziness is probably the answer.  I keep finding other things to do.  Maybe Avoidance is another answer - another WHY???  I have tons of time!!

I am thing of starting a new project called Face Me.  The idea comes from camillaolssonart but I am not committing to it yet as I have to do some soul searching before I decide.  This is not a workshop I am following but an idea I am taking from Camilla's own personal journey.

So this is me starting again.  I hope I keep it up this time.  When I look at blogs by Alisa Burke and Jullie Fei-Fan Balzer, I don't see why I shouldn't.  They are both so busy and I have tons of time.  Maybe that is the problem!!!! No pressure!!!

Saturday, June 1, 2013


This is the calendar I drew for 2013.  I plan to make one for next year and have started gathering ideas and poetry for it.  It was a fun project to do. 

I made some bracelets today in grays, pinks and white.  I haven't photographed them yet but will do so.