Sunday, June 26, 2011


I have been feeling unwell since Thursday night with a cold but have made two prayer flags to stave off the boredom and not feel sorry for myself. I hung them on my patio:
This one is for JOY:

These are quite easy to make and measure 5" X 8" when finished with a 3" hem at the top to put the cord through. I found this idea at and may do some more. She is doing one a day during the month of June but I will just make one when the spirit moves me.

I hope I feel better soon, it is such a drag feeling unwell.

Monday, June 20, 2011


it just came out of my head!!
I used my Prismacolour Crayons for this. I have always loved these crayons and some of the ones I still have are from my first set that my parents bought me 60 years ago. I love the selection of colours and how clean they are. The little white flowers were done with acrylic paint because the while crayon wouldn't show up on top of the other colours. I tried several other things but the acrylic was the only thing that would cover and the crayon bled through a little.

I have decided that there is no use me setting up challenges for myself. My mood alters from day to day and some days I just feel too tired to create so I will just do what my spirit moves me to do and hope that do something each day.

I really enjoyed doing this one because I wasn't stressed about it being anything in particular and it didn't matter if it wasn't perfect, there was nothing to compare it with.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I did this watercolour watching Jane LaFazio's workshop DVD:

I didn't get my face done tonight because I was watching the disgraceful behaviour of the young yahoos that are trashing our city after the Canucks lost the hockey game. Pretty frightening and so embarrassing!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Not a very successful day with my challenges today. I struggled with the background on the watercolour:
And didn't capture the youth in the face but, I did complete my two pieces:


For the watercolour, I tried to do colour drop flowers with an oriental brush as demonstrated by Martha Lever on YouTube. I am going to take a course with her shortly. I have never used an oriental brush before so this was a new expereince. I left it until late in the evening and my daughter phoned while I was painting so I was mult-tasking. I got sloppy with the stems as a result. This is the result:
And this is the face:

I remember my Mom saying to me a few years ago that it seemed to take her a long time to do everything. I can sure relate to that now. They days fly by and I wonder why I couldn't get more done. Am I just lazier I wonder?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I have set a goal for myself to paint one quick watercolour and draw one face a day for three months. The saying is that "practice makes perfect" so this should help me to improve my skills in these two areas. These are my first two attempts:

I'm sure this woman wouldn't appreciate this portrait of her.LOL

I have stuck 75 pictures in this small 5.5" by 8 inch sketchbook ready to be copied, so no excuses and I have um! "several" different types of watercolour paper, pad, Moleskine watercolour journals and Strathmore journals so no excuses there either!!LOL

Sunday, June 5, 2011



Thursday, June 2, 2011

This is my calendar finished for June. I am pretending that we will actually get some summer, LOL.

It's been pouring rain again all day today. It's hard to believe the Summer Solstice is in three weeks. We have had no spring at all. I bought some new clothes a month ago and have not been able to wear them because it is still too cold. Grumble, grumble, grumble!!! I know we are lucky compared to many others who are suffering in floods, tornadoes, etc.

I am off to have some lunch and then work on my paintings.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

I went for my morning workout walk and ended up walking for four hours. It was a nice day compared to what we have been having so it was very enjoyable. I took some photos to try out my newly repaired camera and it seems to be working well.
A poppy:


I did some beachcombing at Kits Beach. One of my favourite past times and found a few mermaid tears (glass). It was quite misty here as you can see by the photo:

It is such a treat to be able to walk without pain in my feet and legs so I can enjoy another of my favourite things to do - long, long walks.