Thursday, July 3, 2014


...a recent challenge at Daily Paintworks ...not something i would choose to paint on my own...but then... that is what a challenge is all about...

craft grade acrylic on watercolor paper...5 X 7

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fish School..

do four fish make a school ??? is this my last gorgeous ugly fish??
the pink card color made me want to name this one  'party fish'

these are the index cards in neon colors i used for this project...
i have a stack of them... so maybe the answer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Still Fishing...

...another 'index' fish...painted on a yellow 3x5 card...
i also think of this one as a 'confetti fish' due to the splatters of color

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Did another index card today...the cards are neon and that dictates two more fish...I am having a lot of fun doing these and I have a good size stack of cards...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gorgeous Ugly...

...and my first entry at Daily Paintworks . This a recent challenge and I have finally stepped forward. 

Acrylic on 3 x 5 index card.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Simple Things...

a hand drawn clothespin...

       learning something new...drawing a clothespin using a Lucida App...just have to go slow........

and then there is the fun of seeing your work in a museum setting ...this is as close as I will get...
using DUMPR Modern Art Museum Effect.

Drawings on envelopes done with a clicker pencil.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


A quick sketch ....

of a spent shotgun shell found at the back fence.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Imagination Starts

A bottle of Instant Antique that I purchased at a Quilt show years ago. It's purpose is to age fabric and it does take several minutes to dry on paper.  I have a regular drinking straw,  a coffee stirrer and blank envelopes

Spray a blob of the product and then use the straw/stirrer and blow. Get close to the surface.

Next use pens and markers to 'create' your imaginary animals and people. I think a mixed tea stain would work. Many prefer ink to start the imagination. The difference between some inks and the stains would be the opacity. The stain does allow you to draw the details with a darker color.
It's fun!

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Want this every day.
What to draw/sketch ? What's right in front of you. Toys for the dog and cat. Something from the mind ....Zentangle and doodles.

A dog's nose is not always the easiest and I took advantage of a close up from a photo on screen this morning.At least it doesn't move unless I take too long and the screen saver kicks on.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Several years ago I bought a few stamps, then several months back I bought a couple more. Today, I got them out and stamped my first card. I had fun, I like it. This card is my second one....

the first card was not a success and will be used for other projects. It wasn't that it was so terrible but I got the stamp with the lettering just slightly askew, enough to notice so it had to go.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lady Slipper Orchid

My first time entering the Paint and Draw Together Challenge. I work with craft grade acrylics and this piece is done in a 7 x 10 watercolor sketchbook.  You can see more paintings at


..,founded by Teesha and Tracey Moore is some of the most colorful... make you smile art work, ever.  I just signed up for the Artstronauts Club. My scribble above is a self portrait of me getting ready for another journey. Go check it out for yourself here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Challenge 2

Thinking on joining the Draw and Paint Together Challenge. Have managed a sketch of the current project photo and just ned to decide on water soluble crayons or acrylics. I now know I would have liked a smaller sketch.

And just because the 29Faces Challenge in February has ended I have not stopped drawing faces and doodling on envelopes.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fuzzy Vision

This face is cropped from a sheet of scribbles I did at a previous time. I had an appointment with my optometrist today and my pupils were dilated in order for a small bleed in my right eye to be checked. I think this face may convey how I feel now.

I have so enjoyed this challenge and already want another one. I have managed to visit every blog, some more than once and have been impressed everyday with the beautiful, funny and creative faces I have seen. I hope I'll see you all back for the next 29faces challenge.

Thursday, February 27, 2014


..some are like sketches...
others are fully realized works of art....
getting in my 'extra' face for the challenge
Pencil on paper.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mini Pearl...

and a little jewel she is. A very small Australian Shepherd that ran down the driveway and into our lives five years ago. She has what is termed 'glass eyes' and they are a very pale blue and her nose is a pinkish brown, her coat is beautiful shades of tan, brown and white. I love her and the wildness of her 'hair' and she love us. 
Clicker pencil with colored pencil accents on an envelope.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

First and Possibly Last...

 She seems somewhat saddened by the prospect.

Years ago (think 15 maybe) I bought this set of Rembrandt soft pastels. It looks as though the only thing I did with them then was break a few. What I don't like about them is the mess and what I do like about them is the soft out-of-focus look they have. I used Q-tips and finger tips. Perhaps I would like the new soft pan pastels and their sponged tip applicators. 
Soft Pastels on envelope.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Mermaid ???

Only because I did this face with watercolor pencils. I really did over wet the surface and resorted to the iron to get rid of some wrinkles. If you use the iron, remember No Steam.

The beginning sketch. I did not put down enough color in the beginning and that is what lead to the over wetting. Derwent watercolor pencils on envelope.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


or my left hand. A section from a page of left hand art. I do like using my non-dominant hand as it requires a different focus to complete whatever I am giving a try, be it brushing my teeth, eating a meal, doing my hair or making marks on the page.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


as a the gills....with envy....going green
can you add another ??
Pitt Pen and acrylic paint on envelope.

Friday, February 21, 2014


 I don't think I have captured Dewy's true handsome-ness
but I have tried and being the cat he is means he will
forgive me. 

I am not a user of oil pastels. Nor am I a user of oil paints even though I would like to try. Only when I am near to finish of this project do I remember reading somewhere that they are best when warmed  a slight degree. I could have lain them in the window sill to capture some of today's sunshine. The back edge of the envelope creates the line through the work and an aggravation for me so I hope I remember to  place something inside the envelope to prevent this on the next project..

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Upside Down definitely a drawing challenge and a great one. It really helps you to 'see'.  My drawing talents did not give this marvelous skater the beauty she truly has.
Clicker pencil with colored pencil accents on an envelope.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mouse Drawing

Did this 'scribble' with the computer mouse. Go here  to give it a try.
Will need to print and adhere it to an envelope.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Monitor

...that inner voice that reminds us
...'you said you would'.
We're past the halfway mark now and I am so impressed and amazed at all the wonderful faces being posted....I wish I had the computer smarts to do some of the fantastic art work I have seen...I really want to experience 'mixed media' with my hands and all the other 'fun' things that make that happen..I am so  glad there are many like myself...just doing what we do and wanting to improve on it.
Bienfang watercolor brush pen on envelope.

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Sweetie

A quick face today... isn't she sweet...
 Pitt Pen on envelope.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Painted from a picture of an old photo of my Mother when she was young.  The black & white photo had some tints added but just to mom's lips and hair. Her amazing blue eyes are just grey in the photo and the lips a very dark red, her 'blondish' hair had also been darkened. I painted in colors of my choice... 

and then decided to add a layer of antique on the computer... I like this look....

Mom still has the amazing blue eyes and the mole in the center of her forehead.
She was 92 years old yesterday.
Craft grade acrylics on copy paper and yes... I am not happy that I painted this on paper.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Face From the Past

A 'scribble face' that I rediscovered today while looking for something else. I am accepting that I will Never be organized. This is not one that 'fell off the pencil', I saw this face somewhere and knew that I had to  draw it.

Friday, February 14, 2014


And so it was when I saw this little guy in a shop. He is made of sweater material and is about six inches tall. I paid the dollar and brought him home. I added the Be Mine for today.
Acrylic on envelope.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Suzi Blu Girl

I really prefer to do my own faces but I am captured by some of the beautiful faces being done in mixed media designs and I want to do them, too. To learn, I try and do it their way first and then I can do it mine. This beautiful angel is a Suzi Blu design,  Suzi does her faces with colored pencils and even though I have done some nice work in the past with colored pencils, I did this girl with craft grade acrylic paints and she is on a piece of copy paper. I was matching colors from colored pencil to paint and also trying to do them in the order that Suzi Blu was using and sometimes that differs from some painting techniques.

Suzi's Book, Mixed Media Girls comes with a DVD and I consider both excellent. Suzi is described by some as 'quirky' and that she may be but she is sooooo talented, who cares.

My work is changing due to the 'thumb'. Even the faces I have done for this challenge are making my thumb sing with a little pain. Working any pencils/markers/brushes has to be on a short time frame for the present. If I was young it might be termed 'gamers thumb' but as I am adding years at a very quick pace the word arthritic would be more of a fit.  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

That Guy

Maybe he's your neighbor...plumber or the guy that rides the 'bike'. A simple face that drawn a hundred times will give you a hundred different guys. Always fun to do.
Marker on envelope.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mucha Me

I like the art work of Mucha so I've used my face and a modified version of hat and hair.
Craft grade acrylics and marker.

Monday, February 10, 2014


It seemed like a good idea when I started.
 Markers on copy paper adhered to an envelope.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Self Portrait

Two quick sprays from the bottle of a fabric aging solution onto the envelope and a Pitt Pen. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Edvard Munch

Today I downloaded a book about Expressionism to my Kindle. At the end of the first chapter was a self portrait done by Edvard Munch 1895.  Yes, that Edvard Munch of The Scream. I chose it as my challenge for today. It is not finished and it did do what I needed... provided the challenge. 
  Craft grade acrylics on an envelope.

Photo of the original on Kindle screen.