Saturday, December 31, 2011


Just a little fun with digital photographs of my work from this past year. Now it's time to start anew and hope for productive ideas and unseen colors.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Lana so enjoyed helping to add the winter decorations to our gazebo in the backyard!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Newest painting - two hand prints!

 Someone I met at the Athens ARTSfest visited with her two children so that I could get impressions of their hands on the same painting. The kids picked out the things I added to the painting. Intense blues and reds were decided on for the main colors. We decided to make the plaster layer thicker than on my usual pieces - in hopes that it would emphasize the "reality" of the hands that made the prints.
 I think a grandmother is going to get the painting for Christmas!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Craft-time for Christmas = SANTA!

Through the years, I've made about fifty of these Santas. Friends Greg & Sharon asked that I add their dachshund with jolly old St. Nick. 
 After the primer and the lines, I use my acrylic paints to color Santa.
 Sophie was a little apprehensive at first, then she spent some time petting the little fellow.
Santa is just a little wooden. Merry Christmas! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Welcome to the world, Isaiah Drew!

My niece asked me to make this painting for you!

My photographs for my photo club's Christmas Slide Show

Every December, at it's regular meeting, the Grand Canyon Photo Club presents a slide show made up of five of each member's more successful photographs. These are the five that I have chosen to represent my work from this past year.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Something new!

 Thanks to my neice Lexie and her husband Patrick, I've begun a career of map-making!  Actually they toured the Mosel River Valley and sampled a few bottles of wine.  They saved the lables and came up with the idea of a map with the labels to celebrate their trip.
 Much thanks to them - I have a few map ideas now that I must do. Hmmm...

Below is how the piece looked with its first color layer made up of yellow oxide, titanium white and pyrrole orange. (Peach)
Next is the color layer of burnt umber, pyrrole red and a touch of pthalo green to dull the red. (Rose)
 The last layer is a mixture of pthalo green and burnt umber. (Green)

Friday, November 18, 2011

The culinary arts!

On a beautiful fall day, Lana wanted to make her favorite "pupcakes"!
 She carefully fixed the cupcake tin with the papers.
 She enjoyed the batter three times!  Mixing, cleaning the tools and finally eating the finished product.
 Now the artistic part! Putting the spinkles into the frosting.
 Later came this painting and drawing that Lana did in my cellar studio. She added the sprinkles. too.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Getting my Christmas projects done!

The father of these two children is in the service. Their Grandmother asked me to make their names with red, white and blue in honor of our country. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A few craftspeople at work in my neighborhood

Mother Nature has been at work coloring our leaves.  Sophie needed to try out her umbrella, too. Lana was busy building a leaf collection.
Mother Nature decided to color the backdrop for our new siding:

Bill Nickerson, his son Chad and Scott Bailey did an excellent job giving our home a new roof and new siding.  I, of course, am busy painting windows and doors.  Would you believe Pumpkin Orange for all the entry doors? 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photo-shopped grandkids:

I had some fun making these images of the kids. All the photos are recent.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm on a puzzle kick!

I've been putting together some jigsaw puzzles to relax between plastering, coloring and framing many new pieces of my art. I save the straight edges and some other pieces to use in some of the new work. Also, I struggled to make some "green" pieces. Hmmmm, still not sure about these two.