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Happy Holidays!!

Another year has FLOWN by!! I do believe that I have made progress with my art in 2018. First of all,  I was VERY happy with our Holiday card… It’s an Armadillo Ho Ho Ho!!


I also discovered Goldens’ fabulous High Flow Acrylics, which you can blow, put in markers, move around with a brush and do all sorts of cool things with which lead me to MORE kookaburra paintings…


And another OWL… who has found a home with our good friends, Jon and Niki. (this is a somewhat unfinished version…, but you get the idea!!)



Even though I LOVE my critters, in 2019, I plan on expanding my horizons and go for my landscapes (like that? horizons and landscapes??)  There are so many beautiful Michigan and Florida scenes that I need to capture! So the challenge is on!!

Have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY season! Stay safe, healthy and enjoy!!

Please, let me know if you have any comments on this post. I’d love to hear from you!!





















Thar she blows

There are SO MANY song titles and quotes that I can associate with my latest painting technique… but I decided to go with a nautical theme today… for no particular reason. August was a very busy month and September is shaping up to be the same. This is ALL GOOD. I am delighted that we can spend our time doing FUN stuff again.

I have continued to work with blowing Golden High Flow Acrylics and Liquitex Acrylic Ink around with a straw.  This time, I worked on canvas. I prepared with the canvas with “sort of monoprint” which is a story for another time. Then started building up layers. First the lighter colors, green gold for the leaves and yellow oxide for the petals. Let it dry. Next added indigo for the leaves, and white for the petals. Let this layer dry. Kept adding layers and letting them dry.


Here are a two more examples of my BLOWN AWAY Art….


And lastly, here are some Work In Progress pieces… on Watercolor paper!! And the pieces are getting larger!

Let me know if you have any comments!




I am pretty excited about this new way of painting. I’ve never been fond of brushes. I like acrylic markers, but wasn’t able to blend them the way I wanted. I’ve always loved fountain pens, so when Golden came out with High Flow paint I had to have them.

Then I discovered the Fineliner applicator. These applicators allow me to draw very fine line and also burp out drops of ink. Fineliners have caps that fit on the Golden High Flow making them very convenient. In addition to High Flows, I use Derwent Inktense pencils and Winsor Newton WC markers.

First, I sketch my picture (using a pencil). Next, using the High Flow Paint with a Fineliner applicator, I draw the outline. I used a 1/4 sheet of WC paper. I varied my earth colors, and while the ink was still wet, add a drop of water, get a straw and blow.


I let this dry for a day. While its drying, I did a value sketch and tried to choose colors the right color. I did the Payne gray background with the Winsor Newton WC marker. I blew that around.


Once that was dry, I went light to dark in the foliage. Used inktense pencils and high flow acrylics.


Here are some other examples of “blowing art”

If you have any comment, I’d love to hear from you!!



A Rainy October Day

It’s time to show off all the things I learned watching YouTube videos this year!! First, lets start with Lino-Cuts. These are great fun to design and carve. The printing is a “let’s get our hands dirty” process. What I am attempting to discover, is my own personal touch to this art form. I have been adding watercolor and printing on a previous monoprints. I like both results. (maybe I like adding watercolor to the print a bit better). Take a look and let me know what you think!


The tour that we took of the Western National Parks was truly awesome. SO MUCH beauty. But trying to translate THAT into art work has been challenging. I have the ideas in my mind… but getting the paint to cooperate? Not so easy. I showed you some of my early efforts. Now, I will let you see the progress that I have made with my acrylic paintings.


Next, the Mittens!! I used a “YouTube” video as inspiration for “monoprinting” color onto the watercolor paper to create an abstract image. (See the last two)


More Monument Valley! (Again the abstract monoprint which will serve as a basis for my new painting.)


And there is MORE! Sometimes a fish is just a fish!! (Inspired by the Shedd’s aquarium in Chicago!)


Feel free to leave a comment!! Thanks for visiting!

Summer is GONE!!!

Wow, I woke up this morning and it was 46 degrees outside. It’s pretty early for this chilly weather!

We were fortunate to take a tour of 9 National Parks this summer. The words wondrous, awesome, beautiful, incredible don’t even begin to describe the vistas that we saw – Everyday for 14 days. Needless to say, what a BLAST. I have TONS of painting material and have been busy trying to develop some of it. The first set of picture are attempts to capture Monument Valley. They are all works in progress, but I have been diligent about adding a layer every day (it’s that glazing thing).

The next set of pictures is my new passion – Linocuts. I love doing them. Especially the birds. Need lots of practice, but its a skill I WANT to get better at.

Let me know if you have any comments! I would be glad to hear from you!

There are a few topics that I eventually like to discuss… My recent experiments with masking fluid….Nah! Boring! More MonoPrints… Nah!! (Noooo. Not another Mono-Print!) How about drawing and painting the same tree I photographed in California over and over again? Now that could be promising.

I have been experimenting again. This time with different surfaces, (paper, canvas, boards), different grounds (nothing, Gesso, Golden Light Molding Paste), Different drawing material (pencils, charcoal, Sharpie Water based markers, Liquitex Acrylic Markers and just plain old brushes). I am attempting to find my way through all the art supplies that are available. I NEED to find my niche.

The first  is 5 x 7, canvas, with Gesso and Golden Light Molding Paste. Once the ground finally dried and I started applying paint, I was IN LOVE!! The surface was so Absorbent! Beautiful texture.

The second is 5 x 7, paper, with Colourfix Ground for Pastels. I used Golden Fluid Acrylics squeezed through a needle nose applicator. Another great way to paint without using a paint brush! and I really liked the control that I had over the acrylic.




The next 3 drawing are on Utrecht Drawing paper (a personal favorite). They all began as humble pencil drawings. The last one was enhanced with a new product (at least to me) , Sharpie water based markers. I have had a problem in the past with markers bleeding through paper, and white markers that don’t cover (thin watery paint!) Hurrah for Sharpie. They have done it again! They didn’t bleed through and the white covered the pencil marks. I’m impressed.

Hope that you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Send me a comment, if you are so inclined. I’d love to hear from you















It has been a long time, but spring is here and I am feeling the urge to paint! I did do some Franken-Art this winter. I had a great time craving into craft foam, slathering on some acrylic paint and pressing it onto Bristol paper (or pastel paper, or WC paper). Here are just a few of my efforts!

These were “small” 5×7 and I used this prints to make cards for various occasions. But then, I got BRAVE and decided to do a 11 x 14. So I sketched my sketch, and “drew” on my craft foam and made a number of different prints. The first was on sketch paper, another on Bristol paper, the next ones were on paper that I had already printed some type of background on.

I am not sure if any of these prints are “done”, the experiments are just beginning. Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you! Happy Spring!





Drawing and Monoprinting

It has been SO SO LONG! But I have been able to squeeze in a few drawings and monoprints since the last time!

First, are the monoprints. These are acrylic on Bristol paper. I hope to embellish the flowers on my tablet before I commit to altering the painting!

Lastly, my drawings and paintings! The first is an acrylic + watercolor inspired by our beautiful back yard. The second is a pencil drawing + watercolor of a Florida flower. Any ideas of what it could be?? Let me know if you have any comments!



So many ideas, so little time!

Time has slipped by, and it is now autumn. I DO have some time today to share some of my experiments, paintings and sketches! So, here they are

First, is my completed acrylic painting 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas. I used acrylic medium to build up the flower petals, they are raised up on the canvas about an 1/8 of an inch. Then, overpainted the petals with titanium white. I have another canvas 16 x 20 in the works, with a much bolder texture. That is for another day!

Next, I have some monoprints. I have been creating these on plexiglass with Golden Open Acrylics. I add some watercolor to the monoprint, which adheres to the areas that the acrylic did not cover, and then use acrylic ink to add whatever detail I desire. Some I like, some I don’t. But these three have some intriguing possibilities.

Finally, I have been working on some Hollyhocks. They were so beautiful this year, I really wanted to capture them. I have made numerous sketches. It has been difficult to get the composition just right, but I am hoping that I am on the right track. I used my acrylic markers, Gelatoes and NeoColor crayons for these efforts. Eventually, I will paint these little beauties on a black gessoed canvas so the pink pops right out at the viewer! Hope you have a great week!



Getting some Franken-Art done!

I have been complaining about not getting stuff done. So! I got all my sketchbooks together and scanned in all my “Franken- Art”, just to see where I am at. I was actually pretty pleased by the amount of work that I have completed.

First of all, I want to show off my latest acrylic transfer. I painted the butterfly on a transparent plastic bag, then dry transferred it to an acrylic primed piece of watercolor paper. The only problem that I had, so was it buckled. The paper flattened out after a few days, but the image does have a few wrinkles. I would be interested in any comments that you might have on this! (I used iridescent paint and it shimmers in the light!)


Next, I finished a mono-prints that have been hanging around for months. That was very satisfying! The first two are acrylics, and the bottom two are watercolor. All started their lives as mono-prints.


The last painting is one that I did Plein Air today. It was slow starting, but what a beautiful day to be outside painting! Have a wonderful evening!