Memorial Day Weekend

I’m so grateful to all the veterans and their families for the sacrifice to keep us free and safe.

I hope everyone is having a peaceful weekend. I visited my mom and dad and planted marigolds at the headstone. It makes me feel good to honor them for all they did for me.

I’m gearing up to start my 30 in 30 starting June first. I pulled out and organized my paints and what have you. I did paint 4 small paintings about 4 x4 inches in size.

It was an interesting painting session to say the least. I realized I forgot a lot of the rules.,1. Let first layer dry, before marching on wet on wet is great untill it isn’t… 2. Plan your painting a little bit…thumb nail figure out your lights and darks. 3. Don’t give up too soon. I think I could finish these off by adding some details over these little paintings..who knows I just may. Here they are in their little beginner painted glories. I feel like a beginner again and that’s perfectly ok.☺️

Group shot
A lilac bush that is not your typical purple color. These are tiny pinky color,need to work on figuring out that color
Same lilac bush
Petunias and geraniums
Just color wet on wet play

So there you go. Hope everyone has a great weekend,we are having gorgeous weather here in the northeast

A Journal of sorts

It was a great experience to do the 30 paintings in 30 days.  Leslie Saeta  promises to host another in September I will probably join in again.  Here is her link for anyone who would be interested in seeing all the beautiful art work from this Januarys  30 in 30 and previous ones she has hosted.   Or if you are an artist who would enjoy trying it.. check it out 30 in 30 days painting

But for now I have other ideas on my mind.  I have been teaching my self the fine art of cutting mat boards for my paintings. So I will be putting some on my Etsy shop and  others given as gifts.  When my Etsy shop gets updated I will be sure to post on here and my face book page.

Today I’d like to share this cool bounded leather journal I found at hobby lobby filled with 300 pound rough watercolor paper.  It is not the best quality but for 40.00 it is a great tool for just playing with color and design.    So  I just started with pencil scribbles and then filled in the lines experimenting with color.  Sometimes.. when you just don’t feel like being serious and doing art but feel like digging into the paint palette this does the trick.

Nothing fancy other than to just see how paints look mixing or glazing.   Scroll down to see the pictures of this side project.

Nice new journal with watercolor paper

Heavy duty paper

First attempts



Day 30 of 30 Fun month of painting!January 2017


An amazing 30 days for sure!  Here is my very last january painting and will add a “sort of works in progress ” on this one.  I say sort of because at one point I just forgot and went crazy painting.. and didn’t stop to photograph.    I was not sure it was going to come together.  Over all i’m happy with it but have a long way to go in learning fur and just learning to use different color schemes.    Seems I keep using the same colors.

The picture I used was from a magazine from along time ago.  I just loved the side view of this cat and knew I wanted to attempt painting this guy..  finally.

So now what?  Must keep painting!  Not sure what February will bring need to think about that.  Maybe it will be another month of paintings..we shall see.  🙂

light drawing

light underpainting

begun the eye

started to lay in the darks

and bam I got to this point sorry no pictures from last update.. but did add more detail to eye and fur and back ground

started to really work up the fur and washes to blend in somewhat.

finished painting.


Day 25 of 30 January 2017

Seeds have been added, does give it a little bit more sunflower look to it.

Day 25 Working on learning how to use the yellows.  This is a sunflower that the picture was cropped just catching a portion of these huge sunflower in my yard a few years back.  It needs something.  I will repost the final picture on this day 25 post .  I need to get back on it and add the seeds in the center.  Things got so muddy I gave up on this one.  But worth going back to it and give it another chance.  This is why I share its the good and the bad, and everything in between.  Enjoying the journey!