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We have a friend who did some sewing for me in exchange for a painting lesson for her husband.  I don’t like to share names without permission but I’m excited by all of the results!

Reversible pillows:

Paintings (and no, the top ones, not framed, just resting on paper and drying):

   Check out these babies, which are now drying.  The larger one  (16×20) is waiting some final touches and the smaller one measures about 5×7 and served as a rough draft.  We were about ready to call it a day (really about 2.5 hours) when I referred back to the small painting and realized that the wet-on-wet application of the orange tinges to the clouds was pretty killer. The big painting needed the same treatment. The idea behind the smaller painting is that it gives you just these sorts of inspirations, and it also gives you a sense of confidence and accomplishment for tackling the bigger piece.  Or, conversely, a small painting can be done after a large painting to see if you can streamline and post-process all your accomplishments.  Nice work, you-know-who-you-are!


Good morning!  I have been having fun perusing Becca Kallem’s artwork.  Those little birdie tags down below are a gift from her.  Artists do that, sometimes.  She gave me permission to share some images from her website with you.  You can check out her blog here and website here.  Enjoy!  I certainly have!

Way-da go apple!  Be your own…apple!

They are roughly 12×4″ and are $60 for the pair.

Haha!  I like to amuse myself, when not with puns, with just cosmically nerdy phrases.  “Pigs in Spaaaaaace” from the Muppets works for me, too.  Anyway.  My point.  See the similarities in color between the paintings and the mood board?  Proof that gathering inspiration works.  The ideas permeate my mind, remix and reemerge, all because of a silly moodboard.  My advice for anyone trying to come up with a cohesive vision for a project is make sure NOT to skip this step!

I am reminded of a quote I came across the other day:  “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character;  sow a character reap a destiny.”  -Stephen Covey.  That’s where the DESTINY part comes in.    I see this little corner of my life called ‘artwork’ and I notice how in the small and grand scale of life, the vision is just as important as the work that goes into making the vision a reality.

Also, if  ‘you make what you see’ is as true as ‘you are what you think,’ maybe I should lay off the J.Crew catalog, huh?



I like it!  Is the tri-tone weirding you out or do you like it?  Be honest.

They’re coming along!  Now…streamers or no streamers?  Or some with streamers, and some without?  What do you think?  Below, I’m just working on some iridescent flowers.  Way down below, I’m working on cutesy-fying a play kitchen set.  Let’s see…is there one clean room in my house right now?

My happiest creating sessions involve paint, glitter, glue, or today, all three.  I don’t know what ‘metallic crinkle’ is, but it resembles Easter grass.  And I hate Easter grass.  But cut the metallic crinkle into little confettis and am sprinkling liberally over my still-wet and dripping magic wands.  

Hello readers!  I hope your weekend was sunshiny!  We celebrated in Yakima with our little cousin…he turned one!  Rest assured there was lots of frosting involved.  Sometimes my subconsious creates connections, in this case, a segue, without realizing it.  I wanted to tell you about the new artwork I will be showing at Frost Me Sweet here in Richland.

The cupcake that started it all (on my inspiration board)

Some ink and watercolor sketches

                                                                       Some photography….

                                                 Some snippets of rice tape that I stuck on to paper and then cut into shapes.  I may make one of my mini-collage- arrays out of these. 
Speaking of cupcakes, doesn’t this ottoman I picked up at the Teej (TJ Maxx) look like a giant edible?  Mmmm.  I may take it back.  Let me know if you want a heads up if I do!

Hello there, friends!  Sometimes when a blogger doesn’t post in a while it is because s/he hasn’t got anything to say.  Or sometimes…she has so much to say she doesn’t know when to start.  Yes.  The glitter, photos, paint, tape, chalk, oil paint, etc. has been flying around here.  Also, I’ve had houseguests (and been one).  Anyway.  Here’s what I’ve been up to:  
Framed Photos coming soon to a bistro near you. Really!  No copying images without permission, please.

  Chevron table.  Lots of taping and eyeballing going on here.I used that thick painter’s tape to determine the width of the zigzags.  I put it on twice as much as I needed (see top) so I wouldn’t have to pencil mark on the table.  It’s not super perfect but…I did measure occasionally to make sure I was in the ballpark.Something with a straight edge will help the eyeballing process.  This dowel is actually an item from the next project…

Remember these?They are actually the tops of magic wands!

Remember this painting?Each of the 3 panels are now dry.  Time to clean up the horizon line and finish the beach grass!




…are you impressed I let little man help?

“What did you do today?”  Isn’t that the million dollar question! I think the reason I paint instead of cook is because the results are more lasting.  So here’s a peek into what I did today.  Also, though I can’t stomach the transitory nature of culinary creations…I sure like to eat!  So I’m thankful we all express our creativity in different ways.

Like most people I like a good before and after!  I bought this mirror from Becky’s Consignment in Richland, for $7.  I added some fresh paint and it looks like a viable mirror.  Also, what should I do about those gold lamps?  Leave them or new shades?  It’s funny, over the years, Ben has gone from not caring what I do with the decor, to saying things like “Isn’t it getting kind of GOLD in here?”  He has developed his own aesthetic, and now I have to stay one step ahead of him.  I was going to paint the mirror, all along, promise.  Not because I hate gold but because (whisper) it isn’t even metal!



I went to the Farmer’s Market in Jeans.  Then I changed into these shorts because I was really hot.  And I thought, that’s a weird, nifty color combination!  And that’s when I realized I’d been stuck on something for a while and just haven’t realized it….


These three images are from Wild Goose Designs here in Richland.  The sequins were on a neat basket a lady bought so I, thankfully, wouldn’t be tempted.  You remember my ring, and the snakeskin is a closeup of a suitcase in the mirror sale display.

Then, there’s the gold in the so-bad-they’re-good lamps I picked up yesterday at the Central United           Protestant Rummage Sale.

Then, remember the irises?

Perhaps you thought my hands looked too clean earlier today…ah, that’s more like it.

Let’s get to work…

I like when the colors mix themselves…

              This painting has been sitting out for a month or so, with just black and white!  It’ll be done after I go back and add some creams.  Have a good weekend everyone!  My husband and I will celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary on Sunday so I can’t promise I won’t be back with some wedding pics…it’ll be painless!  xoxox


I’m the kind of girl who will buy a pink donut at SBux just so I can can paint it.  If you read the other post about it a long time ago, I never could find the painting to take the final shot.  Well, here it is. Now you can see the  process.

So, I know today may not have the nicest weather if you live where I do…the Tri Cities in central Washington.  But still, I dare you, sneak outside with your kids (or with yourself) at some point today, and doodle on the ground.  Or the fence; or what-have-you.  Go on!!  By the way, if you’re wondering about these patterned chalks, the stripey ones are from Albertson’s.  I believe the polka-chalks are from Michael’s.  They write the same as regular chalks, but they sure are fun to look at!  Also, if you don’t have a chalkboard or chalk wall in your house, it really is loads of fun.  I have a huge wall that I painted with chalkboard paint.  But my favorite spot is on the side of a cupboard, because it has a nice smooth surface.

Dear friends, I had a little fun at Picnik today making this collage of my artwork for you!  All of these are oils on canvas.  It may seem strange that not only do I make portraits but I make these slathered, scraped swooshed and scratched oil paintings.  Well, it’s good therapy.  Also, ever since I thought of a room as a three-dimensional canvas, I realized that not only do you want your artwork to look good within the confines of your paper or canvas, you want it to blend harmoniously with its setting, the room.  And sometimes a painting that’s not too detailed is just want the room needs.  The bold strokes, limited color palette and large-scale graphics can freshen up a space.  A picture needs to harmonize with the other pictures around it.  An artist can be talented, and a painting can be beautiful, but if it doesn’t look good in its surroundings, it is instantly cheapened.  Here are some ways to avoid that:

1. Select like colors, or themes, or both

2. Take a photo of your choices together to see them more objectively

3.  Listen to that niggling voice that is trying to group unexpected items together, or delete certain items.

4.  Make the grouping fit the setting.  Sitting down, pictures should be at eye level.  Up a staircase, it makes sense to follow the line of the stairs, but the paintings can still be clustered (see below).  Horizontal lines are said to be soothing, so in a bedroom it makes sense to hang pictures in a single row.  Don’t be afraid to get a little funky (see ‘haphazard..’ below).

5. Unify and limit your mat color choices.  Think black, white, plain!

6.  Unify the frame colors but don’t be afraid of a pop of red or a natural wood color here and there.

7. Look, look, look.  This is basically my advice for any visual art.  Learn how to see.  They say you should listen more than you talk, and I think you should look more than you do. 🙂

1.  B/W  18x 24″ $100  2. Stripes 8×10″ (see shown on wall below)  $50 3. Swoop 8×10″  $50

4. Hot 16×20″  $200  5.  Swish 8×10 ”  $80  6. (#1 skewed to right)  7.  Sherbert Stripes 12×18″  $50

8. What the World Needs Now   $50   9. (#$ skewed to right)

Related links on this blog:

Criss Cross…

Graphic Happy: Black and White Paintings

Painting with your Kids…

Oh, Hang it All!

Feelin’ Hot! Hot! Hot!

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