February 10, 2017

Not ready to give up...yet

I kept painting away hoping this would turn into a masterpiece - NOT!!  I do like it a lot better than what I ended up with yesterday.  The proportions are off - one head too large - the other smaller than it should be.   (I just realized how sad they look - must be the way I'm feeling showing through.) There are things I like about it too...which I NEED to remember.

My motto is "success is in the effort".  I tried and know eventually my oil painting skills will improve.

February 9, 2017

Are we having fun yet....NO!

I thought it would be fun to try painting with oils.  I have several artist friends who use oils so beautifully - they made it seem like it would be fun and easy - NOT!

I had no idea how different oils are from acrylics.  I haven't gotten the hang of mixing paints or applying same to the canvas - so frustrating!

I used acrylics on the background  - not so sure this was a good idea though.  I waited until the acrylic paint was totally dry, but correcting "mistakes" on the foreground is really hard to do now.

I used charcoal pencil to draw rough figures - used my oil paints to add underpainting to my drawing.  I'm having a hard time with the paint always being wet - I feel like I'm just making a big mess trying to blend the paints - details are scaring me - I've completely painted over the faces twice because I was really unhappy with how they were turning out.  I know it's my first try with oils - but already I'm thinking about throwing them out!  BAHHHH!!!

January 19, 2017


The other day we walked along the 1.5 mile boardwalk (one way) in the Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach, Fl.  We couldn't get to the lighthouse on foot at least not from where we were walking.  I don't think I've ever seen an orange lighthouse before.  Actually, we did a 3 mile round trip walk.  Once we came to the end, we didn't realize that was the parking lot the car was parked in so after a bathroom break, we turned around and walked to the beginning again!

It's a bird sanctuary, but honestly, we didn't see anything unusual except a few tortoises, which, of course, aren't birds :-)  It was a beautiful day for a walk - not too hot, slight breeze.

January 9, 2017

One Million Acts of Kindness

I was out shopping for shoes.  I didn't see a single pair that begged me to take them home.  I did espy this fantastic bus sitting in the parking lot.  I couldn't resist taking some photos.  Unfortunately, the driver was no where to be found.

Linking to:

December 30, 2016

A rose is a rose...

Even though these roses are destined to be tossed out, I think they are beautiful.  Yellow roses have always been a favorite of mine.

December 23, 2016

Another surprise!

My little Christmas cactus which resides in my studio is blooming!  There are a number of buds waiting to pop open - makes me so happy!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!