February 23, 2021

The Love Boat

Rather than waste the paint I used on yesterday’s flower painting,  I used an old credit card to smear the leftover paint from my palette onto the adjacent journal page.  Looking at it, I thought I could see a boat - I glued the postage stamp from the envelope onto what seemed like a mast to me; outlined the boat and painted "The Love Boat" this afternoon.

February 22, 2021

Trickle down...

A friend of mine, Marianne, celebrated a birthday recently.  Her friend, Claudia, sent Marianne a birthday card enclosed in a hand painted envelope.  Marianne thought I would like the envelope - and of course, I snapped it up immediately!  I created a journal page centered around the flower which I tore off the envelope.  A no-brainer figuring out which flower Claudia painted!

February 17, 2021

True Blue Friends...

Working with limited color palette (cad red, ultramarine, yellow ochre, white and lamp black).  Challenging myself to mix my own colors.

18x24 stretched canvas, oil paint

What I did...

added more details

 My sketch was way off as far as the size of their heads - changed that easily enough with more paint.

I always paint the hair last - it makes me so nervous!

February 8, 2021

Happy Birthday - To Me!!

I celebrated my birthday yesterday.  Richard and I had lunch at Deep Lagoon Seafood Restaurant - fabulous fish tacos for me!

While he was watching the Super Bowl last night, I painted a spread in my art journal.  My friend Kelley sent me a beautiful birthday card with a lovely sentiment.  I loved it so much, I added the verse to my journal page.


February 4, 2021

Nothing is precious...

Art journal on easel; stand at arm's length; sketch with charcoal holding it loosely at its end.  No brainer sketches - smudge, erase, it's all fair game.  I decided to seal it with matte medium applied using an old credit card.  It smeared the sketches, but that's okay.  Nothing is so precious that it cannot be altered.  I like the mystery it created.

February 2, 2021

Drama Queen

Waste not want not - used left over paints on my palette to create this portrait.  No drawing - just brushstrokes - liberating!


February 1, 2021

Tea and Biscuits

We invited some friends over for dinner on Saturday.  They always bring something yummy to share with us.  The cheese biscuits (baked by the husband) were delicious.   I set up a little still life because they looked good enough to paint!

a quick sketch