Monday, March 31, 2014

Swimmer with Circles 1

20 x20 " oil on panel
This week I'll share some of the bigger paintings I've been working on.  More of my "swimmers" but now some circles are finding there way into the story... 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to make Easy Paint and Sharpie Eggs


quick and easy,  Easter egg decorating, sharpie marker, doodle
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 Here's the thing,  I know there are amazing eggs out there - beautifully decorated- painstakingly decorated eggs.  Stunning little works of art.  I have even made my share of fancy eggs.
These are not those.  Nope.  Not even close.
 These are the "use what you can find and make them fast,easy and simple" kind of eggs. 
This is how I made them:

First, I got out my little collection of  "Oops" paint.  Oops paint is the paint that is returned to the big box home improvement stores - I think I got each one of these for .50 cents!
pastel paint and Easter eggs
Nothing perfect or fussy here.

They look pretty just like this, but I couldn't help myself.  Let them dry, added more color on top then dry again.  Doodle time after that!   I just love Sharpies.
pastel paint and black sharpie marker Easter eggs,

pastel and black sharpie marker easter eggs on glass bottles
BTW - I think eggs look super cute on bottles with bows!  These eggs are hard boiled - meant to be eaten, so the "easy, fast and simple" thing works - you could use blown eggs or wooden eggs from the craft store if you wanted to do more detailed intricate designs and save them from year to year.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Peek Into My Sketchbook - using simple tools

nfdp - Fancy art supplies are great - who doesn't love a  new set of Copic Markers?
 But the beauty of a sketchbook is - it doesn't care what you use.  Often I use regular old ball point pens, and office supplies like highlighters. It makes no difference.  What really matters is drawing all the time.
You can see more pages using simple office tools HERE



Monday, March 24, 2014

Mazie-dog painting commission

Mazie
6x6" oil on panel
 This is sweet Mazie, the cutest little Labradoodle.  
Another dog commission. Seriously People, I LOVE doing these. Painting dogs is so fun.
Bring it on. 
  I like to make a set of notecards as a gift to my collectors too

 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Make your own dried lemon verbena tea

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Missing my garden so I decided to brew up some of that summer flavor.
 Last year I grew lemon verbena in my little veg patch and all summer I made iced tea with it and some fresh mint leaves - so refreshing!
In the fall I cut some sprigs of the lemon verbena and dried it in my kitchen then popped it into an airtight container to use on a day just like this. A little bit of the garden when there is no garden.
Today it got brewed into a splendid pot of tea. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy First Day of Spring 2014

 Happy first day of Spring!
 Dear Mother Nature,
Please reward us for enduring that long winter with a perfect spring !  I promise to compost all my kitchen scraps and plant lots of flowers.  thanks.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One Love - chocolate cupcake painting

Another little cupcake getting ready for the show.  Have to admit, I like this one.  Sometimes a painting just speaks to me, something is going on with this one that I just love.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Parade of Green

My nod to all the St.Patrick's Day celebrations from last weekend.
Painting a batch of cupcakes for a super sweet show that is coming up.
More info soon!  In the mean time "like" my Instagram - things often pop up there first!

6x6"oil

Monday, March 17, 2014

Make Your Own Luck

 Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
I've been so busy in the studio that I've barely come up for air.  Sometimes I have to back away from the big oil paintings and do something else.  Yesterday I made this for my bulletin board.  Totally different and a doodle really - thinking about other things while making it.  Make Your Own Luck. 


 COME ON Spring!  You can do it!
 I searched the garden for signs of Spring today .
 Crocus, daffodils,  and snowdrops peeking through!  So nice to see some green.
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Black Sharpie Eggs

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You knew this was coming right?  Black sharpie on white eggs.  So simple. The possibilities are endless! Doodle DIY heaven.



My favorite egg dyeing is HERE

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sketchbook inspired Teach Art Tuesday

Sketchbooks are so great for exploring ideas,working out new schemes or just plain escaping.  Lately, medallions have been turning up all over mine.  Recently my boys and I made a big painting inspired by these sketchbook pages.  See it HERE

One of my teaching philosophies is sharing what inspires me.  With the Kinders my sketchbook page medallions were the jumping off point for a painting project.  
Simple Water Color / Crayon resist project with a twist





Monday, March 10, 2014

For the Love of Paper -Make Some Art Today

This pretty much sums things up.  Make some art today - for the Love of Paper.  ( I crack myself up)

 I'm still busy painting away on more of my big series but when taking a break, I'm all about the sketchbook.  Seriously - OBSESSED.  I am loving drawing again - drawing for drawings sake.  Doodling, art journaling- whatever you want to call it, I am doing it.  You can peek into my sketchbook HERE and HERE.
This month I decided to put a twist on my sketchbook fun and make a little book of quotes.
Nothing fancy - in fact I want it to be the opposite of fancy.
 So I turned to my favorite free paper of ALL TIME - the trusty brown paper bag. I cut some pages, wet and dried them (no idea why - just seemed like something I should do) and made signatures, covers and searched for "coptic stitch" online for some help with book binding.  It is not perfect but I LOVE how it turned out.  Bitten by the handmade bookmaking bug now.




Next is filling in each of the pages - each day a different inspirational quote - art business or creativity related.  It is just for me to keep on my desk to take a gander at when I need a little boost.
Take a peek at some already done...


I love this quote. - You don't need fancy supplies - make some art with the stuff around you.
Why do you love paper?  Tell me in the comments


The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here
more paper lovers here:

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell / Louise Best / Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly / Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts / Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul / Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer / Julie Reed

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.