Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Getting ready for classes this week...

Collage class tomorrow and some of the class will be working on an altered book.  Got my background papers made and on!

And then Journaling Class this Friday. 
Always love to do these grids.  Need to do one for December; one square a day just like an advent calendar.

Memories of painting Julie's pears in watercolor class.

And drawing Julie's pears in Pen & Ink class.

Notes about the Art Show and getting ready for Thanksgiving.

Loved this sweet potato recipe and don't want to lose it again so  now it's in my journal!

This 'n That.

My Mom's and my Uncle's birthdays.  Brother and sister, same day, seven years apart.

And it's The Day...

Celebrating Thanksgiving and my birthday.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

well hello again...

I've truly missed my blog.  And it was nice to have someone (namely Carol) ask about it because it made me take the time to go back to it.  They almost locked me out!  They said "who are you?"   :/

So, here for a test, are some fun collages I did from magazine paper colors.  
A flower.  A bird...

and architecture.  
from a very enjoyable online class I took.  The style reminds me of Eric Carle.  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A tiny adventure

Day by day discoveries on a tiny adventure, was the assignment on Sketchbook Skool...
My adventure took me as far as my deck and watching this plant develop.  
It was so much fun seeing things that I wouldn't have paid as much attention to before.
Not done,
but I will continue it...

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Lost in my journal every day, and fitting in other new creative endeavors, it's been about three months since I've posted on here.  But this is also a journal for me...

Beginning July, I wanted to show my class how I drew my own borders on the page, instead of using the already designed Washi tape. Ending June with a plein air outing at the Peabody Estate and then it was the 4th of July.  Julie made a beautiful yummy "real" whipped cream cake for dessert. 

The day at the Peabody.

The next week, we met at Judy's garden and Danielle came with me to draw.

Had another one of my collages framed.  It's a favorite as it's done from a photo of the town in Germany where my grandparents were married.  Made a stamp with Sketchbook Skool.  And it had been my turn to pick a book for book club - "Necessary Lies" and it is a great book!

Gina's ("No Excuses Art Journaling") inspiration for July is to write some poetry and do an illustration with it.


"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." Leonardo da Vinci

A busy week!

My stamp again

...and more busyness

Some more fun homework with Sketchbook Skool...

Plein air trip last week...

Thursday, our art class met at Garfield Park Conservatory.  Never been there before, I was amazed.

Joan and Austin were somewhere hidden in the plants, but here are the rest of us.  
Me, Lois C, Leslie, Lois L, Lois H, and Helene.

Absolutely breathtaking; and hot and humid like the tropical plants love it!

Chihuly Glass

Just lovely

Overwhelmed with greenery, this is my little sketch.

and, after I was home, thinking about all the ferns...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April's almost over!

Journaling class tomorrow!  April flew by and realized that I haven't posted any of my pages and it was a busy month...

Well...Spring!  Where did you go?

Decided to do a photo page to remember Danielle's trip to Arizona and other busyness with the family.


Sometimes just a line from a magazine says it all.

"this and that"

I do like the plain painted background  highlighting the pictures and lettering.

Special days and ...

special quotes.

And I always like to fit in some nature into.  Photos I took of our Mallard locals.  I loved the one of just his head looking...

Special memories

And here, back to painting the squares for another "look"

Tiny watercolors...and a thought.

Okay...so here I was experimenting (may as well just go ahead and experiment in my journal, right?) rolling on the background with a brayer.  At first the paint color I used was too dark and so I went over it with white creating a lot of havoc, I guess.  But it's okay!

Again background too busy but okay for posting pictures...

The one above done is a lighter color that worked well.
Below,  not so, and one of my favorite quotes so will add maybe another color outline to the letters.

My friend, Mary Beth, sent this little quote to me and I loved it!
Describes everything perfectly!