Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 16 of Documented Life Project

This is week 16 and this week's challenge was to use some cardboard from some food on the journal page in a creative way. So I cut up a couple of boxes and collaged them on.  The dove is from the Ezekiel cereal box.  This is a fun project and a good diversion from the easel. Although I do love the easel-- sometimes I don't love the easel! It's a love- hate relationship I have with my paintings. I guess for me, learning to oil paint and to be a really good one is happy agony. Yep--that's what it is---happy agony.  All painters say "aye!" And probably writers, musicians, ....inventors...etc...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Little Brown Wren

I love to paint birds and this little guy was just so cute I had to paint him.  I found the photo on the Paint My Photo site.  I do appreciate this site because sometimes I just need a little inspiration and ideas and this site is completely copyright free.

Monday, April 7, 2014

DLP Week 15--Monochromatic

This week's challenge was to create a page in all monochromatic colors.
No, it's not belated St. Patty's Day but it ended up looking like it didn't it? Well, maybe I should have chosen blue as my color except I love green and I love spring.  I made some of the flowers from the deli paper and did a little calligraphy and spraying. It was fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Great quote

Yep! That's for sure!
Do you ever wonder who originates these quotes on Pinterest?  Sometimes they are really profound but sometimes there is no author on them.  This is one of those. So I just let Mr. Pinterest have the honors.
This is a vintage border from my early days and some lettering from yesterday.  Since I have been oil painting my lettering has somewhat gone to the wayside but I certainly don't want many years of lettering practice to fade away---no matter how much I want to be a good painter. If you don't use it you'll lose it. That's for sure!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Oriental vase

Switching gears from my DLP journal and pulling out my oil paints for our get together with my painting buddies. We are still painting from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. He is a fabulous painter and teacher. We love his classic style of painting yet it's still enough impressionism to appeal to me.  We have fun on our painting days. We learn so much from each other.  Normally I am more of a high key painter than this (painting in brighter, lighter colors) but I like this classic style too. The vase is fairly high key as well as the apples so that was fun.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Week 14 of DLP

I am enjoying doing the challenges for the Documented Life Project.  
This week's challenge was write your name and embellish.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Color Drop Flowers

Here is another page in my calendar moleskin planner for the DLP project. I love making the fun color drop flowers and sewing around the edge. It's always so fun to finish off a page like that.  Today we will be given a new challenge for next week's page. Hopefully it's a fun one---!

And I just had to share this one from our grandson, Marc, who will be 5 in May.  It's a Ninja Turtle and they'rrrrrre back!
 It's been 25 years or so since my son, Zach, used to love to watch them on TV.  Well, what goes around comes around.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Documented Life Project

Since I started the Documented Life Project late and missed about 10 weeks I have gone back and filled my calendar in with more pages. I have really enjoyed doing the weekly challenges so far and love seeing on the extremely talented people on Facebook doing this project. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Sometimes I just need to do some calligraphy. It's good for my soul. This is an Italic variation I like to do that I learned from a  Connie Ferguson workshop.

I wrote it out , scanned, did some Photoshop magic and placed it on this old mixed media piece that I had saved in my files. It's always fun to do and gives new life to old art pieces.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Documented Life Project Week 13

This week's challenge was to have someone draw on your page. My grandson, Marc, had just sent us this precious little drawing so I just had to use it. 
This is such a fun project and gives me a diversion from the easel--although I do love the easel.
You should join in!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Put a Bird On It

I thought I'd better skip ahead and "put a bird on it" before it got to far ahead of me. He's a happy bird.
Week # something or other in The Documented Life Project. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

"Drawing the Girls" Online class starts today!

So excited about this new class. I absolutely love drawing these girls.  I am been trying to catch up on the Documented Life Project.  If you haven't seen this you should check it out! It really looks like lots of fun and a great way to keep your life organized. And it's free! I have been using the pages on the Moleshine calendar for my girls. Here are a few pages where I have used my girl drawings.

I haven't put my tabs in yet so when I do that I will show you. If you have signed up for my class I send you a BIG 'OLE THANK YOU!!!
And if you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to email me or message me from within the Typepad class.  And don't forget to post your images your draw! I want to see your new friends!  Give them a name too!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Thank you all so much!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Drawing the Girls Online Class GIVEAWAY!

Just leave me a comment and MAKE SURE you have included your email and on 
Saturday night I will get 'ole Mr. Random to pick one of you.
The Class starts Monday, the 17th!!!
So if you are the winner I will contact you and then you will be sent the class on Monday!
It's really a fun class!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ellen's Shed

Here is another painting from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. This was actually last month's get together painting project.  Since we don't paint at my Red Door Art Studio anymore while Zach is there running his Original Fuzz business we have been painting at Ortega Methodist Church.  What a wonderful church this is to set up tables for us let us stay as long as we like. And none of us are members of that church.  Just so nice.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pears and Pink

Here is a watercolor that I did several years ago. My daughter has it now and actually every time I see it on her wall I say to myself that I would like to try and paint that exact same thing in oils. This is an image of the watercolor that I took and the glass is reflecting some background things but I thought I would try it.  I decided to start from a black background and see what happened.  So---here is what happened.


It'a pretty close. I made the vase a little bigger and when the oil paint dries I am thinking about putting a little texture with punchanella and script stamp.  Who who says you can grunge up 
an oil painting!?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Copper Pot

Painting inspired by Greg Kueutz

 Once a month I get together with my painting buddies and we paint from Greg Kreutz's book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters. His paintings have a very classical look which is beautiful but not so sure that this is the style that naturally comes out of me. It is fun to try to emulate these paintings and try to figure out his colors and shapes. I think it is good practice. The copper was tricky.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New studio and some paintings

Well, maybe some of you on Facebook have seen my new painting space since Zach, our son, has his offices at the Red Door Art studio.  I do love this little space so far and I have actually painted a few paintings here too. I was nervous at first hoping it had the right "funky shui" feel so I could do some paintings. So far so good.

Here is one I did yesterday:
I actually set us a still life and painted it. I always feel good about myself when I paint from life. I actually think I do a little better too looking at it from life as opposed to a photograph.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Drawing the Girls

Drawing the Girls Online class starts March 17th. I really had so much fun putting this class together. The girls are fun to draw and really easy since they only look straight on. No 3/4 faces or profiles. All my girls look straight forward although sometimes the eyes might be averted a bit. That's the way I like them! These pretty little faces are a great journal element for any journal that you might have. It's a new way to doodle!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At the Annie Sloan Workshop here in Jacksonville, they warned that this paint was addictive. And-- yes it is-- that is if you have a desire to paint furniture. If you don't then all this excitement will just seem crazy.

I bought these two chairs at my antique store around the corner and thought they had a good shape but of course the fabric was dirty and yuck.  So I decided to just go for it.  The one on the right is painted with also Duck Egg Blue. The fabric painted just fine and so far doesn't seem to crack when I sit on it. Actually it's pretty soft.

So I decided to put dots on the fabric in Graphite color.  My dots got a little wonky but it's shabby chic so it's all good. After all if I don't like it I can just paint over it. No worries. The other color I bought was French Linen and it's a fabulous color too. Maybe I will do the other chair in that. 
I will put these in my new studio.
Or I will paint over them and try something different!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Stenciled Table with Annie Sloan Paints

This is my maiden voyage with the Annie Sloan Chalk paints.

 I painted the table in Old White in about 30 minutes or so. 

I then added Duck Egg Blue to the leg areas and stenciled 
the top along with some elbow grease sanding for the shabby chic look.

I haven't waxed it yet and still deciding if I should put the dark wax.
This stencil with the numbers might have been a bit busy but no problem---
I can just paint over it and pick another stencil.
Really fun and turned out cute! 
Next ---on to the upholstered side chair.  Yikes!
I'm gonna paint it-- fabric and all!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oh my goodness--Annie Sloan Chalk Paints!

I went to an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshop yesterday to learn how to use this fabulous paint for furniture. I have always wanted to paint furniture but never wanted to do any prep work beforehand. Well, this is the paint that will do that. No prep whatsoever. We painted these sample boards with the easy techniques.  The paint colors are yummy (I bought way too many!) but I am going to try this and see what happens. So maybe I will switch from painting canvases to painting chairs and tables!  Maybe I will even paint some pears and poppies on them too!

Monday, February 3, 2014

This is Lucy

She just looks like a Lucy to me. I am having so much fun drawing the girls for the upcoming online class. I am even teaching myself a few new things. It's really fun for these girls to emerge as you draw them and each one will have a little personality. Lucy happens to be one that looks you right in the eye.
Most of my girls have a name and the name just pops into my head when I see them. She looks to be about 7 or 8 years old I think. Hi Lucy!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Drawing the Girls

Even though I am trying really had to be an oil painter, it is just so fun to stop and go back to some collage and mixed-media techniques. This is a girl I drew for the class, "Drawing the Girls," that I am having a ball filming.  These girls are actually how I doodle. You will find them everywhere.  They are on scraps of paper, napkins, paper tablecloths at restaurants and even all through my Bible. I like them to be "looking into the Word."  I do this sometimes in church but I can listen and draw.  Actually it helps me to listen.  I never could sit still. I will go over this technique in the class. (Collage--not the drawing in church technique!) Ok---back to filming!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

I couldn't resist...

Gouache Resist!  Jane Powell, from Random Arts in Saluda, NC posted this tutorial. And I just had to try it. If you have the supplied, which I did, then you should try it. I was so excited when I ran the India Ink under the water and the image emerged.  So fun. You must try it!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Drawing the Girls

I am starting to film my new online class, "Drawing the Girls."  God willing, it will open the middle of March but then again we know about those best laid plans! It might be April. So far it has been fun brushing up on my drawing and coloring skills for these fun girls.  I drew her today and tried a couple of hair colors for her as well as a few techniques for coloring the faces.  I draw these faces every time I am waiting or anything or listening to something. It's the way I doodle.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


This is Chop. He belongs to a precious little girl named Bailey.  Chop was lost at the mall but was miraculously found much to Bailey's relief. Bailey's grandmother asked if I would paint chop---so here he is.  He is enjoying posing with the pretty flowers.

Monday, January 13, 2014


For my painting today for 30 Paintings in 30 Days (in which I am very behind!) I decided to paint from a Richard Robinson workshop. I love Richard's paintings and his teaching methods. I always learn something when I do one of his workshops.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Bridge

I got together with my monthly painting buddies and we painted this bridge form the book, Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz. This one was really detailed and complicated with on the background colors but it was fun to paint and even more fun getting together with my buddies.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Charleston Pink House

Charleston Pink House
Oil on 9x12 panel

This is Day 8 of Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days.
It really is a challenge to paint everyday. For me it's more about finding the right composition or photo than the actual painting of the painting. That's the fun part. Finding one that inspires me is the challenge!


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