Friday, January 31, 2014

Watercolor Fun

Here are a couple of pieces I did at a workshop in Nashville, TN. Karlyn Holman was the instructor. I never had so much fun and met some really nice people. Karlyn is a great teacher.

This one below is one I did after I got home. It is more of a mixed media as is the giraffe because they are both outlined in black paint.

5x7 matted.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year everyone. Ours started out great. Raked leaves, trimmed roses and other plants. Then I decided I would work in the garage and go through some of our junk and mother's stuff. Well...guess what...clumsy Carol fell on her knee VERY hard. The knee that was fixed in 2000, then down came the knee that is getting fixed in February, then...there's more, slammed my nose against something and took a little chunk of skin of the top of it and then rolled part way over to get my right eyebrow scraped. Needless to say it HURT. Swollen and black and blue and grateful nothing got broken!!!

So how was your day?

I sold one of my fun paintings for a Christmas present. It's called Dancing in the moonlight.

I hope 2014 will be a great year for you. Praying for our troops safety wherever they are and for the families who lost loved ones this past year.
Peace, and Joy.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hubby's New Toy

My hubby's new toy, tho I being a good wife, traded in my Murano to drive this. Have to admit it is fun to drive around and get some crazy looks. Its a Ford Transit Connect Premium Wagon. Long name for little vehicle. Its not that small. Took girls (dogs) for their first ride. Got their okay. Guess it's a keeper. 

Guess this is my Christmas Present!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We had 4 friends over to share our dinner. Had a good time and played a game called Reminisce. A lot like Trivial Pursuit, but more fun. 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Crazy around last couple of weeks. Hubby fell in love with a little red wagon! A 2013 Ford Transit wagon, that is. We hope to get it this weekend.

Trying to get some fun things made. Ordered a box of stamps from Scrap Club. I love stamps and stencils. I am also working on Christmas cards for Easter Seals and myself. Think I am moving over into the "crafter" area than fine art. Love it tho. It is very freeing.

Here is a pic of my stamps and Ricky the Rhino painted by me and the Easter Seals artist for ES child development center. I will get a full shot of Ricky soon.

Have a great week.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Wow what a beautiful Friday. Started out really cold this morning, sun came out and it warmed up nicely. It really is a pretty fall this year. The trees are so colorful leaving lots of fallen ones on the ground. Guess there will be some raking for hubby tomorrow.

I have been busy helping our Easter Seals get ready for an art sale at Wilson's Office Supply Plus here in Paducah. This sale is to help raise money for the Easter Seal's artists with a percentage of the funds going towards art supplies for them. Easter Seals is a non-profit organization so it is a win-win situation for artist and buyer. Please come out if you are in the area. Sale starts November 12 - December 13, 2013 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On another note...

My student, Whitney has just about finished her painting. She is really doing wonderful work. Here is a painting of her latest painting.

Friday, October 25, 2013

My art student Whitney painted this awesome painting. She loves color and is doing really well. The painting was inspired by an artist I am unable to find.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just playing around

Last couple of days I have spent making a few greeting cards and collaged my cigar box that was part of my winnings from EphemeraPaducah. I enjoy days were I can just take my time and fiddle around with my art supplies.

Friday, October 18, 2013

My new turquoise Merrell shoes! These are wonderful. Ended up getting several pairs. They let my toes lay nice and flat without rubbing again a spur I have on my big toe.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finally Finished...

this little gem. I made this in a class with Rose Hughes, a wonderful quilt artist. We had a great time in the class at EphemeraPaducah.  My DIL, Kelly and my 2 grandgirls, Lauren and Bethany, were also in the class.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dear Brave Girl,

One step forward, one step forward, one step forward. Two steps forward and one step back. Three steps forward, three steps back. Five steps forward, two steps back. No, this is not a math lesson. This is life, lovely girl!!!

Please don't freak out or beat yourself up when you have setbacks. You are not a failure. You did not make bad plans and your steps backward do not determine your worth as a human being.

Sometimes we think we have things figured out, or that we have overcome something, and then it returns to our lives in a different way, leaving us to feel like we have failed in some way. This is actually a beautiful new chance to learn and grow, and it shows up right when we are ready to take it on, even if it seems otherwise.

Remember that life is a process . . . all of it. There are lots of finish lines, not just one. We get to start new climbs, new races, every day. Some days we are moving forward effortlessly, some days we are learning to work through life in other ways. It's all good and it's all necessary and you are doing a tremendous job.

Reach for the gifts found in the setbacks and decide that tomorrow is a brand new day.

You are so very loved.


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Love this site...lots of good stuff!
Here is a fun piece I did using a Stencil Girl stencil. I love their stencils. They have such great ones. I did the moon myself copying the design idea from a Rubbermoon stamp that has this sweet little moon with lines around it and stars. Another favorite...Rubbermoon stamps. They have some really wonderful and different stamps. The glare is from the mica colors I used.
Sold Christmas 2013

The next is a painting I did using a stencil from Craftworks. It is called Aspen Trees. I also use Dylusion Ink Sprays on both paintings.  I call the painting, Treelines.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Prayer Flags from One January Day

Found this neat site this morning and thought I would share it with you. I love the idea of prayer flags and plan on making some to hang on my fence. Kelley Walker does a great job explaining the history of the flags and has some great tutorials to show you how to make them. Her blog is called One January Day. You can click under my "favorites" to get to her site.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Here are two wonderful paintings I purchased from Gay Speirbhain at the festival. Click on link below right to get to her site. Gay does some wonderful folk art paintings.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 the Art Guild of Paducah, had their third art festival, called Art in the Vineyard at Purple Toad Winery. We had a really great day for the festival and lots of folks out to enjoy the day. Food and music were great as well as some really awesome art.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Here is my box of goodies that I won at Ephemera Paducah Saturday after a great and fun class. See last post on the project I made in class. The Mica Colors are awesome.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I make this delightful box yesterday in a class taught by Kristin Powers of Rubbermoon Stamps. Class was taught at Ephemera in Paducah. We had the best time. I also won the drawing for another box to decorate plus stamps and more. Woohoo!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fiona and Whitney

I have forgotten to get some pictures of Fiona and Whitney's paintings. They are doing great and having fun. Fiona did a wonderful scotty dog for her grandmother and also a great abstract. I will see if I can get Whitney to get some pictures and send them to me so I can post them.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Teaching Art

I started teaching in my studio. Enjoying the mother and daughter. The do come at separate times, because the 7 yr. old try's to compete with her mother. Below are a couple of pictures of their work.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

First Snow Dec 26, 2012

Our first snow of the season. Very windy.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cyclamam Pastel

This is from the class I taught last Saturday. We had a great time and everyone did a beautiful job.

Sorry about the glare. Forgot to take a pic before I sealed.
11x14 overall matted and unframed.  $45