Bird of Paradise

Acrylic on 7 x 9 Canvas Panel

     Wow, this took a while but I am very pleased how it turned out.  I used thin washes, so there are many many layers to this piece.  Using thin washes is time consuming, but it adds a lot of depth.    AND  I didn’t have any trouble mixing color which was a great surprise.  I do need to work on blending and I  need lots of practise with brush strokes.   I’m still very excited that I finshed it!  I am going to live with this for a couple of days before I varnish it just in case I want to change something, but I am calling this done and I’m ready to move on to something else.

      I wish I had some words of wisdom for painting in acrylics, but this medium is still  foreign to me.  The only thing I can say is just to paint and if you mess up just throw on some gesso and try it again!  


Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!!!!!



Still At It…



     I really don’t like to post unfinished paintings, but at the rate I’m going this will be completed sometime next year.    This is a cropped close up of a bird of paradise, I believe it’s called.  It’s not nearly completed and is definitely in a ugly stage of  the process.  I have read that this is the stage where alot of artists give up.  I understand why now because I am completely lost.  If I were in school this is the point where I would raise my hand and ask for help from the teacher.    But despite my trouble, I am enjoying painting again. 

     I think I’m going to walk away from this painting for a little while, so i can come back with a fresh set of eyes.  I have a couple of commissions that I should be working on anyway. I will probably start on those Thursday (hopefully).

     I do have something good to share.  I found this paintbrush holder with two water reservoirs.  One  reservoir has a  grid at the bottom so that you can knock the paint off your brush and the other you can use for mixing.  I bought it from Joann’s Fabric.  It is from the  Donna Dewberry  line for  decorative painters. I love love love it!

One_Stroke_Brush_49672c82ac315With a price of under $10.00, you can’t beat it.  I also have their stay wet palette, but I’ll have to let you know on that one, but it looks promising.    Right now I’m using small dabs of paint and mix colors on my brush, but I feel certain I’ll need it when I start painting on a larger canvas. 

Well, I’m off.  David is in Canada,  Alana is at a sleepover and there is a new J.R. Ward book with my name all over it.

Today I’m One . . .


         Daisies                   Acrylic on canvas panel

       I thought I’d celebrate the birth of my blog by showing you where it all started…with this painting.   Yes, this little decorative painting of daisies has caused me to have an addiction from which I want no cure.

     My dad is an artist, my grandmother was an artist, and my twin sister is also an artist, so no one in my family was surprised by my desire to learn to draw and paint.   I’m no artist, but it doesn’t hurt to dream the little dream, does it?   Maybe I will wake up one morning and some of that paternal DNA will kick in,  and I’ll be a  artist.    But unfortunately it didn’t happen this morning.    I doubt it will happen tomorrow.

I have some of their artwork that I will post in the future.    Anyhow….

     I can’t believe that I have kept up with this blog for a year.  It’s been sporadic at times, but I think I am getting the hang of it.  And I am enjoying every minute of it.



Acrylic on 5 x 7 canvas

  This is the first and only painting that I’ve done so far with my new acrylic.  I know that it’s a little boring, but I was just playing around with mixing colors.  I am pretty happy with the way the pear turned out although the background was suppose to be gold but it turned out a little too green and it sort of blends in with the pear.  It would have looked better if the background was a burgundy or maybe a burnt umber, but who cares….it was just practice anyway.  

     I really haven’t drawn or painted anything for a little while because I have been down with a sinus infection that has been pretty brutal, David’s back is out again and Alana is stopped up.  So, we have been a pitiful bunch.  I have noticed that colds and stuffy noses doesn’t get to kids as much as adults and Alana was able to play soccer like a champ and seemed unfazed that she could only breath through one nostril.  She made 3 goals and they won the game.  Meanwhile, I was in the stands and the light was hurting by eyes and I was praying that the game would be over soon.  Of course, I had to root for my child, so on top of everything else, now I have a sore throat.  I just love winter.    I am feeling some better so I hope I can get some art therapy in very soon.





I’m so excited…..


(Sorry, about the blurry picture)  This is paint and palette wetting spray, slo-dri fluid retarder, 1 8 oz. each of tit. white and ivory black.

     Isn’t that the most beautiful sight  that you have ever seen?  I have been wanting these for a long time and when I saw that they were on sale at Dick Blick I went for it!  They were still expensive so I didn’t get a whole lot of colors this time around.  I did get enough to start mixing.  I kinda  hate the idea of learning to mix acrylic with artist grade paint.   I am trying to look at this way, the better I learn to mix the less colors I have to buy, which will be cheaper in the future right? 

     I bought a mix of two different brands of fluid acrylic, Liquitex and Golden.  I think Golden is suppose to be a better brand, but they didn’t have all the colors that I needed so I ended of mixing brands.

     I have my acrylics and  I have canvas NOW  I have to think of something to paint!


EDM#124 Draw something yellow

Craft Paint on 5 x 7 canvas panel

 I gave this little Sunflower to my sister-in-law this weekend when we all got together for our yearly shopping trip.  We started this tradition about eight years ago and it is a nice little girl’s only get away.  Our trip involves alot of shopping, alot of eatting and then we pile in a hotel room for the night leaving the kids and the hubbys at home.  I usually use the time to Christmas shop but came home empty handed on that end.  Either I wasn’t in the mood  or nothing caught my eye.    Either way, This trip was just what I needed.  Boy. . .  I can’t wait til next year!