Last night I published a blog note but it doesn’t look like the email note was sent to my subscribers.  So tonight I am sending just a quick note to test the site and see if an email will be sent.  You don’t have to do anything except open the email notification if you get one.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.



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Hot Off My Easel

I told you I am in a learning mode didn’t I!?  Well, this one took me a while, but oh I had so much fun.  And I learned so much.

Meet Elliot and his chicken.  I found him on the internet and tracked down the photographer for permission to paint him.  I painted him on a 16″ X 20″ canvas with Golden Heavy Body Acrylic.  When I had most of the work finished, I switched to Golden Open Acrylic for the final bit of tints and shading on the flesh.  I like the open paint for those final steps because it stays wet long enough to blend, and it’s also a little more transparent so it’s easier to apply just a little at a time.

I can’t do a pattern for this one or teach it.  It is painted with permission for my personal use.

The photographer’s name is Lisa Holloway  You can see her beautiful work here http://ljhollowayphotography.com
Get ready for a feast of eye candy!


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Time for me to post some photos of what I’ve been painting for the last year.  Yes – I have been painting – just not doing a lot of designing for pattern packets.

I am definitely in a learning mode right now and I’m enjoying experimenting with new things.

I switched from Jo Sonja Acrylics to Golden Open Acrylics a few years ago.  After experimenting with the Open paint for a few years I decided to try the Golden Heavy Body.  I think I found my sweet spot.
I’ve been using the Heavy Body for most of my painting and if I need to add final tints and glazes for the finishing touches I’ve been using the Golden Open.  This system seems to be working well for me.
I am really enjoying the painting I’m doing now.

You haven’t seen me paint very many flowers, but I enjoyed painting this one along with the water and the glass.
The rose is cut from the bush just outside our front door.   I set up the still life and then took photos to work from.  After trying the draped background I decided I like the simple background better.










I’ve had this old frame for many years, looking for the right thing to put in it.  The sheep by the stream seemed to work just right.
For my reference I used a photo from a website for painters called “Paint My Photo”, where you can find many photos submitted by people from all over.  These photos can be used by painters and are copyright free.  It’s a nice resource for finding lots of different things and scenes to paint.  Check it out here https://www.pmp-art.com
If you join, you can post your own photos and also the paintings you do from the photos.

The last one for today is a portrait of my daughter, Joy.  Trying to capture that “certain” look of your loved one can be a real challenge.  This one took me quite a while with lots of tweaks and corrections.  But I loved the challenge










Then I tried it again and kept this one for myself

That’s all I’ve got for now.

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More Stuff

I think I told you about our little painting group here that gets together once a month to offer a challenge.
Well…………this month was a doozy!  The challenge was to paint a non subject abstract and a subjective abstract – small!!  Just 14 inches total for each one.  My Decorative Painting struggled to swim to the top but I still had fun with it.

Then there is my second love – Paper Crafting.  So today several friends and I went to the most awesome scrapping store -“Scraporium” for a field trip.  After spending 3 1/2 hours in the store we finally made it to lunch.

How many of you love to paper craft or scrapbook?  It’s a very satisfying hobby and very creative so I always have to choose between my two favorite things to do.
I’m planning to post some of my paper projects on my website very soon.  I’ll let you know.
And more paintings coming up!



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New Neighbors

What do you call multiple painters ?
A Bunch?  A Group?  A Pod?  A Class?  A Gathering?
Maybe a Treat,  a Clutch,  a  Beauty, or a Convention.
But not a Herd!

What ever you call them, these Pinellas Decorative Painter ladies in Largo, Florida were wonderful!

And we had a great time painting the rooster in the window.  It felt so good to rub elbows again with my soul mates.

The hospitality and the food were exceptional.  And they are just “down the road” from me, so I hope to see them again in the future.

Keep those brushes busy!






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