Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas photo card

2 more days to go to finish this 1st 90 day set!

Did a sketch and transferred drawing of portrait #4 on to gridded canvas.

Yeah! today the Christmas photo cards were delivered to my house I am pleased, they are larger than I expected and a little bit darker than I thought they would be but they are fine. Now to address and mail out about 40+ cards and the rest to give away locally.

The great looking guy is my dear husband of 38 years(known each other for 40 1/2 years)! I am so blessed by God. This has been a great year for my art progress and process, thank you Lord God, I am so thankful.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Children's Church Christmas washi frame sample

Today was a very full day too. I have a few more ornaments to finish up so tomorrow there will be extras for those who did not get an opportunity to do them. Above is a sample. Thanking God the Father they are almost finished for this year. I have enjoyed doing them but I now want to go onto other things.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Etsuko Bozylinski

One of my dearest friends, Etsuko Bozylinski, passed away today. She was a great woman of faith and I know she is in heaven with Jesus now. I am sad because I will not see her anymore on this earth but my hope is sure to see her again in heaven. Please pray for her family and friends to receive the comfort and peace only God the Father can give at this time. God is ever faithful.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas painting for 2009 & 2008

Here is the Christmas painting. I uploaded it to with my DH and my photo for our photo Christmas card. Will be addressing those when they get here within 2 weeks. I'm going to work on re-cutting a matte for the painting to put in a frame to send the painting as a Christmas present.

I finished the roof for the stable and drew a practice sketch. When I draw each day I do improve and that relaxes me. I also have only 3 more origami frame Christmas ornaments to finish up, then I will need to varnish them, cut out the photos of the child that will go in each and tie a cord so they can hang them on the Christmas tree. They are turning out great!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Molly watercolor & color pencil

Here is practice portrait #3. I received permission to upload it. The model was from a photo my niece, Bethany N. Jones, took of her youngest child, Molly, and put it up in her facebook photos. The photo was b/w with some red-orange tinting on her lips, the dark side of her cheek and a touch on her nose. This painting does not capture an exact likeness but it holds my impressions. Thank you Bethany.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Quote from Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage movie

I took it easy all day and did some reading then watched a movie. The movie was very encouraging to me. I wrote down a quote from one of the characters: Glen Wesman to Thom in the movie: Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage. The below quote is one I plan to memorize and make a part of my life, hope it encourages you as it did me:

"It is your chance to illuminate where you live, to inspire you neighbors...that mural can record the people you love for posterity, it could change the way they see themselves. Art crosses all borders, surpasses all languages. It is a place where we are one family. And if you are willing, really willing to see with your eyes and your heart, one image can change lives. You could introduce men to their souls(my injection: soul=mind,will&emotions). . . Do your very best always, always the finest your heart has, it's the only way an artist knows."

This is so powerful and for me an answer to one of my deepest prayers.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fisherman photo on Okinawa

Today was my day of rest and I needed it. Family situations need God to work out for good, so trusting and praying for Him to work it all out. Here is another photo of Okinawa.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fisherman photo on Okinawa

Sprayed the verse boards with matte varnish spray today. That's about it, oh yea I went for a ride with my DH viewing the beautiful scenery of the shore line as we drove some up north this late afternoon. Here is a photo of a bit of Okinawa, hope you enjoy the view, we sure do. Thanking God for our blessings!

Monday, November 2, 2009

#2 practice painting

Decided to post the 1st under-painting of #2 practice portrait.
Will be busy the rest of the day doing other projects so thought I'd post earlier. Still working on how to photograph my paintings with my camera, having trouble with the parallax but this is better than the last time I uploaded photos so I am progressing. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Some Bunny Loves Me picture quilt

Was in studio for 2hrs & 15mins today, in the afternoon! I decided whether I do anything or not I was going to be in the studio during that time. I drew a practice drawing and moved my drawing table in the opposite direction so I can look into the studio
instead of at a corner of the room. I have decided I need a another drawing table so working on that.

Last night I began my goddaughter's baby boy quilt, this will be ongoing until I finish it up.

Tonight was the Baby quilt challenge at our quilting guild, there were 8 quilts presented in the challenge. The categories for entries was best boy, best girl and best overall. I won the best over all, I am thankful and glad it is going to a precious baby at the NICU. The other quilts were more traditional compared to mine but so cute and well done. Over all was a great representation of the great quilters we have in the guild, we have 17 members at this time, in past we've been up past the 60's. Hope it will grow more soon.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

#1 practice portrait

Here is my 1st practice portrait out of 200+planned. I used an acrylic olive green gesso underpainting doing a notan then used 2 slim Winsor&Newton oil bars: French ultramarine Blue and Raw Umber. It captured the essence of the photo but not exactly what I really wanted to happen. Did not like this medium at all, too oily, less control and takes a long time to dry. It was interesting and enjoyable practicing.

No time in the studio for the last 2 days been doing other things. I really want to get my sleep and wake schedule to work better for me so I put out another petition(prayer) to God the Father thru Jesus. I know He is working things out and I need to trust Him to do His work and for me to do what I need to do with Him.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Announcement: Little Michael Noah was born

Biggest news today! My goddaughter had her 1st baby! We are so happy! praying mother, child, father and grandparents and great grandparents get their rest now! They are all truly rejoicing. God bless them all.

I painted my 1st practice portrait last night but it is too wet to scan so will be posting it once it is dry. This is going to be an interesting challenge for me.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Video: Creative Edge Artist Network-the role of the arts pastor

Getting better thank God the Father through Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Below is a link to a great challenge and encouragement to the artist who is a Christian. A little more than 5 mins of your time is well worth it for the message it brings from "Creative Edge Artist Network". Hope you take that 5 mins

and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Map to my home & studio

Drew only a map to my house today, not very interesting but functional. Spent 3o mins or more looking for misplaced photos of my models for my challenge quilt I am designing and making, all that time praying I would be able to find them, thank God I found them! I hung up the quilt top so I can begin the fabric crayon drawing when I get the time to get up to the studio. I have trouble with my sleep and wake schedule so I loose a lot of time just dealing with not having time to do what needs doing and what I want to do. I want to have what needs doing become wants and what wants to be done to become needs. Does that make sense? HA!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Art House Paintings


Art House paintings are 3" x 3" They were quite the challenge. They came out a little too cartoony for me but it was an interesting learning experience.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Drawing Challenge for Drawing Day '09

This is my Drawing Day Challenge drawing for June 6, 2009. I used my granddaughter's photo as a model, I made the chin way longer than it should be but I like how it turned out. It was fun, took me about 40 mins. This week's Drawing Challenge is in support of Drawing Day 09

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Challenge landscape

This is my painting for the Different Strokes from Different Folks Challenge. I did this one using water based oils. Not sure I really like using them but they are ok to play with.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New painting series: "Quilter's Hands"

Finished these paintings over the last 2 weeks. I have more to paint in this series but I have some other painting projects I want to finish first and possibly use a different medium in the next part of the series. These 2 I used Acrylic under painting, oil bar Paint sticks and some color pencil. The second picture does not show the teal color in the clothing and I couldn't get my scanner program to get it correct unless it changed all the other colors. The quilt color in the 2nd painting is, also, more purple than blue, again scanner program could not get it correct. But at least it does show what I've partly been up to recently. These 2 paintings are schedules as gifts.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Virtual Sketch date painting:flowers

Here is my entry for the Virtual Sketch date for April. Used Oil bars and had fun playing with it. Decided to shift the flowers over to the left instead of in the center like the photo model. Below is the photo model. Virtual Sketch Date address: to see all the other entries and to join in.
I would love to be able to paint flowers as vividly as the photos, I have problems with the translucent quality of flowers. Anyway it was fun and a good exercise to get back into painting after a long break.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Click back for http://radicallyrea l.truepath. com/amokarts/ CCDB.html

I don't know any other way to add this to my blog for a click back than this way.

Amokarts is a Christian artist website that ministers to Christian artists.
I so totally recommend this site to everyone.
Great on-line videos, projects and information.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

a new change

I decided to remove all the quilting items from this blog to only have my paintings and drawings. I'll work on creating a separate blog for the quilting stuff. Not sure when I'll get time for that but I decided to make things more clear what I am doing on this blog. It seemed too busy and confusing having both on one log.

I am busy preparing canvases 2 for portraits and 4 for a series I'm starting. Plus tons of other things going on right now. Will post paintings and drawings as I get an opportunity to do so.

I am posting a couple of things I did for a comic American Cancer Society fund raiser and a couple of things from a Sketchbook project for Art House in GA "Everyone We Know" was the them.

The first set is called "Kimono Baby 1-4"
The second photo is from "Everyone We Know"
I goofed when I saved this one the wrong direction,
please forgive , thank you.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Pattie Wall's portriat

Here is Pattie Wall's portrait as promised yesterday. My scanner did not copy that well this time for some reason, was having some trouble with the scanner anyway. But it is close enough to the original, of course the original is much smoother and the colors are less harsh, as the hair on the original comes out much softer and blended tones. I do hope she likes it.

Pattie did an exceptional portrait of me and I hope everyone will go look for it at

as well as all the other portraits, there is certainly a multiplicity of techniques, styles and skills posted.
I thank God I was able to finish this portrait just in time and that I am feeling much better recovering from a head cold.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Posting portrait tomorrow

I finally did the portrait challenge but it is too wet to scan at this time. I wanted to get something written up before this New Year is an Old Year already. I still am working on my Christmas card painting it really is going out late, HA! Been down with a cold the last week or so thank God I'm better but I'm still taking it easy so I don't have a boomerang affect.

Pattie Wall did my portrait and she did a wonderful painting. Visit her blog at

Posting portrait tomorrow.