Friday, August 28, 2015

Mandala on a T-shirt

I wanted to try to use up some fabric paint and see how this would work on a I cut some shapes from craft foam and glued them to pill jars for stamps....

Friday, August 21, 2015

Glimpse in my sketchbook

I have still been busy creating botanical paintings in my sketchbook. I missed the time frame to submit them to spoonflower's contest but that doesn't really matter. I have been enjoying doing about one a day on my lunch hour, as a break from mandalas for just a bit. Soon, back to the regularly scheduled programming.

So if you were here to see, you would see me sitting alone in a cemetery on my lunch and think me sad, or lonely but i am really enjoying my little bit of quiet time. Cemeteries are nice and quiet and they are an easy place to find something to sketch, although i usually sketch the wildflowers at the edges instead of flowers placed on stones. Wildflowers are on my mind alot lately, if I could just shut off the new ideas I have so it would be easier to concentrate on the old, started already ideas... but that doesn't happen.

 I keep picturing doing a whole series of unruly wild flower paintings, Maybe that would be the name of the series, 
Unruly, Wild Flowers, 
Obstreperous, Turbulent, Wild Flowers
Enthusiastic, Tousled, Untamed Wild Flowers
Boisterous, Uncontrolled, Intractable, Madcap, Wild Flowers
or even...
Riotous, Rowdy, Unkempt, Fierce, Defiant, Wild Flowers

(yes, i needed to use a thesaurus for that)

Friday, August 14, 2015


Here's a page from my sketchbook done with pen and watercolor, like the sketch i showed last but just worked on a little more. I want to make some botanical fabric like i said, so i am practising. More to come as once you start with botanicals you can't stop.....

Sunday, August 9, 2015

quick sketches

a few sketches in preparation for a botanical page i want to do in my sketchbook to make into spoonflower fabric. Submitting to spoonflower was on my list to do this year, and botanical is their current contest. I love that style fabric so i thought i may give it a try.
I will let you see it if i get a page done...
in the meantime i am linking to Sunday sketches...

Thursday, August 6, 2015


just playing a bit with paint and texture, after seeing all the index cards from ICAD, i ended up wanting to make just a few. I didn't join in this year but i wanted to try out a few texture things.
they aren't what i was trying for but i have so many other projects going that i couldn't keep trying. most of my current projects involve mandalas but i can't post them so this is all i have to show for paint party friday... 
I am still meeting my deadlines for the upcoming book;
Mindful Mandala for the Inspired Artist.
with two other artists 
published by Walter Foster Publishing 

and I will be submitting a coloring book page for
heART Journal digital Magazine Colorbook 
coming out this future holiday season.
and i have started work on an e-class on mandalas my way as well. 
so much to do, so little time...


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

day 6

We got up early to beat the crowds hiking to Delicate Arch in  Arches National Park, Utah.
Again, my fear of heights almost had me quitting. And the drive through the park up the side of a cliff was scary enough for BigBig that he stayed in the car the whole time instead of hiking. As i was driving up the cliffside my daughter, Jesse, started singing 'little boxes' and for some odd reason that seemed to help me from panicking too much.

"little boxes, on the hillside, little boxes, made of ticky tack. there are red ones, there are blue ones, there are yellow ones, made of ticky tack."

The hike is labeled as difficult but my daughter said she didn't realize that when she planned it. It's only 3 miles but quite steep and there is much of it that's along a ledge (no barriers) with a drop off of 460 feet,(I think it said).
It was scary but worth it at the end. I am glad we did it.
Such a stunning spot.!

I have a postcard of the arch framed at my work desk now. And BigBig's sketchbook as well....
After our hike we went back to Moab for lunch at Milts. i got a buffalo burger.
Then we drove all the way to Arizona and found the apartment where my daughter will be living. we also stopped at a very photographed loop in the river, about a mile hike to it but i couldn't get close enough to the ledge to get a good photo,but Brandy got one.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

day 5

on this day i thought my worries were over, but it turns out i am afraid of driving in the mountains even when we are not on the edge of a cliff. i guess it was the speed of the traffic going down and the need for the runaway truck pull offs, i don't really know, but i was nervous wreck for miles....until we got to utah really. Brandy loved the mountains though, and did the morning driving. Even in Utah, i didn't have the feeling we were"down" until we had gotten through the spotted wolf canyon in the San Rafael swell. At least that is what I think we were driving through when I looked it up later, because even though you are on a flat road it seems to open up in the distance into a canyon, and you just feel the elevation. i am so used to living in a valley with foothills around me, i just don't feel comfortable in the higher elevations. i didn't expect that, i thought it would be the flat land of kansas that would make me uncomfortable, not the mountains and mesas. at least i wasn't afraid of the tunnels though. That's one thing at least!

i did like Moab, Utah. it was another small tourist  town, surrounded by walls of red rock. we ate at quesadilla mobila. i got the enchanted chicken, very good.
BigBig shared my guacamole. He was fine on the road here, unlike me, and he had really built up an appetitite waiting for this stop. 
We had time to shop; another rock shop, and galleries and shops full of polished cut sandstone that looked like abstract landscapes in pink rock. 
We planned to camp this night but a storm blew in and the wind picked up, swirling red dust at us. We took refuge in a shop but within 10 minutes it was flooding. To get into "Nuggy" I stepped into water up to my ankles, so we quick found a hotel downtown instead. It was nice, with an outdoor hot tub and pool with rose petals floating on the turquoise water. After an hour or so the rain stopped and the street dried back up. We went and got icecream, i had a delicious pineapple shake, before swimming.
One more day to travel....