Friday, April 11, 2014


There have been no signs of spring in my yard yet so I planted some seeds to see a bit of green .... 
mint
parsley
basil




 Pretty spindly..... but they are growing, my son hasn't dumped them or my cat chewed them, so all is well in their world for now.

I wanted to paint something at work the other day,
and i had no plan in mind, 
i hadn't sketched anything, 
I didn't feel like drawing anything out .... 
i just wanted to see paint flow...
 and quickly. 
Used to be a falling lady would appear or a mandala... 
i thought about a mandala and just letting it be wobbly without having drawn any circles or pans out....
 but what appeared was this...


You can see I didn't use any pencil, just dove right in... 
so then I just kept adding animals around her....


Then it seemed like she had a story to tell...
so i did another painting the same way....




And I taped it up above my ugly work area to ponder, and see if her story comes to me....



 Crows keep appearing
Murders of crows still coming
tales to tell I think
 

Happy Paint party friday, and hello all at haiku my heart!

Friday, April 4, 2014

watercolor with a bit of white


I did this a few months ago and never posted it. I was having fun playing with the flowers in the back ground and her hair. there's no black pen used:  it's all fine line payne's gray watercolor. But then I did use a white pen for some highlights and the flowers, which I don't normally do. They other new thing was I did the shading on her face with pencil instead of all watercolor.



hopes and plans and goals
Wishing on dandelions
Sunny reveries

Friday, March 28, 2014

easy art

I wanted to paint something different for a bit...
 something cute
 and  without any planning in advance,
 so I could jump right in and start...




she believes in dreams,
in mermaids and fantasies,
and orange cats with stripes



and for those of you who have said they miss the falling ladies ... I created a gallery of some of them... just click on the word ladies in the bar below my header up top....

Happy paintpartyfriday and haiku my heart!
See ya soon!

Monday, March 17, 2014

another recent painting...

I finished this mandala about the same time as I finished the bee one in yellow that I posted friday. I was trying out all one color mandalas for a change... I was very pleased with the layers of red in this one...

















Think I will be offering them here on Fineartamerica... and eventually in my etsy shop...

Friday, March 14, 2014

latest painting...




 I have been painting honeycombs and bees....


wildflower honey
in my chamomile tea please
would you like a cup?





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

how to trade on etsy

recently I had a shop offer to trade with me on etsy, which I love doing...
I traded a painting....

and a pendant of that painting....



for a bunch of homemade soaps and bath scrubs and lotion from TheSnowyWhiteOwl
 I love them all....





This is a great shop, (and I am not getting anything from her to tell you.... I just really liked the items!)... and she threw in a bunch of little samples. I loved every scent!


The body scrub is my favorite, it smells like incense and patchouli to me... reminds me of going into incense shops in the 70's where they sold ceramic mushrooms and black light posters. There'd be a whole blacklight section where it was dark and interesting. I love that smell.

I have done a few trades on etsy now and I have always been pleased... the way I have done it is to have each shop enable "other" as a payment option, Then each person goes in and purchases the item by clicking on other at the check out. This way you get to leave feedback or reviews as they are called now for other potential customers to see. Etsy will still get their fee from you though so it's all OK.
To set up "other" if you have an etsy shop and want to trade, go to the top of the screen "your Shop" and click on "info and appearance", then on the side under "shop settings" click on "payment". At the bottom you will see "other". Just check it and save. You might want to change this back after the trade so your next customer won't accidentally check it.

Friday, March 7, 2014

cold and dismal

It has just been cold here

no colors

more snow and ice

I am ready for a bit of spring

but I have been creating these same colors in my wood burning and I do enjoy that...







metal melting wood
the hot smell I remember
images appear




I think I will add a bit of color to these with a wash of watered down acrylic in spots...
and, as you can see I have been playing with my blog design and banner, this is the third banner I tried this week, I will probably change it a bit more by next week if i have time, just not sure what i want yet...



Happy PPF and Haiku My Heart!