Friday, April 13, 2018

Another 100 day project

Last year it was #100days of joyous watercolor.....

This year it is #100daysofcharacterplay....

And then last but not least... here’s a pic of the latest hashtag going around Instagram.... to surround a selfie with all your art. I had to join in. It has been really fun seeing all the other artist play along as they all seem to fit the art they create!

Have a good week everybody!!!!

Friday, March 23, 2018

It’s been awhile

Sorry I have been absent from my blog for a few weeks.... I have been creating though....

Just have to have florals every so often.....

This one above was just playing....there is a touch of gold there in the star!

After I did this one above, I started thinking about making the birds out of felt, or printed on spoonflower fabric to be embroidered over in bright rainbow colors.... yet to happen but now it is on my to do list. 

And for this one above, I was playing with what to use as props for flat lays..... I made a huge list of potential props but I won’t subject you to my list unless someone requests it. Instagram is big on flatlays with props so I am trying to up my instagram game! 

And since the above watercolor was based around making a design that was so sweet it gave you a toothache, I decided to use candy in the flat lay...

And last but not least, another insomnia circle.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another week flew by cutely and quickly

I usually have big plans for an elaborate post but then before I know it Friday is here and I haven’t created it..... same thing each week. But I always have so much art I have created that there is always plenty to show.  This time I am picking from my cuter stuff.....

Lately when doodling I intentionally tried to make the characters that I usually create younger and cuter. My goal was to go with bigger heads, smaller bodies, chubbier arms and legs. It is something to continue to work on but I think I like them better this way.... but there’s a cute house and a cute guinea pig thrown in for good measure....

Have a cute weekend!!!!!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Missing the river

I can’t get down to the water with all the snow we’ve had so I am missing the river lately. Instead I have been enjoying painting river rocks! The first two pieces shown are 6x8 and have already sold but the third is larger and will be listed on my Etsy shop soon. 

They are pretty much painted exclusively with hand crafted watercolors. It is so easy to paint a rock when you are using colors ground from rocks!!!! Not by me, of course, but by redwood willow and by rivervalewatercolors. I normally get bored with subject matter easily but I think I could paint rocks forever.

Friday, February 2, 2018

My messy art desk and yellow.

Here is a glimpse of my desk and some of the yellow dot paintings I have called insomnia circles as I see them when I can’t sleep at night. I imagine a whole series of them, I am thinking I may make them into an art book. Not to print or anything, just a handmade book, because I paint them in the front and back of the paper...

This is what I see lately, but I also imagine a series of white on white art, so those may show up someday as well....

I really can’t explain why yellow polkadots.... it is just what appears. But I do love yellow. 
And the song: 
Yellow by Coldplay

“Look at the stars 
Look how they shine for you 
And everything you do 
Yeah they were all yellow”

My daughter, Jess couldn’t say yellow when she was young, so she called her yellow blanket her “lello” .

This piece is called ‘yellow planet’

I looked up the symbolic meaning of yellow in the internet and got this.....”Yellow, the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness, stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy”

This piece is called ‘hope floats”

According to “If the dream is a pleasant one, then the color yellow is symbolic of intellect, energy, agility, happiness, harmony, and wisdom. On the other hand, if the dream is an unpleasant one, then the color represents deceit, disgrace, betrayal, cowardice and sickness.”
But then I am deliriously awake and not dreaming......

According to 
this site yellow does the following: 

  • Makes it easier to take decisions and think clearly
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Sharpens memory and concentration
  • Encourages communication
I don’t know about any of it,.....

I just like yellow!

Friday, January 26, 2018


Michael and I’s daily sketchbook plan is going along wonderfully.... the two of us and a few others who have joined in, are sketching regularly. You can see all the posts using our hashtag here! It has been fun to see the wide variety of subject matter going into everyone’s books!!! Monsters, portraits, plants (mine) and cool characters!

Here’s is what I have put in my book this week.....

My process for my found poems is just this:

My son, Jace, ripped apart an old book... Zane Grey. So I decided to use it for the poems. I randomly rip out one page and limit myself to only the words on that page, just one side. No flipping. Cut them out, glue them down using a glue stick and tweezers. A quick and fun way to fill a page in my sketchbook.  It is almost like fortune telling.... you don’t know what you have to say about your life or your day until you are limited to 100 words on a page. Plus I think the vintage book factor makes it more fun. 

On top of sketching daily I have also been taking a photo a day.....