Thursday, April 30, 2009


Hey Friends, Thought I would come back and show you what I learned today! My daughter, the computer master, was here today and showed me how to get this partial screen shot from Word into Photoshop, etc,etc. I believe to get a full screen shot I would have to do this twice-top&bottom and then do a photomerge. She is REALLY good with computers and understands what the artsy-fartsy types want or need. Check out her work at my website - She did it all - you should see all that code behind each page, each photo.
PS: NO it is not clickable-maybe in time. My work is the lady bent over cutting flowers.

Happy Trails

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Hey Friends, Short note to tell you I have been lucky enough to be included in several Treasuries lately. Treasury on Etsy is a group of shops chosen by a person, a curator, and grouped into one screen shot so the world can see this curators favorites or maybe its a reflection of their taste. Anyway, I think it's an honor to be chosen. AND someday soon I hope to learn how I can post these treasuries on this blog. I did learn how to capture a screen shot and save it in my Word thingy. Just haven't figured out how to click it and upload to Blogger.

One treasury is here and one is here. And Kathleen and Mysticsilks also posted treasuries with my work in them but they have expired. So just click on their name to visit their Etsy Shop.

Happy Trails.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gum Springs-the Glow of a Million Red Buds

Hey Friends, A couple weeks ago I posted some photos I took on a short walk down our little country road along Gum Springs. I did finally get around to painting from them. At the time I was painting, the Red Bud trees were in full bloom. That's where the title came from. The little buds have fallen now and the little green leaves are emerging. In the photo below it is hard to visulize all the shades of green and the glow from a Bazillion Red Buds when the sun is setting. Just trust me - That's what it looks like

I painted another from the same area that I will post later. I only have 2 shows scheduled for this year, thus far. And it's a darn good thing 'cuz I'm not sure I'll be ready for these. The first is in a couple weeks and the second is the end of May. Boy, I better get with it.

Happy Trails.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Hey Friends, Thought I would show you what I finished up about a week ago. Just got them back from being scanned and giclees made. I put the back covers and hanging wires on them today. Now they are ready to be delivered!

I made 3. This, of course, is the bumblebee and there is a dragonfly and a butterfly. These are for a boy named JOSH. For his room. He gets pretty excited about Bee's. Probably because of all the screaming and running and slapping that goes on when a Bee arrives.

At the bottom, within the hearts, are words. Words that I hope will inspire lots of actions, such as day dreams or hugs or kisses or kindness. I'm disappointed the words don't show up better. Maybe I will go back and try to blow them up some more. Maybe. Click on maybe if you want to see all 3 of them.
Happy Trails.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Hey Friends, Thought I would show you one of my all time favorites. Why is it one of my favorites? I think mostly, it is the colors. Yeah, I'm a color freak. This one is bright, but soothing or calming. This feeling is the way most gardens/landscapes hit me. Maybe I'm a bit lazy but I love to sit in a garden or patio and just take it all in. The colors, the smells, the breeze, the sounds (birds,water,children,dogs,airplanes). If I'm left alone, reading fits in nicely. I ALWAYS want to take a nap outdoors too, but the bugs won't allow it. AND if you can imagine, someone comes along and fires up that big shiny grill and then the smells of burgers and tomatoes hit ya.
I painted this at my sisters house. I used her furniture, etc. but the colors are mine. This is the way I wanted her place to look. I listed it in my ETSY shop and DESIGN STYLE GUIDE.
Now I'm gonna call my sis and tell her to look at my blog. I'm hoping she will get the hint. This is the perfect day to invite me over for dinner!
Happy Trails.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Hey Friends, I'm listing this painting in my Etsy. Again this is acrylic on MASA Rice Paper. I would love to know what you think of this technique or this effect. I'm crazy about it but I'm known to love stuff nobody else likes. BTW-this rice paper makes beautiful lamp shades.

Now I think I'll spend a few minutes figuring out how to post someone else's work here on my blog. It may never see the light of day but I really want to show you some of the work my Team members from Virginia do. I'm talking about Design Style Guide.

Happy Trails.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Hey Friends, Artists know they should paint what they love, the things that really inspires them. So with that in mind, I painted another beach scene. Using the same photos I've used several times. In this painting I felt like adding some figures. Some humans enjoying the sun and water as much as I would, if I only had the time to go.
This is painted on masa rice paper with acrylics, one of my all time favorite techniques, which I learned from Vera Dickerson years ago. You can find 8x16 giclee/reproductions in my Etsy shop by clicking here.
Happy Trails.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Hey Friends, Here is the newest painting I've listed in Etsy. This is painted on Masa Rice paper with acrylics. This rice paper is a true joy to paint on! If you haven't given it a try, don't delay. It's my favorite. This paper can be preped in several different ways. My favorite is to crumple and stain with inks or liquid acrylics-gives it a batik-y effect.
I think you can depict any surface on this paper with realistic effects or fantasy. I believe the word is organic. Don't you think it lends it self well to capturing the beach sand and the ocean? I've done several portraits on Masa and loved the human characteristics it lends. The veins, the pores, the scars. and the wrinkles.
Happy Trails.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Hey Friends, Another post! Two in one day-wow. I was included in a treasury on Etsy. If I knew what I was doing, I could capture the treasury image and put it on this screen. Hey, don't be mean, I've learned a lot in this past year. Treasuries don't stay visible very long on Etsy, so click HERE now to see it.
Happy Trails.


Hey Friends, Today I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs by an artist, Sue Smith. She talks about a lot of things special to me. It will take some time if you click on all the stuff she has linked in her side bar, but I found it all very interesting. Enjoy! Sorry I couldn't figure out how to add one of her paintings, so just click on her name.

Happy Trails.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

HERONS - Fresh Water

Hey Friends, I thought it was about time to show you a little art work. I'm finished whining for a little while. This piece was inspired by some photos I took on a street festival trip to Florida a few years ago. The herons came from the photos, the rest is pretty much memories of a greenhouse business that used to be in our area that sold aquatic plants. It is painted with acrylics on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper. One of these days I would love to have a small water garden. Mostly to attract birds, not necessarily to have fish. I'd rather have the fish in an aquarium. I love the sounds of an aquarium.
I listed a couple of items on my page at Design Style Guide and now I need to figure out how to put their logo widget thingy on this blog.
The painting above is also in my Etsy shop. Now I must run out to the studio and varnish 3 pieces I recently finished for a loyal customer.
Happy Trails.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Hey Friends, LOL, I can't believe I fixed it!!! Well, If it hadn't been for the BLOG DOCTOR it would never be fixed. Thank You Doctor. It was an HTML thing. If you ever have a blog problem, go to Blogger Help Group. You can post questions there and someone (kinda spooky) will send you the answer. Til next time.
Happy Trails.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Test Run

This is the geek running a test to see what the crazy old lady has done.


Hey Friends, Obviously something is wrong here. Last night I had a lot of trouble posting the tidbit below. Blogger kept saying I had incorrect HTML. Well, I fooled with it for a while but the thoughts of the monster worm from China in the back of my mind kept getting bigger! So I shut her off. Now I'll have to call in the geek squad. Hopefully she can restore the missing stuff usually found on the right.
Happy Trails.